Funding Opportunities

Funding Opportunities | Resources

The University of Florida believes entrepreneurship is vital to its mission and strongly supports efforts to commercialize UF inventions. There are many ways UF may seek to commercialize technologies and launching a start-up company is one. In most start-up companies, the faculty inventor plays an important role, usually as chief scientific advisor. The following links provide you with information and resources to explore further the many components of creating technology-based companies.

Funding Opportunities

The links below are a selection of funding opportunities: grants such as SBIR/STTR; national and local investors, angel groups and other organizations of interest to entrepreneurs and investors.

Florida-Based Programs

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

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

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

CTSI Award Program

Florida – Israel R&D Program

$2 million for joint R&D projects in aerospace and related research projects, must involve at least one Israeli company and one Florida company.


Funding initiatives created to support researchers' efforts to go beyond basic research to proof of concept, prototype development, translational research and other applied research


Programs to ensure the nation’s small, high-tech, innovative businesses are a significant part of the federal government’s research and development efforts.

Other grants

A frequently updated list of grants that enable researchers to move their new discoveries out of the laboratory and into the marketplace.

Local Investors

Harbert Venture Partners

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

Inflexion Fund, L.P.

A seed and early-stage venture-capital fund that emphasizes company building and harnesses regional, national, and international resources of the fund's managers and strategic partners


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.

Angel Groups

New World Angels, Boca Raton

A group of private investors dedicated to providing equity capital to early-stage entrepreneurial companies in Florida

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.

Go Beyond Network, Naples

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

Springboard Capital, Jacksonville

An equity investment fund specializing in early-stage venture investments.

Gulf Coast Venture Forum, Naples

A nonprofit corporation that promotes the success of Southwest Florida's new and emerging businesses by educating and bringing together entrepreneurs and angel investors

Catapult Capital, Orlando — 407/823-1442

An Orlando-based angel group that invests in a variety of industries, primarily in Florida

Women Angels, Miami

Tamiami Angel Fund, Naples

A Southwest Florida angel fund of growth capital organized to invest in Florida-based early-stage through expansion-stage companies

MBF Healthcare Partners

A private-equity firm that invests in healthcare companies

National Organizations

National Association of Seed and Venture Funds (NASVF)

An organization of innovation capital leaders committed to building their local economies by investing in local entrepreneurs

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


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