Jacksonville University’s Davis College of Business is establishing a presence in downtown Jacksonville through a partnership with CoWork Jax.
JU will offer resources and up to 30 faculty and students to help entrepreneurs at CoWork Jax, a community-focused incubator on West Forsyth Street that offers shared workspace to more than 100 members.
As CoWork Jax’s exclusive university partner, JU’s Davis College of Business will receive memberships for graduate students and faculty; and use of the CoWork Jax space for classes, recruitment open houses, and alumni mixers. In addition, a CoWork Jax meeting room with innovative web collaboration technology will be renamed after the college.
“The Davis College is excited about the entrepreneurial opportunities in and around downtown Jacksonville,” said JU Business Dean Dr. Don Capener. “The CoWork Jax relationship offers JU students an opportunity to work with and around local entrepreneurs. JU faculty will also interact with angel investors and startup CEOs for real-world problem-solving and integrating what we’re teaching into the classroom.”
Capener said CoWork Jax will be the college’s 2014 downtown headquarters, and the Davis College of Business will hold open houses for its graduate programs there.
“As part of Jacksonville's only entrepreneurial undergraduate program, JU students can focus on entrepreneurial studies and earn a certificate of entrepreneurism in addition to a bachelor’s degree in business management. JU is proud of our entrepreneurial history, with successful businesspeople such as Mike Shad (automotive), Brian Barquilla (publishing), Jim Dalton and Susan Masucci (advertising) and Matt Kane (software) demonstrating that we graduate entrepreneurs who grow Jacksonville.”
CoWork Jax is a catalyst of Northeast Florida’s startup scene and downtown Jacksonville’s revitalization with more than 100 members who use CoWork Jax as their office and another 850 visitors who attend meetings and events in the space each month.
About CoWork Jax:
CoWork Jax is a space where a community of inspired, independent workers and small businesses can collaborate and connect with resources to grow their business. The space offers shared and dedicated desks and suites, meeting rooms, web conferencing tools, a library, and lounge. CoWork Jax offers flexible monthly memberships, drop-in day passes, and meeting and event space rentals. For more information on CoWork Jax, visit coworkjax.com.
About the Jacksonville University Davis College of Business:
The JU Davis College of Business’ accreditation by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) represents the world’s highest standard of achievement for business schools. No other private business school in North Florida or South Georgia has the AACSB accreditation. Fewer than 5 percent of MBA graduates come from this top tier. Its MBA program is rated a Tier One program and ranked No. 14 globally by the prestigious International Graduate Forum. JU offers an Accelerated MBA, FLEX MBA, Executive MBA and joint JD/MBA and MSN/MBA degrees. Nearly 100 percent of Davis graduate students complete their degrees, and 80 percent continue on with their Florida-based employers after graduation. More than 50 percent are sponsored and financially supported by their employer in their graduate studies. Jacksonville University will begin a Doctorate in Business Administration in fall 2014. JU has one of the largest MBA programs in the region, and has graduated more than 2,000 students. Its MBA graduates have an overall Mean Base Salary of $62,600, a Financial Services Sector Mean Base Salary of $85,250 and a Southern Region Mean Base Salary of $70,856. JU is a 100 percent-match Yellow Ribbon school. Between JU and the VA, the full cost of tuition is covered for all JU degree programs except Aviation and Orthodontics.