Health & Business: Mayo, UNF centers boost city’s innovation ecosystem

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Via. Jax Daily Record

by: Katie Garwood Staff Writer

In the six years since Jim Stallings founded PS27 Ventures, he says Jacksonville’s startup and innovation ecosystem has changed rapidly and expanded. 

He said change will accelerate with two incubators and innovation centers that opened this week. Mayo Clinic opened its Life Sciences Incubator on Aug. 22, and the University of North Florida Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation introduced its inaugural cohort of 14 entrepreneurs this week.

“My first reaction has been this is excellent for the community, because they are very focused and specialized in different missions, in different areas and it complements everything we’re doing as well,” said Stallings, whose PS27 Ventures is affiliated with both programs. 

“It’s almost like 1+1+1=5. Everybody brings something different and they’re bringing something new, and very much needed, for Jacksonville. It’s a very powerful addition,” he said.

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