The Hub


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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.

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.

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Contact Info

Staff Directory

Name Position Phone Number Office Location
Mark Long Director of Incubation Services at UF (352) 846-1646 747 SW 2nd Avenue, Suite 160G, Gnv Fl 32601
Sara Dagen Marketing & Communications Manager (352) 294-0998 747 SW 2nd Avenue, Suite 115, Gnv Fl 32601
Jennifer Harrell Accounting & Operations Manager (352) 273-4759 747 SW 2nd Avenue, Suite 160A, Gnv Fl 32601
Courtney Janka Facilities Operations Specialist (352) 846-1512 747 SW 2nd Avenue, Suite 160H, Gnv Fl 32601
Tracy Short Administrative Support Assistant & Event Coordinator (352) 273-4819 747 SW 2nd Avenue, Suite 160D, Gnv Fl 32601
Elliot Welker Client Services Manager (386) 462-0880 747 SW 2nd Avenue, Suite 160C, Gnv Fl 32601
Lissette Garces Fiscal Specialist (352) 294-1018 747 SW 2nd Avenue, Suite 160B, Gnv Fl 32601
Justin Herres Receptionist (352) 294-0885 747 SW 2nd Avenue, Gnv Fl 32601

Mailing Address

UF Innovate | The Hub
747 Southwest 2nd Avenue, IMB #47
Gainesville, FL 32601


(352) 294-0885