At the University of Florida Celebration of Innovations on March 27, Office of Technology Licensing Director David Day announced the launch of a program that will help local investors support local start-ups.
The Innovation Gainesville Angel Network (iGAN) will create opportunities for local investors to directly fund companies that sprout up from licensed UF technology. The network will help create connections between local investors and the local startup companies that need access to resources in order to grow.
Working with the Florida Institute for the Commercialization of Public Research, iGAN will aid member investors in choosing which new technology startups in the Gainesville area are ready for mentoring or investment and are a good match for the investor. Networking events will serve as a way for startups to show off their new technologies and allow for investors to discuss the new companies.
iGAN will begin by focusing on innovation industries like software, electronics, medical devices, Internet applications, advanced materials, manufacturing, biotechnology and life sciences. See innovationgainesville.com/igan for more.
Also in March, Innovation Square received the 2012 Donald E. Hunter Excellence in Economic Development Planning Award from the Economic Development Division of the American Planning Association (APA).