The Innovation Station mission connects region’s industry to the UF College of Engineering with the goal of economic development through expertise, research, technology, talent and workforce development.
The UF Innovation Station Sarasota County is an extension of the Herbert Wertheim College of Engineering. Its primary goal is to extend engineering resources into the community to provide economic impact and workforce development to Florida companies, communities and citizens. UF Development services to Florida industry facilitate product and project development and technology commercialization.
• Talent and Technology Pipeline: Key success drivers in the 21st-century economy include access to a robust engineering research engine, a talent pipeline to faculty experts, and opportunities to recruit interns and employees into the region who contribute to engineering leadership and innovation.
• Industry Engagement: Access to faculty and facilities of a world-class research university gives startups-to-large high-tech companies the ability to attract funding, expand process and product development, prototype new ideas and expedite technology commercialization.
• Workforce Development: With the expansion of high-tech, high wage jobs, Florida is becoming a nexus for international technological leadership. Through distance learning and workforce development, citizens can advance their careers and contribute to the growth of the state’s innovation economy.
• K-12 Initiatives: Exposure and participation in targeted engineering outreach programs encourages bright young minds to become the technology leaders of tomorrow and serve as role models for future generations.