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Governor Scott Visits Innovation Hub, Recognizes Entrepreneurs

Governor Scott Visits Innovation Hub, Recognizes Entrepreneurs

Governor Rick Scott visited the Innovation Hub on Thursday, recognizing its last four successful years — over which the hub has housed nearly 36 startup companies and has helped create over 760 jobs–while in town to award Gainesville students and business leaders with the Governor’s Young Entrepreneur Award.

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The Innovation Hub recently was awarded over $8 million in funds from the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Economic Development Administration. The funds will be used to construct a new, state-of-the-art, LEED certified, multi-level technology business incubator facility. The facility will provide space to companies that require specialized wet and dry laboratories that are not yet available in the commercial market. A portion of the space will be devoted to an Entrepreneurial Women’s Center to provide ongoing assistance to the population that, according to the grantee, is currently underrepresented in the entrepreneurial ecosystem.

Governor Rick Scott said, “We want Florida to be first in the nation for rising entrepreneurs to startup a business and launch innovative ideas. It is exciting to see so many of these young Floridians in Jacksonville and Gainesville achieve their goals by working hard and striving to be the best in their field.”

Young Entrepreneur Award winners include: Dane Grey, Elite Parking Service; Aaron Cowley and Helena Cowley, Captozyme; Marcio Resende and Leandro Neves, RAPiD Genomics; Matthew Howland, Youth Combine; Jose Luna, Eventplicity; and Adam Kinsey, Verigo.

To learn more about the UF Innovation Hub, visit floridain!novationhub.ufl.edu/.

To learn more about the Governor’s Young Entrepreneur Award, visit HireFloridaGrads.com.

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