Bull Ring Accelerator Grant Program
The Foundation Bull Ring Accelerator Grant program (BRAG) is a joint initiative of the USF Foundation and the USF Research Foundation. The Foundation BRAG is designed to support early stage Tampa Bay Technology Incubator (TBTI) affiliated start-up companies that were formed on the basis of licensed University of South Florida technologies. These companies, recognizing the academic mission of the University, have agreed to provide experiential learning, internship, and employment opportunities for USF students when possible.
BRAG provides up to $25,000 of grant funding to support the entrepreneurial ecosystem at USF and help bridge the "valley" or "ditch" of death experienced by early stage technology companies. This gap can be defined as the point between when the availability of academic research funding runs out and when a team is credible enough (with enough customer and market knowledge) to raise private capital or license/partner with existing companies. The goal of this program is not to replace private capital, but to help reduce risk and develop start-ups to a point where they can attract other sources of funding.
Round One Proposal Deadline is December 19, 2016
For more information on the Foundation BRAG program, contact the USF Research Foundation, Inc. at (813) 974-1082.
USF Research Foundation, Inc.
3802 Spectrum Boulevard, Suite 100
Tampa, Florida 33612-9220
30338 USF Holly Dr.
Telephone: (813) 974-1082
Fax: (813) 396-9313
Paul R. Sanberg, Ph.D., D.Sc.
President and CEO
USF Research Foundation