Our entrepreneurship program is a national leader, enabling students to develop 21st century innovation skills that contribute to our local economy.

— Dr. Andy Gold, Assistant Professor, Entrepreneurship & Management

Over the past five years, HCC has developed an expansive college credit entrepreneurship academic program. This evidence-based, experiential program has emerged as a nationally recognized leader in community college entrepreneurship education. Based upon a pathway framework, students can complete a 12-credit college certificate in Innovation and Entrepreneurship, a 25-credit college credit certificate in Business Development and Entrepreneurship, an AS in Business Administration with an Entrepreneurship Specialization, and an AA Transfer Track – Entrepreneurship Degree. Click here to learn more about our academic resources.

But even beyond the academic programs, InLab@HCC provides the entrepreneur community with access to mentoring, educational programs, co-working, early stage business accelerator, events, and myriad networking opportunities. These services help mitigate factors that contribute to business failure, while increasing the likelihood of successful start-ups. InLab@HCC is a collaboration between Hillsborough Community College and Hillsborough County Government, and is the centralized hub for all things related to innovation, creativity, entrepreneurship, and social venturing offered at HCC.

Through four program areas, Academics, Community Events and Workshops, Veterans Entrepreneurial Services offered through Operation Startup, and the Research Institute (a design thinking center of practice for the National Association for Community College Entrepreneurship – NACCE), InLab@HCC provides the community with a rich mixture of high impact advisory services including

A robust collection of innovative workshops

Co-working space

Subject matter expert entrepreneurs-in-residence

Formal college credit entrepreneurship programs

Business funding opportunities, including the Everyday Entrepreneurship Venture Fund (EEVF) grants program

Design thinking services

Academic research project initiatives

An array of informal non-credit structured programs

Events, including an annual awards breakfast to honor those who give back through entrepreneurial education

InLab@HCC helps early stage entrepreneurs take action on their business ideas, focusing on working with veterans, social entrepreneurs, HCC students, and early stage businesses in the community.