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Embracing Innovation

Embracing Innovation

A Closer Look at Santa Fe College’s Incubator Programs

Santa Fe College’s incubator programs provide entrepreneurs the collaborative workspace and consulting resources they need to grow a vision into a thriving company. The programs include weekly peer group meetings which provide a regular forum for the entrepreneurs to collaboratively celebrate success and solve problems.

The Center for Innovation and Economic Development (CIED)

Located in downtown Gainesville, on the north side of Innovation Square the CIED Entrepreneur Incubator in the Santa Fe College Blount Center hosts early-stage startups across a broad spectrum of sectors, from traditional service-oriented businesses like catering and furniture moving, to training, education and exam preparation businesses, as well as more technology-focused businesses like web, app and game development.

Gainesville Technology Entrepreneurship Center (GTEC)

Managed by Santa Fe College, the Gainesville Technology Entrepreneurship Center (GTEC) is open to entrepreneurs in the technology field. Less than two miles east of downtown Gainesville on Southeast Hawthorne Road, GTEC also offers plenty of free parking, close proximity to multiple bus routes and bicycle racks. GTEC entrepreneurs enjoy working in a purpose-built incubator, with both labs and offices, which have helped launch a number of large, successful companies.

The Bradford County Incubator

The Bradford County Incubator is a program provided by Santa Fe College’s Center for Innovation and Economic Development in partnership with CareerSource North Central Florida, a federally funded agency and grant recipient. Training and support are created around each participant’s target business in a process-based approach. The training program is available at no cost to eligible participants.

Specialized instruction is given in the areas of, starting a small business, understanding how to hire and maintain employees, learning how to market products and services, instruction on how to purchase effectively, the use of E-Business, record keeping essentials, tax facts and business planning.

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Whether you need specialized training to reach your career goals, represent a business needing cutting-edge training for your employees or are an entrepreneur seeking business support, Santa Fe College’s Incubator Programs are here to meet your needs. For further information, please visit

Santa Fe College’s Perry Center for Emerging Technologies

The Charles R. and Nancy V. Perry Center for Emerging Technologies is located in Alachua, Fla., the heart of Florida’s high-tech corridor, about 13 miles from SF’s Northwest Campus. The Perry Center provides citizens of northern Alachua County an opportunity for a college education close to home.

The Perry Center focuses specifically on emerging technology degrees. The 30,000 square foot building opened in 2009 and has functioning laboratories and state-of-the-art technology classrooms. The Perry Center is intentionally located near Santa Fe High School, which offers a biotechnology program that articulates to the SF Biotechnology A.S. degree, and across the street from Progress Corporate Park. Progress Park, a growing industrial park with approximately 1,000 employees, is anchored by the University of Florida’s Sid Martin Biotechnology Incubator, RTI Surgical, lntermed and graduates of the UF Sid Martin Incubator —Nanotherapeutics, Banyan Biomarkers and Axogen.

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