Since 1985, more than 200 companies have formed by licensing technologies from the University of Florida. UF Innovate | Ventures seeks to fuel consistent growth in the number and quality of technology-based startup companies. These startups move UF inventions out of the lab and into the marketplace for the global good. Ventures supports startups by developing entrepreneurs, connecting companies to potential investors, and making equity investments.
UF Innovate | Ventures has a $2 million venture fund per fiscal year. Ventures will assist UF startups in preparing for a financing round and may participate in financings after review and approval by the Investment Committee. Ventures will act as a co-investor with an accredited third-party investor acting as the lead investor of a financing round.
In addition, Ventures oversees an Entrepreneurs in Residence program throughout the state of Florida. With EIRs strategically located throughout Florida in major urban centers, these seasoned entrepreneurial experts will connect UF startups with experienced executives in various industry sectors across the state. Also, the EIR program will connect UF startups to private capital, elevating the probability of success for these new enterprises.
If you have a company that has licensed or optioned UF technology and you think it’s fundable, please submit your pitch deck to bit.ly/UFVentures.
Submit your pitch deck, and we’ll review it, give you some feedback, and connect.
Think your startup meets the criteria for a piece of the venture fund? Make your pitch!
If you’re the Entrepreneur in Residence we’re seeking, shoot us an email with your reasons why.