UCF – Upstarts

The UCF Upstarts Student Venture Accelerator was designed with the ambitious entrepreneurial student in mind. Students can apply by April 1 to become one of an elite handful of “Upstarts Ventures” which will be selected by the Upstarts staff for admittance into the Fall and Spring Semester Cohort. An Upstarts Venture will typically meet four criteria

  1. Team:  we accept ventures led by a minimum of 2 individuals
  2. Revenue:  we accept ventures which have been generating revenue for at least 6 months; however, we will consider ventures developing technology devices and life science products which may be at an earlier stage.
  3. Focused:  we accept ventures whose team demonstrates the ability to focus on academics and business building
  4. Academics: we accept ventures whose team is in good academic standing with UCF

Once selected as an Upstarts Venture the student-entrepreneurs will work with the Upstarts staff to set value-generating milestones and work towards hitting those milestones during their tenure. Successful Upstarts Ventures may then qualify to join UCF’s award winning Business Incubation Program as they continue to grow and thrive. All of our services are offered to UCF students for 0% equity in the new venture!


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