Entrepreneurship and Innovation

Foster robust entrepreneurship and innovation ecosystems to drive future economic growth.

Entrepreneurship and Innovation Strategies

  • Develop the region’s entrepreneurial hubs and connect them with industry clusters, assets, services, networks, facilities, tools, and expertise.
  • Establish commercialization tools and programs connected to the region’s national security research and technology assets.
  • Increase access to capital for Northwest Florida entrepreneurs and develop a formal mechanism to access funds.
  • Encourage local entrepreneurs and innovators to tap into federal funding in the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) grants.
  • Promote rural entrepreneurship.
  • Market regional entrepreneurial success stories.
  • Support entrepreneurial programs and curriculum in the K-20 continuum to foster a culture of innovation and cultivate an entrepreneurial spirit in the region.

 

    Upcoming Entrepreneurship and Innovation Events

  • Export University 101
    October 30, 2018, 7:45 am–4:30 pm - Gulf Coast State College Advanced Technology Center

    Register

    EXPORT UNIVERSITY is a training program developed by the District Export Council to help companies begin an export
    initiative and to gain skills and innovation in their international sales. Delivered by the U.S. Commercial Service (U.S.
    Department of Commerce), Export 101 is designed for new‐to‐export firms that would like expert advice and tools on the
    export basics. Attendees will receive a certificate following completion of this course.

  • 1 Million Cups Pensacola
    November 14, 2018, 9:00 am–10:00 am - Cowork @annex (13 Palafox Place - 2nd Floor) Pensacola, 32502

    1 Million Cups is a Kauffman Foundation [kauffman.org] program that is ran across the country designed to bring together entrepreneurs, support organizations, and service providers to build entrepreneurial communities over one million cups of coffee. The format is simple, 2 entrepreneurs present their business model and we, the audience, provide feedback.

    This event is held on the 2nd & 4th Wednesdays of each month. 

    See complete details here https://www.1millioncups.com/pensacola [1millioncups.com] or on our FB Event page [facebook.com].

  • 1 Million Cups Pensacola
    December 12, 2018, 9:00 am–10:00 am - Cowork @annex (13 Palafox Place - 2nd Floor) Pensacola, 32502

    1 Million Cups is a Kauffman Foundation [kauffman.org] program that is ran across the country designed to bring together entrepreneurs, support organizations, and service providers to build entrepreneurial communities over one million cups of coffee. The format is simple, 2 entrepreneurs present their business model and we, the audience, provide feedback.

    This event is held on the 2nd & 4th Wednesdays of each month. 

    See complete details here https://www.1millioncups.com/pensacola [1millioncups.com] or on our FB Event page [facebook.com].

Council Chairs

Naisy Dolar

Business Innovation Center, Gulf Coast State College
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Wes Hudgens

Gulf Power
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Focus Areas

Talent

Business Vitality

Infrastructure

Entrepreneurship and Innovation

Quality of Place