By Caitlin Sinett | The Gainesville Sun
The second-floor balcony of Union Street Station bustled with bright, eager individuals on Thursday who were seeking opportunities with local startup companies.
The exhibition, Start Up Downtown, was hosted by FloridaWorks in partnership with the Gainesville Area Chamber of Commerce and Innovation Gainesville. This exhibition is the first of its kind to come to Gainesville.
Gainesville Information Technology, an IT task force assembled by FloridaWorks and GACC, organized the event.
The event was held at Union Street Station, 201 SE Second Ave., and the balcony overlooking downtown was transformed into a place where companies could set up their tables, and attendees could go to the tables they were interested in.
About 20 businesses came to Start Up Downtown in hopes of hiring people for their startups. Grooveshark, Swamp Mobile, Mobiquity, Sporting Odyssey, Stage 7, Fracture, NeuroNet Learning, SharpSpring and Study Edge were some of the startups present.
More than 180 people registered to attend the event and they received pink wristbands that also permitted them to make use of downtown specials.
Kim Tesch-Vaught, director of FloridaWorks, said, "The goal is to show how cool our startup community is and to create face-to-face interaction with the community and people who are hiring."
She said Start Up Downtown featured startup communities and gave locals an opportunity to meet with these startups, which grew in Gainesville.