The Aerospace Center for Excellence (ACE) is proud to announce a new initiative designed to further our mission to engage, educate, and accelerate the next generation of aerospace professionals: The ELEVATE Aerospace and Logistics Business Incubator.
ELEVATE exists to help budding entrepreneurs as well as established companies looking to fully launch their great idea. The project seeks to accelerate business growth and develop successful individuals, businesses, and ideas here in central Florida, as well as around the world. The core aim of ELEVATE is to transport ideas from promise to product.
“ELEVATE is a world-class think-space purposefully designed to foster creativity and innovation in the transportation industry, specifically in aerospace and logistics. Combined with the amazing talent and experience of the extensive mentor network available through the Aerospace Center for Excellence, we have built a community to foster and develop ideas into enterprise,” said Rick Garcia, ACE Board Chairman.
ELEVATE memberships range from virtual engagement with mentors and remote events to private office space for companies who are ready to take the next step. We also offer open coworking and dedicated desk memberships. ACE recognizes the importance and value of a wide range of member profiles and, as always, offers membership discounts and scholarship opportunities to students enrolled in higher education as well as our veterans. Members can enjoy a dedicated “think tank” with floor-to-ceiling dry erase walls, a video-enabled conference room, high-speed internet access, and (of course) free coffee, soda, and snacks.
ELEVATE is about community and collaboration. Accordingly, Polk State College has partnered with ACE and ELEVATE to provide interns and other staffing support, as well as learning opportunities to help members earn college credit in Entrepreneurship and Supply Chain Management.
“The ELEVATE Aerospace & Logistics Incubator is a powerful extension of Polk County’s thriving aerospace community that will accelerate the future of the industry and our region forward. With the opportunity for ELEVATE members to articulate college credits to Polk State, participants will be positioned to build upon both their education and entrepreneurial endeavors, fostering their success,” said Dr. Angela Garcia Falconetti, President of Polk State College.
ELEVATE is under construction now and expects to open to the public in June 2022. For more information on ELEVATE and to get your name on the list for a spot in this innovative idea center, visit www.elevateincubator.com. You can also engage with ELEVATE now through Facebook, Instagram, and LinkedIn by searching for “ELEVATEincubator.
Look for more information on this project as our opening date approaches, and plan now to join our community of forward-thinking thought leaders as we seek to disrupt and innovate in the fields of aerospace and logistics.