Gainesville Entrepreneurship and Adversity Program participants at the Gator Bootcamp.
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Top 5 benefits of participating in the Gainesville Entrepreneurship & Adversity Program

Whether you’re interested in turning your business dream into reality or your business has been negatively impacted by COVID-19, the Gainesville Entrepreneurship & Adversity Program (GEAP) from the University of Florida Entrepreneurship & Innovation Center is designed to empower those living through adverse circumstances to create and grow their businesses.

The next GEAP class is starting September 24 and includes 12-months of instruction. Read on to see the top 5 benefits of participating in GEAP.

1. Hands-on learning with University of Florida business experts

An essential element of GEAP is the Gator Bootcamp, a five consecutive Saturday morning program that introduces participants to basic tools, concepts and principles relevant to launching and growing a successful business when one has limited resources or background.

The hands-on experience, valued at $600, is taught by the world-renowned faculty of the University of Florida Warrington College of Business, as well as subject matter experts and successful entrepreneurs from the community. GEAP participants have the opportunity to confer with UF faculty, graduate students and other experts as they work on growing their ventures.

2. Post-Bootcamp consulting opportunities with University of Florida graduate students

Access to successful entrepreneurs and business experts doesn’t end after the Gator Bootcamp. GEAP participants have the opportunity to be paired with graduate students from UF to receive mentorship and guidance as they progress on their business journey throughout the 12-month program.

3. Connection to local resources

GEAP participants learn about what resources are available to them in the community, as well as additional connections through community forums and other communication vehicles.

4. Networking with other Gainesville entrepreneurs

GEAP is an excellent opportunity to meet and network with other entrepreneurs in the Gainesville and surrounding areas. Not only will participants get to meet other local entrepreneurs at the Bootcamp sessions but also at GEAP Community Connection events.

5. Personal accountability

Personal accountability is key to getting started and/or moving forward with ideas and opportunities. GEAP will serve as a driver of self-leadership to help participants overcome personal limitations such as fear, procrastination and distraction.

Learn more about GEAP and how you can apply to the program from the UF Entrepreneurship & Innovation Center