Onward and Upward: Celebrating Josh Greenberg Day

Onward and Upward: Celebrating Josh Greenberg Day 1280 720 startupGNV

Josh Greenberg was the co-founder and CTO of Grooveshark, one of world’s first music-on-demand streaming services. As an independent, a visionary, and a pioneer, Josh left an undeniable stamp on Gainesville’s startup scene. What started as an idea fueled by passionate college dropouts and students turned into a full fledged tech company with 145 employees in downtown Gainesville. Along the ride, Josh created a thriving local startup ecosystem and left a legacy in his wake.

In celebration of Josh Greenberg Day, startupGNV and Gainesville Dev Academy are furthering Josh’s mission by empowering the entrepreneurs and the tech workforce of the future with the first annual Onward & Upward Grant and Gainesville Dev Academy scholarships.

Join us in honoring the legacy of Josh Greenberg by contributing to the Onward & Upward Grant which will be awarded at the annual celebrateGNV event.

Onward & Upward Grant

startupGNV is raising funds to assist a first-time aspiring Gainesville entrepreneur who lives and breathes Josh’s core values in accomplishing their entrepreneurial goals, no strings attached.

This carefully selected applicant will receive $5000 for their business idea in addition to ongoing support and mentorship from startupGNV during their journey.

Gainesville DDA Scholarships

Gainesville Dev Academy helps people of all skill levels become better programmers and assists graduating students with finding jobs at local tech companies.

Josh started Gainesville Dev Academy with Duncan Kabinu, who wants to keep Josh a part of their mission by donating two full scholarships to their bootcamp.

Want to learn more about Josh Greenberg’s story? Check out our series on the Grooveshark story!

GAIN re-launches as StartupGNV

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GAIN re-launches as StartupGNV

New name, new focus, new initiatives for 2018 and beyond.

The Gainesville Area Innovation Network (better known as GAIN) was established in 1985 to help support entrepreneurs and create connections between UF researchers and the local business community. Over 32 years, GAIN held hundreds of networking and educational events, from monthly luncheons to annual investor pitch competitions. For much of its history, GAIN was the only organization in Gainesville truly focused on local entrepreneurs, and thus played an indispensable role connecting, promoting, and inspiring.

As Gainesville has evolved, so too has its entrepreneurial ecosystem. Investments from UF, Santa Fe, the CRA, and the City, as well as private developers have quite literally changed the landscape. Take a walk around Innovation Square and there are no less than three new buildings under construction, right on the heels of The Hub doubling in size. New co-working spaces like StarterSpace, the Selling Factory, and MindSpace Collective offer flexibility as well as community. The Cade Prize and UF’s Big Idea Competition offer significant equity-free seed funding to early-stage companies every year, while StartupQuest, Gainesville Dev Academy, and the Collaboratory for Women Innovators offer new experiential learning programs.

Most importantly, a new breed of startups has emerged that cherry-picks the best practices of Silicon Valley while channeling Gainesville’s unique soul of diversity, creativity, and quality of life.

Acknowledging these changes, GAIN spent most of 2017 re-evaluating our role in this new, exciting era. How could we add novel value to Gainesville’s entrepreneurial ecosystem, while avoiding duplicative or siloed efforts?

Our conclusion: laser-focus on startups. We exist to help form, fund, and grow startups in Gainesville, defined as young ventures with both the potential and intention of achieving significant scale. This means that while we respect other forms of entrepreneurship and innovation, our initiatives will be 100% focused on startups. A more narrow scope will enable us to have a greater impact.

Our first step for 2018 was to adjust the makeup of GAIN’s board to better reflect Gainesville’s startup community, followed by our re-launch as StartupGNV. New name, new focus, new initiatives for 2018 and beyond. A sneak peak of what’s to come: a Startup Weekend (potentially two), an end-of-year Startup Summit (replacing the GAIN ShootOut), a startup accelerator program (first pilot cohort), and a research report on the state of Gainesville startup community. We also will enshrine the spirit of cooperation by sponsoring, promoting, and otherwise supporting existing events aligned with our mission like StartupChallenge, BarCamp, Gainesville Games, and the Brewlympics Creative Bash.

We invite you to join us in growing the Gainesville startup community, whether that’s by attending, mentoring, investing, volunteering, or founding. A special thank you to our founding partners Hutchison PLLC, SharpSpring, Trimark Properties and Santa Fe’s CIED, GTEC and IPDC programs for believing in us and giving us the financial resources to bring StartupGNV’s mission to life.

Stay Starting,

The 2018 StartupGNV Board of Directors

Aidan Augustin

Jeffrey Tate

Jeremy Wright

Bill Dorman

Shuchi Vyas

David Flores

Tracy Shank

Nicole Levy

Bryan Tobin

Kathy Sohar

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