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Inside UNF's new Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation

The University of North Florida has established a concept for higher education that’s intended to create new opportunities in Jacksonville.


“Anyone who walks through these doors has the potential to build a business — and they’ll have the support here to do it,” said Karen Bowling, director of the UNF Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation.


The center has classroom, coworking and office space on two floors at The Barnett, Downtown at 112 W. Adams St. It is the university’s second urban learning resource center, joining the Jacksonville Museum of Contemporary Art two blocks north along Laura Street...(read more)

Center for Entrepreneurship Entrance

UNF: Barnett Bank building facility is 'wonderful for creative thought'

Up to 200 Coggin College of Business students will take classes in the 16,000-square-foot space on the fourth and fifth floors, which includes an Entrepreneurial Center, where students work with people in the business community to pitch ideas and help come up with solutions to issues in various industries....(read more)

CEI Ribbon Cutting

UNF innovation center opens at The Barnett

University of North Florida President David Szymanski, left, holds the ribbon at UNF’s new Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation at The Barnett building in Downtown Jacksonville.


He was joined Monday night by his wife, Maria Szymanski; philanthropists Luther and Blanche Coggin; and the center’s director, Karen Bowling.


The center will serve graduate students and entrepreneurs interested in incubating business ideas.

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Bowling appointed director of new UNF entrepreneur center

The University of North Florida appointed alumna Karen Bowling the director of its new Center for Entrepreneurship.


Bowling is an executive with more than 30 years of experience in public and private companies in the health care, government and technology industries.


Prior to her appointment, Bowling served as president of Thrive Consulting LLC in Jacksonville, where she worked with clients in the health care and government sectors...(read more)

CEI Construction

Work set to begin on UNF's Entrepreneurial Center in urban core

Ahead of the spring semester, a permit for the build-out of the fourth and fifth floors of the Barnett Bank Building has been awarded to Danis.


In April, the University of North Florida signed a lease for the 16,000-square-foot space. Up to 200 students will take classes at the satellite campus, which in addition to classrooms will include an "Entrepreneurial Center," where students will intern while working with people in the business community...(read more)