Expand Your Business to Central Florida

Are you thinking about expanding your company’s territory, but worried about the costly and confusing challenges associated with testing a new market or operating from abroad? Our Soft Landing Program helps international firms, as well as domestic companies headquartered outside the region, quickly adapt and connect to the Central Florida business community to help expanding companies establish a presence in one of the most thriving economic markets in the country.

Companies looking to open a U.S. subsidiary or division in Central Florida can take advantage of the Soft Landing Program’s suite of resources that are designed to help expanding firms transition to new business environments.

Soft Landing Application

The University of Central Florida (UCF) Business Incubation Program is a university-driven community partnership created to help grow successful business ventures in Central Florida. Our mission is to nurture companies who have the potential to create high-wage jobs within the Central Florida economy.Companies seeking to become Soft Landing clients of the UCF Business Incubation Program will be evaluated based on the eligibility requirements below. If you feel your company qualifies, please complete this application. Applications are reviewed on a space-available, first-come, first-serve basis.

Eligibility Requirements:
In order to be eligible for consideration, candidates should meet the following criteria:

  1. Have all valid paperwork needed to conduct business in the United States
  2. Be a for-profit business in a high-growth field
  3. Have the ability to pay monthly rent
  4. Have potential for positive economic impact on the community through:
    -A technology, product or service deemed to have a high potential impact in the marketplace
    -Potential for the creation of new high-paying jobs

For questions regarding your application or the program, please contact Michael Weiss at (321) 281-8384 or at Michael.Weiss@ucf.edu.

Online Application Form

Application Information

How did you learn about the UCF Business Incubation Program?

Company Information

What is the legal form of your business?

Is your business registered with the Secretary of State's Office in the U.S.? YesNo

Central Florida Representatives

At least one full-time employee is required to be based in Central Florida and must meet the following criteria:

  • Be a U.S. Citizen, Permanent Resident, or have a work permit or employment-related visa.
  • Speak English fluently.
  • Must be focused on business development and/or research & development.
  • If you will serve as the required full-time Central Florida employee, do you meet all the above criteria? YesNo

    If you answered “No”, please explain which criteria you don’t meet?

    If someone else will serve as the required full-time Central Florida employee, please acknowledge that this individual must meet all the above criteria and be hired within 60 days of your company joining the Soft Landing program.I acknowledge

    If that employee is already hired, please list their information below:

    If not a U.S. Citizen or Permanent Resident, what type of visa has been secured to work in the U.S.?

    Employment Estimates for Central Florida

    Current # Full-Time Employees:

    Current # Part-Time Employees:

    Estimated # Full-Time Employees 1 Year from Now:

    Estimated # Part-Time Employees 1 Year from Now:

    Estimated # Full-Time Employees 2 Years from Now:

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    About Your Business

    Briefly describe your business. What market need are you solving? What is the solution you are offering? Who are your target customers? Why are you expanding to Central Florida?

    Describe the status of your business in your current country/state, including:
    - The number of years in business
    - Annual revenues
    - Number of employees

    There are enough funds to sustain operations in Central Florida for at least the next:

    The UCF Business Incubation Program tracks the revenue generated and the number of jobs created by its clients. This information is kept confidential and is only used in an aggregate form. Are you willing to share your financials (revenue, etc.) and the number of employees you hire with us? YesNo

    Business Needs

    Which incubator location are you interested in joining?

    Please list any special facility requirements that your company needs:

    Are you interested in utilizing student interns? YesNo

    Please describe the type assistance that may be requested from the incubator:

    Please acknowledge that the Soft Landing Program only provides support for up to 24 months.I acknowledge

    Soft Landing

    Program Benefits

    • Office space with flexible short-term leases
    • Connections and networking opportunities with the Central Florida business community
    • Domestic market research
    • Access to experts concerning import/export laws
    • Access to training and meeting rooms
    • Intellectual property protection assistance
    • Assistance with government documents and licenses
    • Assistance with meeting government regulations
    • Access to press release creation and distribution