Gator Hatchery

@ the Jeff Gold Experiential Learning Laboratory

A baby gator being held in a hand
Grow Your Business in the Gator Hatchery

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
  • Legal advice
  • Conference room
  • File storage
  • Shared environment
  • 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.

Current Gator Hatchery Ventures

  • Bl!nk
  • BrainForce: take control!
  • Carpe Vinci
  • Chez Estella
  • Digital Twin Marine
  • EVO
  • Imprint Genius
  • Laundr
  • LiveGreen
  • Mint Rides
  • Move Media: driving moments
  • Oiki
  • Project Canis
  • Quant Data
  • Sweet Variety

Gator Hatchery Alumni