Innovation Economy


startupGNV is a non-profit organization. It aims at encouraging technology enterprises to start up and develop in the Gainesville area by providing them with support through networking and educational opportunities.

startupGNV's vision is to increase technology enterprises in the Gainesville area by:

  • Providing monthly meetings in which inventors, entrepreneurs, investors, service providers and potential staff as well as other interested in these enterprises can meet together for the purpose of sharing ideas, energy and talents.
  • Providing educational programs including monthly speakers, business related seminars and SBIR workshops to further the growth and maintenance of technology enterprises in the Gainesville area.
  • Alerting the national business community to the attractiveness of the environment in the Gainesville area for the birth and growth of technology business enterprises.

Innovation Square

UF Innovate and the Innovation District is a community that brings research and business together to inspire people to think bigger. Encouraging different disciplines to interact. Allowing researchers to work smarter. Unleashing Creativity. Accelerating the development of new ideas. Stimulating discovery of break through technology which is greater than the sum of its parts

Gainesville Innovation Zone

With the University of Florida and Santa Fe College nurturing a strong "creative class," the City of Gainesville continues to foster an innovate economy. The City of Gainesville and the Council for Economic Outreach are jointly working to establish an innovative zone supporting the creativity that flows from the established institutions. These institutions now have a common thread connecting them form the Gainesville Innovation Zone.

Innovation Zone Map

It is an excellent opportunity for business expansion, economic development, job creation, and education-business partnerships. In addition to proximity to the University of Florida and Santa Fe College, the innovation zone benefits from existing assets and investments by various community partners including the University of Florida Eastside Campus, Santa Fe College Charles L. Blount Center, downtown Gainesville and Gainesville Technology Enterprise Center. It also takes advantages of the public incentives which exist in the form of those flowing from the Gainesville Enterprise Zone and Community Redevelopment areas.