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USF CONNECT is the epicenter of Tampa Bay's Innovation Ecosystem, which is a network of innovation-based companies, research, business development tools and government resources.

The University of South Florida System provides the foundation through which USF CONNECT is able to unite technology and talent with businesses throughout a 23 county region, providing access to top-tier research, faculty, students, inventors, local organizations, economic development councils, supporting industry and capital funding sources.

USF CONNECT focuses on the needs of Tampa Bay's technology and bio/life sciences entrepreneurs throughout the business life cycle. We provide the facilities, partners and resources for successful business development. We offer access to technologies, workforce programs, technology commercialization, critical research equipment and incubator facilities. USF CONNECT adds value and delivers targeted, high level expertise when your business needs it most.

If you would like more information on how to become a part of Tampa Bay's Innovative Ecosystem,


Facilities are available to our incubator companies for meetings, presentations, and research.

Partner Organizations

Our Partner Organizations provide vital support for the success of our incubator companies.


Resources include: start-up, financial, funding, staffing, legal, marketing and much more.

FirstWaVE VentureCenter

Click here for the FirstWaVE Accelerator Program.

Tampa Bay Technology Incubator

Click here for the Tampa Bay Technology Incubator.

Student Innovation Incubator

Student Innovation Incubator (SII) is a shared workspace and a collaborative business environment for University of South Florida students from all graduate and undergraduate disciplines to create and grow new businesses. SII provides access to resources such as mentors, space, and business guidance to facilitate entrepreneurship and ignite job growth.

For questions, please contact USF CONNECT.

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3802 Spectrum Boulevard, Suite 100
Tampa, Florida 33612-9220

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Telephone: (813) 974-1082

Fax: (813) 396-9313

Paul R. Sanberg, Ph.D., D.Sc.
President, USF Research Foundation
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