Funding / Resources

Many organizations locally, statewide and nationally offer resources and funding to help innovators turn ideas into products. Explore funding opportunities and resources such as facilities, market-research databases and professional-development groups.

UF Resources

UF Innovate | Tech Licensing

UF Innovate Startup Primer

UF Innovate Business Library Guide

A guide to business library information sources for UF’s technology community, including market research, company and industry profiles and more

UF Innovate | The Hub

An incubator program providing an innovation ecosystem for connecting all the elements critical to creating and supporting high-tech companies

UF Innovate | Sid Martin Biotech

A fully equipped bioscience incubation program

Local Investors

Harbert Venture Partners

Provides growth capital to early-stage information technology and healthcare companies primarily across the Southeastern U.S.

MPM Capital

Seeks out innovative, scientific breakthroughs addressing unmet medical needs, particularly in oncology. The MPM team is exceptionally skilled at working with world-class scientists to create companies with the potential to change the face of medicine. Excels in translating the breakthroughs into clinical results.

Sofinnova HealthQuest Capital

Invests in proprietary healthcare innovation. Target sectors include medical devices, diagnostics, consumer/OTC health, patient care products, mHealth and Health IT that directly impacts patient treatment or care. Especially interested in innovations that provide benefits that can be quantified in terms of both improvements in patient care and outcomes, as well as healthcare economics.


A private-equity medical technology development company. Synogen’s consulting group provides services to medical and cleantech companies, and Synogen’s venture fund partners in the creation of selected medical technology companies.

Seed Capital Accelerator Program, Florida Institute for the Commercialization of Public Research

Repayable loans ranging from $50,000 to $300,000 to qualified Institute companies. In order to qualify for consideration for this program, companies must meet the criteria at

Florida Investors

Florida Angel Nexus

The Florida Angel Nexus (“FAN”) powers angel investment groups statewide.

New World Angels

New World Angels (NWA) is a group of private investors dedicated to providing equity capital to early-stage entrepreneurial companies in Florida.

Florida Venture Capital Program

A $43.5M source of funds for emerging Florida companies from the Enterprise Florida-managed Florida Opportunity Fund providing equity investments and convertible debt instruments with emphasis toward transactions within Florida’s targeted industries

Emergent Growth Fund, Gainesville

Member-managed angel funds that focus on early stage companies that are developing leading-edge products, or proprietary technologies that possess the potential for rapid growth in significant markets.

Tamiami Angels

A family of angel funds organized to invest in early-stage, high-potential, accelerated-growth companies.

Go Beyond Network, Naples

A group of private accredited investors dedicated to providing early-stage capital to entrepreneurs

MBF Healthcare Partners

A private-equity firm that invests in healthcare companies

Community Resources

Gainesville Connect

The enticement and welcome portal for Alachua County, Florida

Innovation Gainesville

A grassroots movement built on collaboration between scientific and academic research and a thriving tech and health economy

Gainesville Area Innovation Network (GAIN)

Community initiative to harness innovation to create jobs and educational opportunities.

Gainesville Technology Enterprise Center (GTEC)

Incubator providing early-stage technology startups with tools, training and infrastructure

CareerSource North Central Florida

Connects employers and job seekers

Council for Economic Outreach

Alachua County’s designated economic-development entity

National Venture Capital Association (NVCA)

The venture capital industry’s source for advocacy, networking, professional development and information

Angel Capital Association

The trade association of leading angel investment groups in North America

Regional Resources


Works to advance innovations in the healthcare, agriculture and energy sectors

The Center of Excellence for Regenerative Health Biotechnology’s Education and Training Center

The Center of Excellence for Regenerative Health Biotechnology (CERHB) stimulates promising research and facilitate commercialization of technologies that will provide treatments and cures for human diseases, as well as create new companies and high-wage jobs for Florida.

Enterprise Florida

Serves as Florida’s primary organization devoted to statewide economic development

Florida’s Bottom Line

CFO Jeff Atwater’s Quarterly Newsletter

Florida Research Consortium

A strategic partnership of education, business and government formed to advocate knowledge-based economic development in Florida.

Florida Venture Forum

A nonprofit organization that assists entrepreneurial ventures

Southeast BIO (SEBIO)

Fosters the growth of the life-sciences industry in the Southeast

Southeast Medical Device Administration (SEMDA)

Supports and promotes medical device companies in the Southeast.

Global Resources

Association of University Technology Managers (AUTM)

Provides professional development and networking opportunities for technology transfer professionals

Licensing Executives Society (LES)

A society for intellectual property, technology, and business development professionals

National Business Incubation Association

Organization advancing business incubation and entrepreneurship