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CO:LAB SPACE

Dedicated offices and communal areas to promote collaboration and community

THE ULTIMATE SUPPORT NETWORK

We're Not Here Alone: Partners and Allies

Co:Lab is a program of Florida West, in partnership with Pensacola State College.

FloridaWest:FloridaWest Economic Development Alliance is an alliance of public and private agencies, businesses and organizations wholly dedicated to advancing the economic health, vitality and growth of our region.

Pensacola State College:Pensacola State College, under the governance of a local Board of Trustees, is committed to providing quality, affordable, and accessible educational opportunities through a variety of delivery methods. The College, a member of the Florida College System, offers baccalaureate and associate degrees, workforce certificates, adult education leading to a high school diploma or GED, business and industry training, non-credit continuing education, community outreach, and cultural enrichment opportunities for students and the community.

Are we a match?

We want early stage high-growth companies. Our mission is to help these companies become more successful by providing affordable, private office space, mentors, business services and serendipitous opportunities. Our goal further expands to develop companies that will employ more people from our area; companies that will benefit our community.

We admit, we’re not for everybody, and everybody’s not for us.

OUR FACILITY

From office space and equipment, to meeting clients, making connections, attending workshops, entertaining and more, we are set to make running a business easier.

1Location

We’re located right in downtown Pensacola. A perfect location for restaurants, brainstorming strolls and be fueled by the promise of a city in the midst of a renaissance.

2Space

We have 15,000 sq. ft., on two floors – enough space for your business to grow and succeed.

3Cost

Rates begin at $10/sq. ft.

4Amenities

Everything you needed, all provided to you, including:

  • furnished office spaces

  • a turnkey setup

  • flexible lease agreements with spaces structured to allow companies to grow

  • a business room with a copier, printer, fax and scanner

  • secure high-speed internet access with wireless

  • free parking on premises

  • 24-hour access

  • mailing address and delivery

  • priority use of conferences rooms, complete with audio/visual equipment

  • a kitchen and breakroom

  • common areas including lobby and restrooms

5Community

Finally, you have the opportunity to interact, brainstorm and idea-share with other driven entrepreneurs.

POLICY BOARD

The Policy Board acts as advisors for our Co:Lab members. They evaluate and develop the policies that govern Co: Lab and ensure its efforts tie into our entrepreneurial strategy.

  • Bill Gibson

    Gibson & Associates, Inc.

  • Paul Talley

    Gulf Power Company

  • Jamie Ferrera

    Regions Bank

  • Lisa Fairbanks

    Saltmarsh, Cleaveland & Gund

  • Dr. Ed Meadows

    Pensacola State College

  • Dr. Michael Huggins

    University of West Florida

  • Gerry Goldstein

    Florida Small Business
    Development Center

  • Kelly Massey

    Florida Small Business
    Development Center at UWF

  • Larry Strain

    Synovus Bank

  • Chris Battel

    Collector Solutions, Inc.

  • Robert G. David

    Technical Software Solutions

  • Jeff Gadboys

    AeroSure, LLC

History

Co:Lab launched in 2008 as the Gulf Coast Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship (CIE) partnering with Pensacola State College and the Greater Pensacola Chamber of Commerce as part of their economic development effort.

Our modest beginnings of two flagship tenants grew quickly and in 2011 we expanded to 15,000 sq. ft. and two floors in PSC’s downtown campus. Through the years we’ve maintained an occupancy of more than 80% helping more than 26 unique businesses, each in varying stages of growth and development.

Our six graduate businesses are the Analyst Group, Engineering and Planning Resources (EPR), Robotics Unlimited, Pay Sell, Clearstream and ReVera Services.

Currently we have 12 member companies who, along with our graduates, have employed hundreds of people while growing their businesses within our friendly confines.