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Open Innovation Center Announces Call to Innovate on Health Care Solutions

March 22nd, 2021 · Leave a Comment

The JAX Chamber has announced a formal Call to Innovate, the first major project of the Open Innovation Center at the Jacksonville Regional Transportation Center (JRTC) in downtown Jacksonville.

The center is working with health care partners, UF Health, Brooks Rehabilitation and Florida Blue, who have developed six use cases for which they are looking for innovative solutions. The call can be found here, where entrepreneurs and startups can submit their proposals. The deadline for submission is April 7.

Selected entrepreneurs will be given the opportunity to pitch their ideas to the health care partners and other investors. While the exact outcomes for winning pitches will vary on the company and the need, some potential benefits include customer acquisition, joint product development and advisory board opportunities.

“This is much more about tangible economic growth and job creation than it is about winning a cash prize,” JAX Chamber Chief Innovation Officer Carlton Robinson said. “This is building the innovation ecosystem here in Jacksonville and connecting entrepreneurs with opportunities to grow their businesses and create jobs in our community.”

About 20 small business and innovators were part of the meeting that also included Jacksonville Transportation Authority (JTA) CEO Nathaniel P. Ford, Sr., JAX Chamber President and CEO Daniel Davis and the participating health care partners.

The Open Innovation Center is a partnership between JTA and JAXUSA Partnership, the regional economic development arm of the JAX Chamber. Last year, JTA and JAXUSA Partnership finalized lease terms for 3,900-square-feet of business accelerator space in the JRTC.

“This Call to Innovate is just one of the many opportunities Northeast Florida entrepreneurs will have in the coming years to develop ideas and creative solutions to make our community a better place,” said Ford. “That level of ingenuity will be a mainstay of the Open Innovation Center, and why we are so excited to house this important collaborative space inside the JRTC at LaVilla.”

While this first project focuses on health care, other main industries of focus will include transportation and financial technology. For more information on the Call to Innovate, visit https://www.myjaxchamber.com/calltoinnovate.

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