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New $450 Million Facility is Named KPMG Lakehouse Audit, tax and advisory firm KPMG has given a name to its $450 million training facility that is set to open in January 2020 in Lake Nona. KPMG Lakehouse will serve as a training headquarters for KPMG’s 32,000 professionals across the U.S. It is expected to conduct more than a million hours of professional development in its first year as it hosts up to 800 attendees a week. Located five miles from Orlando International Airport, KPMG Lakehouse will feature 800 single-occupancy guest rooms, 90 learning and innovation spaces, a 1,000-seat assembly hall and an Ignition Center where professionals can meet with clients. The 55-acre site will also include multiple dining areas, a separate social venue and numerous fitness and recreational amenities.

AireHealth Wins Crummer Rollins Venture Plan Competition In a business plan and pitch competition for start-ups, respiratory illness solutions company AireHealth was named the 2019 winner on March 29. The company received $25,000 in prize money and an option of an additional $25,000 minimum equity investment from venVelo, a Winter Park-based, early stage venture capital firm. Open to all regionally headquartered startups, the annual “Shark Tank”-like competition features teams battling for funding and mentorship in front of top entrepreneurs and venture capitalists. AireHealth, led by CEO Stacie Ruth, was selected from more than 50 submitted proposals. The other finalists were Omnimodal, a real-time data traffic solutions company; Yaupon Brothers Tea, an herbal tea company brewed from Yaupon holly; and XMDocs, a real-time tracking and automation company that connects global trading partners.

The Corridor Names 4 Local ‘Faces of Technology’ Four Central Florida women are among 12 innovators recognized as The Florida High Tech Corridor’s 2019 “Faces of Technology” for contributing to the advancement of research and innovation in the region’s 10 high tech industry sectors targeted for growth. They represent a talent pool of more than 750,000 adults in the 23-county region who have degrees in STEM, or science, technology, engineering and mathematics. The Orlando area innovators are: ɆɆ Cali Fidopiastis of Oviedo, chief scientist for Design Interactive, who specializes in developing virtual and augmented reality software for human performance. ɆɆ Alina Frey of Melbourne, a software engineer for Space Coast Intelligent Solutions, who supports a software baseline of more than a million lines of code and more than a terabyte of data, which is used by scientists and subject-matter experts to serve an ongoing mission in atmospheric and nuclear treaty monitoring activities. ɆɆ Amy Gowder of Orlando, vice president and general manager of training and logistics for Lockheed Martin, who leads a team employing state-of-the-art gaming technology to create virtual reality training and maintenance devices for all branches of the military. ɆɆ Vanaja Ragavan of Orlando, president and CEO of Aviana Molecular Technologies, who leads a team of experts improving diagnostic biotechnology.

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