CoLabJax and The Bunker open Jacksonville Landing location, home for a new technology, innovation and arts hub in downtown Jacksonville; Launch on August 7th

posted July 24, 2015

CoLabJax and The Bunker open Jacksonville Landing location, home for a new technology, innovation and arts hub in downtown Jacksonville; Launch on August 7th.

CoLabJax, a MakerSpace, STEM education hub and business accelerator, and The Bunker, a Veterans business incubator, are banding

together with The Art Center Cooperative to better serve Jacksonville entrepreneurs from their new space at The Jacksonville Landing.

The Landing's long-term future is currently being decided, but the startup community of Jacksonville won't wait. CoLabJax and The Bunker, along with The Art Center Cooperative and other organizations promoting STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics,) the arts and entrepreneurship, visualize The Landing and Hemming Park, along with the stretch of Laura Street connecting them, as the core of the urban startup ecosystem rapidly growing in Jacksonville.  We are engineering  a transformation of the Landing to a hub of cultural and technological innovation with a vibrant and diverse community of makers, doers, and mentors. Startup ecosystems are growing in cities all over the country and the world, and provide the impetus for positive business innovation and growth; with this endeavor we aim to focus  this energy into a new hub of innovation to Jacksonville. The Jacksonville startup community is vibrant and varied, but disconnected. We aim to connect all entrepreneurs, startups, and makers both established AND aspiring, into a focused group, with the resources to grow and succeed.

                Entrepreneurs and Makers can see for themselves what CoLabJax MakerSpace, The Art Center Cooperative and The Bunker are all about beginning July 20. A soft launch is planned for August 5, during and in support of Art Walk. The Grand Opening, with activities on Laura Street and in and around The Landing, is scheduled for August 7th  from  4pm - 8 pm


CoLabJax MakerSpace is a non-profit, community work space offering entrepreneurs, inventors, engineers, makers, and designers a space to refine their vision, design and prototype their products, and test and validate designs before launching ideas into a viable, profitable business. Instructables programming for entrepreneurs and STEM education for middle and high school students is available. Visit us at or for expanded information.

The Bunker Labs is a national network of military veteran entrepreneurs and innovators whose mission is to "Empower military veterans as leaders in innovation".  Headquartered in Chicago and founded in June 2014, The Bunker has chapters in 8 other markets and is expanding into Jacksonville behind the leadership of veteran-entrepreneur Derek Distenfield.  The Bunker Labs provides immersive entrepreneurship training, professional networks, co-working space, transition programs for separating service members, and advocates on behalf of military veteran entrepreneurs. Visit to learn more, apply to join, or become a partner or email

The Art Center Cooperative, Inc., is a non-profit, 501(c)(3) corporation with the mission to kindle, support and celebrate the artistic, cultural and creative spirit of the community while promoting out member artists’ professional careers through exposure. The Art Center Cooperative, Inc., provides the Jacksonville community with a focused group of professional artists and emerging artists in search of excellence and recognition at their craft.

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