startGNV Announces Finalists for the Innovation Ecosystem Awards in Partnership with Cox Business

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startGNV Announces Finalists for the Innovation Ecosystem Awards in Partnership with Cox Business

startGNV Announces Finalists for the Innovation Ecosystem Awards in Partnership with Cox Business

January 18, 2022

Gainesville, FL – In 2021, startGNV, a local nonprofit with a mission to grow the innovation ecosystem of Greater Gainesville, announced the return of their popular “CelebrateGNV” event to the Cade Museum on January 27th, 2022.  In partnership with Cox Business, this year’s CelebrateGNV event will also feature the debut of the Innovation Ecosystem Awards.

Dozens of nominations came in for each of the 6 award categories and the judges selected 3 finalists per category. The winner in each category will be announced at the event on January 27, 2022.

Here are the finalists:

Startup Mentor of the Year Finalists:

Eric Buffkin, Pablo Casilimas and Justis Mendez (tie), and Stephanie Warrington

Professional Mentor of the Year Finalists:

Bob DeHoff, Lane Holcombe, and Karl LaPan

Ecosystem Hidden Gem Finalists:

Jennifer Harrell, Blythe Karow, and John Spence

Tech Employer of the Year Finalists:

Feathr, IC2, and Tower Hill Insurance Group

Community Impact Company of the Year Finalists:

Abilitaire, Infotech, and Opie Software

Rising Star Startup of the Year Finalists:

Abilitaire, Agriculture Intelligence Inc., and Monochronicle

Image from startGNV's 2019 event

About Cox Communications

Cox Communications is committed to creating meaningful moments of human connection through broadband applications and services. The largest private telecom company in America, we proudly serve nearly seven million homes and businesses across 18 states. We're dedicated to empowering others to build a better future and celebrate diverse products, people, suppliers, communities and the characteristics that make each one unique. Cox Communications is the largest division of Cox Enterprises, a family-owned business founded in 1898 by Governor James M. Cox.

About startGNV

startGNV is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization on a mission to grow the innovation ecosystem of Greater Gainesville. We’re dedicated to creating an atmosphere of engaging networking events, resources, and talent support for innovation companies in the Greater Gainesville area.