Student Innovation Incubator


A Catalyst for USF Student Entrepreneurs

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

If you have ever wanted to start and grow your own business while studing at USF, the Student Innovation Incubator can help you turn your dream into a reality. Escape the distractions of coffee shops and roommates to come work in an environment specifically created to help you succeed. Surrounded by like-minded student entrepreneurs, the incubator is more than just office space; it is the first step to becoming a successful entrepreneur!

SII (/ˈsī/) turns current USF students' business ideas into reality by providing top-notch resources. Student ventures with scalable, commercial potential are given access to high-tech, collaborative office space, paired with industry mentors, subject matter experts, and community corporate partners, to develop scalable business plans, and market-testable products and services.


Applications for the Student Innovation Incubation is now opened! Transform your business ideas and innovative dreams into cutting-edge technology and success businesses. Explore the possibility of entrepreneurship while studying as USF. All majors and levels are encouraged to apply!

Applications close September 29, 2024. For inquiries, please contact us at

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.

 Mission and Vision

Mission Vision

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.

Goal Values

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 with the Florida High Tech Corridor Council and collaboration with the USF Center for Entrepreneurship.

The Corridor


Center for Entrepreneurship