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Spotlight on Trimark

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Spotlight on Trimark

Austin, Texas. Portland, Oregon. Gainesville, Florida. Is one city unlike the others? Trimark Properties would argue not. A leading developer of office space in Gainesville and one of the city’s largest real estate businesses for nearly three decades envisions a future full of possibility. Well-known as a college-town, now a growing hub for entrepreneurs, Gainesville is a promising prospect as a “New American City.” Today, Trimark sees opportunity to reinvigorate urbanity.

“How do we create a place that is not just a college town, but instead a place where people want to stay and start something, whether that’s a career, a company, a family, or all three?” asks Trimark’s Director of Commercial Leasing and Sales, Matt Luedecke. “We want to create a place that is inclusive of everyone.”

A city’s cultural growth comes organically from the residents who live, work, play… and stay. Trimark’s finger is on the town’s pulse, and Luedecke sees downtown spaces for their potential as the crux of where work meets culture, where we can live in a holistic, sustainable way.

“How do we create the skeleton of a city in which culture can grow? We can’t just say, ‘This is the culture here.’”

Developing a downtown environment conducive to integrated lifestyles is a vision in the making. Nowhere is this more visible than the growth of the Innovation District, the area between UF campus and downtown that’s fast becoming the epicenter of Gainesville’s startup community. Trimark has lead the charge by building two state-of- the-art office buildings plus remodeling dozens of older units to provide the modern amenities that appeal to young and innovative companies. Take Feathr, a company that has enjoyed both the aesthetic and locality of their Trimark-leased office on Gainesville’s SW 2nd Avenue.

“As a fast-growing startup,  Trimark’s expertise and flexibility with our ever-changing needs have made them the perfect partner. They don’t just provide office space, they’re creating a vibe, and I mean that both internally by making each build-out unique (our offices range from sleek glass to exposed brick) and externally by clustering tech/startup companies together,” said Aidan Augustin, President and Co-founder of Feathr. “They kept us in the Innovation District area, and there’s no doubt that their efforts are directly improving both company and talent retention for Gainesville.”

The company’s current tenants in the Innovation District range from software companies like Feathr and SharpSpring to manufacturing companies like Fracture to creative agencies like Parisleaf. Trimark’s prepared to provide the canvas upon which long-time residents, young professionals, and entrepreneurs can create.

“It’s important that we build a place that is a thriving community that is accessible to all,” said Luedecke.

Article contributed by Meg Boria-Meyer

Co.Accelerator Presents Beta Cohort

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Co.Accelerator Presents Beta Cohort

The current of entrepreneurialism swirls strong and vibrant, increasingly touching everyday life in Gainesville. Thanks to the efforts of Co.Accelerator over the last three months, a new group of Gainesville’s innovative thinkers are one step closer to reaching the consciousness of consumers.

Co.Accelerator is a startup accelerator looking to strengthen new businesses that focus on design thinking and community. For the last three months, the entrepreneurs of its first group, the Beta Cohort, worked with mentors and local business leaders to bring their ideas closer to market. These local innovative thinkers unveiled their efforts on August 16 at Demo Day.

Beta Cohort

The startups participating in this first session cross several sectors. They are rethinking or introducing designs to better meet community and user needs. And thanks to participation in this Beta Cohort, each has made significant progress. Some are planning to launch in the coming months and others already have their first paying customers.

Keep your eye out for these budding businesses launching and growing right here in Gainesville:

Tribe is the safe and convenient way to complete almost any item on your to-do list. Our community marketplace helps you find and offer help in a spirit of togetherness.
Synchronize is a Gainesville based start-up company that focuses on the use of student- owned personal devices within the classroom. Schools spend millions on technology due to fact they are unable to trust the students with their own devices. Synchronize is a platform linking students’ devices to teachers’ computers in order to monitor the applications being used.
At Longwing Roasting, coffee is art through science. We believe in a deliberate and measured approach to crafting a coffee experience, one that extends past the cup.
Reva aims to revolutionize the way people tackle their commutes by introducing the most technologically advanced electric bikes that meet at the intersection of functionality, affordability, and quality. We hope to redefine what an electric bike can be, and begin transitioning the public perception of what ebikes are.
Sift Local showcases the vendors of handmade and artisanal products from local markets across the country. We offer these artisanal and handmade vendors a public platform to showcase their creative talents and sell their products to event attendees and the public.
CharterHook is a listing and reservation company that provides services to guides and charters. Services listed on our site include but are not limited to fishing, sightseeing, cruises, and diving tours via licensed captains and certified professionals.
At Gatherade, we build products that make life simpler. Our goal is to help people, organizations and businesses save time and money and reduce the ever-increasing complexity of life through a location based mobile application focused on bringing people together.

Members of this first cohort presented their progress to the public in a stunning, intimate setting at local brewery Cypress & Grove. The venue was selected in keeping with the central mission of “community” at Co.Accelerator. The organization hopes to embed support for entrepreneurs directly into the workings of the Gainesville community.

UF Innovate | The Hub supported the initiative by providing the creative space for the participating entrepreneurs. UFTH Director Mark Long noted, “The establishment of the Co.Accelerator at The Hub is a true benchmark in the growth of the Gainesville entrepreneurial ecosystem. The program shows the depth of entrepreneurial spirit and the momentum we have here in driving new technologies, applications and inventions forward.”

Want to learn how to participate in a future cohort with your own business idea? Throw your name in the hat at

Article contributed by Lisa Banks.

Spotlight on Santa Fe College

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Meet Santa Fe College…

Santa Fe College’s Center for Innovation and Economic Development (CIED) and the Gainesville Technology Entrepreneurship Center (GTEC) strive to enhance economic development in our community through their support of innovation and startup companies. Led by Dug Jones, Associate Vice President for Economic Development, both CIED and GTEC share a belief that there is an abundance of opportunities to serve our local entrepreneurs without focusing on competition, preferring to operate from a place of collaboration. In fact, the collaborative nature of StartupGNV is what drew Santa Fe to developing a partnership with the organization when it was still known as GAIN; they feel strongly that the collaborative efforts of StartupGNV are what make our startup community so cohesive.

When Santa Fe and GAIN first partnered, the organization was rich with service providers who were enthusiastic supporters of the local startup community, offering their assistance to new ventures in order to foster their success. While service providers maintain a vital presence in the StartupGNV family, Santa Fe appreciates that the organization’s leadership has evolved to fill more roles with fellow entrepreneurs who have been in the trenches and done the necessary work to be successful, who can now give back through support and mentorship of new entrepreneurs. This transition in leadership over time has happened organically, and as an innovation hub, Santa Fe believes it’s important to continue to grow as an organization in order to stay relevant, incorporate fresh ideas, attract rising entrepreneurs, and foster continued engagement.

Santa Fe College’s CIED and GTEC have had several staff members serve StartupGNV in leadership roles over the years; throughout their involvement, one of the most rewarding aspects has been observing the companies that are doing wonderfully and knowing that StartupGNV aided in their success. Whether hosting pitch contests to help entrepreneurs refine their messaging, to connecting startups with investors, StartupGNV has been the birthplace of a wealth of new ventures that have gone on to achieve their highest success.

CIED and GTEC believe that it’s vital to meet entrepreneurs where they’re at in regards to their needs, through their partnership with StartupGNV as well as their own services. As an entrepreneur-centric incubator, they strive to be as flexible as possible in providing support to new venues, as each organization’s needs are different, in addition to their metrics for success. Their goal is to do whatever they can to support the vision of their entrepreneurs and remove barriers for startups to move forward however they see fit.Interest in learning more about CIED’s incubator programs? Feel free to reach out to Dug Jones, Associate Vice President, Economic Development, as for more info!

Article contributed by Tamara Herchel.