DAYTONA BEACH, FLA. – Two client companies in the Volusia-UCF Business Incubator – LibLob and TSO Life — recently participated in the spring 2017 Cohort of VentureScaleUp, Orlando’s high-growth business accelerator.
Connie Bernal, site manager for the Volusia-UCF Business Incubator said the two were among only eight companies chosen to be part of the eight-week program that connect them with successful entrepreneurs and investors enabling them to successfully scale their businesses.
The two Volusia County Startups are LibLob and TSOLife.
LibLob is an online rental marketplace that connects adventure sport equipment owners (business and individuals) with adventure seeking enthusiasts.
TSO Life is a social networking startup creating new and innovative ways to preserve legacy and pass down life stories for future generations.
Start ups from throughout the U.S. and some foreign countries also applied for the program, which is led by seasoned entrepreneurs, renowned experts and potential investors. The startups pitched their company to the group of investors at the end of the course on June 21.
Held at the Catalyst co-working space in downtown Orlando, VentureScaleUp provided the cohort with advanced workshops, one-on-one mentoring, and one-on-one investor meetings while they connected and collaborated with one another.
“We are extremely excited about the opportunities our two Incubator companies now have and it will drive them to the next level for their businesses by VentureScaleUp’s proven techniques which complement what we offer here at the UCF Business Incubation Program,” Bernal said.
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For more information contact –
Connie Bernal, Associate Director/Site Manager, Volusia County–University of Central Florida Business Incubation Program, 386-872-3101, firstname.lastname@example.org
Beth Payan, Larry Vershel Communications, 407-644-4142 or 407-461-3781,Lvershelco@aol.com
VentureScaleUp’s mission is to diversify the Central Florida economy beyond tourism, agriculture, and services by identifying, nurturing, and accelerating high-growth entrepreneurs who are the seeds for high-wage technology, manufacturing, and innovation jobs that will transform the local economy and elevate the City of Orlando’s standing amongst other innovation hubs in the US and beyond. VentureScaleUp aims to fill the Central Florida scale up gap by connecting Orlando’s high-growth entrepreneurs to mentors who have successfully built and exited prominent startups that have scaled. VentureScaleUp won a Small Business Administration Growth Accelerator Fund Award in 2015 and was one of only 3 accelerators in Florida to receive the grant. To learn more, visit http://www.venturescaleup.com and follow @VentureScaleUp on Twitter.
About the UCF Business Incubation Program
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 over 390 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. For the 2014/15 and 2015/16 fiscal years, the activities of these participating firms have helped to sustain more than 4,710 local jobs and have had a cumulative impact of over $725 million on regional GDP and over $1.3 billion on regional sales. During the same period, the program has returned $7.41 in state and local taxes for every $1.00 invested in the program. For more information, visit www.incubator.ucf.edu.