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
Subject matter expert entrepreneurs-in-residence
Formal college credit entrepreneurship programs
Design thinking services
Academic research project initiatives
An array of informal non-credit structured programs
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.