Student Business Incubator Competition and Cohort


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THE SII student innovation incubator competition and cohort

Located at the University of South Florida Research Park, USF CONNECT's Student Innovation Incubator is able to assist you in any stage of business development.

Unlock your entrepreneurial potential while pursuing your studies at USF with the Student Innovation Incubator. Our mission is to transform your business ideas into thriving ventures, offering a comprehensive range of resources and support. Say goodbye to the distractions of coffee shops and roommates, and immerse yourself in an environment designed to propel your success.

At the Student Innovation Incubator, you'll find more than just office space; it's a dynamic community of like-minded student entrepreneurs. We believe in your vision and provide access to cutting-edge facilities and collaborative workspaces. In addition, we offer invaluable guidance from industry mentors, subject matter experts, and corporate partners within our vibrant ecosystem.

We focus on student ventures with scalable and commercially viable potential. If your business idea fits the bill, you'll gain exclusive access to high-tech resources and amenities. From state-of-the-art technology to innovative tools, we provide everything you need to develop your business plan and create market-testable products and services.

Don't let your entrepreneurial dreams take a back seat to your studies. Let this be your first step towards becoming a successful entrepreneur. Join us and turn your aspirations into reality today!


Applications are now open for the 2023 - 2023 Student Innovation Incubator Cohort. All majors and levels are encouraged to apply, including graduate and undergraduate USF students. Transform your innovative business idea into a reality with tailored programming to your business needs - at no cost.

Applications close September 10, 2023.

Please be advised that this is not a job opportunity nor an internship for income earning. Our program abides by all rules and regulations set forth for International Students studying in the U.S. under F-1 and J-1 Visas. For more information, contact the USF Office of International Services.


Student driven, university supported business incubator that transforms students' business ideas into scalable, sustainable businesses through access to professional mentors, collaborative office spaces, and community corporate partners.


The Student Innovation Incubator aims to create, guide, and embrace student entrepreneurs to build successful businesses launched and sustained in the Tampa Bay Region.


Our goal is to support and encourage student entrepreneurship at the University of South Florida to cultivate innovation and successful businesses for economic growth in Tampa Bay.


  • Provide a safe place to test and advance business ideas in a supportive environment.
  • Opportunities to grow through business training and networking with community partners, especially USF CONNECT and the Center for Entrepreneurship.
  • Entrepreneurial-minded, community supported, and student driven.

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 The USF Student Innovation Incubator was developed by USF CONNECT, in partnership withthe Florida High Tech Corridor Council and the USF Center for Entrepreneurship.

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