Innovation district in the works for Downtown

Innovation district in the works for Downtown

Colleen Michele Jones

Reporter- Jacksonville Business Journal

Ed Baldwin, founder of the Jacksonville tech startup Profile Gorilla, announced at the convention last week plans for a clustered grid within the city’s urban core that will promote existing sites and resources that support startup culture and activity. Baldwin said its boundaries will largely mirror those laid out in the Downtown Vision Inc.’s Northbank district.

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Why Jacksonville could be the next Austin or Kansas City

Why Jacksonville could be the next Austin or Kansas City

Colleen Michele Jones

Reporter- Jacksonville Business Journal

One of the goals of the conference is to brainstorm solutions for some of the challenges facing local entrepreneurs, such as potential sources of investment and ways to make Jacksonville a national leader in the innovation space.

Kevin Koym, founder/CEO of Tech Ranch Austin, said while Austin’s startup scene is considered one of the most thriving in the country, “It’s important to know it ain’t always been that way — emphasis on the ‘ain’t’”

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Editorial: Why local startups need more local investment

Staff Jacksonville Business Journal

It’s an old story in Northeast Florida, where there have long been tales of founders and investors running into each other on airplanes heading to Boston or Silicon Valley to meet with other people. That’s not good for long-term development of the sort of entrepreneurial culture that Jacksonville is looking to grow. For that to happen, we need robust players on both sides of the process — those looking for money and those who have it to invest.

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Innovation Community to Breathe New Life into The Landing

Colleen Michele Jones

Reporter- Jacksonville Business Journal

Barker said bringing the innovation community together as a kind of district in Downtown would not only build upon the momentum of Jacksonville’s reputation for entrepreneurial activity but also breathe new life into the Landing, which has struggled to bring in foot traffic and keep commercial tenants.

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