GIT’s Inaugural Start Up Downtown Draws Crowd of Over 300

GIT: Gainesville Information Technology A PROGRAM OF FLORIDAWORKS

FloridaWorks, the Gainesville Area Chamber of Commerce & Innovation Gainesville hosted Start Up Downtown on Thursday, August 18, in partnership with McGurn Management Company, Gator Innovators, Code Bootcamp USA, and Swamp Mobile.

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feature photo credit: Gainesville Sun

Start Up Downtown, the first startup exhibition and job fair of its kind, attracted over 300 technically skilled jobseekers and students to the second floor balcony of the Union Street Station. Over 20 startups set up shop to network with attendees about job and internship opportunities, showcase their company and introduce their products and services to the Gainesville community. An array of startups were featured, including Partender, Eatable, Study Edge, Stage 7 and more. HackerHouse cadets also conducted live demos of their final products for the crowd.

Start Up Downtown was birthed out of GIT’s third forum, where employers voiced a need for increased traction and recognition of their company and the startup community here in town.

With a focus on boosting talent retention, attendees registered in, the state of Florida’s job matching database, in advance to view and apply for open and available positions. Click here for current job listings.

“Start Up Downtown was the best networking event I have attended in a long time,” stated Anthony Ramos, director and founder of a social media startup named Local Optimize.

With a focus on increasing awareness, t-shirts promoting the vibrant startup community were distributed free-of-charge to the first 150 attendees. T-shirt sponsors include: Gold level – Capital City Bank; Silver Level – Institute for Workforce Innovation, Shadow Health, Mobiquity, OwnForce; and Bronze level – Fracture, Grooveshark, Trendy Entertainment, NeuroNet Learning, SharpSpring, Sporting Odyssey and Styledwel. Alachua County Public Schools provided tables for the companies. Feathr supercharged the networking experience by providing attendees easy access to the event information through its app. Queso Media Group captured the essence of the event and downtown scene through videography.

A group of downtown businesses, such as 101 Downtown, Vellos, Relish, Emiliano’s Café, Half Cork’d, Liquid Ginger and Harry’s, offered specials specifically for the Start Up Downtown crowd. McGurn Management Company also validated parking in the SE 2nd Avenue garage for attendees. All of the stars lined up on July 18 to showcase Gainesville’s innovative and collaborative spirit.

GIT looks forward to hosting future Start Up Downtowns. If interested in participating, click here to sign up.

The next event is GIT’s Employer Luncheon. It will take place on Wednesday, August 14 at Gator’s Dockside from 11:30am-1:00pm. Click here to RSVP. This luncheon is a sneak peek into its upcoming conference. The GIT Conference, intended to formally introduce GIT to the community, will take place on Wednesday, September 18 at GRU Eastside Operations from 10:00am-3:00pm. Save the date!

GIT is focused on strengthening the Information Technology talent pool within the Gainesville area to assist local employers with hiring needs. It aims to position Gainesville as a leading IT community by developing, attracting and retaining “1337” talent.

Click here to view all media coverage listings and photo galleries of Start Up Downtown.

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