UF SIFE reaches semifinal round of SIFE National Exposition

GAINESVILLE, Fla. – UF SIFE continued its streak of impressive performances at the SIFE National Exposition reaching the semifinal round of this year’s competition last week in Minneapolis.

The appearance in the semifinal round places UF SIFE among the top 20 SIFE teams in the country.

“The competition both in the opening round and the semifinal was some of the best we have seen so this was quite an accomplishment for our team,” said Josh Funderburke, Assistant Director for Career and Leadership Programs.

Competing teams present an annual report, project verification form, team data sheet and active team sheet to be judged during a 37-minute live presentation. Judges, considering the relevant economic, social and environmental concepts, decide which team most effectively empowered people in need by applying business and economic concepts and an entrepreneurial approach to improve their quality of life and standard of living.

UF SIFE’s presentation team consisted of juniors Ernesto Alvarenga (Information Systems & Operations Management), Bonnie Devero (General Business) and Mallory Hodas (Marketing), sophomores Chris Howard (Finance) and Kelsey Kitts (Marketing) and freshman Jessica Krutchik (Marketing).

Earlier in the competition, UF SIFE won the Jack Shewmaker SIFE Spirit Video Award given to the school that demonstrates extraordinary SIFE spirit.

SIFE is an international non-profit organization active on more than 1,500 university campuses in 39 countries. SIFE teams create economic opportunities in their communities by organizing outreach projects that focus on: market economics, entrepreneurship, personal financial success skills, environmental sustainability, and business ethics.