Partners and Resources

The Engineering Innovation Institute works in concert with partners internal and external to campus with which the Herbert Wertheim College of Engineering has a history of successful collaborations in innovation / entrepreneurship programs:

UF Resources

The UF Innovation Academy is a new enrollment model that operates on a spring-summer calendar with a four year focus on innovation. IA students will take UF courses on campus during the spring and summer terms instead of the traditional fall and spring terms, leaving each fall free for online courses, study abroad, internships, research, community service and employment.

The UF Warrington College of Business Admin. / Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation (CEI) and the Herbert Wertheim College of Engineering have a long history of broad collaboration on entrepreneurship and innovation programs.  The combination brings together deep analytical talents with broader business perspectives for a more complete educational experience for engineering and business students alike.

The UF Office of Technology Licensing (OTL) works with the Engineering Innovation Institute in program elements focused on foster a culture of innovation among our faculty, students and staff which serves to expand the pipeline of commercializable technologies.  Additionally, the Institute works with OTL to engage external stakeholders such as investors and entrepreneurs.

The UF Foundation and Alumni Network includes a broad and diverse alumni base, many of whom have been successful entrepreneurs and innovators and are looking for a means to leave a legacy through UF’s students, faculty, and research programs.  The Institute serves as a conduit to provide the UF alumni to change the world in multiple meaningful ways though guidance and financial support or the Institute’s programs.

The UF Creative Campus Initiative establishes educational settings that infuse the academy with the arts, foster creativity in all disciplines, promote interdisciplinary projects and encourage new ways of solving problems and expressing ideas. 

Community Resources

Innovation Gainesville (iG) is a partnership among the public and private sector to build Gainesville as an international innovation hub over the next decade.  Gainesville has been consistently cited in national surveys for its innovation capacity.  For instance, Gainesville is projected to have the highest percentage growth of creative class jobs in the nation over the next decade by noted economist Richard Florida.  The institute leverages iG to connect our students and faculty with the local and state-wide entrepreneurial network.

The Gainesville Area Innovation Network (GAIN) mission is to encourage technology enterprises to start up and develop in the Gainesville area by providing them with support through networking and educational opportunities.  GAIN includes a vibrant social networking site for Gainesville’s innovation community.

Gainesville is home to more technology business incubators per capita than any other U.S. city including the UF Innovation Hub, the Sid Martin Biotechnology Development Incubator (BDI), the Gainesville Technology Entrepreneurship Center (GTEC), the Downtown Technology Center (DTC), and the Santa Fe College Center for Innovation and Economic Development (CIED).

The Cade Museum of Innovation and Invention is named for James Robert Cade, the physician, musician, researcher and inventor best known for leading the University of Florida team that created Gatorade.  The mission of the Cade Museum is to promote a culture of creativity and innovation.  The museum’s programs include workshops for inventors of all ages to highlight the inventive process from idea conceptualization to commercialization, from the laboratory to the marketplace.

Enterprise Florida acts as the official economic development organization for the state of Florida, helping innovative, high growth businesses start up, locate or expand in Florida.

The Buchholz High School Academy of Entrepreneurship – Entrepreneurship and innovation start at a young age and the Institute is dedicated to supporting this nation’s next generation of innovation leaders.  Gainesville’s Buchholz High School Academy of Entrepreneurship provides a world class, four year, dedicated entrepreneurial experience to high school students and the Institute is working with the Academy’s leadership to provide guidance and support as the next generation of innovators advance their education.