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.


Council Chairs

Emmanuel Hernandez

Gulf Coast State College
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Patrick Rooney

Co-Lab Pensacola
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Focus Areas


Business Vitality


Entrepreneurship and Innovation

Quality of Place