JACKSONVILLE - This week the KYN accelerator and apprenticeship program, founded in partnership with STACHE Investments Company and One Spark, opened its doors in downtown Jacksonville, Florida. Led by Elton Rivas, Shay Arnett, and Dennis Eusebio, the program launches with four companies in its inaugural class, all of whom were participants in this year’s One Spark crowdfunding festival.
The group includes Pure Treats, Floppy Entertainment, Original Fuzz, and Hatchware. All are receiving KYN funding and will be participating in the 16-week accelerator program. The accelerator plans to support other One Spark creators, as well, some of whom have already been in talks with leadership. A partnership with The University of North Florida forms the basis of the apprenticeship program, which will operate in conjunction with the accelerator program. Apprentices are UNF students with design and development skills who are looking for real-world experience. They’ll be working alongside companies going through the accelerator program with the KYN team.