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Southwest Florida's top business and culinary accelerators

                  

cat·a·lyst

ˈkad(ə)ləst/

noun

                                       

An agent that quickly provokes 

significant change or action; the Naples Accelerator

           

 

 

 

WE'RE SOUTHWEST FLORIDA'S TOP BUSINESS AND CULINARY ACCELERATORS!

We don't just start businesses, we're a catalyst that makes them leap.



 

Mentors

We take mentoring seriously. Our region is home to more Fortune 500 CEOs and executives than just about anywhere else in the world. Let us link you to the best minds around.
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Synergistic Environment

Work with innovators like yourself. Here, 1 + 1 really does equal 3!

Innovation & Global Soft-Landing

Collier County offers two accelerators to jump start local businesses and help foreign companies soft-land and expand to Naples, Florida and nationwide. Our business accelerator opened four years ago and our newest, a culinary accelerator, opened in early 2018. 

The Naples Accelerator, our business and tech accelerator, opened in April 2014 in a temporary building, but now has a permanent home in a 10,000-square-foot office suite at 3510 Kraft Road, off Pine Ridge Road. It's a member of the International Business Innovation Association and is Southwest Florida's top business accelerator. We accelerate the business creation process to increase entrepreneurial success and individual opportunity. Since our inception, we've helped 121 businesses that have garnered more than $12.2 million in venture investment. Currently, there are about 50 members.

The Naples Accelerator provides a dynamic business environment of contemporary offices, shared office spaces, reserved contemporary work cubicles, sit-stand desks and desk areas with computers, as well as conference rooms, event space, a kitchen and dining area and other common areas. Our mentors include the Small Business Development Center at Florida Gulf Coast University, Naples SCORE and the Collier County Office of Business & Economic Development.

As well as helping local companies grow, the Naples Accelerator is a soft-landing accelerator that focuses on bringing in foreign companies seeking opportunities to learn how to do business in Florida and the U.S. We work closely with France's government-run incubator networks, Retis and  Val d'Oise Technopole. 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. As a soft-landing zone, the Naples Accelerator offers cost-effective market entry for small to mid-sized, high-growth companies planning to expand their marketing reach abroad.

View our pricing options here.

Our 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 Southwest Florida. They've included a computer-coding school and summer camps for kids and teens, a STEM school for kids, retirees and the elderly, a magazine, a radio station, public relations, marketing and advertising firms, medical and biotech firms, a hydroponics startup, an international barbershop, a clean energy company, and an international business and IT consulting firm. We also have non-profit members. View some of our past and present participants here.

In 2018, non-profit Economic Incubators Inc. and the Office of Business & Economic Development opened the Florida Culinary Accelerator @ Immokalee, a state-of-the-art kitchen and production facility in a converted 5,000-square-foot warehouse at Immokalee Regional Airport, where the University of Florida’s Southwest Florida Research & Education Center in Immokalee provides a food testing lab staffed by UF's Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences. 

Our hope is that our culinary accelerator eventually will obtain funding to add more packaging equipment and a hyperbaric HPP machine that will enable farmers, food producers and other participants to use a non-heat, high-pressure process that's superior to pasteurization and will keep food fresher and safer longer. Our intent is to revitalize the Immokalee community by focusing on the locavore movement to promote Immokalee farms and products.

    

Pricing options and inquiries

If you have any questions or want a tour, please call 239-249-5911, or toll free, 855-949-5911.

If you're interested in a membership at the Florida Culinary Accelerator @ Immokalee, here's information on how to join and our pricing options and our FAQs page, or contact Ahmed El, the Culinary Program Manager, at 249-5911, ext. 703, or ael@theculinaryaccelerator.com. He can give you a tour of our impressive state-of-the-art kitchen, storage and production space.

Follow the Naples Accelerator on Twitter and like it on Facebook. You also can follow our culinary accelerator on Twitter and like our Florida Culinary Accelerator @ Immokalee's Facebook page!

 

 

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Page last updated May 22, 2019