Orlando’s tech community has a lot going for it: The University of Central Florida is a top contender when it comes to patent filings and research, there’s a variety of accelerators and co-working space for entrepreneurs to collaborate on ideas, and the area is billed as the epicenter for modeling and simulation thanks to its defense cluster.
Even so, the city pales in comparison with other Florida markets like Tampa, Miami and Fort Lauderdale, as well as other cities and states in the South, according to a study from online publication TechCrunch.
Out of the 10 cities listed as the top places for startups based on the number of venture capital deals in 2017 and mid-2018, Orlando did not make the cut. Washington, D.C., ranked No. 1 with 239 deals. Miami ranked No. 6 with with 82 deals, and Tampa ranked No. 9 with 41 deals. Read more here.