Entrepreneurship

Vera Bradley co-founder to headline UF symposium

GAINESVILLE, Fla. – The University of Florida will host its 2017 Women’s Entrepreneurship Symposium on March 30 in the Reitz Union Grand Ballroom. The featured speaker will be Barbara Bradley Baekgaard, the co-founder of Vera Bradley who currently serves as the company’s Chief Creative Officer and Director. The event begins at 9 a.m. and

Third annual Gator100 Awards honor UF entrepreneurs

GAINESVILLE, Fla. – The University of Florida recognized the 2017 Gator100 honorees on Friday at the university’s Reitz Union Grand Ballroom. The Gator100, presented by UF, the Warrington College of Business and its Entrepreneurship & Innovation Center, celebrates the world’s 100 fastest-growing businesses led or owned by UF alumni. Companies are ranked by compound annual

“Choosing to be extraordinary”

The Entrepreneurship & Empowerment in South Africa (EESA) program is one of the most powerful experiences offered by the Entrepreneurship & Innovation Center. For six weeks, UF students serve as consultants to disadvantaged entrepreneurs in the townships surrounding Cape Town, South Africa. Students take a hands-on approach in helping these

Student Spotlight: Victoria Turbyfill

Spending the next four years researching in a laboratory was not in Victoria Turbyfill’s plan. She was looking for a more direct route to launch her career. She found it in the Master of Science in Entrepreneurship Program (The Thomas S. Johnson Program) and the Gator Hatchery, the Entrepreneurship &

Fashion front and center as iconic designer visits UF

To hear Steve Madden describe his love of ladies shoes is curious, at first. Even he admits it sounds a bit strange. But it’s a genuine affection that has inspired him to create one of the most iconic fashion brands in the world. An enthusiastic crowd of approximately 300 UF

UF Retail Society to host fashion designer Steve Madden on Monday

The UF Retail Society, in partnership with CollegeFashionista, will host renowned fashion designer Steve Madden for a Q&A session on Oct. 24 at Norman Hall (Room 137). The discussion, led by CollegeFashionista Founder Amy Levin, will focus on entrepreneurship, fashion, and Madden’s iconic career. Madden, who began his fashion career

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UF entrepreneurship center to host inaugural “bootcamp”

The Entrepreneurship & Innovation Center at the University of Florida’s Warrington College of Business will host its first-ever “Gator Bootcamp for Entrepreneurs” on Saturday mornings from Oct. 8 to Nov. 12. The bootcamp is a series of sessions to help aspiring entrepreneurs launch their own successful businesses. The program will

Dr. Michael Morris

Professor honored for entrepreneurial excellence

GAINESVILLE, Fla. – Dr. Michael Morris received the inaugural Schulze Entrepreneurship Educator of the Year Award at the Entrepreneur & Innovation Exchange annual conference on Sept. 9-10 at the Schulze School of Entrepreneurship at the University of St. Thomas in Minneapolis. The annual award, named for Best Buy Founder Dick

YELS Summer Luncheon 2016

Entrepreneurship program completes successful summer

GAINESVILLE, Fla. – The University of Florida celebrated 56 high school students who completed the four-week Young Entrepreneurs for Leadership and Sustainability (YELS) program during the Awards Lunch Celebration on July 15. The program is the only one in the United States specifically developed for high school students to learn

UF's Young Entrepreneurs for Leadership and Sustainability

Entrepreneurship program honored by City of Gainesville

GAINESVILLE, Fla. – Gainesville’s City Commission officially declared July 7, 2016, as Young Entrepreneurship for Leadership & Sustainability (YELS) Day, honoring the entrepreneurship program that has positively impacted the lives of hundreds of students for a decade. YELS, offered by the Entrepreneurship & Innovation Center at the Warrington College of