Institute for Commercialization of Florida Technology delivers $4.1 billion economic impact

by | Nov 17, 2022

  • Formed by the Florida Legislature in 2007, the Institute for Commercialization of Florida Technology supports and funds innovation companies that create clean jobs in new industries driving the global economy
  • The report noted an economic impact for FY2021-22 of $733 million, a cumulative total of $4.1 billion

The Institute for Commercialization of Florida Technology (the Florida Institute) announced today the results of a new study conducted by The Washington Economics Group, Inc.® (WEG), a Coral Gables-based boutique economic consulting firm.

Measuring the economic impacts of the Institute during FY 2021-22 to update prior years’ figures, the study concluded that the organization’s impact increased by $733 million to $4.1 billion. The results underline the successes of many Florida Institute initiatives, such as the Seed Capital Accelerator Program and the Florida Technology Seed Capital Fund.

With another year in the books, many Florida Institute-funded companies continue an upward trajectory, raising additional investment capital, increasing sales, creating jobs, and bringing innovative products to market.

“The economic impacts of the Institute increased again in 2022, marking another year of growth and positive results for Florida’s economy,” said Tony Villamil, founder and senior advisor of The Washington Economics Group. “Increasing high-wage employment and improved household income are direct results of the economic activity created by the Institute with a significant portion of the overall economic impact attributable to companies founded by individuals identified as socially, and economically disadvantaged.”

Additional highlights of the study include 4,253 total jobs supported in FY2021-22; average earnings per direct job created exceeded the statewide average; capital raised in excess of $520 million, with over $65 million raised in FY 2021-22; and GDP impacts of $388 million in FY21-22, a 12-year total of $2.2 billion.

“We continue to invest into and grow the vast amount of talent, technologies, and intellectual property created here in Florida,” said Renee Finley, Florida Institute Board Chair. “We couldn’t be more proud and grateful to support our founders who dedicate everything to their business, making incredible contributions to Florida’s innovation economy.”

The Florida Institute supports new companies in Florida that create a diverse set of jobs in knowledge-based industries driving the global economy. By providing seed and early-stage funding, the Florida Institute enables businesses to develop and launch products in key sectors, including life sciences, information technology, homeland security and defense, logistics and distribution, and manufacturing.

“Now is the time to fund early-stage technology startups located in Florida providing and expanding capital access to all Florida innovators,” said Rafael Lohner, Florida Institute Executive Director. “We need to capture the growth momentum while scaling the Institute’s efforts and funding to many promising Florida startups that build exceptional products and services while creating high-paying jobs for many Floridians.”


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