The University of North Florida has opened its downtown business campus and Center for Entrepreneurship & Innovation in the historic Barnett Building in downtown Jacksonville.
The 16,000-square-foot space on the 4th and 5th floors of the historic building in the heart of downtown Jacksonville will accommodate classes for up to 200 Coggin College of Business students. It also includes the Center for Entrepreneurship & Innovation to allow up-and-coming entrepreneurs to work with the business community to pitch ideas through the initial vetting stage and work together to solve for challenges in various industries. The space includes conference rooms, collaborative workspaces and offices.
“The potential is here to expand in so many ways,” says Karen Bowling, director of the Center for Entrepreneurship & Innovation.
Bowling says the momentum downtown right now was a major reason the school chose the location. It will give aspiring entrepreneurs the chance to easily get to the building while also giving the businesses and employers they’ll be working with the accessibility from their end as well.
In addition to UNF’s new facility, over the course of the last year, Jacksonville University and Florida State College of Jacksonville have also increased their downtown campus presence.
The Coggin College of Business has been ranked a “Best Business School” for the last eleven years by Princeton Review.