Sponsored By:

Space Florida

2014 Applications Closed and Finalists Announced


  • CyberFactors (New Smyrna Beach, FL) – cyber risk analytics
  • Helicon Chemical Company (Orlando, FL) – advanced fuels and propellants
  • HySense Technologies (Rockledge, FL) – detection of flammable/gas leaks
  • NanoPhotonica (Orlando, FL) – materials for flat panel displays/lighting applications
  • Lares Technology (Orlando, FL) – next-generation infrared systems
  • ReliOx Corporation (Gainesville, FL) – antimicrobial and disinfectant products
  • RINI Technologies (Oviedo, FL) – meso- and microscale thermal management
  • SeaTorque Control Systems (Stuart, FL) –  hybrid, electric propulsion systems
  • Airway Assistance, LLC (Gainesville, FL) – pneumonia-related sensor systems
  • Paracosm (Gainesville, FL) – 3D modeling software and surveying system

Please visit this link to learn more about our judges for the 2014 final event.

Check back September 2014 for the 2015 CAT5 Awards Applications

The CAT5 Awards celebrate powerful, disruptive product developments and provide Capital for the Acceleration of Technologies to early stage companies. First place winners will be awarded $100,000 and second place winners will receive an award of $50,000, both from Space Florida’s sponsorship.

About the Competition

The 2014 CAT5 Awards competition will take place on the Tuesday, June 3rd, 2014. The CAT5 Awards is an exciting capital acceleration competition set to pinnacle at an annual Showcase event. The event is funded by Space Florida and the University of Central Florida Office of Research & Commercialization. Upon selection, all 10 finalists will be put through an intense mentor and coaching program to prepare them for their presentations at the Showcase event.


    1. Accepted companies will be engaged in market sectors that align with the strategic sectors of Space Florida set forth in its Vision 2020. These are:
      • space transportation and advanced aerospace platforms
      • satellite systems and science payloads
      • ground and operations support systems
      • agriculture
      • climate / environmental monitoring
      • civil protection and emergency management
      • ISS and human life science (including medical research)
      • communications
      • cyber security & robotics
      • adventure tourism
      • clean / alternative energy applications
      • advanced materials and new products

2014 CAT5 Awards Timeline

Application Window Closes: November 8, 2013 @ 5pm Eastern
Finalists Selected: November 24, 2013
Finalists Notified: November 30, 2013
Coaching and Program Elements: Dec. 2013 – May 2014
Final Competition / Showcase Event: June 3, 2014