2018 Best Tech Startups in Gainesville

The Tech Tribune staff has compiled the very best tech startups in Gainesville, Florida. In doing our research, we considered several factors including but not limited to:

  1. Revenue potential
  2. Leadership team
  3. Brand/product traction
  4. Competitive landscape

Additionally, all companies must be independent (unacquired), privately owned, at most 10 years old, and have received at least one round of funding in order to qualify.

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1. Trendy Entertainment

Trendy Entertainment

Founded: 2009

“Trendy Entertainment is an acclaimed independent games developer located in Gainesville, FL.

Created by veterans of the video game industry, we develop fun and innovative products across multiple platforms, including the multi-player tower defense action-RPG hit, Dungeon Defenders. We strive to build & enable independent developers to build powerful, fun, and innovative products that are enjoyed by the global gaming community. In order to accomplish our goal, we have established a strong community of creative thinkers and encourage the sharing of ideas, opinions, and open communication.

Our employees are empowered to take pride in their work and challenge themselves to do better, giving us the strength to assist our developers and fans to do the same. But above all, we are serious about creating fun, which encompasses everything we do and radiates from everything that comes out of Trendy Entertainment.”

2. Shadow Health

Shadow Health

Founded: 2011

“Shadow Health is a multi disciplinary educational software developer of rich learning environments and Digital Clinical Experiences™(DCEs). Using the Shadow Health DCE, educators increase clinical efficiency giving them more time to focus on student achievement. Shadow Health develops these educational environments to address the critical issues facing our national and global health care systems – maintaining quality-of-care in the face of increasing provider shortages. We are positioned to reform the status quo of nursing education delivery by providing a digital, accurate, and in-depth clinical environment to practice diagnostic reasoning, communication, and procedural skills.”

3. Feathr


Founded: 2012

“Audience growth and monetization tools made exclusively for events and associations. Grow, engage, and monetize your audience. All with a personal touch.Headquartered in Gainesville, Florida, USA, Feathr has powered more than 1000 events worldwide to create personalized experiences for leading event organizers and associations including UBM, Emerald Expositions, CES, NAB, and many more.”

4. Fracture


Founded: 2009

“Fracture is a photo decor company that is changing the way people print and display their personal digital photos. We sell a one-piece picture & frame made from printed glass, which we call a “Fracture”​.

Our goal is to bridge the gap between taking your photos and getting them on your wall, and our product is giving people a reason to get excited about photo printing again.”

5. BluAzu


Founded: 2014

“BluAzu LLC has created and is marketing Scout, the groundbreaking new technology that provides real-time location & status tracking, with recording & alerts, 24/7 from anywhere in the world where mobile service exists. The Scout platform integrates GPS, cellular, accelerometer and Bluetooth technologies with other sensors into the smallest and most powerful tracking device available in the world today. Scout’s 24/7 cellular connectivity links the Scout device to the internet and to the user via the FindMyScout app on the user’s smartphone. BluAzu has launched Scout into multiple markets, including consumer use by parents & dog owners, and use as a vehicle anti-theft device for motorcycles & ATVs, and commercial uses in fleet tracking, delivery & freight and other other tracking applications.”

6. Admiral


Founded: 2015

“Admiral’s Visitor Relationship Management (VRM) platform helps thousands of publishers worldwide grow 1st-party visitor relationships and revenue, via adblock recovery, paywalls, digital subscriptions, regwalls, email capture, social subscriptions, memberships, donations, privacy consent and more — all from a single tag. Digital publishers can size the revenue opportunity of stronger relationships for free, with signup at”

7. Immersed Games


Founded: 2014

“Immersed Games is an early stage ed tech startup with an audacious vision of how games can be used to empower student learning. We are creating a video game as a platform for deep, empowering learning experiences.”

8. Jellifin


Founded: 2016

“Jellifin is a financial technology company whose mission is to make options trading simple and affordable for a new generation of investors. The company was established in 2014 by Andre Norman.

The idea came about from the common belief among investors that options trading was too difficult to understand. Andre’s hope at the time was that brokerage firms would eventually make the options trading experience easier in order to reduce investor misconceptions. Motivated by frustration, Andre left his engineering job to start Jellifin. By investing into technology to reduce costly overhead, the Jellifin team has been able to develop a simple and affordable options trading solution.”

9. Altavian


Founded: 2011

“Altavian designs and manufactures high quality drones to carry the best sensors into the toughest environments. Our drones feature modular systems to carry custom and integrated payloads to specialize any drone for any type of data. Our focus is on systems that collect data with the highest integrity and accuracy, augmenting data collection in the 21st century.

Founded in 2011, Altavian aircraft have flown thousands of missions in the environmental, mapping, and precision agriculture industries.”