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ENTREPRENEURSHIP IN PALM BEACH COUNTY

Dedicated to stimulating a strong and supported entrepreneurial ecosystem, the Business Development Board of Palm Beach County’s Entrepreneurship Task Force encourages a compelling startup culture, including multi-disciplinary collaboration accelerating innovation; financial, business, and consulting support resources; and connecting to educational institutions and mentorship opportunities.  

Our thriving countywide entrepreneurial environment supports the world-changing technologies and ground-breaking companies created here. Learn about the wealth of organizations ready to help with the many different stages of entrepreneurship below. Innovation lives here…

 

PALM BEACH COUNTY SUPPORT ORGANIZATIONS

Palm Beach County has multiple organizations, programs, incubators, and workshops supporting entrepreneurship. What are you looking for?

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EDUCATION + COLLEGE ENTREPRENEURSHIP PROGRAMS

Great minds need the support of greater minds. Our school district, colleges, and universities offer comprehensive resources
and support for entrepreneurs, and educate the people they will need to succeed.

Florida Atlantic University Adams Center for Entrepreneurship

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Florida Atlantic University Tech Runway

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Junior Achievement of the Palm Beaches & Treasure Coast

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Keiser University

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Lynn University

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Palm Beach Atlantic University's Rinker School of Business

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Palm Beach State College

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School District of Palm Beach County

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Young Entrepreneurs Academy (YEA!) / Golden Bell Foundation

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LOCAL GOVERNMENT SUPPORT

City of Boca Raton

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City of Boynton Beach

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City of Delray Beach

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City Lake Worth Beach

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City of West Palm Beach

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Palm Beach County

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CO-WORKING + SUPPORT SPACE

Palm Beach County’s multiple co-working spaces and facilities are geared to support and mentor entrepreneurship.

1909

1909 is a coworking space, accelerator program, and mentorship platform helping connect and guide entrepreneurs in Palm Beach County. It has two locations, West Palm Beach and Delray Beach.
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Cendyn Spaces

Cendyn Spaces is a hybrid workspace offering private, co-working, meeting, and event spaces available by the hour, day, or month, as well as a virtual service option.
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FAU Tech Runway

Florida Atlantic University’s Tech Runway is a South Florida public-private partnership that serves as a hub to accelerate technology development and incubate startup companies.
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Florida Women’s Business Center

The FLWBC is a small business resource center in South Florida dedicated to the individual professional development of women.
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Kowerk Executive Suites

Kowerk Executive Suites boasts 90 brand new executive suites for lease in West Palm Beach.
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Mosaic Group

Mosaic CoWork is a place for entrepreneurs to create, connect, and cultivate their business venture.
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Palm Beach Tech Space

Palm Beach Tech Association is a non-profit 501(c)6 membership association uniting and building the innovation, entrepreneurial, and technology industries throughout South Florida. It has deep community support and resources.
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Regus

Regus is part of a collective of global and regional workspace brands that form the IWG network. It has eight Palm Beach County locations from Jupiter to Boca Raton. Search for your perfect co-work space on the website.
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Research Park at FAU

The Research Park at Florida Atlantic University® is a 70-acre destination for R&D companies working to support the research and development activities of FAU and to foster economic development and broaden the area’s economic base.
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Social House

Social House is a boutique creative coworking and event space located on Lucerne Avenue in heart of downtown Lake Worth Beach, an equally small and artsy city.
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The Flamingo House

Located on the industrial edge of the Pink City (Boca Raton), The Flamingo House is a collaborate work space for creatives.
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The Studio 1016

The Studio 1016 is a collaborative work place for entrepreneurs, small business owners, and freelancers in Downtown West Palm Beach.
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The TED Center

The TED Center is a non-profit organization that supports the successful development of entrepreneurs, small companies, and start-up businesses. It has locations in Delray Beach and West Palm Beach.
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Venture X West Palm Beach

Located at Rosemary Square, it's a coworking space offering a community of entrepreneurs, established businesses, startups and more a flexible workspace and opportunities for professional collaborations.
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Venture X Palm Beach Gardens

Venture X – Palm Beach Gardens is a flexible private office and shared workspace community conveniently located at the corner of PGA Boulevard and US 1 in prestigious Palm Beach Gardens.
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FUNDING + CAPITAL ACCESS | BUSINESS CONSULTING | MENTORSHIP SERVICES

Palm Beach County has plentiful resources for investment, business loan, angel fund, and venture capital funding and a wide range of business, consulting, and mentorship support services.

1909
1909 is a coworking space, accelerator program, and mentorship platform helping connect and guide entrepreneurs in Palm Beach County. It has two locations, West Palm Beach and Delray Beach.
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Adams Center for Entrepreneurship at Florida Atlantic University
The Adams Center for Entrepreneurship at Florida Atlantic University brings students, faculty, and the community together in the spirit of entrepreneurship to fuel innovation.
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BIOFLORIDA
BioFlorida is a membership organization representing nearly 5,500 establishments and research organizations in the biotechnology, pharmaceuticals, medical devices/diagnostics, and bioagriculture sectors in Florida.
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CareerSource Palm Beach County
CareerSource Palm Beach County is chartered by the state of Florida to develop and retain a high-quality workforce system at two career center locations in West Palm Beach and Belle Glade.
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FAU Tech Runway
Florida Atlantic University’s Tech Runway is a South Florida public-private partnership that serves as a hub to accelerate technology development and incubate startup companies.
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Florida Business Development Corporation
The FBDC is a private, non-profit Certified Development Company administering the Small Business Association (SBA) 504 Loan Program. In addition to the 504 Loan Program, FBDC is active in the economic development of entrepreneurial ventures.
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Florida Institute for the Commercialization of Public Research
The Institute provides hands-on support services for high-growth-potential companies. Through its subsidiary Florida Technology Seed Capital Fund, the Institute provides up to $500,000 in first and follow-on round funding to qualified companies.
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Florida Venture Forum
The Florida Venture Forum is the preeminent statewide, member-based, private equity, venture capital and angel capital organization in Florida.

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GBDC Entrepreneurship Institute GBDC
Entrepreneurship Institute is a 501(c)3 organization specializing in services for small businesses, entrepreneurs, non-profits, and the public sectors.
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GrowFL
GrowFL was created in 2009 as an economic development program focused on assisting second-stage growth companies prosper in the state of Florida.
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Mosaic Group
Mosaic CoWork is a place for entrepreneurs to create, connect, and cultivate their business venture.
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New World Angels
New World Angels (NWA) is a group of 68 accredited, private investors, operators, and entrepreneurs dedicated to providing equity capital to early-stage entrepreneurial companies.
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Palm Beach County Office of Small Business
This office is responsible for monitoring conditions affecting small businesses that can provide goods and services to Palm Beach County, thus creating an environment that encourages the growth and development of small business.
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Palm Beach Tech
Palm Beach Tech Association is a non-profit 501(c)6 membership association uniting and building the innovation, entrepreneurial, and technology industries throughout South Florida. It has deep community support and resources.
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Paragon Florida Inc.
Paragon Florida is a nonprofit financing entity supporting communities underserved by traditional financing entities, ensuring a more balanced and representative playing field.
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SCORE Palm Beach
The mission is to enhance the success of small businesses through mentoring and education with the vision to provide every person with the support necessary to thrive as a small business owner.
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Small Business Administration
It's a US government agency that provides support to entrepreneurs and small businesses. The agency’s activities are summarized as the “3 Cs” of capital, contracts, and counseling.
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Small Business Development Center
The SBDC at Florida Atlantic University is part of a statewide network that provides tools, training and resources to help small businesses grow and succeed.
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SUCCESS STORIES

DAN CANE
MODERNIZING MEDICINE
BOCA RATON

Co-Founded by Dan Cane after realizing the way doctors keep records could be improved, the company was born and so was another multi-million-dollar business. The vision of how to make a better system - one that could save doctors time and improve healthcare - has grown to the company employing 1,000 people on the same campus where IBM created the first personal computer.

SHAY BERMAN
DIGITAL RESOURCE
WEST PALM BEACH

Founded by Millennial Shay Berman five years ago, Digital Resource – the 262nd fastest-growing company in America, as ranked by Inc. Magazine – is a full-service internet marketing agency based in West Palm Beach, Fla. The company’s winning solutions and experience deliver great results for businesses in all verticals across several key areas, including but not limited to search engine optimization, social media marketing and lead generation. Digital Resource pursues relationships based on transparency, persistence, mutual trust and integrity with our employees, customers and other business partners.

JANNA RONERT
IMAGE SKINCARE
PALM BEACH

Recognized as one of the top 200 CEOs in the Country, Image Skincare's founder is an international speaker on health and beauty. When she's not traveling, Janna can be found at Image Skincare's coroporate headquarters where she regularly collaborates with some of the world's most celebrated chemists to formulate the most innovative new products and treatments in the industry.

MARK BELLISSIMO
WELLINGTON EQUESTRIAN PARTNERS
WELLINGTON

Founded by Millennial Mark Bellissimo, CEO of Wellington Equestrian Partners, built the Winter Equestrian Festival into the largest and longest running equestrian competition in the world. Palm Beach International Equestrian Center (PBIEC) is considered the most recognizable equestrian sporting venue in the United States. It encompasses about 500 acres, and the competition rings alone cover over 80 acres. 

NEWS

V2TECHS RELOCATES FROM EUROPE TO WEST PALM BEACH

Monday, November 23, 2020

V2Techs, a maritime technology company competing on the electric ships market, is relocating from Europe Union to West Palm Beach. The company leased temporary space at 777 South Flagler Drive, Suite 800, West Tower in West Palm Beach. It will employ up to 30 people by 2022 with plans to expand its footprint and to open manufacturing facilities.

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PBSC RECEIVES GENEROUS GIFT TO EXPAND ITS SIMULATION CENTER

Monday, November 23, 2020

Palm Beach State College has received a generous grant from The Frederick A. DeLuca Foundation to expand its Center of Excellence in Medical Simulation.

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RESEARCH PARK AT FLORIDA ATLANTIC UNIVERSITY® COMPANIES NAMED HONOREES

Monday, November 23, 2020

GrowFL has announced that 4ocean, PBC, Aventusoft and MPLT Healthcare, all companies within the Research Park at Florida Atlantic University®, are “2020 GrowFL Florida Companies to Watch Honorees.”

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Titus Center for Franchising Hosts Dina Dwyer-Owens, Announces Scholarship Recipients

Friday, November 20, 2020

Palm Beach Atlantic University’s Titus Center for Franchising announced its inaugural class of scholarship winners on Nov. 18, during a special luncheon with board members and franchising dignitaries on the university’s campus.

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AWARD-WINNING MARKETING AND TECHNOLOGY AGENCY SELECTS PALM BEACH COUNTY

Tuesday, November 17, 2020

Moving Minds, an award-winning on demand marketing and technology agency, today announced the relocation of its global headquarters to West Palm Beach, Florida. The Business Development Board of Palm Beach County (BDB) assisted the relocation with connections to the local community and access to talent.

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FAU AGAIN RATES AMONG NATION’S BEST PROGRAMS FOR ENTREPRENEUR STUDIES

Tuesday, November 17, 2020

Florida Atlantic University’s College of Business improved its standing among top programs for entrepreneurship studies, according to the latest rankings from The Princeton Review .

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EXUMA BIOTECH OPENS NEW WEST PALM BEACH LAB

Monday, October 19, 2020

EXUMA Biotech, a clinical-stage biotechnology company discovering and developing Chimeric Antigen Receptor (CAR)-T cell products and delivery solutions for liquid and solid tumors, announced today the opening of its new West Palm Beach laboratories. The Business Development Board of Palm Beach County (BDB) facilitated the expansion through expedited permitting and also showcased the competitive advantages of the local life sciences industry to EXUMA, resulting in a new 6,500 square-foot lab in West Palm Beach, FL.

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MAX PLANCK - CONGRATULATIONS TO OUR NOBEL WINNERS

Thursday, October 8, 2020

Yesterday we learned that our friend and colleague Emmanuelle Charpentier, Director at the Max Planck Research Unit for the Science of Pathogens, will be honored with the Nobel Prize for Chemistry together with Jennifer Doudna, molecular biologist at the University of California, Berkeley. 

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SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA PROP-TECH GLOBALLISTINGS.COM TO OPEN OFFICES IN DOWNTOWN WEST PALM BEACH

Thursday, October 1, 2020

GlobalListings.com, the world’s largest online international real estate listings search platform based in Irvine, Ca. - with over 2.3 million property postings per month from over 90+ different countries – announced this week that downtown West Palm Beach will become the company’s future East Coast regional sales and marketing office location starting January 5, 2021.

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HEDRICK BROTHERS CONSTRUCTION OPENS TWO NEW OFFICES IN FLORIDA

Tuesday, September 22, 2020

Hedrick Brothers Construction, with its corporate headquarters located for more than 40 years in West Palm Beach, has opened two additional company offices in Florida to provide quality-driven construction management services for public and private sector clients.

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AMAZON ANNOUNCES PLANS TO EXPAND IN PALM BEACH COUNTY, FLORIDA

Thursday, August 20, 2020

Amazon.com, Inc. (NASDAQ: AMZN) today announced plans to launch a new, state-of-the-art Amazon fulfillment center in Palm Beach County, creating hundreds of full-time jobs. Amazon currently operates seven fulfillment and sortation centers in the state in Miami, Jacksonville, Davenport, Orlando, Ruskin, and Lakeland.

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WDXrx - Logistics Operations Continue in Florida During COVID-19 Resurgence

Monday, July 13, 2020

As cases of COVID-19 increase in Florida, Texas and other States, WDSrx maintains normal operations while continuing to prioritize workforce health and wellness.

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PALM BEACH COUNTY BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT BOARD LAUNCHES NEW “INVEST LOCAL” CAMPAIGN_copy

Tuesday, June 30, 2020

The Business Development Board of Palm Beach County (BDB) unveiled a collaborative, multi-platform campaign to create awareness about the vital importance of supporting local businesses. In an effort to generate support for local businesses and help bolster Palm Beach County’s “recovery economy,” a 40-foot banner was installed on the west wall of its West Palm Beach headquarters at 310 Evernia Street that encourages businesses and citizens to buy local, meet local, eat local, stay local, play local, dine local, etc. This message will also appear in hundreds of email signatures, email campaigns and newsletters over the next six months from members of the business community, as well as the Economic Council of Palm Beach County.

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THREE LESSER LESSER LANDY & SMITH ATTORNEYS NAMED FLORIDA TREND’S LEGAL ELITE

Tuesday, June 23, 2020

Lesser Lesser Landy & Smith, one of Florida’s oldest law firms, is pleased to announce that Partners Gary S. Lesser, Michael S. Smith, and Glenn Siegel have been named to Florida Trend’s 2020 Legal Elite.

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DELRAY BEACH CHAMBER OF COMMERCE WANTS THE COMMUNITY TO #KEEPLOCALSAFLOAT!

Monday, June 8, 2020

The Delray Beach Chamber of Commerce asks the community to Keep Locals Afloat. Delray Beach is home to thousands of locally owned, small businesses. Most of these small businesses have suffered during the pandemic. 

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As Palm Beach County’s official economic development organization, the BDB enthusiastically supports Palm Beach County’s entrepreneurs and innovators. Since entrepreneurship fuels economic development, we convened an Entrepreneur Task Force of support organization leaders helping foster the growth of the start-up industry.

CONTACT
Shereena Coleman
Vice President, Business Facilitation and the Glades Region
Phone: 561.835.1008 EXT. 4125
scoleman@bdb.org

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