BRADENTON, Fla. — Imagine the Sarasota-Bradenton area as a place to live, to start and build your business, to find great talent, to raise and educate your family, to enjoy a rich and vibrant arts and cultural community – what would it look like if we lived in a paradise of work and play, all right here? In July, across the Sarasota-Bradenton area, Station-2-Innovation backers began to explore what the future could look like in this area, meeting with individuals representing groups or organizations representing “right things” happening locally.
BarCamp Sarasota-Bradenton co-founders Stan Schultes and Sara Hand held the first public event for the Station-2-Innovation Center in Bradenton on October 17th, 2014. The Station-2-Innovation Center project is a flexible, community-oriented space that will offer a variety of programs including co-working, free WiFi, business incubation for early stage companies, and soft-landing programs for expanding/relocating companies. According to Sara and Stan, 80-85% of incubated companies stay in the community and 70-80% of incubator graduates survive and thrive as new businesses. This is far an above the average new business success rate.
As a tech incubator, they’ll host onsite meetings of local tech groups and enthusiasts, networking opportunities, collaborative hackathons to tackle projects, and much more.