The Gator Community Entrepreneurship Initiative: Gator Bootcamp

Fall 2017 Program Full. Check back for 2018 application information.

The Gator Community Entrepreneurship Initiative seeks to help members of the Gainesville community, and particularly those facing economic or other hardships, in starting and growing a business. It is a joint effort of the UF Entrepreneurship and Innovation Center, the City of Gainesville, and the UF Office of Small Business & Vendor Diversity Relations. The initiative has two key components: a training program called the Gator Bootcamp for Entrepreneurs and consulting projects for local disadvantaged entrepreneurs.

The Gator Bootcamp occurs on six consecutive Saturday mornings in the Fall. It is an intense, hands-on exposure to the fundamentals of launching and growing a successful venture. The Bootcamp is taught by our top faculty, subject matter experts and successful entrepreneurs. The price of the Bootcamp is $600, but scholarships are available to cover most of this for those who are economically disadvantaged.

Topics covered in the Bootcamp address all facets of a successful venture. They range from developing a viable business concept and how to understand your market to designing your profit model, setting up operations properly, marketing your venture, and understanding the basic numbers. Our underlying focus is how to think and act in entrepreneurial ways—including how to do more with less, and grow a venture when you have little in the way of resources. The approach will be interactive, so you will be encouraged to bring your business ideas and challenges into our discussions. A number of helpful materials will be shared.


2017 Bootcamp Dates

Time: 8:30 am until noon
Week One: September 30
Week Two: October 7
Week Three: October 14
Week Four: October 21
Week Five: October 28
Final Session & Graduation: November 4


GRU Administration Building
Multipurpose Room
301 SE 4th Ave

2018 Consulting Dates

Time and Location: TBA
Week One: January 4
Week Two: January 11
Week Three: January 18
Week Four: January 25
Week Five: February 1
Week Six: February 8
Week Seven: February 15

Fall 2017 Program Full.

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Gainesville Entrepreneurship & Adversity Program - Gator Bootcamp


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BRY 100
PO Box 117150
Gainesville, FL 32611-7150
Phone: 352.392.2397
Fax: 352.392.2086

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