USF CONNECT is the business and economic development initiative of the University of South Florida (USF) that provides support for companies including technology and life science start-ups by facilitating access to top-tier research, business development programming, faculty, students, supporting organizations, and funding sources.

USF CONNECT, as a Tampa Bay Entrepreneurial Support Organization (ESO),:

  • Drives economic development through several programs including the Tampa Bay Technology Incubator (TBTI) and its Evolve Accelerator, the Student Innovation Incubator (SII), and the Florida High Tech Corridor Council’s (The Corridor) Matching Grants Research Program
  • Unites technology and talent with businesses throughout the greater Tampa Bay region, providing access to top-tier research, faculty, students, inventors, local organizations, economic development councils, supporting industry and capital funding sources
  • Facilitates the needs of Tampa Bay's technology and bio/life sciences entrepreneurs throughout the business life cycle by providing professional amenities and resources for successful business development and technology commercialization


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