On Aug. 27th Canvs, a 20,000 square foot coworking space in downtown Orlando, celebrated its one-year anniversary. Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer along with several community leaders came out to celebrate the thriving technology hub.
Housed in the revitalized historic Church Street Exchange building, Canvs supports technology startups in Orlando by providing work space options, mentorship, programs and regular events.
“Canvs provides a physical and visible home for our tech community,” said Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer. “You have to have the ecosystem to attract talent and I believe technology is an important part of that ecosystem and Canvs is helping us achieve that.”
When it first opened its doors, Canvs acquired 82 members. Now the unique co-working space is home to more than 150 members from 75 companies and serves as the meeting place for the Orlando Tech Association’s famous monthly tech meetup, which is the largest tech meetup in the southeast.
“I think what we’ve learned is the definite need for this, and the collaboration, and the growth of the startups that can happen when they’re in one, concentrated, central place,” said Orrett Davis, Orlando Tech Association’s Executive Director.
During the one-year celebration, Canvs announced plans to expand into Winter Park, adding 7,500 square feet to host more startups. The tremendous growth felt by the tech scene over the course of the year establishes Orlando as an up-and-coming tech-driven city.