The CIE, or the Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship, is a technology-based business incubator located in downtown Pensacola, FL. The CIE is established to provide entrepreneurs with a community of support to foster their innovations in order to bring products to market as soon as possible. There are many ways to join the CIE. Companies within the targeted industries can be tenants, virtual tenants, and/or attend entrepreneurial enhancement events, such as Tech Forums.
The CIE provides entrepreneurs with:
Downtown Pensacola is home to several high-technology, successful entrepreneurial business ventures. This location allows business leaders to draw from the entrepreneurial activity already in motion, creating synergy among high-technology companies.
The CIE focuses its efforts on six key industries. By concentrating on these industries, the CIE can ensure that high quality assistance will be available to each company. Currently, the CIE focuses on helping companies within the following industries:
The CIE encourages entrepreneurs working in any technology-based industry to contact us about their company.
The application process consists of three steps:
Entrepreneurs should contact the CIE immediately to establish a connection. In order to apply to the CIE as a tenant, companies should have at least a rough draft of a business plan for review.
Every member of the CIE staff, policy board, advisory team, and partners, as well as tenants are required to sign a Disclosure Privacy Agreement, a Participation Disclaimer Agreement, and/or an Ethics Policy and Disclosure Form.
If a company does not yet meet the criteria for admittance to the CIE as an on-site tenant, that company can join the CIE as a virtual tenant, and/or attend entrepreneurial enhancement events.
Companies usually spend three (3) years as tenants in the CIE. While there is not an exact deadline for companies to “graduate” out of the CIE, there is a five (5) year limit.
For purposes of measuring the CIE’s economic impact, the graduating company is expected to annually provide the following information: