The University of Florida EDA University Center was created as a partnership between the University of Florida and the Economic Development Administration to provide a venue for bringing together the necessary elements to create companies.
This ideal partnership helps Florida universities accomplish one of their key goals: taking research from the benchtop to the marketplace. It also helps EDA accomplish its mission: creating jobs and generating private investment to help the economy.
Creating Strategic Partnerships
The University of Florida EDA University Center collaborates with many public and private organizations to foster new business creation. The Center develops new programs, sponsors events, and facilitates mutually beneficial connections.
The University of Florida EDA University Center is at the pulse-point of the region’s high-tech startup activity. It serves as a magnet for entrepreneurs and investors seeking new opportunities, and a catalyst for new business creation.
Creating Companies that Create Jobs
Helping faculty take discoveries from the laboratory to the market to benefit society by connecting them with experienced entrepreneurs who can assist with the complexities of creating a business.
Helping entrepreneurs identify technologies appropriate for startup enterprises and introducing them to the technical expertise to support further development of the technology.
Helping investors identify startup firms that are well-positioned to generate a suitable return on their investment, and are in need of funding.
Facilities and Resources
UF Tech Connect® is housed in the EDA-funded Innovation Hub at the University of Florida, a 48,000 square foot technology incubator that provides resources and expertise that can greatly enhance a startup company’s likelihood for success.
Funded with Support From
- U.S. Department of Commerce Economic Development Administration
- University of Florida Office of Research
Contact UF Tech Connect Coordinator Kathy Sohar, 352-846-1840, for more information.