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Nova Southeastern University


Fort Lauderdale, FL

Build to Scale Program

Venture Challenge

Project Name

Founder’s Journey

Award Amount

Federal Share

Local Match



The Founder’s Journey initiative will support founders at any stage. The Founder’s Journey is comprised of for pillar programs: Ideate, Incubate, Accelerate, and Post-Accelerate. The programs range from four to 16 weeks in length. The initiative will have a special focus on Broward County’s defined targeted industries as these have been identified as the high-wage/high-growth sectors. The defined targeted industries include aviation/aerospace, financial services, global logistics, headquarters, life sciences, manufacturing, marine industries, and technology. Funding will be used to secure facilitators for the various modules, provide wraparound services (i.e., legal, marketing, finance, accounting), Gust software tool, and for personnel to oversee the project. The Founder’s Journey will produce breakthrough ideation, new technologies, job creation, new company formation, and scaling of early-stage and young startup companies.

The Alan B. Levan NSU Broward Center of Innovation is a public-private partnership between Nova Southeastern University (NSU) and Broward County housed at NSU. The center is an economic and education development engine for Greater Fort Lauderdale, Broward County, and South Florida focused on innovation, technology, and entrepreneurship. Customized programs, events, and wraparound services support the Founder’s Journey from the birth of an idea through successful exit or global expansion of a company incorporating four pillars.

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