Startup Quest

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Go from “find my job” to “create my job”

Startup Quest® is back in Gainesville to help you transition from “find my job” to “create my job.”

What is it?

Startup Quest® is a nationally-recognized 10-session weekly entrepreneurship program that pairs participants with seasoned entrepreneur mentors to create a business plan and investor pitch. Eligible participants will engage in a hands-on, team-based laboratory training experience. They will form teams led by an experienced mentor to develop business plans for simulated companies based on real technologies generated by a Florida university, federal laboratories, or NASA.

Eligible participants* will be selected to engage in this unique training program where they will:

  • Gain valuable entrepreneurial skills
  • Learn how to write a business plan
  • Collaborate in a team environment
  • Meet, network and learn from experienced entrepreneurs
  • Compete in an investor contest with awards

Am I eligible?

Startup Quest® exposes educated professionals the processes required to form a startup company and develop a commercialization strategy for innovative technologies. Applicants should have:

  • Bachelor’s degree or higher or
  • Associate degree with relevant real-world business or entrepreneurship experience
  • Those seeking financial assistance should be long-term unemployed or underemployed (27 weeks or more)