Gainesville’s rapid growth rates in both population and business ventures have led the city to indulge in support projects such as Start Up Downtown, a unique gathering that was recently hosted in the downtown area. The event was held on the evening of Thursday, July 19th, on the second floor of Union Street Station and it attracted nearly 300 Gainesville job-seekers. Over a dozen Gainesville start-ups that are currently hiring were featured at the event, which was sponsored by FloridaWorks, the Gainesville Area Chamber of Commerce, and Innovation Gainesville.
Gainesville’s start-up community is also growing, and this event showcased that. Many residents of Gainesville are not aware of how significant the local start-up industry is, and Start Up Gainesville allowed the participating companies not only to network and advertise their brand, but to expand their businesses by meeting potential new employees that could help foster new ideas.
Some of the start-ups that were on display included SwampMobile, Mobiquity, the well-known music-streaming service Grooveshark, and local karaoke service Stage 7. Also present was Gainesville HackerHouse resident, Eric Pheterson, who displayed his high-tech, custom pet feeder. HackerHouse is another Gainesville based program that allows young, innovative entrepreneurs to live under one roof, rent free, for an allotted period of time to work on developing their unique creations with the potential to achieve outstanding rewards for their work.
One common goal of programs that encourage the local start-up community is that they aim to, “Keep the talent here in Gainesville.” Many of the individuals who obtain their college education in Gainesville leave the city after graduation, taking their innovative ideas with them.
Starting a new company or brand can be an intimidating venture. The guidance of a knowledgeable business attorney can be invaluable to you during the process. From choosing the right corporate structure for your business, to drafting and negotiating contracts, our attorneys at the Knellinger, Jacobson & Associates can help. Call us today to schedule an appointment with one of our lawyers to find out more about how we can help you start your business.