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

  • TechFarms Second Annual Open House
    May 24, 2018, 5:30 pm–8:00 pm - 7506 Holley Circle, Panama City Beach, Fl 32408

    Register

    TechFarms is hosting it's Second Annual Open House on Thursday, May 24 from 5:30 - 8pm. You don't want to miss this event! Come out and see their current projects and ideas, collect a swag bag full of goodies and don't miss the drawing for three cool tech prizes at 7pm. 

  • 1 Million Cups Pensacola
    June 13, 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
    July 11, 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

Jennifer McFarren

Gulf Power Company
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Pamela Kidwell

Business Innovation Center
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Focus Areas

Talent

Business Vitality

Infrastructure

Entrepreneurship and Innovation

Quality of Place