What is the Student Business Incubator?

A Student Business Incubator is a facility on campus meant for the development of business ideas in a closed and productive environment. It is here that students can learn the pros and cons towards starting a business, as well as what may be needed from them. 

Here at Florida Tech, will assist students in creating new business ventures, generating economic growth, and initiating new jobs in the marketplace. This will primarily be accomplished through the Incubator, a 2,400 square foot office space that includes work spaces for students, conference facilities, office equipment, and access to a network of extremely competent volunteer mentors to assist students in the creation of successful new businesses. 

The Florida Tech, Student Business Incubator was launched by Dr. Scott Benjamin in response to political talk about creating jobs and stimulating new business growth. Dr. Benjamin serves as the Director for the Center of Entrepreneurship and New Business Development and has been a serial entrepreneur for 20 years. He started and owns a medical consulting company, a real estate development company, and several successful restaurants. He returned to academia with a mission of changing the way entrepreneurial education is taught at the university level.

Florida Institute of Technology is a private, not-for-profit, regionally accredited institution located in Melbourne, Florida. Florida Tech provides high-quality education, furthers knowledge, and services the diverse needs of local, state, national and international constituencies. The University is heralded as having a national top-tier program in engineering. The Student Business Incubator seeks to capitalize on Florida Tech’s resources to work toward solving problems and creating new ventures.

Time and Location of the Student Business Incubator

The Student Business Incubator is located at University Plaza Suite L1 (same building as Old School Pizza, second floor across from the elevator). The full staff of the Incubator will be available during weekly meetings on Thursdays from 6:30PM to 7:30PM. Once your idea has been approved, you can gain 24/7 access to the facility and all resources as well.