Add to the Business Incubation Value with Your Expertise
It takes a community to grow a company. Membership in the UCF Business Incubation Program gives clients access to a wealth of expertise from partner companies. Partners provide clients with vital, real-world guidance from leaders who understand how to overcome the specific challenges that startup companies face.
Partnerships Tailored to Clients
The UCF Business Incubation Program actively partners with a wide variety of local companies in major industries that can provide business services, resources or expertise to client companies. This ensures clients get the guidance of a partner that truly understands their industry’s unique challenges.
Become a Partner
If you believe you or your organization satisfies the qualifying criteria outlined below for becoming a Partner, please complete the application.
In order to be eligible for consideration, prospective Partners should meet several program requirements:
- Understand the nature of entrepreneurial enterprises and the challenges faced by emerging companies.
- Have a good reputation in the community.
- Understand, accept, and abide by the principle of no sales pitches to UCFBIP client companies.
- Submit proof of education/training/experience.
- Describe/Explain how you will deliver valuable education/advice/services for UCFBIP clients.
- Be active in supporting the UCFBIP. A six-month period of inactivity may lead to reconsideration of partnership.
- Be willing to provide lunch/breakfast at partner-sponsored UCFBIP Lunch Connection/Brunch Connection seminars.
- Be willing to provide complimentary initial hour(s) of advice for UCFBIP client companies.
If you have questions about becoming a Partner of the UCF Business Incubation Program, please contact the Partner Program Manager, Jim Bowie, at Jim.Bowie@ucf.edu.
"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. "
"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."
"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."
"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."
"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."
"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."
"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."
"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 Business Incubator has helped us grow and become successful as a technology company that focuses on STEM."
"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 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. "
"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 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. "
"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! "
"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!"