Giving Emerging Companies Guidance for Success
The UCF Business Incubation Program provides early-stage and relocating companies with the guidance and resources needed to become financially sustainable. The program includes all the tools, infrastructure and networking support that companies poised for significant growth need to take the next step in their development. Since its founding in 1999, the UCF Business Incubation Program has helped hundreds of early-stage companies succeed, creating thousands of high-paying jobs right here in Central Florida and boosting the local economy.
The Business Development Process for Early-Stage Companies
The business development process always begins with a careful evaluation of the companies that apply and their industries. The Program looks for clients with potentially great business models in dynamic, high-growth industries. Once selected, these companies enter a structured incubation program that fully prepares them for the challenges of sustaining a robust company. Though this Program features a systemized process, the incubation team allows for lots of flexibility throughout. No two companies are the same, and the UCF Business Incubation Program accounts for the individual challenges clients face and develops companies at their own pace.
Business Development and Business Planning
The formal incubation process takes place through a series of strategic working sessions for small business development. These sessions are designed to help define the business, market and capital strategies, eventually leading to the business planning stage. This introspective company development is paired with a number of additional services throughout, including networking, marketing and mentoring.
Get Started with the UCF Business Incubation Program
Getting started in the UCF Business Incubation Program is straightforward and easy. To learn more about this business development program, reach out for a one-on-one meeting with a site manager. You’ll learn about your program options and opportunities that can turn your company into a sustainable, profitable enterprise.
"The Incubator is like having office hours with a professor. Any questions you might have they can either answer, or lead you in the right direction."
"Joining the incubator was a real ‘eye-opener’. . . it has really helped us focus on building our organization as well as in positioning ourselves in becoming the market leaders in our industry. Our access to resources from networking with other start-ups to legal, finance, HR, market research, and operational support is tremendous and invaluable. Thanks to the UCF incubator team for making things happen for us. . . it’s almost unreal. I don’t think you can get this level of support and knowledge anywhere else."
"The networking aspect of the incubator program is the most valuable asset they could offer, they have given ISR numerous opportunities to show case our capabilities to discuss real business options with both large and small businesses. "
"UCF Business Incubation Program personnel are your best friends in business because they truly care about, and contribute to your success. From their years of success in helping businesses grow and prosper, they have the answers, support, and referrals on-hand and ready, even before I can determine my questions and needs."
"Without the incubator and the services that they provide we never would have made it off the ground. The programs and advisory services are why we have made it through this tough economy."
"We truly believe in the importance of a collaborative and supportive environment in which innovation and business can grow and flourish. One such environment is offered through the dedicated and tireless efforts of many at the UCF Technology and Business incubator. Ideas and teams are nurtured, becoming solid businesses and true industry game changers! "
"The UCF Incubation Program was just what I was looking for when deciding how to grow my business! They’ve provided not only a fertile environment for true entrepreneurship but have given me access to valuable resources I would not have had access to otherwise."
"The UCFBIP at the Central Florida Research Park has been a rich and fertile business community for developing and growing my Small Business. The UCFBIP has provided many collaborative business opportunities that can combine technologies and services to create great business opportunities to be pursued for which I am thankful. "
"I want to thank the UCF Business Incubator Program for their outstanding accomplishments in support of small business growth in Central Florida! The UCF Small Business Incubation Program is absolutely vital to the growth of business, local employment, tax revenue, personal achievement and support of UCF graduates into the workforce. I believe that our business would not be as successful without them!"
"UCF BIP has given me the resources and connections I need to grow my business into new markets. It's an incredibly valuable resource for new entrepreneurs."
"I would like to thank the UCF Incubator program for an outstanding job. There is an almost limitless amount of excellent quality resources available from the program and I would recommend the program to anyone."
"When I was first introduced to the UCF Incubator program I could immediately see the benefits to entrepreneurs. For over 3 years, Jim & Jessica have always assisted us with introductions & requests. I believe we have received invaluable benefits for the small expense as a client. Great people, great program. Thank you UCF!"
"The continued professional support, education and entrepreneurial atmosphere of UCFBIP has been a unique, cooperative opportunity to be successful against the odds. We continue to grow and innovate within our field because of the resources and talent available to us."
"The Incubator has been amazing at adapting to our changing needs and fostering our growth. In fact, as we grow the Incubator grows with us!"
"The UCF Business Incubator has helped us grow and become successful as a technology company that focuses on STEM."
"The UCF Business Incubation Program has been instrumental in aligning Athena-Tek to succeed by offering key strategic alliance opportunities, guidance and motivation. The Program's professional and talented team has been very responsive to our many organizational, tactical, and business development queries. "
"I consider it a great privilege to work with the UCF Incubator program and the Veteran’s Initiative. As a veteran-owned small business, I found it difficult to find mentors in business that didn’t cost a fortune. The guidance and tools I need to succeed are all provided, as well as the advice necessary to take my business to the next level. Thank you UCF Incubator!"
"One of the most difficult parts of being a start-up is to get going alone. The UCFBIP has provided me with lots of resources to help my business grow and develop. This support and network system is really invaluable for any entrepreneur."