Downtown Jacksonville has emerged as the region’s Innovation District – a dense urban environment where anchor institutions and companies cluster and connect with start-ups, business incubators and accelerators. Physically compact, transit-accessible, technically-wired and blossoming with arts and culture, Downtown Jacksonville offers the right resources to foster creativity, ideas, collaboration and entrepreneurship.
Downtown Jacksonville hosts a thriving ecosystem of innovation, providing the right support and resources for entrepreneurs of all types. Startups of all types are making a home here. Our robust community shares ideas constantly, connecting on a personal scale in the heart of a major city. This site provides a foundation for information for this innovation community, allowing for even more growth and prosperity.
Innovation lives in Downtown Jacksonville as a collision of creativity from both artists and technology. Inclusive of the creative energy from arts and culture, the Spark District reflects the strong community already working side-by-side in DTJax. The term “Spark” already has profound meaning, inspired by the SPARK district from the Cultural Council of Greater Jacksonville with its annual grant program and One Spark, the World’s Largest Crowdfunding Festival held annually in Downtown Jacksonville.
A compact geographic area in the heart of the urban core, The Spark District offers numerous resources and amenities for the growing business, arts and culture community.
Resources in Downtown
Our community is growing fast and we want it to grow even faster. Numerous resources exist to facilitate innovation, collaboration and success. Reach out, plug in, get involved and become part of our community today.
The Spark District is part of a thriving Downtown Jacksonville community, with restaurants, bars, shops, museums, entertainment venues, amenities and events catered to a live/work/play urban lifestyle in the city core.
Innovation districts contain economic, physical, and networking assets facilitating innovation. When these three assets combine with a supportive, risk-taking culture they create an innovation ecosystem—a synergistic relationship between people, firms and place (the physical geography of the district) that facilitates idea generation and accelerates commercialization. For more information about the rise of innovation districts, click here: http://www.brookings.edu/about/programs/metro/innovation-districts)
WHO IS PART OF JACKSONVILLE’S INNOVATION DISTRICT?
Inclusive of the growing entrepreneur and arts community in Downtown Jacksonville, The Spark District is supported by a grassroots collaboration between innovation resources, the City of Jacksonville, the City’s Downtown Investment Authority (DIA) and a robust group of Downtown stakeholders and non-profits, including JaxChamber, Cultural Council of Greater Jacksonville and Downtown Vision Inc.