Getting Started: Resources for Student Entrepreneurs
So you’ve decided you are ready to take the plunge into entrepreneurship. There are a variety of campus resources to support you in the process.
The Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation (CEI)
CEI was created to teach, coach, and inspire students across all majors to be entrepreneurial in their lives. CEI provides students the tools and experiences necessary to creatively pursue new opportunities and innovations in the start-up, social, and corporate venture arenas. Tools and experiences include:
- Gator Hatchery
- Business plan and pitch competitions
- Experiential learning programs
- Academic programs or course electives
The Entrepreneurial Living Learning Community offers student innovators access to the tools and resources for their own entrepreneurial journey. This interdisciplinary living learning center connects academic coursework, internship experiences, professional and peer mentorship, and experiential learning to create a dynamic academic and business incubation environment. Resources are available to residents and non-residents and include:
The Innovation Academy (IA) is a living learning community that pulls students from more than 30 majors into a spring-summer cohort filled with energy, collisions that become ideas, and one common minor: Innovation. IA allows students to attend classes during the spring and summer semesters, and in turn pursue other experiences, such as study abroad programs and internship opportunities, in the fall semester.
The Institute provides opportunities for innovation education to all engineering undergraduate and graduate students, staff, and faculty through seminar series, workshops, courses in innovation and entrepreneurship, an entrepreneur-in-residence program, and a faculty program aimed at engaging industry leaders.
The Innovators Series will bring six leaders in the information industries to the University of Florida over the next two years whose inventive outlooks have propelled them to the leading edge of data, mobile and community engagement. These speakers will focus on media innovation and new ways of communicating.
Did you know the Gainesville region boasts the most business incubators per capita than anywhere else in the United States, two of which are part of UF?
UF Innovate | The Hub, named the World’s Best Mixed-Use Entrepreneurial Center in 2019, offers space, resources, and a network of support for technology and other startups.
UF Innovate | Sid Martin Biotech, named the Global Incubator of the Year in both 2013 and 2017 by the International Business Innovation Association, offers space and support for early stage biotech companies. It is located in Alachua and features quality labs, animal facilities, greenhouses, and more than $1.5 million of shared scientific equipment.
The network of entrepreneurial support extends beyond the UF campus. There are a variety of community resources at your fingertips to lend support, resources, professional development, and networking opportunities.
Santa Fe College is also an engine for entrepreneurship. Located in the Santa Fe College Blount Center in downtown Gainesville, Florida, the CIED Entrepreneur Incubator serves early-stage startups across a broad spectrum of sectors, from traditional service-oriented businesses like catering and furniture moving, to training, education and exam preparation businesses, as well as more technology focused businesses like web, app and game development.
Serving startups in technology and light manufacturing, as well as providing outreach and education to entrepreneurs in East Gainesville, the GTEC incubator program is managed by Santa Fe College.
Artists and entrepreneurs. Members are provided a co-working space, access to mentors, education, and workshops.
Interested in training on web development? Gainesville Dev Academy offers 8-week or 12-week intensive courses on web development and programming. Gainesville Dev Academy is a partnership between the Gainesville Area Chamber of Commerce, Santa Fe College, and the UF Herbert Wertheim College of Engineering.
GAIN is a great way to get connected with a social network for entrepreneurs, scientists, students and innovators. With a reduced-rate student membership, you can attend speaker series, networking events, and a variety of other learning opportunities surrounding science, business, and other areas.
Keep a pulse on the local startup scene by signing up for Startup Digest, a free weekly newsletter, that shares a events and workshops going on in the local startup community.
These are just a few of the community resources to support you in your entrepreneurial journey. For additional resources, visit GainesvilleConnect.com