We support small to mid-size businesses in Volusia County by providing education, resources, and support through mentoring and research while fostering relationships in the business community and our local university system.
This pitch competition highlights commercially viable technologies developed by the most innovative student minds at colleges
and universities in Volusia County.
Students from Bethune-Cookman University, Daytona State College, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, Stetson University, and UCF are all eligible.
Do you want to understand your market? Are you unsure on how to expand your online presence? Do you need to know how to create a cost effective prototype?
Are you ready to expand your business? Do you need capital?
Do you want to feel inspired and motivated to take that idea to the next level? We are here to help you!
Do you have an idea of a device that will solve a problem in the society? Do you need to build your prototype? Do you need a trademark or a patent?
Are you a student in Volusia County? Do you have an idea and need help making it viable? In partnership with our local colleges and universities, we can help.
Are you an established business outside of the United States? Do you want to begin offering your services and products in America?
We help entrepreneurs recognize what they need in order to move forward with their business and where to go for help. We provide the map to all “first touch” resources within the startup community.
The UCF Business Incubation Program provides business development and operational support to early-stage, innovative businesses throughout Central Florida. Since 1999, this award-winning program has supported hundreds of companies, who have collectively generated more than $400 million in sales and over $100 million in outside funding. This non-profit community resource offers three programs that are each designed to help businesses at different stages.
Traction Program: helps new companies with little to no revenue to build the operational foundation of the business and develop a go-to-market strategy to cultivate an initial customer base. To be eligible, applicants must be (1) headquartered in Central Florida; (2) have a scalable, for-profit business model; and *(3) have a minimal viable product (MVP) or service ready to sell. * Grant funding to support research & development is a sufficient substitute for an MVP.
Growth Program: helps companies with existing traction in the market to develop the infrastructure for scaling their business. To be eligible, applicants must be (1) headquartered in Central Florida; (2) have a scalable, for-profit business model; and (3) have already generated revenue from their product or service.
Soft Landing Program: helps international firms and companies headquartered outside the region to support their business development efforts from Central Florida. To be eligible, applicants must be (1) headquartered beyond the Central Florida region; (2) cannot be a franchise; (3) must have at least one full-time business developer from Central Florida office; and (4) all employees must be authorized to work in the United States. To find more please visit https://incubator.ucf.edu/
UCF operates eight incubators across four counties. Many of these facilities serve a broad range of industries. We are one of them here in Volusia County.
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