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What Happens Here

What Happens Here

We Build, Grow and Support the Spirit of Entrepreneurship

The Hub: a program for success

UF Innovate | The Hub is a business incubator with a mission to build, drive and support the spirit of innovation. We are the "hub" of the North Central Florida entrepreneurial ecosystem with a global outreach. We offer state-of-the-art wet laboratory, light manufacturing and office space, along with advising, mentoring, education and programs and amenities to help you succeed. We have resident and affiliate programs available to assist every startup and small business.

Programs Designed for You

Join our community of startups and growth companies that share resources, and participate in the many programs and events that make the Hub the place to be for success.

Resident clients: Resident clients occupy space in the building. Whatever space configuration you need -- office, light manufacturing, wet laboratory or any combination thereof -- we have options for your immediate needs, and we can accommodate for your future growth.

Affiliate clients: We've designed our non-resident client program for startups and small companies that do not have an immediate need for space but would like to avail themselves of the resources offered by the Hub. Being a Hub Affiliate allows you to access our resources, attend our programs and events, and seek out advice, grow your network and take advantage of the Hub amenities to assist your business in developing its full growth potential. Many affiliates later become resident clients but have no requirement to do so.

 

Guidance and Support

An Engaging Network

Space to Get Work Done

Our advisory board members provide sage advice gleaned from their collective decades as executives and serial entrepreneurs.

Not only do resident clients have access to expert support; they comprise a community where everyone learns from each other. Those impromptu conversations at the coffee bar foster a close-knit group of entrepreneurs with similar needs and diverse experiences.

Whether you need a small private office, a lab, or a combination of these, we have options for you. The Hub offers shared resources, such as a professionally staffed lobby, and room to expand as your company grows.

An Ecosystem Focused on Innovation

Resources designed around the unique needs of startups and small companies

Close to UF
Shared Facilities
Our Rates & Spaces
Expansion & Graduation
Networking & Access to Capital
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Close to UF

Just a few blocks from UF, you can travel quickly between campus and your startup’s lab or office. Free parking, bike racks and showers make the trip even easier, no matter how you travel. Through the Gator 1 card provided to resident clients, you’ll receive many amenities and connections to the University of Florida resources.

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Shared Facilities

Our fully staffed reception desk, secured card access and spacious lobby (not mention the free coffee bar) give you a relaxed place for conversation, collaboration and creative collisions. The Hub has eight conference rooms (some with video conferencing capability) of various sizes to provide for your meeting/seminar needs.

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Our Rates & Spaces

We offer competitive, all-inclusive rates (utilities, maintenance, internet, taxes and janitorial services) to allow you to accurately control your cash flow for your business.

  • Our office spaces start at $24/square foot per year to $26/square foot per year.
  • Our laboratory spaces start at $26/square foot per year to $30/square foot per year
  • Our light manufacturing spaces start at $25/square foot per year to $28/square foot per year

— depending on space size and configuration.

We offer one-year terms for initial space use with the ability to renew annually or cancel with a 90-day notice, giving you the flexibility you need for your business.

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Expansion & Graduation

We are driven to assist you with your growing company, and we offer expansion capability to you with our flexible space. The Hub is a full-service business incubator; we also assist you in transitioning to commercial space as you become profitable and as you grow to need larger or more customized facilities. We have growth programs and our advisors will work with you to set milestones and to measure success.

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Networking & Access to Capital

The Hub offers many educational programs, seminars and community meetups to benefit entrepreneurs. We also facilitate contacts with potential investors for companies seeking growth financing. See our events calendar for information about current offerings and programs.

Advisors

Seek the advice of seasoned executives and serial entrepreneurs

Our advisory board members have experience across a wide range of industries and are available to clients seeking advice. Whatever dilemma your company is facing, they've been there before and can guide you down the right path.

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Quang Tran

Serial entrepreneur, startup coach

Quang Tran is a serial entrepreneur and is passionate about helping entrepreneurs build great products, strong management teams and, ultimately, lasting companies. Quang is a co-founder and Managing Director of LaunchPad at Infinity Hall, a co-working and student incubator platform designed to transform early stage startups into fundable companies. Quang also co-founded Starter Space, the first co-working space in Gainesville. Quang has been recognized for his leadership in creating entrepreneurial, dynamic work environments in Gainesville, where he serves on the board of the Gainesville Tech Council. He is a proven mentor with history of motivating high-performance startup teams to achieve full potential.

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Aaron Dixon

Technology visionary & entrepreneur, developing individuals & communities

Aaron Dixon has focused on software application design and development, working for a number of startups in different phases of growth. He worked with the UF Foundation for seven years, then joined 352 Inc., one of Gainesville’s first digital agencies, serving as VP Technology, in which he led tech strategy and vision. Aaron helped grow the Gainesville tech scene, starting the Gainesville JS user group, the AgileGNV user group and joining the Gainesville Chamber Tech Council. He also founded the Gainesville Tech Association, a non-profit organization focused on individuals and their needs for a collaborative and engaging culture. Most recently he co-founded Collective & Co., serving as CEO.

John Engels

Entrepreneur, Investor and New Technology Development and Commercialization Expert

John Engels is a founder and investor focused on new technology development and commercialization. John co-founded AxoGen, a leading medical technology company dedicated to peripheral nerve repair. Prior to AxoGen, he worked at UF, Saffron Hill Ventures and elsewhere on entrepreneurship and venture funding projects. John started his career as an investment banker. He is on the Board of Oxicool, Inc., a privately-held company providing disruptive cooling technologies. He holds a MBA from the Wharton School of Business at UPenn, and a BA from the University of Chicago.

Chuck Soponis

Serial Entrepreneur

Chuck has spent thirty-five years living through the highs and lows experienced by all startup enterprises. Following his early career as a practicing attorney, he proceeded to serve as the CEO of nine startup and early-stage companies, primarily in the biotechnology sector. In the process, he succeeded in raising more than $30 million for these companies in the always challenging early-stage funding space. Throughout his career, Chuck has most enjoyed guiding the passion and drive of first-time entrepreneurs.

Gary A. Ascani

Biotechnology and Medical Products Executive and Investor

Gary has over 43 years of experience in the biotechnology / medical products industry with start-up, early stage and late stage companies. In 1999, he co-founded Vulcan Medical Ventures, a venture capital firm focused on seed stage venture financing. After moving to Gainesville to become CEO of Banyan Biomarkers, he became vice president of business development for Nanotherapeutics. Gary has served on numerous boards of directors and was honored by the Birmingham Business Journal in their inaugural “Who’s Who in Health Care.”

Sohail Zaidi

Growth and Strategy Adviso, ProspEquity Partners

Sohail Zaidi has a diverse career background in international packaging, industrial chemicals and oil and gas sectors in strategy, finance, manufacturing, and supply chain roles. With 20+ years of experience with global companies such as Intech and EcoPack, Ltd., he is now a Growth and Strategy Advisor at a private equity – ProspEquity Partners. He participates actively in mentorship and leadership efforts, guiding commercialization and entrepreneurial projects for students and startups.

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Eric Buffkin

Serial entrepreneur, angel investor, co-founder and President of eTectRx, Inc. - eTectRx, Inc.

Eric has a passion for new ventures, new technologies, product design and development. He is a serial entrepreneur, having launched technology, product, and services companies in the technology and healthtech sector. Over the course of his thirty years in technology ventures, Eric has been instrumental in establishing industry standards for networking the digital home. These standards have ultimately influenced how we all enjoy digital media, access information, and manage our homes with connected devices.

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Jeff Fitzsimmons, Ph.D.

University of Florida Professor of Radiology, experienced serial entrepreneur and investor

Dr. Fitzsimmons’ work on MRI technology led to NIH funding for the development of RF receiver coils for imaging animals and, later, humans. Dr. Fitzsimmons co-founded Applied Resonance Technology, which later merged with MRI Devices Corp., where he served as chairman of the board, helping the company grow to $40M in annual revenues before selling for $100M. He participated in Emergent1, a local angel fund, and served on the boards of Prioria Robotics and Viewray.

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Guy LaTorre

Senior business development professional

Guy LaTorre has over 25 years of experience in the development and commercialization of medical devices and consumer products in a startup company environment.   Currently, Guy is the CEO of Breathtec Biomedical Inc. (http://breathtecbiomedical.com/) a biotechnology company developing a point of care breath analyzer to diagnose infections and disease.  Guy has been author or co-author on over 50 scientific publications and holds 9 US patents with associated filings.

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Ernest “Ernie” Moyer

Seasoned Technology Management Executive

Mr. Moyer’s business career spans more than 40 years. He served as the president and co-founder of a $40 million-a-year environmental engineering and manufacturing company, QuadrexHPS. Mr. Moyer also established a business advisory practice where he helped to create several local technology-based companies (Nanotherapeutics, EV Energy Systems, Geltech, SyMed, etc.). Primarily, he has been a business and financial adviser to early-stage technology companies.

Brian Tisher (RESIDENT EXPERT)

Experienced healthcare executive, COO for the Institute of Child Health Policy at UF

Brian Tisher, MBA/MHS, is a seasoned administrator with nearly 25 years of experience in the healthcare sector, including strategic planning for healthcare services and financial management including revenue-cycle optimization. Mr. Tisher’s extensive business-development background includes the startup of hospital-based entities and the strategic development of physician networks. He serves as the Innovation Hub’s Resident Expert for the development of demand forecasts and financial projections and also provides guidance for assessing product/service market potential for companies operating within the healthcare sector.

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Events

Learning and colliding in an entrepreneurial ecosystem

The events the Hub hosts each year lie at the heart of the incubator program. Lunch workshops, panel discussions and presentations cover topics vital to startups' and small companies’ success, such as marketing, funding, accounting, human resources, and protecting intellectual property, and lighter fare such as workplace fitness. And, of course, sometimes we just like to throw a party, especially around the holidays.

Get the full scoop on events here.

History of UF Innovate | The Hub

The original 48,000-square-foot facility was built with an $8.2 million grant from the federal Economic Development Administration and a $5 million commitment from the University of Florida. After it opened in October 2011, the incubator demonstrated such success that the EDA awarded a second $8 million grant, to which UF added an additional $9 million in 2015. The expansion opened in January 2018, doubling the facility to a total of 100,000 square feet.

Since the addition of the UF Innovate | The Hub, the entrepreneurial landscape and culture of Gainesville have experienced an amazing transformation, and the incubator is recognized as a major catalyst in helping propel the university city to become one of the top energized tech communities in the Southeast. Much more than a building, the Hub provides a complete growth ecosystem that leverages the prestige of the university’s research and technology commercialization prowess and combines that with programming, resources and networking opportunities designed to support small startups and growth companies.