4 healthcare startups among 1st cohort of UNF Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation

The University of North Florida in Jacksonville has selected 14 early-stage startups, several of which are in the healthcare sector, to join UNF's new Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation, the Jacksonville Daily Record reports.

The center, which opened earlier this year, will provide coworking space, business development assistance and access to UNF student interns to each company throughout the year-long development program. The 14 companies of the program's first cohort were reportedly chosen from a pool of more than 100 applicants.

Of the selected companies, four are developing solutions within the field of healthcare:

  • AccessABLE Aging: a senior home safety consulting business with a mission to decrease fall risk.
  • Amato Health: a web-based solution for comparing the cost and quality of health procedures between facilities.
  • Baby Boldly: a company providing guidance, products and expert resources to expectant mothers before, during and after giving birth.
  • Synergena International: a photonic device used for medical and environmental decontamination, purification and sterilization.

"Healthcare is huge [in Jacksonville], and we looked at the strength of our university system, and with the Brooks College of Health, it made all the sense for us to figure out how we can help the healthcare entrepreneurs," Karen Bowling, director of the center, told the Daily Record.

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