Innovation
Economic Vitality

Launch: [lawnch, lahnch] (v.) to start (a new venture) or promote (a new product)

Businesses come in all shapes and sizes, which is why the Office of Economic Vitality stands ready to assist with all your company’s needs. Whether you are a microenterprise pursuing a passion project, a small business working to make a normal profit, an innovator, or a venture company, we can help connect you to the resources you need to examine your latest idea, including funding opportunities created for small and early-stage companies. Our priority is to ensure that the environment is beneficial for a business in the early phase and to foster an entrepreneurial ecosystem that allows companies to organically evolve and grow.

Entrepreneurial Ecosystem

Coworking Spaces

Innovation doesn’t happen in a vacuum, which is why Tallahassee | Leon County is now home to three coworking spaces. Explore how your early-stage company can benefit from environments that blend cutting-edge technology and human capital and provide inexpensive office space and administrative and support resources.

The Domi Station business incubator helps entrepreneurs develop their companies and spur economic growth by providing a robust network of mentors, investors, and collaborators. Domi supports technology-driven startups engaged in development and validating repeatable, scalable business models. Its programs strategically assist different phases of the entrepreneurial journey and help to encourage the entrepreneurial spirit in Florida’s capital city. The Domi management team is well connected with local investors and venture capital firms across the nation for successful startups.

CoLab at the Pod provides an outlet for the creative class to work for themselves, but not by themselves. Situated in the heart of Florida’s Capital City, CoLab at the Pod features cool collaboration and individual working spaces, 24/7 access, fast wireless, and free coffee. Members will also receive a free listing on the PodJobs board to increase their exposure to small and non-profit businesses.

Institute for Nonprofit Innovation and Excellence CoWorking Space

Workshops

Workshops at the Small Business Development Center at Florida A&M University help entrepreneurs evaluate business ideas, develop business plans and explore financing options. Practical, convenient and concise, these group training programs cover topics from start-up basics to marketing, accounting and record keeping, financing and taxes. Workshops are regularly offered at little or no cost.

Other Resources

The Alliance for Entrepreneur Resource Organizations is a coalition of public agencies and community non-profit organizations united to provide current and new businesses with resources to aid in their success.

The Jim Moran Institute for Global Entrepreneurship cultivates, trains, and inspires current and aspiring entrepreneurial leaders and provides – at no charge – the tools and expertise necessary to develop strategies that establish and sustain advantages for businesses in today’s competitive marketplace and to pursue new opportunities and innovations involving the start-up of new business ventures.

Tallahassee Community College recognizes entrepreneurship education is a lifelong learning process and created the Spark! program for entrepreneurial development for K-12 students and post-secondary adult education.

The TalTech Alliance is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit alliance of businesses, academic centers, entrepreneurs and individuals invested in promoting technology-based entrepreneurship, business expansion, and innovation in the Capital region. Their mission is to bring together government, education, and business to create opportunity, foster business growth, and promote the greater Tallahassee area as a source of technology innovation, and continuously seek to expand member businesses and promote innovation in order to strengthen the Capital region’s business community.

Commercialization

With two major research universities, it is unsurprising that Tallahassee | Leon County is home to dozens of research centers and institutes that examine how the latest discoveries can be applied to products, devices, and technologies we rely on every day.

The Office of Technology Transfer at Florida A&M University helps facilitate the process, management and commercialization of intellectual property generated by FAMU faculty, staff and students. Additionally, they identify and process appropriate protective mechanism including patents, copyrights, trademarks, trade secrets, service marks and domain names; and identify markets, negotiate licenses for new technologies, and make arrangements for incubation services.

Florida State University’s Research Foundation established the GAP Commercialization Grant Program in 2006 as a funding mechanism to help FSU researchers transfer their work from the laboratory into the commercial market. Learn more about previous GAP awards here.

The Innovation Park TechGrant Program was first launched in 2005 and has awarded $387,000 in grants to 22 companies for the commercialization of their technologies. Most of those companies are still flourishing in the local community today. The competition is open to any entrepreneur wishing to establish a company in Leon County.

The Florida Institute for the Commercialization of Public Research leverages Florida’s $2 billion research base to create new companies and jobs that are driving the global economy. Their two-pronged approach includes both company building and company funding and helps ensure that the most promising start-ups receive the support and capital they need to grow.

Research Centers

Innovation Park is home to several impressive facilities, including:

Click here for a full list of research facilities in Innovation Park.