The Cade Museum for Creativity and Invention, the University of South Florida (USF), Florida Inventors Hall of Fame, and Florida High Tech Corridor Council (The Corridor) are partnering to promote Florida’s most creative inventors and researchers. As part of this effort, USF, with The Corridor, has provided $50,000 to sponsor an exhibit on USF inventors and Hall of Fame inductees at the Cade Museum’s new building in Gainesville.
“We are very grateful for the support from USF, the Florida Inventors Hall of Fame and The Corridor” said Phoebe Cade Miles, the Museum’s co-founder and daughter of the late Dr. J. Robert Cade, the lead inventor of Gatorade and one of the first inductees into the Hall of Fame, which is located at USF. “USF is a leader among Florida’s universities as a strong supporter of the state’s inventors and researchers. Our missions are almost perfectly aligned.”
“The Cade name is significant in the history of innovation in the state of Florida,” said Paul Sanberg, senior vice president for research, innovation and economic development at USF and chairman of the Hall of Fame. “We are proud to be part of this new museum celebrating our inventors and inspiring a future of discovery in Florida and our nation.”
The Cade Museum, scheduled to open to the public in January 2018, will teach science and creativity through the experiences of inventors and entrepreneurs. In addition to telling the stories of Gatorade and other notable Florida inventions, the 21,000 sf. facility will host inventors and entrepreneurs for live classes and lectures in its teaching labs. The Museum also runs the annual Cade Prize, a $50,000 award to the best new technology in Florida.
USF and The Corridor join many other donors from around the state in making the Cade Museum a reality. In addition to the Cade family, benefactors include the City of Gainesville, Alachua County, the State of Florida, Gatorade, the Community Foundation of North Central Florida, the Florida Community Loan Fund, J.P. Morgan Chase, the John Templeton Foundation, Santa Fe College, the Gainesville Area Chamber of Commerce, multiple family foundations, and around 800 individual donors.