Incubator Program

PURPOSE

The Incubator Program’s purpose is to develop and support Florida State students interested in starting or growing a business. Services are provided at no charge to students, and they include assisting new student business owners in developing a working business model, establishing their companies and progressing to the point of independent operations. The goal is to create a comfortable learning environment where the classroom education of Florida State’s student entrepreneurs translates into real-life experiences. This experiential component is crucial to making entrepreneurship a more integral part of Florida State’s student experience.

For more information on how to apply please see below the Incubator Spaces!

We have four different tracks: Discovery, Create, Innovate, and Ignite. 

Discovery Track

  • For students who are interested in entrepreneurship and starting a business, but don’t know where to start and want to learn more
  • Offerings: workshops and one-on-one meetings

Create Track

  • For students who have a business idea and may have started working on it, but need a better understanding of the ins and outs of creating a business
  • This track will have a limited capacity and meet regularly, as a cohort, over two semesters with set meeting topics and assignments
  • Students will graduate from this track to the Innovate Track

Innovate Track

  • For students who have completed the business model canvas and need assistance on topics more specific to their business
  • Individual participants will meet monthly with Student Engagement staff to go over goals and milestones
  • Students will graduate from this track to the Ignite Track

Ignite Track

  • For students who have an established business and need co-working space
  • Students will need to submit a monthly report to continue their participation in this track
  • Students can stay in this track until they graduate from FSU

With a focus on creating a cohesive group of entrepreneurs with a desire for shared success, Incubator participants are expected to work together to promote the success of each other’s ventures and to demonstrate leadership by actively engaging and supporting entrepreneurial activities across campus.


APPLYING

There is one application for the Incubator Programs.

The InNOLEvation™ Center for Student Engagement staff will review applications and decide what track works best for your needs. All tracks are rolling admissions except for the Create Track, which will have it’s own deadline each Fall semester. 

Create Track Deadline: Friday, September 30, 2022

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Women and minority students are encouraged to apply!
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STUDENT INCUBATOR SPACES

The Program offers two different spaces that students can use: The Sprout @ Shaw (RSB 226) and the Greenhouse on the second floor of the Jim Moran Building.

The Sprout @ Shaw

The Sprout @ Shaw is the new home of the Blackstone LaunchPad (BLP). Students can come in for mentoring and connecting with other students. The BLP Coordinator and student peer mentors will be available to answer questions and provide support. Roundtables and workshops for students will be held regularly in the Sprout @ Shaw.

The Greenhouse @ JMB

The Greenhouse is our original incubator space and is for students who have graduated from the Create Track and are further along in their business. This location has more room for students to work and collaborate.

Greenhouse Round Table

The Greenhouse hosts a monthly Round Table seminar, bringing in knowledgeable speakers and subject matter experts to address the questions and concerns of student business owners in a casual and inviting atmosphere. The events are open to all FSU Students with an entrepreneurial interest.

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