The Gator Hatchery is a Student Incubator that offers student entrepreneurs workspace, office support, mentors and other resources necessary for a startup to succeed faster. Hatchery businesses will have access to the Entrepreneurship Center’s network of individuals, companies and other resources fledgling companies may find valuable. Let us help you grow your hatchling idea into a bull gator!
Free office space
Business mentoring & support
Peer to peer networking
Shared office equipment
Open to all students at UF!
Due to the COVID outbreak, the Gator Hatchery will be operating in a virtual manner. Participating student-led businesses will still have access to topical speakers, mentoring and advising from Center staff and Entrepreneurs-In-Residence, and peer-to-peer networking, but the physical space in the Jeff Gold Experiential Learning Lab will be closed until further notice.
How to Apply
Student entrepreneurs interested in becoming Gator Hatchery residents are encouraged to fill out the application form and either email a scanned copy to Jamie Kraft or deliver a physical copy to the Entrepreneurship Center front desk, located in Bryan Hall, room 133. Following the application, candidates will be contacted for an interview.
Students that pass the application process will be awarded a residency for one year. In turn for the support received from the Gator Hatchery and the Entrepreneurship Center, residents must meet their agreed upon milestones to move their businesses forward.
Priority will be given to teams utilizing frontier technologies with a primary emphasis on artificial intelligence (AI). Secondarily, we will look for teams leveraging Fintech, Blockchain, and AR/VR.