Startup Resources

The UCF Incubation Program

Since 1999, the UCF Business Incubation Program has been helping early-stage companies develop into financially stable, high-impact enterprises by providing resources and services that facilitate smarter, faster growth.

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I-Corps at the University of Central Florida provides you with the tools and foundation you need to examine the feasibility of your product and prepare it for launch into the marketplace.

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Venture ScaleUp provides mentorship, strategic advice, and inspiration through its mentor network of role models, startup investors, and seasoned entrepreneurs.

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StarterStudio is a pioneering hub for innovative and tech-enabled entrepreneurs that empowers and provides resources for entrepreneurs, creatives, innovators to begin, grow, and flourish in Florida.

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Small Business Development Center

Florida SBDC at the University of Central Florida (FSBDC at UCF) is located in the National Entrepreneur Center inside the Orlando Fashion Square Mall and provides business seminars and no-cost, one-on-one business consulting.

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Orlando Entrepreneurs

Orlando Entrepreneurs helps existing and emerging entrepreneurs navigate the local ecosystem and find the events, resources, and support they need to succeed.

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Resource Partners

In addition to our coaches in the Blackstone LaunchPad, we can also connect students with a variety of industry leaders around Central Florida who possess the following skills.

App Development
Business Formation/Structure
Clothing Ventures
Consumer Goods
Customer Discovery
Digital Marketing
Food Ventures
Graphic Design
High-tech/Medical Devices
Human Resources
Intellectual Property
Market Research
Music/Entertainment Ventures
Non-profit Organizations
Outdoor/Adventure Ventures
Pitching/Public Speaking
Product Development
Project Management
Real Estate
Social Entrepreneurship
Social Media
Strategic Planning
Value Proposition
Web Design

If you are interested in connecting with a resource partner, you must first meet with a coach in the Blackstone LaunchPad who can make that connection. For any questions pertaining to coaches or resource partners, please contact Rachel Stern at

Online Tools

Whether you’re looking for help with market research, ideation and business modeling, website creation, or pitching, the invaluable content you’ll find here will contain numerous articles, templates, videos, websites, and tricks to help you at any stage of your venture development.

Big League Pitching
SCORE Templates & Resources
Ron’s “Quick & Dirty” Financial Modeling Spreadsheet
Startup Research Guide
CEL’s Comprehensive List of Resources

TechStars Entrepreneur’s Toolkit

Special Opportunities

Student Starter Award

The purpose of the Student Starter Award is to provide students who are committed to launching a startup venture with resources to help them address early-stage startup expenses. This $500 annual award has been generously provided by Emeritus faculty members Richard A. Quinn to support student-led startups participating in the Center for Entrepreneurial Leadership’s UpStarts Student Venture Accelerator Program.

Rice Business Plan Competition

The Rice Business Plan Competition is the world’s richest and largest graduate-level student startup competition. It is hosted and organized by the Rice Alliance for Technology and Entrepreneurship, which is Rice University’s internationally-recognized initiative devoted to the support of entrepreneurship, and the Jesse H. Jones Graduate School of Business.

MegaWatt Ventures

An annual cleantech business competition for university student teams to compete for a $50,000 prize to launch and grow their cleantech innovations into a successful business.

Baylor New Venture Competition

This journey of personal and professional development includes industry-specific mentorship and coaching towards sustainable business plans. In addition, student entrepreneurs gain exclusive access to accomplished experts and fellow innovators. Teams have the change to win cash prizes and vital resources to catalyze and grow their business.

Rollins Venture Plan Competition

The Rollins Venture Plan Competition, held during the Spring semester, provides entrepreneurs in Central Florida with an opportunity to take an idea for a new product or business and develop a plan to introduce it to the marketplace. Participants compete for prize money, in-kind services, and an equity investment offer before a panel of distinguishable judges, all of whom are successful investors and entrepreneurs.

Florida Aviation & Aerospace Capital Form

The purpose of this event is to broaden the spectrum of Early Stage Florida-based aerospace companies and entrepreneurs while engaging the industry with the Forum investment community including private equity, venture capital, and angel investors.