Big Idea Competition Articles

Pablo Garces and Brian De Souza with their first place $25,000 check at the Big Idea Competition.

Carbon emissions tracking app wins $25,000 in Big Idea Competition

Reading Time: 2 minutes GAINESVILLE, Fla. – LiveGreen won first place at the 2019 Big Idea Gator Business Plan Competition. Led by CEO and Co-Founder Brian De Souza and CTO and Co-Founder Pablo Garces, LiveGreen is a mobile platform that empowers people to reduce their carbon footprint so they can be part of the solution to end climate change in one generation. LiveGreen does so by allowing people to track, reduce and offset their daily emissions. Through LiveGreen’s proprietary database, the platform makes it easy

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Sixteen teams advance one step closer to being the $25,000 Big Idea Competition winner

Reading Time: 3 minutes By Christine Haworth, BSBA ’18, MSE ’19 This past Friday, the “Sweet 16” final contestants for the Big Idea Competition were announced. Over 200 teams originally registered to be in the competition back in December, the most initial entrants the competition has seen since its inception. The 16 teams that advanced to the semi-finals of the 2019 UF Big Idea Competition include: Bl!nk Blitz Flozo Science Kits Laundr LiveGreen Orchard Quality for Patients Providers, and Payers (QP3) The Reagan Group

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The 6 M’s | Why Compete in UF’s Big Idea Competition?

Reading Time: 2 minutes By Jamie Kraft, Director, Entrepreneurship and Innovation Center As another busy semester comes to a close at the University of Florida, we find ourselves once again soliciting registrations for the 2019 Big Idea Competition. With a deadline of December 15, you don’t want to miss this amazing opportunity. Why is it amazing? hMMMMMM…         Motivation By participating in the competition, you will be accountable to deadlines that can fuel you to completion of your business plan. In

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Biotechnology company wins Big Idea Competition

Reading Time: < 1 minute ExoTech BioScience won the first-place prize of $25,000 at the 2018 Big Idea Gator Business Plan Competition. Led by CEO Nasser Nassiri Koopaei, the company was established to innovate and deliver products and services based on exosome technology for molecular and cell biology research, therapeutic and diagnostic purposes, particularly cancer. It is focused on the development of a broad pipeline of novel and targeted biomolecules to address different unmet medical needs. “Winning the Big Idea Competition gives me confidence that

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Big Idea Competition accepting entries until Dec. 15

Reading Time: 2 minutes GAINESVILLE, Fla. – Interested in winning $25,000 for your business idea? Be sure to enter the 2018 Big Idea Gator Business Plan Competition by Dec. 15. Those interested should complete their Intent to Complete form, before 11:59 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 15. The form only requires contact information from the individual or team leader, their UF status (undergraduate, graduate or alumnus) and a brief description of their proposed venture or concept. Eligible teams must have at least one enrolled UF

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Camera accessory earns top honor at Big Idea Competition

Reading Time: < 1 minute Band.It, an accessory made to protect and provide grip on camera lenses, won first place at the 2017 Big Idea Gator Business Plan Competition on Friday. The company won the first-place prize of $25,000 and is made up of Christopher Cooper, Domenic Aluise, Elezar Tonev, Maximilian Gazeroglu. The Big Idea Gator Business Plan Competition, which is presented by the Entrepreneurship & Innovation Center, encourages students to create growth-oriented business models. The Center plays an important role in mentoring and resourcing

Warrington students invested in Big Idea Competition

Reading Time: 3 minutes Warrington students Bo Starr (BSBA-FIN ’17) and Aaron Froug (BSBA-ES ’17) have a big goal. Their company, Interest Investments, is creating a plan to get millennials more involved in the investing world. Interest Investments is one of 16 teams competing in the 2017 Big Idea Gator Business Competition, presented by the Entrepreneurship & Innovation Center, starting Thursday. Thirteen of the businesses have at least one Warrington student on the team. This Q&A dives into the thought process of the company and

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Mobile tutoring app claims top prize at Big Idea Competition

Reading Time: 2 minutes Knack, a peer-to-peer tutoring mobile app, won the first-place, $25,000 grand prize at the 2016 Big Idea Gator Business Plan Competition on Friday. The Big Idea Gator Business Plan Competition, presented by the Warrington College of Business’s Entrepreneurship & Innovation Center, had more than 300 teams and individuals register for the competition. Knack, which was developed in the Gator Hatchery—the Entrepreneurship & Innovation Center’s student incubator—provides a mobile marketplace for students to find tutors. Students are able to find qualified

Qwerk founders Jonathan Katz and Alex Schepps

Men at Qwerk

Reading Time: 3 minutes How many times have you overheard a stressed-out UF student say they’d be willing to pay someone a small fee to take care of a menial task? Jonathan Katz has lost count how many times he’s heard that familiar refrain. So he and fellow Warrington student Alex Schepps did something about it. The result is Qwerk, a mobile app connecting students needing tasks fulfilled with students needing work. Qwerk is one of 16 innovative business concepts competing in the 2016

Tatiana Salazar presents in the Big Idea Gator Business Plan Competition

Big Idea Competition deadline is Dec. 15

Reading Time: 2 minutes GAINESVILLE, Fla. – The deadline to enter the 2016 Big Idea Gator Business Plan Competition, which will award a $25,000 grand prize, is Dec. 15. Competitors must submit their “Intent to Compete Form” by 11:59 p.m. on Dec. 15. The form only requires contact information for the individual or team leader, their UF status (undergraduate, graduate or alumnus) and a brief description of their proposed venture or concept. Eligible teams must have at least one full-time, enrolled UF student (2015-16