Startups looking for job seekers at Thursday's Start Up Downtown


In this May 6, 2013 file photo, the crew from Partender bar inventory, from left to right, Ishan Kulkarni, Ryan Glidewell, Chris Cordle, Brian Sunter, founder and CEO Nikhil "Nik" Kundra, with mascot Buddy, Joe Astrauskas, Spencer Ellinor, Jules Miller, and Troy Sultan are shown at their office space in the Founders Pad at Union Street Station in Gainesville. Partender is among the companies being featured at Start Up Downtown.

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Published: Tuesday, July 16, 2013 at 5:04 p.m.
Last Modified: Tuesday, July 16, 2013 at 5:04 p.m.

Information technology workers are in demand but don’t always know about the jobs available at local companies, says Kim Tesch-Vaught, executive director of FloridaWorks.

Downtown startup companies are trying to get the word out that they have opportunities for students and job seekers with technical skills by holding a job fair and exhibition Thursday.

Start Up Downtown is 6-9 p.m. Thursday on the second-floor balcony of Union Street Station at 201 SE Second Ave. and will feature companies such as Mobiquity, Sporting Odyssey, Partender, NeuroNet Learning, Eatable, Trendy Entertainment and Stage 7. The event will include walking tours of startups such as Grooveshark and Fracture and specials at nearby businesses.

Cadets from the first class of HackerHouse also will demonstrate their prototypes. HackerHouse was created by Trendy Entertainment and ToneRite founder Augi Lye and features eight engineering students who live together for three months to invent new technologies and receive mentoring from local entrepreneurs.

The idea for Start Up Downtown came from one of the monthly task force meetings of GIT, or Gainesville Information Technology. The group was created by FloridaWorks and the Gainesville Area Chamber of Commerce to help employers hire IT workers.

Tesch-Vaught said they are trying to connect IT training and education to the skills employers need and raise awareness about jobs so people with skills don’t leave town to find work.

FloridaWorksOnline.com has a link to local tech jobs.

Attendance is free of charge. More than 70 people registered by Tuesday afternoon through FWStartUpDowntown.eventbrite.com. Parking in the Southeast Second Avenue garage will be validated. Interested job seekers also may register at EmployFlorida.com.

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