UF Among Nation’s Leaders in Startup Launches

Photo: Gainesville Area Chamber of Commerce 

Photo: Gainesville Area Chamber of Commerce 

From the Gainesville Area Chamber of Commerce

Gaining recognition in yet another field of excellence, the University of Florida is now number four on the national list of leading institutions for startups.

Boasting 15 successful startups last year, UF is right behind MIT who announced 16.  According to the Association of University Technology Managers, the top two spots are held by the entire University of California and University of Texas systems.

According to David L. Day, UF’s director of the Office of Technology Licensing, “this is a testament to the collaborative relationship between UF’s world-renowned faculty generating discoveries and the Office of Technology Licensing working to bring together the elements necessary to create successful startups.”

This isn’t the first time the University of Florida has made it to the top of the list on the Association of University Technology Managers’ report.  In 2012 UF was ranked number 11 for their 129 licenses and options granted.  The number of licenses and options produced represents how successful investors believe an idea can be.

UF’s increasing popularity in the startup community will draw attention to see what their creative students and powerful team of professionals can produce.  Day believes, “University research has become an important driver of economic development.”

Looking to expand their innovative impact, the Florida Innovation Hub at UF has also recently announced that within its first 20 months, over 250 jobs have been created.  The “powerful job creation engine” will continue to add fuel to the fire as job creation is trending upwards and attracting more students with a passion for entrepreneurship.

As a result of the creation of UF OTL over 140 biomedical and technology startups have been created during the past 12 years.




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