JU to sponsor inaugural Jacksonville Venture Competition

February 24, 2023

Jacksonville University’s Davis College of Business & Technology will be an Executive Sponsor for Jacksonville Venture Competition on March 7 to 8, the largest entrepreneurial celebration in the city in almost 10 years. 

The purpose of the event is to enrich the local economy by bridging the gap that exists between investors and entrepreneurs. Located at the Jacksonville Transportation Authority’s Open Innovation Center, the event will consist of a live venture capital pitch competition, thought leadership presentations, panel discussions and community spotlights of entrepreneurs. 

VentureSouth, one of the Southeast’s premier early-stage investment firms, will launch its Jacksonville chapter by sponsoring the event. The JVC will serve as a two-day educational and networking event to catalyze the formation of a new and robust investor/start-up community in Jacksonville and award the distinguished start-up with their spot in VentureSouth’s investment process. 

“The Davis College of Business & Technology is proud to sponsor the inaugural Jacksonville Venture Competition,” said Dr. Barbara Ritter, Dean of the Davis College of Business & Technology. “We believe this event will be a catalyst for Jacksonville’s entrepreneurial environment, and we are thrilled to be part of it.”

The Davis College of Business & Technology at Jacksonville is perfectly positioned at the intersection of education and industry.  Across the river from Downtown Jacksonville, students take advantage of strong industry partnerships that result in practical course work and applied experiences inside and outside of the classroom.   

With 24 majors and minors, five graduate programs and one doctoral program, the Davis College of Business & Technology is prepared to launch students’ careers in business, enhance their business skills and provide them an opportunity for a terminal degree. 

Through its Center for Organizational Research and Executive Education (CORE), the Davis College can also develop executive education programs to support corporate ventures in local companies as well as for industry partners. 

Dr. James Simak, Director of the CORE at Jacksonville University, will present at the event. His talk, titled “Venture Fundraising: Strategies from Research Perspectives” will take place March 7 at 12:45 p.m.

Prior to the conference, Jacksonville University hosted a Corporate Venture Breakfast at the River Club in Downtown Jacksonville. Attendees heard from four panelists, all leading area start-up companies. 

For more information on the event, visit JVC2023.com. 


Katie Garwood

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