Florida Innovation Hub at UF

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Whether you’re thinking Gainesville or globally, a world of valuable resources is at your fingertips. Here are some you’ll find especially helpful:

Florida-Based Programs

Seed Capital Accelerator Program, Florida Institute for the Commercialization of Public Research

Repayable loans ranging from $50,000 - $300,000 to qualified Institute companies. In order to qualify for consideration for this program, companies must meet the criteria at http://www.florida-institute.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=funding.scap

Florida Venture Capital Program

A $43.5M source of funds for emerging Florida companies from the Enterprise Florida-managed Florida Opportunity Fund providing equity investments and convertible debt instruments with emphasis toward transactions within Florida's targeted industries


Funding that goes beyond basic research to proof of concept, prototype development, translational research and other applied research.


Two programs developed by the federal government’s Small Business Administration to help ensure the success of small technology-based companies businesses.

Other grants

A frequently updated list of grants that enable researchers to move their new discoveries out of the laboratory and into the marketplace.

Local Investors

Harbert Venture Partners

Provides growth capital to early-stage information technology and healthcare companies primarily across the Southeastern U.S.

Inflexion Fund, L.P.

A seed and early-stage venture-capital fund that emphasizes company building and harnesses regional, national, and international resources of the fund's managers and strategic partners


A private equity venture fund that partners in the creation of medical technology companies and helps provide key elements that are critical to bring technologies to market rapidly.

Angel Groups

New World Angels, Boca Raton

A group of private investors dedicated to providing equity capital to early-stage entrepreneurial companies in Florida

Emergent Growth Fund, Gainesville

Member-managed angel funds that focus on early stage companies that are developing leading-edge products, or proprietary technologies that possess the potential for rapid growth in significant markets.

Go Beyond Network, Naples

A group of private accredited investors dedicated to providing early-stage capital to entrepreneurs

Springboard Capital, Jacksonville

An equity investment fund specializing in early-stage venture investments.

Gulf Coast Venture Forum, Naples

A nonprofit corporation that promotes the success of Southwest Florida's new and emerging businesses by educating and bringing together entrepreneurs and angel investors

Women Angels, Miami

Invests solely in majority women-owned companies.

Tamiami Angel Fund, Naples

A Southwest Florida angel fund of growth capital organized to invest in Florida-based early-stage through expansion-stage companies

MBF Healthcare Partners

A private-equity firm that invests in healthcare companies

National Organizations

National Association of Seed and Venture Funds (NASVF)

An organization of innovation capital leaders committed to building their local economies by investing in local entrepreneurs

National Venture Capital Association (NVCA)

The venture capital industry's source for advocacy, networking, professional development and information

Angel Capital Association

The trade association of leading angel investment groups in North America

Available Tools

University Spinout Founder’s Handbook (PDF)

Investor Presentation Template (96KB PowerPoint)

UF Resources

Office of Technology Licensing

The Office of Technology Licensing (OTL) at the University of Florida works with UF inventors with potentially patentable or copyrightable technologies and facilitates the transfer of technologies created at UF to the commercial sector for public benefit.

UF Tech Connect®

Bringing together the necessary elements to create technology companies

UF Tech Connect® Business Library Guide

A guide to business library information sources for UF’s technology community: Market research, company and industry profiles, and more.

UF Technology Entrepreneur Mentoring Program

Helps aspiring early-stage entrepreneurs launch technology companies by pairing them with seasoned entrepreneurs

Florida Biologix

Produces, tests and/or fills cGMP-compliant biopharmaceutical clinical trial material

Sid Martin Biotechnology Development Incubator (BDI)

A fully equipped bioscience incubation program

Community Resources

Gainesville Connect

The enticement and welcome portal for Alachua County, Florida

Innovation Gainesville

A grassroots movement built on collaboration between scientific and academic research and a thriving tech and health economy

Gainesville Area Innovation Network (GAIN)

Community initiative to harness innovation to create jobs and educational opportunities.

Gainesville Technology Enterprise Center (GTEC)

Incubator providing early-stage technology start-up companies with tools, training and infrastructure

Florida Works

Connects employers and job seekers

Center for Innovation and Economic Development (CIED)

An incubator that fosters innovation and economic development

Council for Economic Outreach (CEO)

Alachua County's designated economic development entity

Regional Resources


Works to advance innovations in the healthcare, agriculture and energy sectors

The Center of Excellence for Regenerative Health Biotechnology's
Education and Training Center

The Center of Excellence for Regenerative Health Biotechnology (CERHB) was established in 2003 to stimulate promising research and facilitate commercialization of technologies that will provide treatments and cures for human diseases, as well as create new companies and high wage jobs for Florida.

Enterprise Florida

Serves as Florida's primary organization devoted to statewide economic development

Florida’s Bottom Line

CFO Jeff Atwater’s Quarterly Newsletter

Florida Research Consortium

A strategic partnership of education, business and government formed to advocate knowledge-based economic development in Florida.

Florida Venture Forum

A nonprofit organization that assists entrepreneurial ventures

Southeast BIO (SEBIO)

Fosters the growth of the life-sciences industry in the Southeast

Global Resources

Association of University Technology Managers (AUTM)

Provides professional development and networking opportunities for technology transfer professionals

Licensing Executives Society (LES)

A professional society engaged intellectual property

National Business Incubation Association

Organization advancing business incubation and entrepreneurship


Florida Innovation Hub at UF
747 Southwest 2nd Avenue
Gainesville, FL 32601
A program of the Office of Research

Jane Muir
(352) 392-8929

Gayle Dykeman
(352) 273-4819

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