Our team is working remotely with full connectivity through cloud-based resources. Please note the following operational changes:

  • There will be one USF CONNECT team member on-site during regular office hours: either Alissa Costabile, (, Jamila Cowans ( or Shannon Pastizzo ( Please feel free to email us at or page us through the front desk at, 813-974-1082.
  • All other USF CONNECT team members will be working remotely, but can be contacted directly via email.
  • Lab Manager, Leigh West (, will be on-call for any lab issues and questions.
  • All USF CONNECT events are cancelled or postponed for the time being.

Our team remains committed to helping our incubator companies receive the necessary resources and guidance to grow their startups. In order to continue providing support for our companies, USF CONNECT is providing the following two services:

  1. Virtual Office Hours: Appointlet allows our incubator companies to schedule virtual meetings with USF CONNECT Staff based on the type of assistance needed and the availability of staff. If you would like to schedule a meeting or require assistance in some way click here.
  2. Virtual Resource Library: This Virtual Library houses a range of helpful items including, upcoming virtual events, grant and loan opportunities, and articles on navigating through this period.


March 19 Update

In order to provide additional security to the Research Park campus as well as facilitate identification of resource needs, effective at 5 pm today, we will switch building entry to access card only. This means that anyone with access to our facilities will retain that access unless they have only been granted limited access.

Requests for access will follow the normal protocol and we'll have staff on site on Friday to ensure we can resolve any glitches. For assistance, please reach out to Cori Dreger (, John Kersh ( or Ryan Kraft ( with any questions. We are preparing signage to post on entry doors with contact phone numbers for deliveries. Please let Ryan know if you need to be included.

Please be assured that if positive cases are reported within the USF and Research Park community, the information will be shared with all tenant companies and organizations, faculty, staff and students as soon as possible to mitigate risks to the public.

If someone tests positive for COVID-19, he or she will receive specific guidance and monitoring from the Florida Department of Health (FDOH), and FDOH will reach out to any others who may have come into contact with the individual to provide further guidance.

If you have concerns that you may have been exposed to an individual with COVID-19 or have questions about your health, contact the Florida Department of Health at (866) 779-6121.

Individuals who have been exposed to the virus are advised to immediately self-isolate for 14 days and monitor their own health symptoms, calling a health provider for advice and guidance. Anyone possibly exposed to a directly exposed person (a secondary exposure) does not need to self-isolate but should monitor their own health symptoms and if such symptoms develop, they should call a health provider. However, if someone who is secondarily exposed has underlying health conditions or someone at home who is at risk, they should also call a health care provider or the Florida Department of Health for guidance. For more guidance on exposure and risk, visit

At all times, practice good preventive public health measures. Wash your hands frequently with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom, before eating, and after blowing your nose, coughing or sneezing. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. Avoid close contact with people who are sick, and stay home when you are sick. 

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March 18 Update

The Florida Small Business Emergency Bridge Loan Program is currently available to small business owners located in all Florida countries statewide that experiences economic damage as a result of COVID-19.

The consultants at Florida SBDC at USF will help small business owners through the process. Find out more information here

March 17 Update

In light of recent events, we want to evaluate the needs of our incubator companies for planning purposes.

Please fill out this brief survey at your earliest convenience to indicate how your company plans to move forward for the next 30 days.