The Naples Accelerator's global soft-landing program helps international firms — and domestic companies headquartered outside the region — quickly adapt and connect to the Southwest Florida business community and the US.
Global entrepreneurs seek business opportunities in the U.S. due to its vast markets, economic opportunities, investment dollars and firmly established intellectual property protection laws. The Naples Accelerator is managed by the Collier County Office of Business & Economic Development. It's a certified soft-landing space that offers cost-effective market entry for small to midsized, high-growth companies planning to expand their marketing reach in the U.S. The accelerator provides a dynamic business environment of contemporary offices, shared office spaces, reserved modern work cubicles, sit-stand desks, conference rooms, event space, a kitchen with dining space and common areas.
The Naples Accelerator, a member of the International Business Innovation Association (InBIA), is Southwest Florida's top business accelerator. Since its opening in late 2014, it's helped 121 businesses that have garnered more than $12.2 million in venture investment. Our current 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 and the U.S.
Our team ensures that international businesses can easily expand in the U.S. We can provide an accelerated introduction to local and national business practices, regulations and culture. Our soft-landing program can accelerate a foreign company's learning process, help it make contacts here more quickly and efficiently and provide access to the resources needed to meet business goals.
We're partners with the Collier County Office of Business & Economic Development, Naples SCORE and the Small Business Development Center at Florida Gulf Coast University. In addition, under a three-year agreement, experts from the University of Florida, Florida Gulf Coast University, Florida Southwestern State College and Hodges University provide assistance to help grow our startups.