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We recognize veterans are equipped with a powerful set of skills including leadership, striving for excellence and completing the mission. Through the UCF Business Incubator’s partnership with the Veterans Florida Entrepreneurship Program, we help veterans realize and leverage those skills in an entrepreneurial setting.

Whether you’re veteran looking to explore an idea for a potential business or need help scaling your existing company, our mission is to empower and support you through business guidance, education and mentorship.

Advanced Program

60 hours of in-class training held at one of our six participating organizations designed to prepare participants for all elements of entrepreneurship. For veterans with well-defined business ideas or early-stage companies. Acceptance required.

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  • Spring 2019 Dates Coming Soon

  • Cohort 1

    9/6/2018 – 10/10/2018
    Registration closed

  • Cohort 2

    1/16/2019 – 4/20/2019
    Registration closes 1/15/2019

Workshops

January 24, 2019

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Marketing Strategies

March 28, 2019

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Sales Strategies

May 30, 2019

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Managing Finances

Discover Online Courses

Learn the basics of entrepreneurship at your own pace with our online curriculum. Perfect for veterans contemplating entrepreneurship. Open to all vets.

About the Instructors

Rebecca Hertz

Rebecca Hertz currently serves as the Program Coordinator for the Veterans Florida Entrepreneurship Program at the University of Central Florida Business Incubation Program (UCF BIP). Hertz has been with the program since the grant was first awarded to the UCF BIP in 2016. Her role as Program Coordinator is to provide Veteran Entrepreneurs with the resources needed to explore entrepreneurship and to help guide them through the Veterans Florida Entrepreneurship Program.

Hertz graduated Magna Cum Laude from Florida State University (FSU) with a Bachelor of Arts in Editing, Writing and Media and Political Science. She continued at FSU to earn a Graduate Certificate in Project Management. In 2016, Hertz attended the Graduate Columbia Publishing Course at Oxford University, in England. She is currently working towards becoming a certified Project Management Professional. Hertz has a diverse background in technical writing, editing, marketing, design, project management, event planning and most recently management and logistics with a company based in England.

Hertz comes from a military family. Both of her parents and grandfathers served in the U.S. Air Force. Her life experience obtained as an Air Force brat has allowed her to better connect with the Veteran Community. Her goal is to make sure Central Florida Veterans have the ability to explore and succeed in entrepreneurship, whether they just returned from a deployment or served in Vietnam.

Ricardo Garcia

Ricardo Garcia currently manages government resources at the University of Central Florida Business Incubation Program (UCF BIP). Garcia provides support and direction to incubator companies pursuing government business/grant opportunities. Whether the client company is engaged in research & development, involved in the commercialization of new technologies or providing a solution to the government, Garcia leverages databases to identify opportunities and applies aeronautical fundamentals to develop process tools and checklists designed to streamline the process.

Garcia also co-manages the UCF BIP’s Veterans Initiative. The program is focused on providing entrepreneurship counseling and training to military veterans at the idea stage. The mission of the program is to empower veterans through business guidance, education, mentorship and resources designed to accelerate their entrepreneurial success.

Prior to joining UCF, Garcia specialized in health care management as a member of the U.S. Air Force. Garcia deployed to Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom, where he enabled uninterrupted Force Protection to $3 billion in International Security Assistance Force resources, and coordinated medical evacuation support by triage for further care or treatment at Landstuhl Regional Medical Center in Germany.

Garcia graduated Magna Cum Laude from Embry Riddle Aeronautical University with a Bachelor of Science in Technical Management. Garcia is an active member of the International Business Innovation Association (INBIA) and has earned the Business Incubation Management Certificate. Garcia serves on Congresswoman Stephanie Murphy’s Veterans Advisory Council. In his free time, he enjoys adventurous activities and learning new skills with his wife

Rafael Caamaño

Rafael Caamaño is part of the University of Central Florida Business Incubation Program. The program is designed to help technology and scalable businesses develop into financially stable companies. The UCFBIP has helped more than 300 emerging companies, generate over $50M in annual revenues, and contribute to the sustainability of over 2,000 jobs.

Caamaño primary responsibility is to oversee entrepreneurial and facility support, provide incubator participants with one on one business coaching, mentoring programs and other organized entrepreneurial support initiatives and services. Analyze and understand business performance, needs, risks, and opportunities. Support the local economy and program through recruitment of new start-ups, scalable businesses, and retention. Network with local, state, regional, national, and international organizations to identify and coordinate economic development opportunities.

Caamaño began his career as part of a research division for the U.S. Army elite advanced war-fighting experiment Force XXI. His passion towards entrepreneurship started shortly after embarking on his business endeavors. He is a member of the INBIA and is a past Advisory Board Member for the Florida Business Incubation Association, Community Based Care of Central Florida, Office of the President for Polytechnic University of Puerto Rico (Poly) and the Kissimmee Business Area Council. He holds an MBA from Poly, and industry certifications from Harvard University, the Kauffman Foundation, Corporate Coach International, and the NBIA.

Caamaño provides an entrepreneurial perspective enhanced from operating companies, managing diverse projects and building strategic alliances that support economic development and business incubation programs not only locally, but also in international markets.

Gordon Hogan

Gordon H. Hogan

Gordon H. Hogan is Director of the University of Central Florida Business Incubation Program. Site Managers report to Gordon who is responsible for day to day operations. The Incubation Program currently has seven sites that are in full operation. One hundred thirty client companies are presently in the incubation program. Gordon reports to Thomas O’Neal, PhD, Executive Director of the UCF Business Incubation Program.

Gordon has a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry from Fort Hays Kansas State University plus graduate courses at the University of Kansas.

He was previously President of Central Florida Innovation Corporation (CFIC), a firm dedicated to creating and building technology companies in the region. Additional background includes 30 year experience as an executive, entrepreneur, and business consultant.

Gordon has assisted over 220 companies in the past 16 years. Two thirds of the companies were startup and early stage companies. The remaining companies have been second stage companies that needed assistance in moving to a new level of sales and profit.

His areas of expertise include matching technology to a market, preparing technology startups for first outside investment, resolving complex business issues and serving as an interim executive for technology startups.