The John Mica Engineering and Aerospace Innovation Complex at Embry-Riddle Research Park

The Convergence Zone: Where Entrepreneurs & Opportunity Meet

The MicaPlex, the cornerstone building of the Research Park at Embry-Riddle in Daytona Beach, Florida presents a unique collaborative opportunity for business and the university community to develop, refine and bring new products and technological services to market.

MicaPlex Construction Time Lapse Video

Camera Captures Progress of MicaPlex Construction

Everyone can stay updated on the construction of the MicaPlex (John Mica Engineering and Aerospace Innovation Complex) adjacent to the Daytona Beach Campus in the university’s Research Park, thanks to a camera automatically taking a photo of the work site every 10 minutes. 

Areas of Focus

Embry-Riddle, a world renowned university, is equipped for and experienced in research, specifically associated with its seven areas of focus:

Network of Support and Possibilities

Micaplex Lobby Interior

Start-up companies have a tremendous advantage when there is a network of support to shepherd them through the stages of product/service development toward market readiness. As an incubator space, the facilities and occupants of the MicaPlex will provide such a network which extends to the University, not only at the Daytona Beach Campus, but to resources on the Prescott, Arizona, campus and the extensive network that is the Worldwide Campus.

Who will occupy the MicaPlex?

Tenant Partners

Tenant Partners

Technology-focused startups that will benefit from the resources and facilities within the Embry-Riddle Research Park and the University.

MicaPlex Resident Partners

Resident Partners

Established companies that will provide services to the startup Tenant Partners while benefiting from the resources and facilities within the Research Park and the University. Proximity to and business associations with burgeoning companies provides mutual advantages for growth and profit.

Faculty The brain trust of the University with academic expertise, professional acumen and intellectual perspective.

University Faculty

University research is guided by faculty who possess the experience and intellectual acumen to provide subject matter expertise for the technology-focused startups.

Embry-Riddle students will provide much of the labor force for research and development.

Undergraduate, Graduate, and Doctoral Students

Students at all degree levels and within all academic disciplines provide an educated and energetic labor force for research, development and production.

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To explore the possibilities of becoming a Resident Partner in the John Mica Engineering and Aerospace Innovation Complex at Embry-Riddle Research Park, please contact:

Rodney Cruise

Senior Vice President for Administration and Planning


MicaPlex News

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  • OneSky Signs on as Embry-Riddle’s Research Park Partner, Launches Innovation Center to Advance Private Aviation Industry. Read More.
  • Brazil’s Seamax Launches Research and Development Expansion at Embry-Riddle’s MicaPlex. Read More

Nexus Partners

DuvaSawko is a highly successful business solutions company in the healthcare industry with a philosophy that tailors methodologies to the client’s needs to support startups and entrepreneurial endeavors.

International Speedway Corporation logo

As the leading promoter of motor-sports entertainment, International Speedway Corporation (ISC) is committed to supporting growth and entrepreneurial success in the tech sector of Central Florida.


Wellspring Worldwide is a leader in software solutions for tech scouting, corporate venturing, licensing and IP property and staunch supporter of early-stage technologies.

Resident Partners

Firespring Fund

Firespring Fund is a non-profit organization providing seed-stage capital, educational programming, mentorship and other learning opportunities to high-growth potential, early-stage technology startups.

 Cobb Cole Attorneys at Law

Volusia County’s largest law firm, established in 1925, Cobb Cole is focused in civil law with experience in the technology transfer realm.

James Moore Certified Public Accountants and Consultants

A full-service firm providing accounting, auditing, tax and business consulting services to a diverse client base, James Moore & Company was named among the “Top 25 Accounting Firms in Florida.”

Vann Data logo

Vann Data has been providing network, security and information technology solutions to Central Florida businesses since 1978.

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venVelo is an active venture fund named 2015 “Tech Investor of the Year.” Investing in early-stage, pre-revenue or early revenue companies that can benefit from its mentorship and commitment.