Tech Transfer & Entrepreneurship



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Empowering Women in Technology Startups

EWITS® empowers women with the tools they need to advance their careers. The program immerses women in a simulated business experience grounded in real technology and provides guided mentorship that strips away barriers and helps unlock potential. Past participants have described it as a “life-changing experience.”


You don’t have to be an aspiring entrepreneur — or even a technologist — to benefit from this unique program! The only requirement is a bachelor’s degree. You’re invited to what could be one of the most empowering programs of your life — one that can help you increase your leadership role at your current company, help translate your research from benchtop to industry, or transform yourself from an “employee” to an “employer” at the helm of your own business. Next cohort starts in January 2020!

Want to learn more?  Attend one of our upcoming INFORMATION SESSIONS:

  • Wednesday, November 20, 2019, 5:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.: Registration
  • Wednesday, December 4, 2019, 12 p.m. – 1 p.m.  (lunch provided): Registration

Click here to apply: EWITS Application

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Technology Transfer and Commercialization Tools Internship

Thursday, November 21, 2019

12 p.m. – 1 p.m.
UF Innovate
The Hub 747 SW 2nd Ave. Room 140
Lunch & Learn

Are you a life sciences Ph.D. student or postdoc? Interested in earning some extra money, developing your interpersonal skills and gaining an insight into a career outside academia?

Recently, the University of Florida has partnered with Ximbio, the world’s largest non-profit specializing in life science research reagents of all kinds. Ximbio is part of Cancer Research UK, the world’s largest cancer research foundation, with more than $500 million in funding. To date, Ximbio partners with scientists and their tech transfer offices over 100 universities and research institutes worldwide to make their reagents more visible, searchable, accessible, manageable and commercially available.

As part of this partnership, Ximbio offers a 6-month paid internship ($20/hour for 5 hours per week) called the Ximbassador Program. The position runs alongside your day-to-day role in the lab.  As a Ximbassador, you will be either a graduate student or post-doc who is interested in gaining experience outside the lab in technology transfer and commercialization of research tools (cell lines, antibodies, mouse models, etc).

Click here to register: Lunch & Learn: Ximbassador Program

EWITS® Spring 2020 Cohort Applications Open & Information Sessions


EWITS® aims to empower women to make the leap from research and development to bringing products to the market. This 12-week program immerses women in a simulated business experience grounded in real technology, providing guided mentorship that strips away barriers and helps unlock potential. One of the main objectives of the program is to increase confidence to meet new challenges and pursue goals: professionally and personally. Visit the EWITS website for more information.

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Anita Rao profile pictureFriday, March 13, 2020, 12:00-1:00 pm, room C1-17

Intellectual Property – Where Science Meets Business

Presented by Anita Rao, Assistant Director, Licensing Officer, UF Innovate



UF Resources

Office of Technology Licensing

Do you want to learn more about upcoming programs and events in the Gainesville Startup Community?  Check out the UF Innovate Event Calendar and keep up to date with a variety of local happenings!