GAINnet is Florida's fastest growing social network for entrepreneurs, scientists, students and innovators.  The network was created by GAIN for the benefit of innovators across the state of Florida.

About GAIN

GAIN was the first, and the oldest, organization in Florida focused on the innovation economy.

Since 1985, GAIN has been known for its monthly luncheons that allowed hundreds of local tech entrepreneurs to present their business to the area business community.

Today, GAIN is the grassroots entrepreneur support organization and works as a complement to other local organizations that are fueling the innovation economy statewide.


GAIN's Mission

To INSPIRE, CONNECT & EDUCATE entrepreneurs who want to change the world.


GAIN’s Programs & Events

GAIN offers a variety of programs and events to Inspire, Connect and Educate, including:

  • Online

    Through our website, GAINnet, we offer a networking platform for innovators, entrepreneurs and those that support them. GAINnet was the first local online network of its kind in the country and is home to over 3,100 participants ready to make connections that will advance the innovation community in and around Florida. In addition to being a platform for connecting, GAINnet also offers inspiring and educational content through blogs, podcasts and forum discussions, and social media presence with over 1,200 Twitter followers, over 1,200 Facebook likes, and a LinkedIn group. Please join in and share your knowledge, stories and perspectives so others can benefit!

    Most content is available to all GAINnet members for free, although some content is reserved especially for our Stakeholders (paid members). You can experience the reserve content by becoming a stakeholder today.


  • Open Events

    GAIN sponsors over a dozen events a year that are open to the public. These include monthly luncheons with interesting guest speakers telling about their entrepreneurial journey. Our Fast Pitch event in the spring helps start-up entrepreneurs introduce their ideas to the community and get feedback in a fast-paced, fun environment. The GAIN Shootout in the fall allows emerging start-ups a chance to present to investors and others while competing for cash and prizes. GAIN is also proud to be a sponsor of the monthly Start-up Hour and other events through the year.

    GAIN’s open events usually require a small fee, but Stakeholders (paid members) receive a discount. The discounts through the year more than offset the cost of being a Stakeholder, so consider becoming one today!


  • Stakeholder-Only Events

    For GAIN Stakeholders we offer events such as GAIN Unplugged and Mixers & Socials. These smaller events are closed to the public and they are either free or minimal cost, and provide small group access to successful entrepreneurs, area experts like lawyers and accountants, well-known innovators visiting town, and others. This can be a priceless benefit for entrepreneurs looking for advice, mentoring or just inspiration. You can have access to stakeholders-only events by becoming one today!



Discover how some of Florida's brightest use GAINnet by watching our brief introductory video below.





Questions? Email us at CONTACT GAIN or write us our mailing address is GAIN, PO Box 141556, Gainesville, Florida 32614-1556

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