BROWNSVILLE, Texas – The official Grand Opening of the eBridge Center for Business & Commercialization is scheduled for Thursday, March 9 beginning at 3:00 PM, sponsored by PNC Bank.  

The Center is the culmination of over three years of design and construction efforts in partnership between the Brownsville Community Improvement Corporation (BCIC), the City of Brownsville, the Lower Rio Grande Valley Economic Development Council, the U.S. Economic Development Administration, the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley and UTRGV Entrepreneurship and Commercialization Center (UTRGV ECC).

“The best way to stimulate job growth and create new opportunities in industries is to find the people who are already doing amazing things in our community and support them,” says Cori Peña, President and CEO of BCIC. “We are committed to strengthening our entrepreneurial ecosystem by supporting local talent our community already has, and helping them grow through meaningful collaboration.” 

Peña said the 36,000 square foot facility aspires to be the “entrepreneurial bridge” for startups and legacy businesses to grow and commercialize their service or product on a larger scale. 

She said the center consolidates all the foundational resources necessary for entrepreneurs to start their ventures, obtain capital, scale their businesses, and reach new markets. 

The eBridge Center will be having an open house for the community, potential members and collaborators to tour the space as well as register for membership for the UTRGV ECC Incubator on Tuesday and Wednesday, March 7th & 8th from 10 AM to 4:00 PM.

On Monday, Brownsville Mayor Trey Mendez got a sneak preview of the center. In the attached audio interview, The Rio Grande Guardian International News Service asked Mendez what he thought of the facility. Also interviewed is the director of business development for BCIC, Nathan Burkhart.


Editor’s Note: The above news story is the first in a two-part series on the official opening of the eBridge Center for Business & Commercialization. Part Two will be published in our next edition.

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