Innovation Ecosystem Award Winners Announced!

6 Winners of the Innovation Ecosystem Awards were announced at celebrateGNV. [click here for full post]

Innovation Ecosystem Award Winners Announced!

The last time startGNV was able to hold celebrateGNV as an in-person event was in 2019. Last night, we were back in action at the Cade Museum for Creativity and Invention! This exciting event that celebrates innovation in Gainesville and Greater Gainesville, added its first Innovation Ecosystem Awards into the mix.

Thanks to a wonderful partnership with Cox Business, this year’s event featured 6 awards, including a cash award of $5,000 for the Rising Star Startup winner. startGNV Board President James Gibson (above) served as emcee. Vice President of Cox Business (Florida & Georgia) Harbin Bolton presented the awards with startGNV Director Tammy Dygert.

Agriculture Intelligence Inc. was the recipient of the $5,000 Rising Star Startup Award. L-R: startGNV Director Tammy Dygert, CEO of Agriculture Intelligence Matt Donovan and VP of Cox Business (Florida & Georgia) Harbin Bolton.

The event enabled startGNV and Cox Business to shine a spotlight on the strengths of innovation in the community. As the awards demonstrated, Gainesville is alive and well with solution-driven thinkers, active mentors, rising startups, and companies with some of the best networks and culture in Alachua County. Each award category was narrowed down to 3 amazing finalists and the winners of each category were unveiled at the event on January 27.

Here is the complete list of winners:

Professional Mentor of the Year: Bob DeHoff (Infotech)

Startup Mentor of the Year (tie): Pablo Casilimas and Justis Mendez (OneSixOneVentures)

Ecosystem Hidden Gem: Blythe Karow (Evren Technologies)

Tech Employer of the Year: Tower Hill Insurance Group

Community Impact Company of the Year: Infotech

Rising Star Startup of the Year: Agriculture Intelligence Inc.

Congratulations to all the finalists and the 6 winners!