Cultivating minority entrepreneurs primed for high growth and commercialization.

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What We Do

Increase the number of Black, Latinx, and other minority high-tech entrepreneurs and innovators in Florida.

Increase government and university technology transfer activity with Black, Latinx and other minority Florida entrepreneurs.

Cultivate and measurably grow access to technology maturation grants and risk capital ecosystems for underrepresented groups.

Cultivate the capital continuum, CDFIs, Angel Investors, and a syndicated venture capital fund support system for minority investors and entrepreneurs.

Scale virtual due diligence tools, webinars, and programming to cultivate an inclusive innovation ecosystem for both entrepreneurs and investors.

Our Mission

10in5 is built to serve women and minority entrepreneurs in Florida by providing three years of access to resources for ideation, business operations training and mentorship / leadership training. The 10in5 program is a pipeline armed with the resources to develop start-ups primed for high growth with the potential to become tech Unicorns.


EDIT: 10-week program that supports the launch of a small business idea. This pre-incubator program is designed to address the gaps in community resources that are crucial for meeting the needs of women and founders of color starting out.

IP2Mkt: 13-week program designed to enhance the intangible value of participants’ venture thesis with intellectual property while defining a clear roadmap to monetizing.

CEO Training: 6-month program where participants will track their progress, see their leadership domain scores, and how to improve leadership skills. Workshops include coaching mentorship with topics related to authentic leadership, challenges and blindspots.

How to Engage

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Ready to apply?

All 10in5 programs share a common application. You will need your business plan, pitch deck, summary and/or any marketing materials. It will take 10-15 minutes. We meet you where you are! If the language is unfamiliar to you don’t worry we are here to help, please reach out!

Meet the Team

Karl LaPan

Principal Investigator

Dr. Chris Ford

Co-Principal Investigator

Katie White


10in5 is a collaboration between the University of Florida’s Collaboratory for Inclusive Entrepreneurship and Florida International University’s Applied Research Center. The program is generously grant-funded by the U.S. Economic Development Administration.