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Swisher Startup for Underrepresented Entrepreneurs


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Application Opens: Monday, November 16th, 2020

Application Closes: Sunday, January 10th, 2021

Classes begin: February 10, 2021

Classes end: March 31st, 2021



Are you an aspiring entrepreneur who has an idea for a business? Swisher International has joined forces with UNF's Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation to bring the region's first-ever, no-cost start-up program for underrepresented entrepreneurs!


Join a community of trailblazers that share similar experiences as you learn the basics of creating a business. Through interactive virtual sessions with faculty from the Coggin College of Business, engagement with mentors, and introductions to community resources, participants will have the opportunity to take their early-stage startup to the next level!


Apply to the Swisher Startup for Underrepresented Entrepreneurs program today!

Program topics include:

  1. Session 1: Assessing Yourself and Your Idea
  2. Session 2: Understanding Your Customer
  3. Session 3 Reaching Your Market
  4. Session 4: Legal and HR Issues
  5. Session 5: Understanding Finance
  6. Session 6: Sources of Funding
  7. Session 7: Developing a Management Team
  8. Session 8: Scaling the Business
  9. Session 9: Pitch Presentations

Supportive Services & Resources available*:

  • Business Development Curriculum Program: Taught by established Coggin College of Business encompassing key content areas, networking, and mentoring
  • Introductions to Community Resources: Such as SBDC, SBA, and others.
  • Engagement with Mentors: The Swisher startup will host a broad array of business leaders in the local community that will help guide cohort members through program topics.
  • Incubator Space: The Swisher cohort will have access to the downtown CEI common areas, including access to office, conference rooms, shared restrooms and kitchen facilities, Internet access and security and janitorial services.
  • Pitch Presentation Prize Money: 1st- $2500, 2nd- $1500, 3rd- $1000.

*The CEI & Swisher management teams will determine whether and to what extent the following support services and resources will be made available to Clients.


For more information, contact Kara Barber at the Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship at UNF. (904) 620-4019




Brianna Kilcullen 

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 Founder, Anact

  2019 Cohort 


“Anact wouldn't be where we are at without the UNF Innovation & Entrepreneurship Center and Karen Bowling's leadership. The Center is on the forefront of defining what it means to be an entrepreneur in Jacksonville and creating a safe space for founders like myself to incubate ideas, connect with others and bring them to life.”


Drew Messer

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Co-founder, Urban SDK 

2019 Cohort 


“UNF has been so helpful to us. They gave us space, provided marketing support as well as interns to help us. We are so appreciative of what they have done for us.” 


Alexis Lior 


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Founder, Adeleigh's Treasure 
2019 Cohort 

"The Center has supported me in expanding my vision and strategy for Adeleigh's Treasure. The resources have been outstanding. CEI is a pillar in the Jacksonville Entrepreneurship community."