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Cohort Information

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This is the second year Swisher International has teamed up with the University of North Florida’s Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation to offer two programs for underrepresented entrepreneurs: Swisher Start-up Cohort for Underrepresented Entrepreneurs and Swisher Growth Cohort for Underrepresented Entrepreneurs. 


Swisher Growth Cohort for Underrepresented Entrepreneurs  

  • Apps Open: July 11 – August 7th, 2022
  • Class Begins: August 22nd
  • Pitch Competition: October 26th 

This is an 8-week in-person program designed to help early-stage companies grow and take their business to the next level. Participants will improve their business plans with the helper of expert speakers, workshops and engaged mentors. Businesses operating for three years to seven years or have a $20,000 min annual revenue were eligible to apply. Up to twenty participants were accepted into the 8-week program. 


The program will conclude with a pitch competition where the top three winners will be awarded prize money for their business.   

1st place: $5,000
2nd place: $3,000
3rd place: $2,000




Swisher Growth Cohort Pitch Competition

October 26th, 2022


UNF Center For Entrepreneurship & Innovation: 9911 Old Baymeadows Road, Jacksonville, FL 32256 




2022 start-up winners



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 start-up winners v2


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


 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."