Published Thursday, July 18, 2019

WASHINGTON, D.C.  This week, a message from the Nation's capital included a local Palm Beach County startup. Levatas, located in Palm Beach Gardens, was named the "U.S. Senate Small Business of the Week" by U.S. Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL), Chairman of the Senate Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship.

“Levatas is a strategic consulting firm that uses artificial-intelligence and machine learning technologies to develop solutions for their clients. Founder Chris Nielsen started Levatas 13 years ago in his garage in Jupiter," said U.S. Senator Marco Rubio. "Since then, Levatas has grown considerably and now supports nationally recognized businesses such as HSBC, PGA, and Dell, cementing themselves as a local hub for innovation in Palm Beach county."

Senator Rubio was right when he said that Levatas has grown considerably. Earlier this year, the Business Development Board announced that Levatas will expand and create an additional 50 jobs in a new 16,000 sq. ft. facility. The expansion is expected to be completed in early 2020 with an anticipated $1.2M capital investment into the local economy. The expansion was facilitated in collaboration between the Business Development Board, the State of Florida, City of West Palm Beach, Palm Beach County Board of County Commissioners, and Related Companies.

"Our company builds technology that helps business harness the power of Artificial Intelligence. This type of work requires a highly skilled group of engineers, data scientists, designers and project managers, so being accessible to the broadest possible pool of talent is critical,” said Chris Nielsen, Founder and Chairman of Levatas. 

“Levatas has a unique platform with creative technology products including customer-facing mobile apps, enterprise software, and cross-platform solutions,” said Kelly Smallridge, President and CEO of the Business Development Board. “With over a decade of bringing products to market and a young workforce consisting of mostly millennials, the company will help keep Palm Beach County at the forefront of technology and the future of Artificial Intelligence.”
The Senate Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship honors America’s small businesses and entrepreneurs. Palm Beach County has officially been recognized nationally for the quality of local, home-grown startups. 



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