Runway Program

Runway Program

The FGCU Student and Alumni Business Incubator

The Runway Program is a free incubator open to students and alumni that are accepted to the program. Currently located at the FGCU Emergent Technologies Institute Building, accepted participants have access to two 1,300 ft2 shared work spaces, cubicles, and Entrepreneurship Faculty, Staff, and Mentors. 

Participants meet with a Program Advisor once a week to receive feedback, and to set goals for the following week. The program follows the Lean Start-Up process. Participants identify and validate the existence of a problem or opportunity, and then develop solutions and a plan that they can test the market with. At the end of the 16-week program, student participants have the opportunity to pitch for equity-free seed funding to launch their businesses.

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Over 85%

of FGCU's majors are represented in the Runway Program.

Over $2.5 Million

generated by Runway Program students.

Over 200 Students

have been a part of the Runway Program since Fall 2016.

Meet Our Runway Program Entrepreneurs

Runway Program Austin Engle

Austin Engle

Founder and President of Liftup Life, Austin is a recent recipient of $5,000 in seed funding to further the development of his company. Liftup is made up of Austin and his partner Michael Amen. They are currently generating revenue, and have positively impacted the lives of over 200 people. 

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Runway Program Ryan Smith

Ryan Smith

Ryan is the creator of FindArtists.Net, a platform that helps artists sell their art. He first noticed the problem at an art fair in Southwest Florida. Ryan quickly grew a Facebook group, focused around the problem, to over 4,000 members in only one month. His platform development was funded in Spring 2018, and will be online in early August 2018.


Runway Program Jakub Adamowicz

Jakub Adamowicz

Co-Founder and Co-Creator of RoomDig, the one-of-a-kind housing app for college students. Jakub and his team are generating revenue, and represented FGCU and won the State Competition at the 2018 Governors Cup. They have been in business for a little over a year and have already helped thousands of college students find the best housing options.

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2017-2018 Student Runway Program Stats

72 Ventures Started

Students completed 80 hours at the IFE, created a business plan, and built a prototype

29 Ventures Pitched

Students pitched to an independent investment committee

20 Ventures Funded

Students were awarded seed funding to launch their businesses