Collaboratory for Women Innovators

The Collaboratory for Women Innovators

The Collaboratory for Women Innovators seeks to inspire, educate, and empower women to attain leadership in all phases of the innovation lifecycle. Diversity is critical to the success of innovation in the U.S., and research shows that there is still a significant disparity in the numbers of women entrepreneurs and innovators (see the Research on Impact of Women on Innovation and Business Success). The Collaboratory seeks to bridge that gap by supporting participants at various stages of personal and professional development.

A portfolio of resources and training opportunities ranging from structured programming to informal networking, workshop and special topic speakers will be offered, designed to address diverse goals and objectives. Programs and resources will support women starting their own companies, as well as to increase participation of female inventors/researchers. Additional activities will provide opportunities for women to learn more about innovation, entrepreneurship and leadership, and to connect with like-minded people and mentors.

While the Collaboratory has a focus on women, we also offer programming that is non-gender specific. You can engage with the Collaboratory in several ways: as a participant/mentee, mentor/educational partner or sponsor.

Diversity drives innovation – when we limit who can contribute, we in turn limit what problems we can solve.

– Telle Whitney, PhD
Former CEO and President of the Anita Borg Institute for Women and Technology

Learn about our Core Programs and Workshops

  • Empowering Women in Technology Start Ups (Ewits)
  • Start Up Roadmap – Helping Entrepreneurs Chart their Course for Launching or Growing Early Stage Ventures
  • Innovation Impact – Commercialization Program for UF Women Faculty and Researchers
  • Research (SBIR) Workshop
  • Women’s Entrepreneurship Symposium (WES)

Co-Working Space

The Collaboratory houses a co-working space that supports a select number of growth oriented women owned ventures and graduates of the Gator Hatchery/UF. The Collaboratory Co Working Space offers a shared workspace environment and resources to support women ventures for a one year period. Nominal Monthly fees will provide access to the Collaboratory and certain UF resources with a GatorOne ID card; mentoring support; access to the UF network of entrepreneurs and advisors, peer to peer networking, conference room use, printing and copying, and other resources to help the venture graduate into the Innovation Hub or other commercial space in the community.