Even our most advanced student-led startups are very early stage by traditional investor standards.  This often makes it difficult for them to attain seed funding to test, launch, and scale their ventures. A few earn funding and in-kind services by competing in the CEL's Joust or Social Venture Competitions.  However, there are several other funding sources available to students working on ventures that are launch ready. We encourage students to meet with our LaunchPad staff to determine which options are the best fit for their ventures.  

  • I-CORPS University of Central Florida

    The I-Corps Site’s purpose is to foster innovation among faculty and students, promote regional coordination and linkages in the innovation ecosystem, as well as develop a National Innovation Network.

  • Florida Angel Nexus

    The Florida Angel Nexus strives to reduce the barriers Florida entrepreneurs face moving from the idea stage to growth and sustainability. NEXUS's goal is wealth creation for NEXUS's portfolio companies, their teams, and NEXUS's investors. Click here for more information.

  • CFE Credit Union (UCF Locations Only)

    CFE Federal Credit Union is a member-owned, not-for-profit financial cooperative, offering comprehensive financial solutions that help members achieve their financial goals. We exist solely for the benefit of our members, and we return our profits to them in the form of lower loan rates, higher dividends on savings, and lower fees. Click here for more information.

  • FireSpring Fund

    FireSpring Fund directly addresses the critical gap in seed funding that is the largest barrier faced by Central Florida's technology entrepreneurs. FireSpring Fund will be available to any Central Florida technology company, but extra emphasis will be placed on applicants that have completed the Starter Studio Accelerator or UCF I-Corps program. Click here for more information.

  • SBIR/STTR Grants

    The Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program is a highly competitive program that encourages domestic small businesses to engage in Federal Research/Research and Development (R/R&D) that has the potential for commercialization. The Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) is another program that expands funding opportunities in the federal innovation research and development (R&D) arena.

  • Florida Venture Fund

    The Florida Venture Forum, established in 1984, is the leading entrepreneurial  and private company investor networking group in Florida, providing Florida-based companies (and their owners and managers) with unique strategic education and guidance and opportunities to interact with the present to active funds and other equity investors as well as other members of the entrepreneurial and emerging company ecosystem.

  • VentureWell

    If you’re part of a university-based, student-led team developing an innovative technology that solves an important problem and want to move it into the market, consider applying to VentureWell’s E-Team Grant Program today.