What is the Reitz Union Gator Hatchery?
The Reitz Union Gator Hatchery is a retail Incubator that offers student entrepreneurs, as well as UF Faculty and Staff, the opportunity to showcase and sell innovative and unique products—Made at UF! The Hatchery offers shelf space, signage, inventory space, staff to sell the Hatchery items, and most importantly, the Hatchery management team provides marketing and special events to promote your products. Retail Hatchery product companies will have access to the Entrepreneurship Center’s network of individuals, companies and other resources..
Retail Hatchery product companies will also have valuable opportunities to learn about retail sales, distribution channels, product lines, merchandising and other areas that are critical for success to product development and consumer facing companies.
The Reitz Retail Hatchery is open to all students at UF!
How to apply to sell your products in the Reitz Union Gator Hatchery
Student entrepreneurs interested in becoming Retail Gator Hatchery product companies are encouraged to fill out the application form.
Current Student Product Companies
- Down to Earth Denim by Jaclyn Horton: Repurposed Denim Clothing colorfully decorated with unique textiles from around the world
- Juan’s Wristbands & Anklets from Juan Lozano: Finely woven bracelets and anklets in hues of orange and blue, made in South America
- Only Dee Dee’s by Daniella Diminich: Decorative Hand Made Clay Coasters and unique stickers
- Specs Up by Milica Jovanovich: Patented product to hold glasses while applying eye makeup
- Suede, by Natash Jewett and Alexa Lorenzo: Handmade and originally designed fashion jewelry with beads, weaving, and materials
- Sweets & Sayings, by Katherine Anthony: Originally designed prints and sayings
- Taylor Grosse Art, by Taylor Grosse: Fine art drawings by Taylor Grosse adorn wall hangings, journal covers, book marks and postcards
- Turlington Coat Factory, by Peyton Stahler: Humorous illustrations reminiscent of landmarks at UF
- Vscapes, from Brandon Farling: Virtual Reality Experience