While thousands flocked to Orlando for the Electric Daisy Carnival and to Winter Park for the Cows ‘n Cabs Annual Event, there was another very different setting attracting its own unique audience. Startup Weekend Orlando (SWORL) took place at UCF’s freshly built downtown campus, with Friday night’s festivities staged at Rollins College. Stax, Central Florida’s first-ever “Unicorn” – a startup achieving a valuation of $1 billion — was one of the sponsors after being pitched at a prior SWORL event by Suneera Madhani. As noted by Techstars, another sponsor, 12% of the ideas at SWORL turn into real companies; perhaps, some future Unicorns were prancing among them.
Originally posted for the Orlando Sentinel’s Central Florida 100.