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Center for Innovation

TCC's Center for Innovation brings together the public sector, private businesses and nonprofit organizations in one space. Our vision is to break down silos and stimulate creativity and collaboration. We believe that together we can provide more opportunities for our students and our community.

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About the Center

The Center for Innovation is a newly-redesigned, 34,000-square-foot facility that features:

  • Offices and conference rooms available for rent
  • Technology-infused training rooms
  • A retail incubator
  • The ICE (Innovation, Collaborative, Execute) Room

The Center is also home to the Institute for Nonprofit Innovation and Excellence.

 

TCC’s Center for Innovation Announces Partnerships

November 23, 2020

Last week, as part of Global Entrepreneurship Week and Tallahassee Startup Week, Tallahassee Community College (TCC) and its Center for Innovation announced two partnerships that will support students, entrepreneurs, startups and small businesses across the region with expertise, assets, resources, capital and opportunities across Florida – effectively filling local gaps that limit their growth potential and draw them elsewhere.

 

On Monday, TCC President Jim Murdaugh executed a Strategic Alliance Memorandum with Michael Barerra, the newly appointed Director of the United States Small Business Administration (SBA) North Florida District Office as part of the College’s monthly District Board of Trustees meeting. Barerra, who was joined by several staff from the SBA for the presentation via Zoom, described the strategic alliance and opportunities it affords the College and community. “We look forward to partnering with Tallahassee Community College and its Center for Innovation to support small businesses in Northwest Florida. This Strategic Alliance positions us to collaborate with the Center in presenting programming that aids small businesses and increases access to capital for minority-owned, women-owned and veteran-owned small businesses in Tallahassee and neighboring communities.”

 

Similarly, on Tuesday the Center for Innovation announced its partnership with Synapse Florida, a nonprofit based in Tampa that is developing a statewide technology innovation network. The network will connect communities across Florida to promote greater collaboration and leveraging of resources in supporting innovation and technology startups. Connecting Tallahassee to their network is a significant step forward for Synapse Florida, that views Tallahassee as a key node in its emerging network.

 

According to Lauren Prager, Vice President for Community Engagement at Synapse Florida, Tallahassee will play a key role in advancing this statewide movement. “Tallahassee is a vibrant innovation community, where talent, education, opportunity and policy intersect to propel Florida as one of the nation’s best places for business growth. Synapse Florida is proud to showcase our State Capitol’s rich resources that are powering innovation.”

 

The partnerships creatively complement the work of the Tallahassee-Leon County Office of Economic Vitality and other entrepreneur resource organizations in Tallahassee to support talent, students, innovators and entrepreneurs and bring lift to the local entrepreneurial ecosystem.

 

Cristina Paredes, Executive Director of the Office of Economic Vitality (OEV) views the collaboration with Synapse Florida as a win for Tallahassee. “Synapse Florida convenes thousands of Floridians, both in person and digitally, proving that our state has a zeal for synergy no matter where an idea originates,” said Paredes. “The connection to the greater Florida Synapse Network will get our companies, their tech, and their ingenuity, in front of the makers, funders, and founders in other parts of the state. I’m excited to see our businesses and other community assets plug into Synapse so that we can enhance Florida’s economy through more Tallahassee success stories.”

 

While Scott Balog, Executive Director for TCC’s Center for Innovation celebrates the announcements, he’s quick to point out that these partnerships open the door to more opportunities for Tallahassee in the future. “Collaborating with the U.S. Small Business Administration and Synapse Florida is significant for our Center, the community and our local entrepreneurial ecosystem. These partnerships will bring lift to our entrepreneurial resource organizations and the businesses we serve and promote additional partnerships with other organizations, communities and ecosystems across Florida and beyond. There’s great benefit for us to connect to these networks – partnerships allow us to generate greater impact and return on our collective investment in advancing small business development and job creation in our area.” 

 

For additional information please contact TCC Center for Innovation Executive Director Scott Balog at balogs@tcc.fl.edu or 850-322-6583.

 

Meeting & Event Space

The Center features office space for you or your small business, training and collaboration rooms, and conference facilities that can accommodate up to 150 attendees, all within steps of the state Capitol.

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Nonprofit Support

The Institute for Nonprofit Innovation and Excellence (INIE) helps local agencies access the resources and training necessary to better fulfill their missions. Through a focus on capacity-building, collaboration and creativity, INIE works to enhance the nonprofit sector and ensure that it continues to serve as a driving force for this region’s economy and quality of life.

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Contact Info

For more information or to get a free quote, contact us at cfi@tcc.fl.edu,  call (850) 201-8762, or complete our form.

Hours

Monday-Friday    8 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Address

300 West Pensacola Street
Tallahassee, FL 32301
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