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Levan Center of Innovation Celebrates Second Anniversary

The 54,000-square-foot facility offers incubator and accelerator programs for businesses.

The Alan B Levan | NSU Broward Center of Innovation (Levan Center of Innovation) celebrated its second anniversary, a testament to its unique role in the South Florida community. The event, attended by over 200 guests, was a thrilling showcase of the Levan Center of Innovation’s significant impact locally and on a broader scale. The evening was a platform for connections and reflections on the remarkable achievements of the center’s team and members.

The Innovation Center, a dynamic partnership between Nova Southeastern University (NSU) and Broward County, has rapidly emerged as a driving force for innovation, technology, entrepreneurship, and economic growth. Over two years, it has supported 210 founders in establishing 100 companies, filing 16 patents, backing 27 licensed technologies, and introducing over 60 products. The entrepreneurs at the center have successfully secured $5.6 million in investment funds, marking a remarkable beginning to what is poised to be an enduring legacy of achievement and innovation.

“Celebrating two years of groundbreaking innovation at the Levan Center of Innovation is a testament to the incredible progress we have made and the unwavering support of our community in South Florida,” says John Wensveen, Ph.D., NSU’s Chief Innovation Officer and Executive Director of the Alan B. Levan | NSU Broward Center of Innovation. “With the sky as our limit, we are honored to witness the Levan Center of Innovation’s growth and impact, and we are excited to continue establishing South Florida as a premier innovation ecosystem supporting technology and entrepreneurship.”

The event started with an energetic networking session, and the official program commenced with a warm welcome from Wensveen. This was followed by remarks from Alan B. Levan, Chairman, Board of Governors, Alan B. Levan | NSU Broward Center of Innovation. It also featured presentations from three promising entrepreneurs. Andria Beal presented EpiPaws, an epigenetic pet age testing kit. Beth Elletson presented Abe, an HR technology platform designed to securely track, store, and leverage data. Rick Hensbergen presented Esther.ai, a SaaS platform that uses generative AI to automate software testing and debugging, facilitating efficient Software Development Life Cycle (SDLC) management. Each entrepreneur shared their innovative projects and visions, highlighting the diverse and forward-thinking initiatives the center supported. A special video message from U.S. Representative Debbie Wasserman Schultz emphasized the national relevance and impact of it has, contributing to the celebratory atmosphere of the evening.

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Drew Limsky

Drew Limsky

Editor-in-Chief

BIOGRAPHY

Drew Limsky joined Lifestyle Media Group in August 2020 as Editor-in-Chief of South Florida Business & Wealth. His first issue of SFBW, October 2020, heralded a reimagined structure, with new content categories and a slew of fresh visual themes. “As sort of a cross between Forbes and Robb Report, with a dash of GQ and Vogue,” Limsky says, “SFBW reflects South Florida’s increasingly sophisticated and dynamic business and cultural landscape.”

Limsky, an avid traveler, swimmer and film buff who holds a law degree and Ph.D. from New York University, likes to say, “I’m a doctor, but I can’t operate—except on your brand.” He wrote his dissertation on the nonfiction work of Joan Didion. Prior to that, Limsky received his B.A. in English, summa cum laude, from Emory University and earned his M.A. in literature at American University in connection with a Masters Scholar Award fellowship.

Limsky came to SFBW at the apex of a storied career in journalism and publishing that includes six previous lead editorial roles, including for some of the world’s best-known brands. He served as global editor-in-chief of Lexus magazine, founding editor-in-chief of custom lifestyle magazines for Cadillac and Holland America Line, and was the founding editor-in-chief of Modern Luxury Interiors South Florida. He also was the executive editor for B2B magazines for Acura and Honda Financial Services, and he served as travel editor for Conde Nast. Magazines under Limsky’s editorship have garnered more than 75 industry awards.

He has also written for many of the country’s top newspapers and magazines, including The New York Times, Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, Miami Herald, Boston Globe, USA Today, Worth, Robb Report, Afar, Time Out New York, National Geographic Traveler, Men’s Journal, Ritz-Carlton, Elite Traveler, Florida Design, Metropolis and Architectural Digest Mexico. His other clients have included Four Seasons, Acqualina Resort & Residences, Yahoo!, American Airlines, Wynn, Douglas Elliman and Corcoran. As an adjunct assistant professor, Limsky has taught journalism, film and creative writing at the City University of New York, Pace University, American University and other colleges.