UF Innovate | Accelerate is the place-making, entrepreneurial support organization within UF Innovate dedicated to working with entrepreneurs, innovators, and business builders. Through two award-winning, globally recognized facilities, Accelerate delivers industry-leading entrepreneurial programs and services designed (1) to accelerate the growth and development of its client companies and (2) to increase the likelihood of success of the business ventures it serves.
By offering a structured business entrepreneurship support program and surrounding our entrepreneurial ventures with important business-building capabilities, our clients can grow faster and stronger than they would on their own by accessing proven business-building services that accelerate venture growth, investment and success.
These high-quality services include, but are not limited to:
· access to mentors and trusted advisors;
· introductions to knowledgeable small business service providers and resource partners;
· capital access support (including introductions and pitch deck preparation);
· curated business development support services, and
· access to shared services (IT, business center, shared scientific equipment, and facility common areas).
Unique to our mission, Accelerate not only works with UF-affiliated ventures but with ventures spawned from the communities we serve. Selection is highly competitive and is done through a formal application process and payment of a non-refundable application fee.