2020 Best Tech Startups in Orlando

Powered by CrunchbaseThe Tech Tribune staff has compiled the very best tech startups in Orlando, 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. Luminar


Founded: 2012

“Luminar is an autonomous vehicle sensor and software company with the vision to power every autonomous vehicle by delivering the only LiDAR capable of making them both safe and ubiquitous. Founded in 2012, Luminar is a 350-person team across Palo Alto, Orlando and Colorado Springs, and has raised more than $250M from prominent venture funds. Today, 12 of the world’s top 15 automotive companies are working with Luminar’s breakthrough technology as part of their global autonomous development programs, including Volvo Cars, Toyota Research Institute, and VW/Audi’s subsidiary, AID. Luminar is fueled by a group of relentless optimists and fearless problem solvers who tirelessly design, build and deliver the future of LiDAR.”

2. Fattmerchant


Founded: 2014

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“Fattmerchant is revolutionizing the payment technology industry by offering a credit card processing model that focuses on powerful payment technology, real human customer support, and simple merchant services. Fattmerchant exists to level the playing field for small business to be able to accept credit cards and achieve greater success.

Based in Orlando, Florida, Fattmerchant is the leading provider of payment technology solutions for businesses across the United States. Their innovative technology supports retail and restaurant locations with physical terminal and POS integrations, online businesses with shopping cart capabilities, professional services businesses with a robust online invoice and billing solution, and on-the-go businesses with a mobile application. Beyond that, Fattmerchant’s open API allows businesses to create custom payment experiences with all of the benefits of processing with Fattmerchant.”

3. Hoverfly Technologies

Hoverfly Technologies

Founded: 2010

Also honored in: 2019 Best Tech Startups in Orlando

“Hoverfly’s commercial grade drone solutions brings new capabilities of persistent aerial “eyes in the sky” observation with unlimited flight times of hours, days even weeks by using its proprietary tether-powered technology for situational awareness.

Since 2010, Hoverfly has been developing best-in-class aerial robots for industrial, commercial, government and other specialized applications. We have a proven history of innovative and first to market technologies including the first tether-powered UAV and the longest endurance multi-rotor platform. Hoverfly produces the LiveSky family of tether-powered UAS for long duration missions. Operating from fixed locations and mobile platforms, LiveSky is enterprise ready, delivering ISR and comms for mission critical applications. Hoverfly’s customers include major public safety departments, national defense and security, and heavy industry.”

4. GotChosen, Inc.


Founded: 2011

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“GotChosen delivers “social” to websites and apps.

GotChosen’s disruptive technology delivers its own social network to websites. The technology removes the need to visit a separate URL or application to access a social network platform.

GotChosen integrates with the website. It provides the audience with a tool bar navigation, called “Social Bar”, at the top of the site. Sites that join GotChosen’s ecosystem can fully customize the Social Bar without interfering with the navigation on their site.”

5. flexEngage


Founded: 2014

“flexEngage is the leading provider of personalized transactional communications for retailers, enabling brands like Under Armour, GNC, Aldo, and Oakley to transform standard transactional touchpoints (receipts, order and ship notifications, packing slips, etc.) into dynamic engagement channels that drive loyalty and revenue. The company is backed by Y Combinator, strategic investor Synchrony Financial and other high-profile investors.”

6. Mercury Cash

mercury cash

Founded: 2016

Also honored in: 2019 Best Tech Startups in Orlando

“Mercury Cash is an exchange market and online wallet for Ethereum Cryptocurrency, headquartered in Orlando, Florida and registered as a Money Service Business (MSB) in the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN) in April, 2017 under the name of Adventurous Entertainment, LLC. It´s CEO Victor Romero is a well-known serial entrepreneur in Latin America who have several years striving for finding new ways to accelerate the world´s economy, by himself, and as a Global Shaper of the World Economic Forum.”

7. Mend VIP

Mend VIP

Founded: 2014

“Mend is a healthcare communications platform. Mend can connect to patients anytime, anywhere, and with any device through messaging, video, or forms. Mend can send or collect any information from a patient or a third party related to a patient’s case. Mend is the absolute easiest, fully integrated technology to engage your patients.

Mend is removing the word “can’t”​ from healthcare and asking “how”​ can we accomplish goals better, faster, and for a cost with an amazing ROI. Much of the system is broken and we want pioneering partners like you to help be a part of the solution and fix healthcare together. Let’s unite today!”

8. FreeCast


Founded: 2011

“FreeCast Inc is a content discovery and management engine operating the world’s largest freely available Video On-Demand (VOD) & Pay-per-view (PPV) library online. The FreeCast Network is delivered in the form of a state-of-the-art eMedia guide on all devices through a variety of products including Rabbit TV, the consumer offering, and SelectTV, a co-branded service for bandwidth distributors and device manufacturers.

FreeCast products, in partnership with Telebrands, have sold over 2 million units since launch, with dedicated shelf space at major retail chains nationwide, including Walmart, Target, Sears, Bed Bath Beyond, Office Depot, Walgreens, CVS, Fry’s, Rite-Aid, and many others.”