Mission: Istart jax is a non-profit business accelerator for technology based startups in north east florida with a goal to help entrepreneurs to transform ideas into startup companies. Istart jax offers a premier experiential education to entrepreneurs to accelerate the growth of startup community. We provide free mentorship and resources to aspiring entrepreneurs. By providing northeast florida with a viable pool of startups and entrepreneurs, we help redefine the ecosystem of startups with the support of local and global resources.
Programs: Istart jax has successfully helped more than 15 technology startups to take their idea to next level and get funded. Some of the startups have won the local and national level awards. Considering it's work in the region, istart jax received the award from jacksonville business journal in may 2012 for achieving excellence in providing mentorship, impressive involvement in the business community, outstanding job in assisting in the startup of the businesses in north east florida.
istart jax launched e-mindset program to provide premier entrepreneurial educational experience to disadvantaged and disengaged young adults. Istart jax was a nominee for the "collaboration and innovation awards 2013". "local focus. Lasting impact" collaboration and innovation awards are designed to highlight and inspire effective and innovative collaboration within northeast florida.
istart jax has collaborated with the national educational resources to the benefit of the local startup companies and entrepreneurs. Launched "ultra lean" initiative to create the awareness of ways to bootstrap to entrepreneurs. Partners include - microsoft bizspark, startup bus, 1 million by 1 million national incubator, startup florida, f6s and startup digest. Considering this work istart jax won the recognition of "top innovators and influencers 2013 of northeast florida"
My daughter was in the most recent batch of high school students selected for the internship program. She was really looking forward to it. The program started off ok with regular meetings but soon deteriorated. No responses to questions. No real workshops on design thinking as originally publicized. The meetings had little structure with the coordinator mostly rambling on and on. Assignments were delayed. It seemed to be managed by a single person with part-time commitment to this program. Not worth the $500 fee and the time.