Almost 200 take part in inaugural Start Up Downtown

Source: The Gainesville Sun

Source: The Gainesville Sun

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.

Virginia MacKoul

Virginia is a graduate from the University of Florida's College of Design Construction and Planning with a degree in Sustainability and the Built Environment, and a minor in Urban Regional Planning. Virginia joined the Front Street team in 2011, as an intern. Upon graduation, Virginia joined the Front Street team full-time as the Director of Client Services. Ms. MacKoul’s addition furthers Front Street’s continued growth and expansion within Gainesville and other North Central Florida markets. She was promoted to Director of Marketing in 2014 and now manages the firm’s team of interns and oversees all marketing and branding activity. Virginia was born in Boston and moved to Lee County, Florida in 1997. Virginia graduated her high school's International Baccalaureate program and started at the University of Florida with a focus on Architecture. Virginia shares Front Street's passion of giving back to the community and those in need. Virginia's hobbies include photography, cooking, football, movies, music, and spending time with her dog, Brinkley.

 Subscribe in a reader

Subscribe to Front Street's News Page by Email