startGNV Welcomes Lauren Asmus As Our New Director

She brings nine years of experience as a communications and public outreach strategist.

startGNV Welcomes Lauren Asmus As Our New Director

After an extensive search, the startGNV Board of Directors is thrilled to announce Lauren Asmus as the organization’s new full-time Director. Asmus will use her years of diverse experience to bring startGNV into its next chapter of community impact to help grow the innovation ecosystem of Greater Gainesville. She succeeds Lauren Hemingway, Program Director for the Tech Talent Initiative and will also build upon Hemingway’s work completed over the past year.

“The placement of a full-time staff position is a growth milestone for startGNV, allowing us to continue to expand our organizational capacity and community impact. Lauren Asmus’s strong background in community relations and project management is a great asset and we are so excited to welcome her to the team,” says Aidan Augustin, startGNV Board President and Co-Founder and President of Feathr.

Lauren Asmus brings nine years of experience as a communications and public outreach strategist, having served a diverse array of clients in the realms of corporate, nonprofit, and government affairs. She specializes in community organizing, public relations, public affairs, and delivering all work with a little ‘creative sizzle.’ She moved to Gainesville in 2019, where she served as the Communications Director for CareerSource North Central Florida. After completing her Master’s Degree in Communications and Media at Florida State University, Asmus served two years as an Americorps Volunteer in Service to America in Billings, Montana.

For the past two years, our volunteer-run non-profit organization has been facilitated by a working board. “All of our efforts at startGNV are a result of the enthusiasm our local employers have about the potential of a thriving tech and startup scene,” says Lindsey Day, Hiring Committee Board Member at startGNV and Assistant Director of Talent Acquisition and Development at Infotech. “In 2019 their generous contributions allowed us to create the Tech Talent Initiative. After a robust search and meeting with many talented candidates, we can’t wait to work with our new full-time director to elevate our events and services.”

“We would also like to recognize the outstanding role Lauren Hemingway has played over the past year as we launched the Tech Talent Initiative, including a full organizational rebrand, website, and jobs portal,” says Augustin. “The result of her hard work and the commitment of our dedicated volunteer network has resulted in a great year for startGNV and the greater Gainesville innovation ecosystem.”