Innovation Square is a 40-acre urban plan that brings smart growth to the heart of Gainesville, providing space for startup companies, labs, offices, residences, shops, restaurants and open space linking the University of Florida and Gainesville’s vibrant downtown.
The prospects for business success at Innovation Square are exponentially greater than the sum of its parts. Together, the elements of Innovation Square offer significant advantages for forward-thinking companies of today and tomorrow.
Innovation Square enables companies to tap into the intellectual capital of researchers and students at the University of Florida:
- One of the nation’s largest and most comprehensive universities
- Globally recognized bioscience and technology research
- More than 100 technology companies launched from UF research
- The number-one ranked public university for transferring technology to the marketplace (Milken Institute)
- Generating over $650 million in research and an average of 300 new discoveries annually
The Florida Innovation Hub anchors the area with 50,000 square feet of incubator space for technology startup companies and is home to the University of Florida’s Office of Technology Licensing and UF Tech Connect.
Infusion Technology Center
- Currently under design, a 120,000 square-foot home for existing science and technology companies
- Eight stories of custom-built labs plus space for research and commerce
- Linked directly to Florida Innovation Hub
UF INSPIREation Hall
UF INSPIREation Hall is the first housing development in the U.S. to be designed from the ground up as an entrepreneurial incubator. UF INSPIREation Hall provides students with the environment to develop into successful entrepreneurs while studying at the University of Florida.
Learn more about INSPIREation HallLocated at Innovation Square, students living within UF INSPIREation Hallwill be three short blocks from the main University of Florida campus and within walking distance to all of their classes, libraries, dining halls, research labs, and student activity centers. Innovation Square is the perfect location for UF INSPIREation Hall. Because they are just steps from UF classes, students have the opportunity to develop professionally without sacrificing the traditional college experience.
Unlike traditional residence halls, INSPIREation Hall will primarily offer one- and two-bedroom apartments along with single suites. The site architecture creates an environment which greatly encourages collision and collaboration among the students. Located across the street from the Florida Innovation Hub and the Infusion at Innovation Square buildings, students at INSPIREation Hall will find themselves living in one of the nation’s leading centers for entrepreneurship and business development.
By living and learning within the Innovation Square environment, students can interact with other like-minded students, teachers, and business professionals and dedicate themselves to the pursuit of the next breakthrough idea. Amenities at UF INSPIREation Hall include the fastest Internet in Gainesville, an internal incubator, and a high-tech lab where students can build prototypes of their inventions. The first floor of the building will include retail and restaurant space designed to support the Innovation Square project.
UF Innovation Academy
UFs Innovation Academy is a four-year, multidisciplinary undergraduate academic program, with students merging an entrepreneurship minor with a traditional major. Over their academic career, Innovation Academy students work toward developing an innovative viable business.
Learn more about Innovation AcademyAs an academic and commercial incubator, Innovation Academy allows students to develp their business using the Florida Innovation Hub ecosystem, with the ultimate goal to take their class out to the world.