David Brim is a marketing strategist, entrepreneur and investor living in Orlando, Florida. He is a founding partner of Orlando Opportunity Fund (OrlandoOpportunityFund.com), and the founder of Orlando Entrepreneurs (OrlandoEntrepreneurs.org), a network, podcast, and resource center created to connect, cultivate & celebrate Central Florida entrepreneurs. His primary professional focus areas include business-model development, online lead generation, Software as a Service (SaaS) products, angel investing, and commercial real estate. Learn more at his blog, Filled to the Brim: DavidBrim.com.
Orlando has long been recognized as a top destination for tourism, but we have so much more to offer. As the Orlando Economic Partnership proclaimed years ago: “Most don’t know the half of it.”
I came to Orlando 12 years ago from Pittsburgh, where I was born and raised. Orlando’s spirit of innovation is what lured me here, helped me to choose UCF, and inspired me to stay to build my business endeavors after graduating. Our culture and fertile environment for innovation birthed our multi-billion-dollar tourism industry, accelerated our space programs, created a leading defense & simulation industry, developed us into a leader within the gaming industry, and spawned a growing tech community.
But we still have a long way to go to reach our potential. Orlando did not make a recent TechCrunch list of the top 10 startup cities in the South, ranked by venture capital dollars invested and quantity of deals. We have all of the key ingredients necessary to be a leading hub for technology and innovation, but we are under-resourced in terms of startup investments. To achieve greater success as an ecosystem, we need to come together to better leverage the resources we do have and connect entrepreneurs to the right resources at the right time to maximize their potential. We need to celebrate our entrepreneurial successes and spark capital investments into early stage companies both from local investors and those in other markets that can take advantage of our favorable tax climate, lower cost of living, and culture of innovation.
I am fortunate to work with many partners in our community to connect, cultivate, and celebrate our local entrepreneurs through Orlando Entrepreneurs (OrlandoEntrepreneurs.org). I have witnessed first-hand the innovative solutions that our entrepreneurs are creating as well as the great work done by the vast number of entrepreneurial service providers supporting them. OrlandoEntrepreneurs.org DavidBrim.com
It’s time we, as a community, lean into our spirit of innovation to help us grow and evolve. It’s time to position Orlando as the place for dreamers to dream and innovators to create the world of tomorrow.