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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 Start-up Cohort for Underrepresented Entrepreneurs  


This is a free, 8-week hybrid program designed to help underrepresented entrepreneurs start a business and master their pitch. The program will teach you how to turn your idea into a business with field experts, hands-on mentors and resources that will help you achieve your goals.


Here is what you will learn:

Session 1- March 2nd:   Intro Business Model Canvas

Session 2- March 9th:  Understanding Your Customer 

Session 3- March 16th: Reaching Your Market

Session 4- March 23rd:  Legal and HR Issues

Session 5- March 30th:  Understanding Finance

Session 6- April 6th: Scaling the Business

Session 7- April 13th: Communicating Your Message & Brand Design

Session 8- April 20th:  Pitch Prep           


May 4th: Pitch Presentations

The top three pitch winners will be awarded prize money to help start your business.





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Swisher Growth Cohort for Underrepresented Entrepreneurs 


Coming Fall 2022! 


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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."