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startGNV and Cox Business Announce Innovation Award Finalists for celebrateGNV Event

Press release from startGNV

GAINESVILLE, Fla. – In 2022, 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 February 2, 2023. In partnership with Cox Business, this year’s celebrateGNV event will also feature the return of the Innovation Ecosystem Awards.

Who: startGNV, Cox Business
What: startGNV celebrateGNV
When: February 2, 2023, 5:30-8:30 p.m.
Where: Cade Museum (811 South Main Street Gainesville, FL) Museum main floor and outdoor patio

“We are excited to announce the return of the Innovation Ecosystem Awards sponsored by Cox Business at our annual gala, celebrateGNV,” said Tammy Dygert, Director of startGNV. “These awards allow us to highlight the work of dedicated companies and individuals whose contributions make innovation a hallmark of our community.”

Guests can expect a pre-event happy hour, photo booth, networking, dinner provided by Zen Creative Catering, and a wonderful presentation of the past year’s innovation success across Alachua County. The evening culminates with the highly anticipated Innovation Awards.

“Cox Business is pleased to partner again with startGNV at this celebration of innovation, and we look forward to presenting the awards to so many worthy individuals and companies who are making a significant impact throughout the community,” said David Spriggs of Cox Business.

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 February 2, 2023.

Here are the finalists:

Startup Mentor of the Year Finalists: Eric Buffkin, Ryan Kern, and Marty Schaffel

Professional Mentor of the Year Finalists: Tara Blythe, Darin Cooke, and Jim Lilkendey

Ecosystem Hidden Gem Finalists: Matt Donovan, Bill Dorman, and Paul Prusakowski

Tech Employer of the Year Finalists: Feathr, Infotech, and IC2

Community Impact Company of the Year Finalists: Infotech, RTI Surgical, and Trajector

Rising Star Startup of the Year Finalists: Aptus Biosciences, Evolve Digital Therapeutics, and Thrifty

To read more about the event, visit this link

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