The Texas-based company expands to Orlando with new office at the Research Park Incubator
Orlando, Fla. (November 14, 2022) – A leader in providing educational programs for government and private organizations has expanded to the Orlando area through the UCF Business Incubation Program.
Plano, Texas-based Bubo Learning Design opened its first Florida location in November to be a part of the modeling and simulation industry centered in Central Florida. The goal is to grow this location to include up to 10 new employees over the next two years.
This would double the size of the company.
“We’re at a point in our growth where we need to be a part of this community and offer our services to the companies who are established here,” says Mark Evans, CEO, Bubo Learning Design. “Being in Orlando is important to our company’s future growth.”
Bubo Learning Design, which was founded in 2015, develops unique content for learning, primarily for organizations looking to communicate and develop their employees using digital content, augmented and virtual reality and gaming.
For instance, the company recently started a project with the Smithsonian Institute to help onboard employees to the National Museum of the American Indian. With the structure of workers changing to be more remote, the Smithsonian turned to Bubo to ensure people who worked offsite of the museum received the same training as those at the museum.
Another example of the company’s work is for a recently awarded SBIR grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture designed to increase interest in agriculture, with the first prototype focused on beekeeping.
Under this grant, Evans and his team are developing a comprehensive program including augment and virtual reality, along with traditional brochures and QR codes to bring people to the training. One of the interesting parts was a 360-degree augmented reality video filmed at hives maintained by Texas A&M University’s AgriLife extension service, allowing people to experience being near a beehive without the risk of being stung.
Other clients of Bubo include Ally Bank, Amazon, LinkedIn and the United States Air Force. The company will be an exhibitor at I/ITSEC.
“The word is out about Orlando becoming the center of the Metaverse,” says Carol Ann Dykes Logue, director, programs & operations, Innovation Districts & Incubation Program, University of Central Florida. “Bubo is a perfect example of this effort as it truly brings together a multitude of technology for a wide range of uses, many of which are outside the traditional types of training offered in this region.”
The UCF Business Incubation Program offers help for growing businesses throughout Central Florida, stretching from Daytona Beach to Kissimmee. The program specifically targets companies with the ability to scale in size, adding jobs to the local region. The Soft Landing Program used by Bubo specializes in helping businesses looking to expand or relocate to Central Florida.
“Our growth to this point was bolstered by being located in a HubZone in Texas, so I was extremely happy to become connected with the incubation program,” Evans says. “Already, we’re seeing results from this connection.”
Entrepreneurs interested in utilizing the Incubation Program should start by visiting Incubator.UCF.edu.
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About Bubo Learning Systems: Our purpose is simple: bringing high-quality learning experiences to the world. We see a future where learning is always engaging, effective, and memorable—even fun. We see a future where workforces are properly trained to meet any challenge. We see a future where partners come to the table prepared and informed to work together. We see a future where customers have an accessible entry point into organizations designed to serve them. We have a vision of a world that isn’t just connected but properly informed.
Our goal is to deliver the eLearning experience that best meets YOUR needs. Our process allows you to steer the project in your preferred direction at every stage—from conception to content and from production to delivery and deployment. For more information, please visit BuboLD.com
About the UCF Business Incubation Program:
The University of Central Florida Business Incubation Program is a community resource that provides early-stage companies with the tools, training and infrastructure to become financially stable, high growth/impact enterprises. Since 1999, this award-winning program has provided vital business development resources resulting in over 300 local startup companies reaching their potential faster and graduating into the community where they continue to grow and positively impact the local economy.
With eight facilities throughout the region, the UCF Business Incubation Program is an economic development partnership between the University of Central Florida, the Corridor, Orange, Osceola, Seminole and Volusia Counties, and the cities of Kissimmee, Orlando and Winter Springs. For the 2017/2018 fiscal years, the activities of these participating firms have helped to sustain more than 6,725 local jobs and have had a cumulative impact of over $725 million on regional GDP and over $1.3 billion on regional sales. During the same period, the program has returned more than $12.00 in state and local taxes for every $1.00 invested in the program. In addition, for every $1.00 of public investment the firms also produced $118 of additional regional GDP and $226 of regional sales. For more information, visit www.incubator.ucf.edu