Decades ago, researchers conducted their work from remote locations, far removed from urban business centers. As a result, many of their efforts occurred behind a figurative and geographic shield of secrecy. As demands for work-life balance increase, communication channels broaden and urban centers enjoy a new phase of growth and development, institutions are beginning to recognize a factor that the former model could not effectively deliver: collaboration through proximity.
The St. Pete Innovation District (SPID) was established in as a public-private partnership in 2016. Today, membership exceeds 50 organizations within the Life Science, Marine Science, and Technology sectors, as well as those focused on Entrepreneurship and Education. Many of these institutions are within a designated boundary of the District, while others are engaged from throughout the region and nation.
See below for a map of the Innovation District.
Click "See All Our Partners" above the map for details about the organizations involved.
SPID utilizes a framework in which three types of assets create an innovative ecosystem — the Economic Assets (institutions), the Physical Assets (infrastructure) and the Networking Assets (connections between institutions).
Additional details about the District framework, metrics, and example collaborations can be found in our reports.