Don't miss 1 Million Cups® Naples! Florida entrepreneurs and startups present their innovative businesses, services and products from 9-10 a.m. the second Wednesday of every month. Go to 1MillionCups.com/Naples
The coffee is free, provided by and paid for by local sponsors.
Just bring your questions and advice!
Naples' top business hub for stellar entrepreneurial results
Southwest Florida's No. 1 business accelerator. A joint government and non-profit community of entrepreneurs, inventors, investors, pioneers, students and technologists.
The Naples Accelerator, located at 3510 Kraft Road, Suite 200, off Pine Ridge Road in the Kraft Office Center, is operated by the Collier County's Office of Business & Economic Development. Our members receive training from a variety of leaders in technology, business and public administration. We're partners with the Collier County Office of Business & Economic Development, Naples SCORE, the Small Business Development Center at Florida Gulf Coast University, FGCU's School of Entrepreneurship, the SBA, the Goodwill SWFL MicroEnterprise Institute and the Florida Virtual Entrepreneurship Center. SCORE and the SBDC have offices there and hold workshops.
In addition, under a three-year agreement, experts from the University of Florida, Florida Gulf Coast University, Florida Southwestern State College and Hodges University will provide assistance to help grow our startups, as well as the culinary startups at the Florida Culinary Accelerator @ Immokalee.
It's Southwest Florida's top business accelerator. Since it opened, it's assisted 179 companies that brought in more than $23.94 million in venture and capital investment.
The roughly 10,000-square-foot warehouse-style business accelerator provides companies with offices, conference rooms, virtual space, co-working, networking, mentoring and training to grow their startups and small businesses. It also brings businesses closer to sources of funding by offering its own venture funding angels, the Adrenaline Venture Fund, an affiliate of the Tamiami Angel Funds.
1 Million Cups® Naples also uses the space as an event venue, where entrepreneurs and startups can pitch their businesses and products for six minutes to an audience of investors, startups, entrepreneurs, business people, the public, who get up to 20 minutes to ask questions and provide advice.
Our startups have been mentored by industry leaders, pitched to numerous well-connected, successful CEOs and entrepreneurs and have gained access to numerous investors and sales leads. Read about one here. Our current and past members are local and global, coming from as far away as Finland, Norway, Hungary, Slovakia, Britain, Germany, France and the Ukraine to get their start in the Southwest Florida area.
Training and mentors:
Our members receive training from a variety of leaders in technology, business and public administration, as well as our mentors.
Startups from the French government's incubator network, Retis and Val d'oise Technopole, have come for boot camps and to pitch services and products. They stay in touch with us through online workshops offered on GoToMeeting by the county's Office of Business & Economic Development.
Network and publicity:
Our clients gain access to an extensive network of entrepreneurs, developers and planners, including recurring opportunities to present and participate in various Southwest Florida events, conferences and workshops.
Accelerate your business:
Our members have access to:
The Adrenaline Venture Fund, a group of angel investors
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Updated Dec. 30, 2019