How Can the UCF Business Incubation Program Help You Start A Company?
You may have the next million-dollar idea for a business, but until you turn your concept into a company, you’ll likely have a difficult time achieving success. The UCF Business Incubation Program provides pre-venture entrepreneurs with the tools, resources and connections to help you navigate through the challenges of starting a company.
Resources for Pre-Venture Entrepreneurs
To help you better define your business concept, we encourage pre-venture entrepreneurs to attend our free and low-cost business development seminars and workshops and explore our suite of online tools and documents:
For one-on-one coaching or additional in-person assistance, pre-venture entrepreneurs are encouraged to visit the National Entrepreneur Center.
"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 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 UCF Business Incubator has helped us grow and become successful as a technology company that focuses on STEM."
"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!"
"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. "
"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."
"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 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."
"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. "
"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."
"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!"
"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!"
"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 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 is like having office hours with a professor. Any questions you might have they can either answer, or lead you in the right direction."
"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."
"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. "
Helping Faculty Commercialize Technology
University faculty are always looking for new ways to obtain funding for their research. By forming a spin-out company to commercialize innovations resulting from research, faculty can gain access to various research commercialization grants.
The UCF Business Incubation Program helps guide faculty through the university’s conflict of interest process, and provides resources, coaching and connections to help create a solid foundation for a new venture.
To learn more about commercialization opportunities for UCF faculty, please complete this brief online questionnaire.
Non-UCF faculty interested in commercialization opportunities should contact a site manager.