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Become a resident client — or join our ‘pass’ program

Our process to apply to be a resident client is outlined below. But even if you’re not ready or don’t need to be a resident client at The Hub or Sid Martin Biotech, you might have interest in our “pass” program. We offer three levels of external memberships that give you access to the facility and our coveted equipment and conference rooms. Check out the details just below the resident client application process.

Follow these five steps to join UF Innovate | Accelerate as a resident client

Thank you for your interest in our Accelerate facilities. Our application process is straightforward but thorough, as we want to ensure that every company joining The Hub or Sid Martin Biotech can fully benefit from our services.

Review the Client Benefits at The Hub.

Below are some of the benefits to being part of The Hub:

  • Furnished starter office space, office suites, laboratories, or light manufacturing space
  • Utilities, UF’s ultra-high-speed internet connection and WiFi access
  • 24-7 building access with monitored security systems
  • Multiple conference rooms with video conferencing
  • Emergency generator, high-capacity HVAC, and single pass air in labs
  • Access to shared autoclave and fume hood services
  • Distilled water, ice machine, flammable storage, and biological waste disposal
  • Basic common area custodial services
  • Staffed reception desk with package management and secure mailbox with legal business address
  • Break room facilities, bike racks, and showers
  • Located in the center of the Gainesville Innovation District between downtown Gainesville and UF
  • Food service options within walking distance
  • Gator1 card gives you access to UF’s library system (including digital), Career Connections Center, LinkedIn Learning, rec centers (for a fee), and GatorPerks benefits
  • Educational & networking events
  • Access to intern programs through the university
  • Coffee bar (free coffee!)
  • Partnered with HubSpot, LivePlan, Amazon AWS, and the Greater Gainesville Chamber of Commerce

Review the Client Benefits at Sid Martin Biotech.

Below are some of the benefits to being part of Sid Martin Biotech: 

  • Loading dock, sprinkler system, keycard security with cameras, 24-hour access for resident clients
  • Over $1.5 million in shared scientific equipment for your use, plus a lab manager available for equipment training
  • Chemical fume hood in all labs, certified annually
  • BSL-2 Bio-safety cabinets in all labs, certified annually
  • Single-pass air in lab areas with 12x per hour air exchange
  • 110v to 480v 3-phase electrical service
  • 270 kW natural gas generator backup for dedicated circuits
  • In-house air, vacuum, gas to labs
  • In-house DI water to all labs, monitored daily
  • Ultra-pure water in central location
  • Autoclaves (3) – installed large wall unit, floor model, bench top
  • Ultra-low temperature freezer room (generator back-up with separate HVAC)
  • 8,000 sq. ft. small animal facility
  • 21,000 sq. ft. large animal facility
  • 2 climate-controlled greenhouses with mudroom, seedling growth chamber & hot room
  • Access to University of Florida IACUC and animal care services
  • Hazardous waste pickup management
  • Lab reviews and safety classes through the University’s Environmental Health and Safety unit
  • Access to advanced instrumentation, scientific expertise, and services at reduced rates through UF’s campus-based Interdisciplinary Center for Biotechnology Research (ICBR), Nanoscale Research Facility (NRF), and Major Analytical Instrumentation Center (MAIC).
  • Conference room (seats 12-15) & Training Room (seats up to 30)
  • Showers and break room

Review the Resident Client Requirements.

The following criteria reflect the “minimum” requirements for consideration for admission into UF Innovate | The Hub. Meeting these criteria is no guarantee of admission; after a full application and business concept statement are received, the Advisory Board will meet to discuss further action. Generally, you will receive an answer within a two-week period from Management and/or the Advisory Board. These criteria are provided only as a guideline for application.

  • The applicant’s technology is well-protected and exclusive, without any existing interferences or infringements.
  • The applicant’s technology is focused on a potential commercial application.
  • The applicant has adequate capitalization (in the bank) to provide for six (6) months of viable operation and a plan for further financial stability; can pay at least six (6) months of rent to the Incubator; and has a viable financial plan for the company.
  • The applicant’s business plan (or business concept) addresses the following:
    • Potential markets & their size
    • Growth potential for each product line
    • Financial pro formas
    • Personnel growth & acquisition plan for the next three (3) years
    • Exit strategies and how those will be accomplished
    • The economic development potential for the State of Florida and the state of the business, plan and exit strategy
  • The applicant’s management has sufficient technical expertise in the field.
  • The applicant demonstrates the appropriate mix of qualified personnel in market management, financial management and employee management.
  • The applicant supports & enhances the educational mission of the University of Florida & its affiliates
    • Through hiring or internships, or
    • Through board membership, or
    • Through licensing or acquisition of services
    • The applicant fits within the operational model of the facility, including: Space requirements (less than 6,000 sf), timely rent payment, insurance, equipment or facility requirements, and any other requirements as deemed necessary by the Director.
    • The applicant does not exceed space available or does not need special arrangements that cannot be supplied.

Have questions? Get answers.

Contact us with any questions you may have.

Fill out the Application form.

Designate in the application either The Hub or Sid Martin Biotech. (This isn’t a final verdict; we’ll help guide you to the facility best for your company.) Be sure to note the Form Confirmation Number that appears when the application is completed. (You’ll include that number on the mailed check.)

Mail the $200 Application Fee.

Include the Form Confirmation Number on the check, and mail it to UF Innovate | The Hub, 747 SW 2nd Avenue | IMB #47, P.O. Box 115600, Gainesville, FL 32601.

We will review your application within two workweeks. Ready to get started?

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Engage now. Speed matters.

Benefit from Accelerate’s ‘pass’ program

We get it. Our in-demand facility and program might not have room for your company at the moment. Or maybe you’ve graduated but still would like access to the specialty equipment we provide. Now, in addition to the traditional “resident client” membership at The Hub or Sid Martin Biotech, we offer a “pass” program for external members.

Companies awaiting access to the resident client program and those who can benefit from an external membership can participate in our “pass” program by paying a monthly or annual fee to access the facility’s resources and conference rooms as needed. Check out the details in this chart. 

I-PASS

$500/3 months*

  • To test out your idea, experiment, or try our facilities and programs
  • access for up to 3 employees
  • facility access 24/7
  • access to shared equipment at your designated location
  • access to conference rooms at Sid Martin Biotech or The Hub, 8 hours/month
  • Gator 1 Card with UF Perks
  • *$50 per person activation fee
  • External companies are only eligible for this pass once every 3 years; current clients not eligible

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PRIORITY PASS

$300/month*

  • To launch now when speed matters and you want an edge
  • access for up to 5 employees
  • facility access 24/7
  • access to shared equipment at your designated location
  • access to conference rooms at Sid Martin Biotech or The Hub
  • Gator 1 Card with UF Perks and mailbox at facility
  • *6-month commitment required; waived if company begins 12- or 24-month lease within the 6 months

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HOPPER PASS

$2K-5K/year*

  • To gain access to valuable common equipment and lab services
  • access for up to 5 employees
  • facility access 8am – 5pm, M-F
  • access to shared equipment at your designated location 8am – 5pm, M-F
  • access to conference rooms at both Sid Martin Biotech and The Hub
  • Gator 1 Card with UF Perks and mailbox at facility
  • *Scholarship rates for early-stage companies ($2K/year);
    UF Innovate graduates leasing wet lab space ($2.5K/year);
    corporations in Florida Innovation Nexus ($3.5K/year)

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