FSU Tech Fellows

 

Upcoming Hybrid Information Sessions

Wednesday, September 29th at 3:00pm, Rm. 3008 Honors, Scholars, and Fellows House, Zoom Link

Tuesday, October 12th at 1:00pm, Pitch Room  FSU Innovation Hub, Zoom Link

Monday, October 18th at 3:30pm, Pitch Room FSU Innovation Hub, Zoom Link

Wednesday, November 3rd at 2:00pm, Rm. 3008 Honors, Scholars, and Fellows House, Zoom Link

So What is Tech Fellows?

The Center for Undergraduate Research and Academic Engagement (CRE) is working to promote diversity in the entrepreneurship sector by providing summer internships for first-generation college students (CARE affiliated students) with business incubators and other related organizations across the state of Florida. In this program, you will gain hands-on experience and connections in entrepreneurship through working with incubator staff, startup companies, and mentors.

The Tech Fellows program exposes students to the everyday work of product development, entrepreneurship, and ecosystem building. As a fellow you will spend a dynamic summer embedded with an ecosystem building organization and work alongside startup companies. The summer internship (minimum 20 hours per week) may be face-to-face or virtual depending on the matching process between program partners and the Tech Fellows.

Another key component of the program is a 0-credit hour preparation course during the Spring 2021 semester. Within the course, you will learn about the work of business incubators and the startup launch process. In addition, you will interview at the beginning of the semester with our program partners as a part of the matching process. The current program partners include Tallahassee’s Domi Station, Tampa Bay WaVe, and Orlando’s Starter Studio.

The Tech Fellows program is currently limited to CARE affiliated students. Applicants are eligible for a grant of $3,000. As the program seeks to expand, the program may open to other student populations. If this policy changes, this webpage will be updated.

What should I expect during the internship?

The internship will begin in early June and end in mid-August. You are expected to complete the entire internship and work with program staff to add value to your host site. The internship are  on average about 25 hours per week and may include working at evening or weekend events. In addition to your work, you will document your experience with weekly reflection blog posts and a research project.

What exactly will I be doing?

You can expect to be exposed to a wide range of work tasks, including things like curriculum development, venture capital, program management, facility management, event planning, marketing, and business strategy. You will learn best practices in entrepreneurship and innovation support, meeting some of Florida’s top investors, mentors, and tech entrepreneurs. You will be in fast-paced, dynamic, and evolving environment, where it will pay to think on your feet and have the confidence to take ownership of your work.

Another key element of the fellowship is that you will document your experience with weekly reflections and will conduct a research project centered on an entrepreneurship-focused research question of your choosing. Finally, you will present your research at the CRE’s annual President’s Showcase of Undergraduate Research Excellence.

What kind of skills do I need?

That depends, but it helps if you have a core skillset or two such as design, coding, financial modeling, marketing, or writing. It will be up to you and your host site to not only leverage your core skills to add value, but to set goals for exposing you to new challenges that grow new skillsets.

ELIGIBILITY: All undergraduate students are eligible to apply provided that they:

  • Are affiliated with FSU’s Center for Academic Retention and Enhancement (CARE)
  • Are enrolled at FSU at the time of application
  • Will have completed at least 12 credit hours at FSU before accepting the Fellowship
  • Will return to FSU as an undergraduate in Fall of 2022

If you have any questions, please contact David Montez at dmontez@fsu.edu.

 

Learn about our partners

Tampa Bay WaVe: Founded in 2008, Tampa Bay Wave, Inc. is a ‘by entrepreneurs, for entrepreneurs’ 501(c)(3) nonprofit helping entrepreneurs build, launch, and grow breakout tech businesses in Tampa Bay. Since 2013, Wave has supported nearly 300 startups who collectively have raised over $200 million. One key program at WaVe include its TechDiversity Accelerator 90-day program designed for early-stage tech companies that are 51% owned, controlled, and operated by a minority, woman, veteran, disabled person, or LGBT person or persons. Another exciting program they offer is the highly specialized CyberTech|X Accelerator exclusively for innovative and disruptive technology startups focused on cybersecurity.
Domi Station: Tallahassee's own business incubator Domi Station will help aspiring entrepreneurs to Gear Up and current business owners to Ascend. Other standout programs Domi provides include Third Act, supporting would be entrepreneurs  who are aged 50+ and Women Wednesdays benefiting the female business owners in Tallahassee.
StarterStudio: It is the only 501c3 nonprofit accelerator that supports Central Florida tech startup founders with the robust and comprehensive educational programming, coaching, funding, and other resources they need to build successful companies locally. Through bootcamps, accelerators, and other free or low-cost programs offered at locations throughout the region, StarterStudio guides entrepreneurs along a continuous development path, whether they are at the idea, build, or seed stage. 

 

 

 

 

 

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