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.
|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|