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Swisher Growth Cohort for Underrepresented Entrepreneurs   


Swisher International and the University of North Florida’s Center for Entrepreneurship & Innovation have joined forces to create the Swisher Growth Cohort for Underrepresented Entrepreneurs. This is a free 8-week program designed for early stage companies that are generating revenue looking to take their business to the next level! 


With expert speakers, workshops and hands-on mentors, participants will improve their business knowledge and plans.

The top pitches at the conclusion of the program will be awarded prize money! 

Applications are now closed. 

 Fall Schedule    


8 week classes begin: August 25, 2021 


Week 1: Growth Can Be Good and Growth Can Be Bad

Week 2: Growth is More Than a Strategy
The 4 P’s of Growth: Planning, Prioritization, Processes, and Pace

Week 3: The Entrepreneur Must Grow Too!
Business Growth Methodology- Work Smarter, Not Harder

Week 4: Challenges of Building an Effective Management Team

Week 5: Culture-Creating a High-Performance Environment, Creating and Managing Diversity

Week 6: Growth Thrusters-“Replicution” and “Boosters”; 10 Keys to Raising Growth Capital

Week 7: Brand Creation and Development

Week 8: Digital and Social Media Marketing
Work on Pitch

Pitch Competition: 10/27/21


Swisher Start-Up for Underrepresented Entrepreneurs 

February 10, 2021- April 7, 2021 (Concluded) 


Twenty companies learned 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. The 8 week session concluded with a pitch competition for prize money: 1st- $2500, 2nd- $1500, 3rd- $1000. 

Congrats to Our Swisher Start-Up Pitch Competition Winners!


Swisher Winners V4



For more information, contact the Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship at UNF. | (904) 620-4012



Brianna Kilcullen 

 Brianna Kilcullen headshot

 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

 Drew Messer Speaking


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."