State College of Florida, Manatee-Sarasota (SCF) has named Matthew Harper as the College’s Director of Incubator/Accelerator for its Center for Advanced Technology and Innovation. Harper will spearhead the Incubator/Accelerator’s day-to-day operations, including recruiting business tenants, facilitating tenant relationships and creating networking opportunities to foster business growth. The Center for Advanced Technology & Innovation located on SCF’s Bradenton campus will open early 2021.
“The experience, energy and genuine passion Matthew Harper brings to the Incubator/Accelerator director role will allow this new initiative to launch successfully, support innovation and help entrepreneurs achieve rapid growth,” said SCF Executive Vice President and Provost Dr. Todd G. Fritch.
Harper has spent the last six years advising and mentoring entrepreneurs. He was the founding director of a veteran business incubator in San Diego and worked with a range of businesses, including turnarounds, venture startups, small and medium-sized businesses, and nonprofits. Companies he has worked with, including