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What is the StarterStudio Seed Fund?
Our mission is simple. We want to make our community a better place by building our technology entrepreneur ecosystem and attract technology companies, technology jobs, and increase access to risk capital. Through education and enlisting our community to mentor, support, and fund our Starters we can create a diverse technology center that will provide opportunities for growth and economic development.
Our Seed Stage Accelerator is a mentor-led program focused on early-stage growth and capturing market share. We invest between $25,000 and $225,000 in each of the tech companies accepted to the program. The amount invested is dependent on the company reaching milestones determined by a panel of key partners, mentors, and our board. Companies who are accepted will have access to programs and mentors in the accelerator that will drive their success. The program concludes with a day-long Investor Showcase, drawing investors from across the Eastern seaboard and beyond.
While Central Florida has established a foundational infrastructure of programs and facilities to support regional entrepreneurs, there is still a severe shortage of seed and early-stage capital in the region. Florida is in a virtual tie as the third largest state in the U.S., yet Florida was ranked 10th in total venture capital raised for 2013. Even worse, Florida’s technology entrepreneurs face a particularly severe shortage of seed- and early-stage investment resources. Florida ranks 18th in seed-early stage capital investments – a mere 1⁄2 % of the total U.S. seed and early-stage capital invested in 2013.
StarterStudio’s funding arm directly addresses the critical gap in seed funding that is the largest barrier faced by Florida’s technology entrepreneurs. Funding will be available to any Central Florida technology company, but extra emphasis will be placed on applicants that have completed the StarterStudio Ideation Stage Accelerator or University of Central Florida I-Corps program.
Seed Stage Accelerator
This is a six-month, part-time mentorship-led accelerator focused on early stage growth, capturing market share and getting tech companies investment-ready.
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