State College of Florida


Center for Advanced Technology & Innovation

Opening SOON!

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Technology Incubator & Accelerator

A place for start-ups and entrepreneurs to learn and grow in collaboration with financial, legal, marketing and other business mentors to convert disruptive ideas into viable business models.

For more information, email Matthew Harper, Director Incubator / Accelerator at

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Coding & IT Academy

Where upcoming talent can develop cutting-edge skills through immersion courses, certificate programs, seminars, social events, and other gatherings to benefit both the technology sector and other businesses.

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Video, Augmented Reality & Creative Studio

A space providing video and creative services for educational and promotional content that empowers and inspires community members to understand, participate and support local entrepreneurs.

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Academic Partnership Center

A hub that smooths the transition from area high schools to SCF and other partner universities for baccalaureate and graduate degrees. Current partners include the University of South Florida’s FUSE program and the Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University’s (FAMU’s) IGNITE transfer partnership initiative.

A Nucleus For Innovation

The center reflects a partnership between State College of Florida, Manatee-Sarasota (SCF), local employers, the Economic Development Corporation of Sarasota County and the Bradenton Area Economic Development Corporation. With the support of these key local stakeholders, SCF was awarded $3.6 million by the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity and Enterprise Florida to establish the new center. The funding comes from the Florida Job Growth Grant Fund, an economic development program created to promote public infrastructure and workforce training in Florida. SCF’s funding request was approved by then-governor Rick Scott in 2018.

SCF’s Center for Advanced Technology & Innovation is projected to open in Fall 2021 at SCF Bradenton in the former library (Building 8). Renovations on Building 8 began in February 2020 and are expected to be complete by Spring 2021. Additional funding for the more-than-$8 million project was provided by SCF and the State College of Florida Foundation.

Learn more about the Florida Job Growth Grant Fund

For more information, email


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