CareerSource NCFL Launches Startup Quest® – Applications Available Now

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CareerSource North Central Florida will launch the 2017 Gainesville edition of Startup Quest®, a nationally-recognized 10-week entrepreneurship training program, at an Information Workshop on April 12 from 1 p.m. – 4 p.m. at the Wyndham Garden Gainesville at 2900 SW 13th Street. 

The program is available to all residents of Alachua and Bradford counties interested in participating. For eligible residents who are long-term unemployed or underemployed, CareerSource NCFL will offer scholarships through STEM Ready. Residents interested in securing a scholarship should visit a staffing specialist at the nearest CareerSource NCFL career center in Gainesville or Starke to confirm their eligibility and enroll in STEM Ready.

Startup Quest® launched as a pilot in 2011 and gives professionals the training and skills to become entrepreneurs or bring their new entrepreneurial skills and business acumen to an existing company. Participants with bachelors, masters, or doctorate degrees are placed onto teams and paired with seasoned business executive mentors to simulate the formation of a company around a licensed technology from a Florida research university, federal laboratory, or NASA. 

CareerSource NCFL earned a $12 million Workforce Innovation Fund grant from the U.S. Department of Labor to expand the program to nine additional Florida regions between 2012 and 2015 and gained attention from the White House, National Association Workforce Board, the National Governors Association, the Federal Reserve and the World Bank. 

To date, 2,385 Floridians have participated in Startup Quest®. 

Those interested in attending the Startup Quest Information Workshop should click here to reserve their seat. 

For information on scholarships through CareerSource NCFL, visit

For more information on how to volunteer as a mentor or judge for Startup Quest®, visit or contact

About Startup Quest®

Startup Quest® is a nationally-recognized interactive entrepreneurial training program that brings together aspiring entrepreneurs, capital investors, and patentable products to teach participants the process of starting a business. Participants work with experienced mentors who are vetted executive entrepreneurs to create a simulated business plan around real-world technologies and pitch the concept to real world investor judges. Startup Quest® helps educational institutions, economic development agencies, workforce boards, public leaders, businesses, and individuals instill the entrepreneurial spirit into teams and workers enhancing productivity and economies. For more information on Startup Quest®, visit

About CareerSource North Central Florida

CareerSource North Central Florida (NCFL) is a leading public entity for workforce development in Alachua and Bradford counties. Led by a board of directors comprised of local professionals and business leaders, CareerSource NCFL is a community hub that crafts policies, facilitates collaborations, and secures and distributes resources to support the growth of our workforce. CareerSource NCFL provides business-driven programs to support organizations hiring new talent or growing an existing talent base. CareerSource NCFL removes barriers and invests in residents to increase their opportunity to compete for work, including support for training and work experience to enter high-demand occupations. More information is available at

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