Poynter Names Campus Space The Innovation Lab @Poynter: Newest Co-working Space is Part of St. Pete Innovation District
Poynter’s downtown St. Petersburg headquarters is now home to nine digital startups
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (March 19, 2015) — The Poynter Institute, a global leader in journalism education, announced the official opening of The Innovation Lab @Poynter, a portion of its building which now houses nine digital startups that will share previously unused space.
The Innovation Lab @Poynter is located in the heart of the planned Innovation District in downtown St. Petersburg, near the University of South Florida St. Petersburg campus and All Children’s Hospital. It is now one of the largest clusters of startup companies in the Tampa Bay region.
“Throughout its nearly 40-year history, The Poynter Institute has been a place where innovation happens,” said Poynter president Tim Franklin. “Now, however, we’ve actually set aside part of our building for startups to innovate in an environment of entrepreneurship — one that is permeating our entire campus. The Innovation Lab @Poynter fits the city’s mission to nurture new startups, and Poynter’s strategy to make full use of its campus and foster a culture of invention.”
The concentration of these cutting-edge companies at Poynter will continue to invigorate the city and Poynter’s commitment to advance St. Petersburg’s economic development efforts, according to the mayor’s office.
“It is exciting to see how many new tenants are calling the Innovation Lab @Poynter home,” said Mayor Rick Kriseman. “These new, vibrant startups not only inspire each other, but they bring a new energy to our city and our Innovation District. This is the kind of work I know Poynter is committed to and the kind of innovative, creative and competitive city of opportunity we are trying to build together.”
The nine companies now located at The Innovation Lab @Poynter include:
Check I’m Here, LLC - A cloud-based platform that gives universities and colleges the power to manage, track, assess and engage students and organizations on campus.
Intrinio - A knowledge-based media and financial data community that provides faster, cheaper and flexible access to financial data and a powerful online engine for valuing companies.
Rescue Writing – A storybook publisher that provides creative, interactive thematic storytelling tools and resources designed to ignite the passion of writing in children.
Stacktive – A universal fitness membership program that allows members access to a variety of gyms, activities and workouts, eliminating the need for multiple memberships and clubs.
RankMiner – Creator and provider of a predictive analytics tool that helps organizations leverage voice-based emotions for more effective business decisions.
ReunionCare.com – A family-based care management platform that organizes and centralizes information for adult children who are caring for aging parents, with 24/7 connectivity and a trusted care team.
Florida Funders – An online venture capital company that connects Florida startups with capital.
Health Hero – A provider of simple, fun and rewarding employee wellness engagement programs.
WaZINIT - A mobile app designed to help people with special diets find food to eat.
About The Poynter Institute The Poynter Institute for Media Studies is a global leader in journalism education, and a strategy center that stands for uncompromising excellence in journalism, media and 21st century public discourse. Poynter faculty teach seminars and workshops at the Institute in St. Petersburg, Fla., and at conferences and organizational sites around the world. Its e-learning division, News University, www.newsu.org, offers the world’s largest online journalism curriculum in 7 languages, with more than 400 interactive courses and 300,000 registered users in more than 200 countries. The Institute’s website, www.poynter.org, produces 24-hour coverage of news about media, ethics, technology, the business of news and the trends that currently define and redefine journalism news reporting. The world’s top journalists and media innovators come to Poynter to learn and teach new generations of reporters, storytellers, media inventors, designers, visual journalists, documentarians and broadcast producers, and to build public awareness about journalism, media, the First Amendment and protected discourse that serves democracy and the public good.