UF/IFAS Helps Floridians Launch Food Business Dreams

After 10 years as an educator, Smith wanted a new adventure. “I thought of what I enjoyed doing, but none of those things were appealing to me to do as a business,” she said. “Except for making fried lentils. For me, making lentils was very relaxing. Not only that, but everybody loved my lentils. It’s a favorite family snack.” At first, Smith put the idea on the backburner, thinking it might not be feasible. “I thought that I would immediately have to get my product in stores, and I had no idea how to do that,” she said. “I didn’t even originally attend the Extension cottage food course with the intention of starting my own business. It was to support someone else. But once there, a lightbulb went off. I realized I could do this.”

UF Innovate Hosts First Fast Break Ventures Summit

Investors, innovators, and entrepreneurs convened at the University of Florida Stephen C. O’Connell Center for UF Innovate | Ventures' first-annual Fast Break Ventures Summit. Over 100 attendees met on center court for an afternoon filled with discussion on the state of venture capital in Florida and to hear pitches from six startup companies. 

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Building and establishing your personal brand is key to standing out in the current market. Your brand is your track record plus reputation—everything that people currently know you for. Here are four tangible steps to make yourself and your company stand out!

Economic Impact

Despite the pandemic, University of Florida researchers conducted record amounts of research in 2020 and companies born of UF research continued to bring billions of dollars and thousands of jobs into the state.