Status Reports


Entrepreneurship & Innovation

Entrepreneurship & InnovationPrimary ResponsibilityStatusLead StaffSupporting OrganizationsStart YearEnd Year
Expand, refine, and better connect the pool of capital for entrepreneurship
Inventory existing banking, venture capital, and angel investors and strengthen the networks between themArea of NeedAsset Mapping GroupAssociation for Corporate Growth, Springboard Capital20122013
Consider the availability of state-level resources that can assist northeast Florida entrepreneursGrow FLCarlton RobinsonSBDC, Score20122014
Consider applying to become a federally-designated "EB-5 Regional Center" from the U.S. Customs & Immigration ServicesCity and County GovernmentsMike Breen20132016
Expand, refine, and better connect support services for entrepreneurship
Refine the ecosystem of ESOs so that each is more focused on a specific type of entrepreneur or serviceJAX Chamber ESO GroupCarlton RobinsonCity of Jacksonville, SBDC, SBA20122014
Expand and organize a mentor network in the region; create a volunteer group of regional executives (active and retired) to help vet start-up business plansJAX Chamber ESO GroupCarlton RobinsonCity of Jacksonville, SBDC Small Business Resource Network, SBA20142014
Increase the availability of highly technical assistance to entrepreneursJAX Chamber ESO Group, CoLAB JAXCarlton RobinsonCity of Jacksonville, SBDC, SBA20122014
Inventory education opportunities for entrepreneursJAX Chamber ESO GroupCarlton RobinsonCity of Jacksonville, SBDC, SBA20122014
Integrate the findings of the Edward Lowe Foundation entrepreneurial asset mapJAX ChamberCarlton Robinson20132014
Increase opportunities for Northeast Florida's entrepreneurs to connect and learn from one another
Use social media to identify and connect entrepreneurs in the regionJAX Chamber ESO GroupLisa Daniel20132016
List networking opportunities and events on a master websiteSBDC (jaxsmallbizhelp.org)Janice Donaldson, City of Jacksonville20142016
Encourage individuals to become startup connectorsArea of Need20142016
Survey entrepreneurs each year to assess the value of networking and information resources in the regionSBDCJanice Donaldson20142016
Create collaborative learning centers at local colleges and universities in collaboration with existing acceleratorsSBDCJanice DonaldsonUniversity of North Florida, Florida State College at Jacksonville, Jacksonville University, etc.20142016
Continue to have small business summits and conferences to foster business connections; continue conferences like the Jacksonville Startup Weekend, consider a grassroots conference such as RISEArea of NeediStart.com, City of Jacksonville, CoWork JAX, SBDC, SBA, JAX Chamber, JAX Bridges20132016
Encourage funding of new virtual organizations that network particular types of entrepreneursFlorida Virtual Entrepreneur Center (FLVEC)City of Jacksonville20132016
Identify corporate citizens that can be consistent funders of virtual organizations and entrepreneur conferencesArea of Need20122016
Increase availability of affordable, sophisticated spaces for entrepreneurial ventures
Continue fostering different approaches to entrepreneurial spaces like incubators and acceleratorsCity of Jacksonville Downtown Investment AuthorityCoWork JAX, Beaver Street Enterprise Center 20122016
Encourage the designation, whether formal or informal, of a Startup District in downtown JacksonvilleCity of Jacksonville Downtown Investment Authority20142016
Facilitate the renovation of vacant buildings into startup spaceCity of Jacksonville Downtown Investment Authority20142016
Integrate entrepreneurship education into all levels of learning, starting with K-12
Convene a meeting(s) with area educators to identify ways to increase entrepreneurship programming in all Northeast Florida schoolsJAX Chamber, JAXUSA PartnershipTina Wirth20142016
Create an educational pathway for entrepreneurs in JacksonvilleNortheast Florida Colleges & UniversitiesArea of Need20142015
Create a plan of action for increasing entrepreneurship education across the regionNortheast Florida K-12JAXUSA Partnership20142016
Work with Junior Achievement North Florida and area businesses to mentor students on entrepreneurshipNortheast Florida K-1220142016
Bring UF into the regionArea of Need20122016
Recruit a target industry-related R&D, engineering, and technology commercialization branch of UF into Northeast FloridaArea of Need20142016
Formalize a relationship with UF's Tech Transfer and Business Affairs officesArea of Need20122016
Organize regularly scheduled meetings between economic developers and educators from Northeast Florida and Alachua CountyJAX Chamber, JAXUSA Partnership, Alachua County leadersJerry MallotRegional EDO Partners20142016
Collaborate with Alachua County leaders when marketing Northeast Florida to major prospectsJAX Chamber, JAXUSA PartnershipGabrielle Zurita20142016
Accelerate the improvement of US 301Florida Department of TransportationJames Bennett20142016