Rapid prototyping underway…. Rob Cassata, CEO of Cogent Solar is shown designing and printing his own prototype at the Volusia-UCF Business Incubator’s Makerlab launched earlier this year offering several 3D printers and training sessions. Cogent Solar is a startup company that provides affordable solar panel solutions that complement the distinctive designs of today’s homes, businesses and recreational venues.
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The University of Central Florida Business Incubation Program is a community resource that provides early-stage companies with the tools, training and infrastructure to become financially stable, high growth / impact enterprises. Since 1999, this award-winning program has helped hundreds of local startup companies reach their potential faster by providing vital business development resources.
With seven facilities throughout the region, the UCF Business Incubation Program is an economic development partnership between the University of Central Florida, the Corridor, Orange, Osceola, Seminole and Volusia Counties, and the cities of Apopka, Kissimmee, Orlando and Winter Springs. Participating companies sustain more than 3,600 local jobs and have had a total impact of $1.51 Billion on regional sales and $2.48 Billion on regional economic output. During the last fiscal year, the program has returned $7.95 for every $1.00 invested in the program.