The UCF Business Incubation Program provides client
companies with the experience and insight needed to create
successful companies through relationships it has created
with partners such as, professional service providers, business
assistance organizations, local/regional/state government
as well as our dedicated staff.
The Incubator provides a variety of services such as:
Incubator staff serve as advisors to all client companies holding regular as well as informal meetings with each client to address strategic and tactical needs. They work with the client company to identify areas of need and to identify expertise and resources to address them. Referrals will be made to relevant professional advisors and other sources of business and technical assistance.
Seminars and Workshops
The Incubator offers an ongoing series of seminars and workshops on topics relevant to early stage companies. A calendar is provided by email each month and upcoming events can always be found on the Incubator Web site at www.incubator.ucf.edu.
Areas of Assistance
Assistance with budgeting, tax and reporting issues can be provided by appropriate Incubator-recommended organizations. Capital needs, possible sources for obtaining capital, timeframe, structure of deals, and alternatives will be discussed by the company, Incubator management, the Advisory Board and other advisors as needed.
Incubator management, the Mentoring Team and other business service providers will review intellectual property strategy. Advisors will provide direction to client companies in this area and help to identify resources and/or professional assistance.
The Incubator maintains relationships with a number of law firms that provide some level of pro bono assistance and/or reduced rates for Incubator clients. One or more of the partner attorneys are on-site at the Incubator each month to meet with you and provide guidance and advice.
The UCF Business Incubation Program provides all clients with a business address, mail
service, Internet connection, and conference/meeting rooms.
The following services are offered:
· Shared office equipment (fax, laser printer, copier)
· Audio-visual equipment
· Other miscellaneous equipment
Incubator management, the Mentoring Team and other business service providers will review strategies.
Sales Strategies and Referrals
Incubator management and advisors will assist clients in developing sales strategies and understanding the sales process. If necessary, referrals will be made to professional service providers who can further assist in developing and implementing effective sales strategies.
Introductions will be made to UCF Office of Research & Commercialization as appropriate to pursue partnership, grant and licensing opportunities.
Interns or student employees are available through the UCF Career Services and Experiential Learning office (www.csel.ucf.edu), the UCF College of Business Administration and various other programs. Introductions will be made to appropriate contacts as requested to identify relevant student talent available for hire.
Other University Resources
Other UCF resources such as the UCF Orange County Venture Lab, the Center for Entrepreneurship & Innovation, and other programs/centers/organizations will be engaged, as appropriate, to assist a client company.
For other resourcse, please check out our Resources Section.
If you are just beginning your business, you may seek individual meetings with
the Disney Entrepreneur Center (DEC),
315 East Robinson St., Suite 100, Orlando, FL 32801.