Healthbox Florida, the business accelerator that aims to help early-stage health care companies grow and mature, has chosen downtown Jacksonville as its business location.
In April of this year, Florida Blue announced a strategic partnership in Healthbox Florida.
“We’re excited to partner with Healthbox to launch the health care accelerator business model in Florida,” Chairman and CEO Pat Geraghty said at the time. “We see this as an opportunity to bring together currently siloed health care hubs across the state to create one common ecosystem, and this project ties directly to our vision of being a leading innovator enabling healthy communities.”
According to the Jacksonville Business Journal, Healthbox Florida will be housed in CoWork Jax, which provides work space for up-and-coming small businesses that are looking for collaborative and open work environments. Between 15 and 20 Healthbox participants will take occupancy at CoWork for four months, beginning near the end of July.
“We didn’t want a lot of cubicles or traditional office space,” Renee Finley, vice president of corporate and market strategy, told the Business Journal.
“We wanted, certainly, walkability, close to housing, hotels — that was important to us. I think the value that CoWork brings is access to other entrepreneurs, other startups. We know that that facility really fosters that kind of talent in that space.”
Finley said that coordinators are in the process of culling the applicants to 10 companies. Of those, she said, 60 percent were from Florida and 10 percent were international.