Caregiver Accelerator Now Accepting Applications for Jacksonville

 As a partner of the Caregiver Accelerator we are happy to share the start of their accelerator program in Jacksonville. 

The demands for caregiving services and products outweigh the supply available today. In fact, the caregiver marketplace is expected to reach $72 billion by 2020. AARP has determined target areas ripe for innovation, including: care coordination, social well being, activities of daily living assistance, health and safety support, transitions of care and caregiver quality-of-life support.

Pulling from all areas of Jacksonville through the remote program, the next Accelerator program launches August 8th and runs through September 12th.  Do not miss your chance to be part of this hands on, interactive program that will assist you refining your business message, strategy and team.To apply visit caregiveraccelerator.com/application.

 

 

intoGo partners with 904 Happy Hour on local event platform

Via Jacksonville Business Journal

intoGo, an app designed to provide personalized lists of events, restaurants, sites and more, has partnered with 904 Happy Hour, an entertainment and marketing company focused on events and venues, to transform the way Jacksonville locals find events.

“intoGo thrives on creating disruptive technology and we believe this new event platform is a big step towards disrupting the way events have previously been found in our community," said intoGo CEO Zachary Schwartz. "We want to make it easier for people to simply see what’s happening this weekend.”

Zachary Schwartz

Zachary Schwartz

The intoGo app, free to download on Apple and Android, now offers an event platform that gives users a curated list of the biggest upcoming events in Jacksonville. Users can look ahead at events coming in the next seven to 30 days. They can also search events by date, distance or venue. The app learns from users' feedback and personalizes their results. Users can purchase tickets to events and even request an Uber from within the app.

By bringing their services together, intoGo and 904 Happy Hour hope they've created a one-stop shop for local events.

"We are excited to partner with intoGo to help launch a new platform for North Florida residents and visitors to find events and things to do around the area," said 904 Happy Hour President Charles Wagoner. "This new resource will allow everyone who has a smartphone the power to efficiently find events, activities, restaurants and places of interest without having to search for a magazine rack or spend hours browsing social media and the internet."

In May, intoGo became the official city tourism platform by signing an exclusive agreement with Visit Jacksonville. It also won One Spark's technology category in 2015 under the name TheCity.Guide.

904 Happy Hour's social media channels have won "Best in Jax" and boast more than 120,000 followers. The company is responsible for The Beaches Oktoberfest and Freedom Festival.

The SmartBox MiniMart has Arrived

This week SmartBox hosted back-to-back MiniMart Grand Opening events at Web.com and Flightstar. SmartBox's MiniMart offers fresh and healthy food options available for purchase from self check out station. For more information about SmartBox visit SmartBoxCompany.com.

Jacksonville-based OnPay Solutions recognized with Fintech award

Via Jacksonville Business Journal 

OnPay Solutions, a nationally accredited AICPA service organization headquartered in Jacksonville, has been named by CIOReview as one of the "20 Most Promising Corporate Finance Tech Solution Providers" by an industry publication.

OnPay Solutions offers turn-key accounts payable payment automation solutions that integrates with any ERP and accounting or accounts payable workflow system. OnPay's technology also greatly reduces accounts payable costs and fraud risk and can turn a company’s payables into rebates revenue.

“OnPay Solutions is shortlisted as one of the 20 Most Promising Corporate Finance Tech Solution Providers 2017 by CIOReview magazine based on its expertise in providing innovative software solutions and the ability to delight customers and facilitating return on investments through strategic relationships, services and programs,” said Jeevan George, managing editor of CIOReview.

Checks cost on average $3.50 to print and mail and require staff time for printing, stuffing and mailing checks. Reducing the number of printed checks reduces overall cost and allows staff to focus on what really matters — finances.

“By moving from costly paper check to automated electronic payment methods such as ACH, or single-issue virtual credit card for vendor payments, costs are reduced, time is saved, risk is minimized and efficiencies are maximized,” said president and CEO of OnPay Solutions Neal Anderson.

ePayments issued via OnPay Solutions’ systems provide greater security by directly linking a company’s accounting system to their bank for payments. OnPay is grateful for the honor, but they know there is work to be done.

"To us this award means we are being recognized for creating positive and streamlined change for organizations that can really make an impact," COO of OnPay Solutions, Juliet Negrete-Anderson said.

"Moving forward we must continue to talk to businesses about how they can better there business processes, reduce their costs, and reduce their fraud risks."

Junior Skepple

Reporter, Jacksonville Business Journal

Jax-tech firm signs major contract with Visit Jacksonville

Via. Jacksonville Business Journal

Jacksonville-based tech firm IntoGo, an event and entertainment finder application for mobile devices, recently signed its largest, exclusive contract with Visit Jacksonville.

The company's app will replace the city tourism group's existing platform to connect users to the region's beaches, parks, cultural attractions and restaurants.

“More than ever, visitors are engaging with our destination via mobile. They are using their phones to research our website and connect with us via social media, so it is very fitting for us to solidify this partnership with intoGo and provide visitors comprehensive destination information specifically formatted for
their mobile devices,” said Katie Mitura, vice president of marketing and communication at Visit Jacksonville.

The app, which provides users with things to do and places to go by using machine learning to identify their preferences, was developed in Jacksonville in January 2016. After 11 months of testing, the app launched to the public. The app has received more than 12,000 downloads, most all in the Jacksonville area.

Since the deal was penned in April, IntoGo has already experienced a 10 percent increase in downloads, said CEO Zachary Schwartz.

He said he hopes to have at least 50,000 users and a strong presence in two additional markets within the year.

25th Annual Small Business Week Celebration

The PS27 Ventures team attended the 25th Annual Small Business Week Celebration at the University of North Florida. 

Jim Stallings, Founder and Managing Partner, at PS27 was awarded by the Small Business Development Center as "Small Business Advocate of the Year". Congratulations Jim!