The Maritime and Defense Technology Hub (Hub) in the St. Pete Innovation District is a shared workspace that brings together under one roof the triple helix of innovation: industry, government, and academia. It takes advantage of the increased need for maritime and national security technology solutions across the State of Florida and the Federal government.
The Innovation District, a nonprofit organization, manages the Hub. Over 19 organizations are sub-tenants. The sub-tenants are curated based on their alignment to the Grow Smarter and County target industries with particular attention on marine science, defense, and technology sectors.
The Hub's tenants are also selected for their ability to leverage the unique attributes of the building such as a workspace with port access, rooms designed for secure communications, and wet/chemical laboratories.
A list of the current tenants can be found below under "Resources"
The Hub organizations are expected, as part of their lease terms, to engage as members of the Innovation District and the broader St. Petersburg community. Their efforts include local hiring, internships, peer mentoring of entrepreneurs/small businesses, and technical exchange events. The Hub reports annually these activities.
The Hub also offers rental of meeting space, outdoor event space, and water-based test and evaluation.