GTEC to expand facilities, program
"We're very excited because the CRA is building 3 new buildings here at the GTEC site…"
Some big changes are coming to the Gainesville Technology Entrepreneurship Center.
Bill Dorman is GTEC’s Director who says, "We're going to have a greater number of people, greater concentration of interest in technology and entrepreneurship here in Gainesville and we hope to create jobs and job growth here in Gainesville."
While the program is managed by Santa Fe College, it's open to any entrepreneur.
The center provides mentorship and guidance, and of course, office space for local start-ups.
"We've had some great success with companies here are GTEC, companies that are alumni are AxoGen, Sinmat, most recently the large company that grew here Optym, and they have relocated in Gainesville, we're very excited about that…"
Optym is one of GTEC’s greatest success stories, but since the company moved into its' own space... More new businesses are flocking to the incubator.
"Optym left in 2015 and in just over a year we've grown from four companies when they left, to 22”. Dorman says companies like Optym pave the way for other entrepreneurs to get the ball rolling.
"The most important thing that we can do is keep the conversation going... to get people to meet other entrepreneurs so that those that have had success can maintain contact so when new entrepreneurs come on board and need mentorship and advice they can make those connections and learn how to do it themselves”, Dorman says.
Dorman says that's where GTEC can help. They can connect tech startups with non-tech partners.
"Most of the incubators across the country do NOT focus on technology, what we've brought with the addition of GTEC is a bringing together of both technology and non-technology entrepreneurs in one place”, Dorman.
Something he says is only possible thanks to community support.
"I think Gainesville is uniquely poised to grow. We have great collaboration between the City, County, the educational institutions… Organizations like GAIN that all come together to foster entrepreneurship and innovation. We have done a good job of bringing companies in from other areas and growing our own companies. Gainesville works together like no place else”, says Dorman.
Dorman says the support goes both ways.
" Not only do these companies create jobs here they're creating jobs around the world. And they're bringing those profits back to Gainesville”, he says.
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