Whether they develop their ideas in a university laboratory or in their garage, Florida entrepreneurs can find support in a wide network of service providers focused on their needs.
Florida's research universities, in particular, have the expertise, innovation and creativity to develop new industries and spur economic growth. In 2009, for example, they performed nearly $1.7 billion in sponsored research and received nearly $60 million in revenues from 562 licenses.
Florida's universities are regarded as some of the best in the country in technology transfer. Much of it has resulted in the formation and/or growth of numerous companies of various sizes--from startups to large companies--across the state. In the last decade, more than 200 new companies were created in the state based on research conducted at Florida universities. The aggregate statistics on research funding and technology transfer activities at Florida Universities for 2000-2010 are available here.
Florida's high tech entrepreneurs can rely on the state's numerous:
Many other supportive organizations such as the ones listed on the right or in our Resources for Entrepreneurs page are also ready to help them take their inventions to market.