UEP UEP on the Suncoast is a program of the Urban Entrepreneur Partnership, established to support entrepreneurs in Florida’s Sarasota and Manatee counties.

Barcamp BarCamp Sarasota is a community made up of Sarasota’s best and brightest. We are dedicated to moving ourselves, our businesses and our local region into a new era of leadership in Florida. We inspire connections… in business, technology, education and other local industries.

GCFVThe Gulf Coast Venture Forum  (GCVF) supports the entrepreneurial and business community by organizing Southwest Florida Angel Investors and activating them through our monthly meetings. The GCVF is a Florida 501(c) 6 non-profit corporation, formed in 2001. The GCVF holds six monthly meetings to hear presentations by emerging and established businesses looking for growth capital.

HUBThe HuB started in the Summer of 2009. The idea was simple - "Create a place where creative energy could thrive." Over the past few years that idea has evolved into a thriving economic and social engine that has supported over one-hundred entrepreneurs, launched twelve businesses and launched twelve major campaigns to support creative change in Sarasota, Florida.

USF  USF Connect is your link to a wide range of small business development services available at the   University of South Florida (USF).  It was created to provide a single point of contact for resources like technology, financing, marketing, management, partners and support services that can accelerate and support the growth of your business.  For more information contact the university at 813-866-3802.

FLHTCThe Florida High Tech Corridor Council's mission is to attract, retain and grow high tech industry, and to help develop the workforce to support those industries within the 23-county service areas of the University of Central Florida (UCF), the University of South Florida (USF) and the University of Florida (UF).  The primary focus of the Florida High Tech Corridor Council (FHTCC) has been to foster applied research between Corridor universities and their high tech industry partners.  The majority of the Councils funding has been allocated to this effort.  Successful companies have obtained grants for applied research projects in a variety of disciplines including agritechnology; aviation and aerospace; digital media/interactive entertainment; financial services; information technology; life sciences/biotechnology; microelectronics/nanotechnology; modeling, simulation and training; optics and photonics; and sustainable energy.  For more information, call 407-562-1900.

Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) Program and Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program

The Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) Program facilitates cooperative research and development between small businesses and U.S. research institutions with the potential to commercialize the resulting product.  STTR eligibility criteria:  American-owned and independently operated, for-profit, principal researcher need not be employed by small business, company size limit is 500 employees (no size limit for nonprofit research institution).   For more information, contact the EDC at 941.309.1200.

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