Follow these five steps to join UF Innovate | The Hub
We’re here to help you accelerate your path to success.
We know that entrepreneurship can be lonely. Our interactive environment — compliments of the more than 50 companies within our walls — allows you to grow your network and find support. Our advisors and leaders help guide you through your unique business challenges. Our proximity to UF gives you access to talent to grow your business.
Thank you for your interest in UF Innovate | The Hub. Our application process is straightforward but thorough, as we want to ensure that every company joining The Hub can fully benefit from our services.
Review the Client Benefits.
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
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 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.