April Caldwell receives an award check for VBI pitch night Dec. 3 2020

The startup journey is hard.

The Growth Lab can be your guide

Find out if your business is structured to grow and attract investors.

Share your pitch deck, business model or let us know where you’re stuck. We’ll provide feedback on where you might need to reposition or see if we can connect you with the right contact.

SCF's Startup Incubator

We are a community providing regional business founders with the resources, tools and workspace they need to innovate and expand.

Education | Community | Adaption

Education

Community

Adaption

Pitch night photo of Veterans Business Incubator Cohort 20-01
"I severely underestimated the community aspect of the incubator... As I looked around the room it dawned on me that everyone there had made some sort of introduction or referral for someone else in the program. We really, genuinely wanted to see each other succeed."
"It is a pleasure to be part of this program. Matt and the entire team have been amazing.

Whether you are in ideation or have everything developed, this program is beneficial to every entrepreneur! "
"It takes a lot of bravery to start your own business... Be resourceful, take full advantage of all this entrepreneurial world has to offer. There are so many people who are willing to give their time and wisdom, it’s all about getting to the next level; one step at a time. "

Learn Adaption Strategies

There will be times when you feel like you're alone on a deserted island in the rain—and your trying to start a fire. Sure, you might be able to figure it out on your own. Without help, it can be more frustrating, painful and take much longer than it should. We can help you organize your business to respond quickly to market needs and grow.

Avoid the Startup Squeeze

We know that founding a startup is a rewarding and thrilling process. We also know that it can be extremely challenging: 90% of startups will fail—10% in the first year with another 70% during years two to five. We're more than just a workspace. We offer a community of support, programs and events to maximize your potential.

Your Startup Outfitter

We've got the matches, kindling and tent—you bring the innovation and energy.
We provide the tools, guidance, and support you'll need to get started, gain traction, and grow your business. From founder/mentors to screened advisors and service providers, we've got you covered!

Real. Connections.

  • Meet investors, learn from peers, find talent, connect with the community
  • Work with entrepreneurs and professionals helping startups
  • Get “plugged in” to the ecosystem: Attend events and training sessions with opportunities to connect and network.
Richard Munassi and the EVEX founders
an entrepreneur looking at the camera

Spend time on your business.
Not on guesswork.

  • We provide a network of specialists that can help you develop your vision
  • Dedicated advisors and screened service providers
  • Get startup-specific legal and financial guidance, marketing advice and website and SEO guidance and expertise

Position your business for growth.

  • Learn from our resources: Founders and business leaders with deep experience
  • Build a strong foundation and enable growth
  • Learn about marketing, branding, growth and funding.
Jobi Langston, a Veterans Business Incubator parcticipant discusses his business with Erin Cigich, a program mentor.

Community

Basic services and workspace
$ 100 / month*
  • FACILITIES & SERVICES
  • 7am - 5pm access
  • High Speed Internet
  • Free Coffee
  • Break Room
  • 2 hrs conference room/mo
  • Dedicated Desk Space
  • Locking Cabinet & Drawers
  • Mail and Package Service
  • Dedicated office
  • 24 hr access

  • RESOURCES
  • Staff Office Hours
  • Basic Advisor Resources
  • Discounted Legal Package
  • Discounted Accounting Pkg
  • Monthly consults

  • EVENTS & PERKS
  • Entrepreneur Community
  • Digital Member Network
  • Community Events & Training
  • Entrepreneur Joinups
  • Investor/Entrepreneur Socials

Startup

Basic access. Full resources.
$ 250 / month**
  • FACILITIES & SERVICES
  • 7am - 5pm access
  • High Speed Internet
  • Free Coffee
  • Break Room
  • 2 hrs conference room/mo
  • Dedicated Desk Space
  • Locking Cabinet & Drawers
  • Mail and Package Service
  • Dedicated office
  • 24 hr access

  • RESOURCES
  • Staff Office Hours
  • Basic Advisor Resources
  • Discounted Legal Package
  • Discounted Accounting Pkg
  • Monthly consults

  • EVENTS & PERKS
  • Entrepreneur Community
  • Digital Member Network
  • Community Events & Training
  • Entrepreneur Joinups
  • Investor/Entrepreneur Socials

Founder Desk

Premium space & resources.
$ 300 / month*
  • FACILITIES & SERVICES
  • 7am - 5pm access
  • High Speed Internet
  • Free Coffee
  • Break Room
  • 8 hrs conference room/mo
  • Dedicated Desk Space
  • Locking Cabinet & Drawers
  • Mail and Package Service
  • Dedicated office
  • 24 hr access

  • RESOURCES
  • Staff Office Hours
  • Basic Advisor Resources
  • Discounted Legal Package
  • Discounted Accounting Pkg
  • Monthly consults

  • EVENTS & PERKS
  • Entrepreneur Community
  • Digital Member Network
  • Community Events & Training
  • Entrepreneur Joinups
  • Investor/Entrepreneur Socials

Startup OFFICE

Room to expand
$ 500 / month (starting)
  • FACILITIES & SERVICES
  • 7am - 5pm access
  • High Speed Internet
  • Free Coffee
  • Break Room
  • 16 hrs conference room/mo
  • Dedicated Desk Space
  • Locking Cabinet & Drawers
  • Mail and Package Service
  • Dedicated office
  • 24 hr access

  • RESOURCES
  • Staff Office Hours
  • Basic Advisor Resources
  • Discounted Legal Package
  • Discounted Accounting Pkg
  • Monthly consults

  • EVENTS & PERKS
  • Entrepreneur Community
  • Digital Member Network
  • Community Events & Training
  • Entrepreneur Joinups
  • Investor/Entrepreneur Socials

*Individual membership

** $350/month for teams

Sign up for a free consultation

Share your pitch deck, business model or let us know where you’re stuck. We’ll provide feedback on where you might need to reposition or see if we can connect you with the right contact.

Please fill out the form below and we will be in contact shortly.

FAQ

SCF’s Growth Lab is a business incubator. We help new and startup companies to succeed in establishing and growing their company. We offer a unique combination of physical space paired with the key resources you’ll need to thrive. Our services are available to businesses at any stage and include access to our entrepreneur community, founder-mentors, specialists and screened service providers.

Are you trying to grow quickly or looking to raise equity capital for your tech business? If so you’ll benefit from membership!

The Growth Lab focuses on tech and growth startups. Our services and network are also valuable for traditional small and medium local businesses while providing an excellent working environment. We’re happy to discuss, contact us and let’s talk!

No!

The Growth Lab, housed in SCF’s Center for Advanced Technology and Innovation is specifically designed as a way for SCF to help support our community by growing the region’s economy. The Center aims to be the cornerstone of the startup ecosystem in the Manatee-Sarasota region.

Share your pitch deck, business model or where you’re stuck. We’ll provide feedback on where you might need to reposition or see if we can connect you with the right contact. We love talking with local entrepreneurs!

We are finalizing our application process now. Sign up for a consultation and we can let you know if you’d be a good fit for our community. 

Please see our price table above. Contact us at 941-752-5449 for any questions.

Our license (rental/lease equivalent) is a rolling monthly subscription.

We highly recommend that you stay with us for at least 90 days to fully understand the value of the incubator and ecosystem.

Yes. We offer a Startup membership (see comparison table above) that gives your business access to all of our services without the need to license/rent space.

Are you trying to grow quickly or looking to raise equity capital for your tech business? Raising capital for a growth or tech startup is a VERY different process from traditional business operations. Our mentors and service providers can help you develop everything you need to grow your business and attract investors.

If you run a traditional small or medium size business, we can still help! We’re happy to discuss, contact us and let’s talk.

We understand! We believe that there is tremendous value in being around like-minded entrepreneurs and part of an ecosystem. For most startups that is worth the commute. If that is not an option our Startup package allows you to access our resources benefits of membership without a license (lease).

You’re welcome to schedule a tour any time.