Program partners with Orlando’s Victory Strategies to train entrepreneurs the skills needed to lead organizations

Orlando, Fla. (May 30, 2023) – For any entrepreneur wanting to scale their business, the skills needed to lead a team are essential for success.

For most people, leadership is a skill they have learned or refined over the years. As such, the UCF Business Incubation Program has started offering specially designed leadership courses available at no charge for its clients.

“Lessons on leadership and programs like this can be critical for early-stage companies which are often led by first-time CEOs,” says Rob Panepinto, director, Innovation Districts Strategy and Partnerships and Senior Strategic Advisor, UCF Business Incubation Program. “Having an effective leader as CEO is paramount to the success of any business and we believe what Victory Strategies offers will be a central part of the success of our clients and our program.”

Victory Strategies’ team and instructors include dozens of people who have excelled in leadership, like Fortune 500 CEOs, Olympic athletes, Top Gun pilots and more.

But what really appealed to the UCF Business Incubation Program was how the courses were structured. For each entrepreneur, there are more than 40 lessons that take no more than 15 minutes to complete. Topics include items such as active listening, single points of failure and conflict resolution.

“We designed our coursework and training with this quick lesson format with the understanding our customers are extremely busy people, often changing the world,” says Jacob Werksman, founder & CEO, Victory Strategies. “We’re proud to work with the UCF Business Incubation Program to provide these services to the next generation of business leaders in Central Florida.”

The first group of client companies ran a pilot program to ensure its success throughout the program. Some businesses found the lessons so useful that they purchased additional licenses for their teams.

“I have enjoyed this very much,” says Beverly Avellan of Cyber Technologies Training, who has started the course with her husband. “Funny at the age of 60 I am still willing to learn new tricks and it allows me to look within for improvement.”


For more information, please contact:

UCF Business Incubation Program: Carol Ann Dykes Logue, 407-635-9882, or Alan Byrd, Alan Byrd & Associates, 407-415-8470,

About the UCF Business Incubation Program: The University of Central Florida Business Incubation Program is a community resource that provides early-stage companies with the tools, training and infrastructure to become financially stable, high growth/impact enterprises. Since 1999, this award-winning program has provided vital business development resources resulting in over 300 local startup companies reaching their potential faster and graduating into the community where they continue to grow and positively impact the local economy.

With eight facilities throughout the region, the UCF Business Incubation Program is an economic development partnership between the University of Central Florida, the Corridor, Orange, Osceola, Seminole and Volusia Counties, and the cities of Kissimmee, Orlando and Winter Springs. For the 2017/2018 fiscal years, the activities of these participating firms have helped to sustain more than 6,725 local jobs and have had a cumulative impact of over $725 million on regional GDP and over $1.3 billion on regional sales. During the same period, the program has returned more than $12.00 in state and local taxes for every $1.00 invested in the program. In addition, for every $1.00 of public investment the firms also produced $118 of additional regional GDP and $226 of regional sales. For more information, visit

About Victory Strategies: Victory Strategies is a leadership development and coaching firm comprised of elite practitioners, such as Top GUN Fighter Pilots, Navy SEALs, Fortune 500 Executives, High Impact Entrepreneurs, and Top Performing Athletes. We improve organizational culture, alignment, and efficiency through leadership development training and team engagement.

VICTORY: achievement of success in an endeavor against all odds and difficulties.

STRATEGIES: plans designed to achieve a major goal.

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