Financing

Companies at every stage have financial needs and there are a number of resources available. A number of resources are listed below but please contact TVEDC for further information.

  • Private Capital
  • Government Financing
  • Matching Grants

 

Private Capital

Angel Investors: An angel investor generally wants less control of your company and a slower return on investment, however the criteria for investment are likely to be similar. Angel investor groups are great sources of private capital and frequently invest angel money into new companies.

  • Florida Angel Nexus
  • Florida Angel Investors
  • New World Angels
  • Winter Park Angels

Venture Capital: Companies that cannot seek capital from more traditional sources due to size, assets and stage of development may turn to venture capital.

  • Florida Opportunity Fund
  • EntreNext Ventures
  • Venvelo
  • Inflecion Fund
  • Arsenal Venture Partners
  • Kirenaga Partners
  • IQ Orlando
  • Firespring Fund

Start-up Financing: Funding provided for product development and initial marketing (which means the company has key management, market research and a business plan in place).

  • National Venture Capital Association
  • Garage Technology Venture

 

Government Financing Programs

Commercial Business Finance provides working capital financing for small to medium sized companies. CBF finances approximately $60,000,000 in accounts receivable annually. Specializing in accounts receivable financing which allows them to provide lines of credit to companies that may not qualify for traditional bank financing. CBF bases their decision on the strength of the client’s customers rather than past financials or credit profile.

SBA 504 Loan Program: This Small Business Administration (SBA) approved loan program is designed to help owners of small and mid-size businesses purchase commercial real estate and is administered through the (SBDC) at Daytona State College.

Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) & Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR): This is a three phased federal funding programs specifically for small businesses to perform R&D needed by the participating agencies.

Industrial Development Revenue Bonds (IDRB): This program is administered through an Industrial Development Authority created by Volusia County and administered through its Economic Development Department. The bond can be used for the purpose of financing or refinancing expansion of two types of companies: manufacturers and non-profit organizations.

Enterprise Florida Bond Program offers tax-exempt, low interest bond financing to qualified manufacturing and 501(c)(3) non-profit organizations through Florida Development Finance Corporation.

The Florida Growth Fund manages $250 million of capital dedicated to prudent investment in technology and growth related businesses with significant presence in the State of Florida. The Florida Growth Fund will seek to enhance Florida’s capacity for development, growth and innovation while simultaneously generating an attractive return for the Florida State Board of Administration.

 

Grants

The Florida High Tech Corridor Matching Grant Program provides matching grants to companies located in the 23-county Corridor region; grants support industry-university research projects and SBIR/STTR awards in which one of the three participating universities is a partner (University of Florida, University of Central Florida, University of South Florida).

Florida High-Tech Corridor

The Florida High Tech Corridor Council (The Corridor) is a regional economic  development initiative of the University of Central Florida (UCF), the University of South Florida (USF) and the University of Florida (UF) whose mission is to grow high tech industry and innovation in the region through partnerships that support research, marketing, workforce and entrepreneurship.

A partnership involving more than 25 local and regional Economic Development Organizations (EDOs) and 14 state colleges, the Council is co-chaired by the presidents of UCF, USF, and UF and includes members representing the diverse sectors of the high tech industry. The unique partnership has resulted in a strategic approach to high tech economic development that involves matching funds research, workforce development and a marketing program leveraging governmental, EDO and corporate budgets on a regional rather than local basis. The industries the Council has targeted for growth are: Agritechnology; Aviation & Aerospace; Digital Media/Interactive Entertainment; Financial Services; Information Technology; Life Sciences & Medical Technologies; Microelectronics/ Nanotechnology; Modeling, Simulation & Training; Optics & Photonics; and, Sustainable Energy

Florida High Tech Corridor assets:
  • Entrepreneurial Support
  • Workforce Development
  • Matching Funds Research
  • Marketing the Corridor