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Charlotte Terry-Mendez, owner and creator of Cleaning Genie LLC, and GEAP participant.

UF entrepreneurship program aims to attack poverty

The Warrington College of Business Gainesville Entrepreneurship and Adversity Program addresses the city’s poverty rate with programs designed to help entrepreneurs facing a variety of issues, writes the Gainesville Sun. Read more about the program, run by Dr. Michael Morris, and how its empowering entrepreneurs in the Gainesville community in

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

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

Members of the Knack team from left: CTO David Stoker, CMO Shawn Doyle, CEO Samyr Qureshi, Community Austin Doyle, and CPO Dennis Hansen.

Peer tutoring platform Knack raises $1.5M from Charles Hudson, Jeff Vinik

Former Gator Hatchery company Knack, a tutoring app for college students, recently raised $1.5 million from Charles Hudson’s Precursor Ventures and Tampa Bay Lighting owner and Fenway Sports Group Partner, Jeff Vinik. Read more about Knack’s success and where it’s going next from TechCrunch.

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Prioritizing Social Impact

The UF Entrepreneurship and Innovation Center prioritizes entrepreneurial education for students and people of many backgrounds. The Center’s dedication to serving many groups of people in the Gainesville community and across the world has led to programs that ensure business students and leaders have access to entrepreneurial training. The Center

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Technology With A Twist Taps Into Popularity Of Coconut Water, Launches Small Business

University of Florida student Sheldon Barrett was looking for a way to make it easier to open coconuts and access fresh coconut water, which he needed to drink to keep his high blood pressure under control. Instead of using the traditional machete, Barrett wanted to invent an easier way to

Stefani Harrison

The opportunity to grow beyond yourself

By Stefani Harrison The Entrepreneurship and Empowerment in South Africa (EESA) Program is the hardest study abroad trip I ever pursued and has made the most meaningful impact on my life. For 20 years, Professor Michael Morris has put together this program that turns students into business consultants and works

Women’s Entrepreneurship Symposium inspires generations of female entrepreneurs

GAINESVILLE, Fla. –  Over the past 10 years, there has been an explosion of female-owned businesses in the United States. From 1997 to 2017, women-owned businesses have increased 114 percent, resulting in 11.6 million female-owned business in the U.S. today. It’s no wonder then that the 2018 Women’s Entrepreneurship Symposium

2018’s Best & Worst Cities to Start a Business | WalletHub

Entrepreneurship and Innovation Center Executive Director for Outreach and Incubation Nola Miyasaki shared expertise about how to start a business in a small city as part of WalletHub’s 2018 Best & Worst Cities to Start a Business. Considering starting your own business in a small city? Read Miyasaki’s advice, as well

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Founders of Gigi’s Cupcakes and Chloe’s Fruit to headline UF Women’s Entrepreneurship Symposium

GAINESVILLE, Fla. –  The University of Florida is hosting the annual Women’s Entrepreneurship Symposium on April 18 in Emerson Alumni Hall. The event will feature Gigi’s Cupcakes founder Gina “Gigi” Butler and Chloe’s Fruit founder Chloe Epstein as the keynote speakers. The event will be from 9 a.m. to 1

UF entrepreneurs honored at fourth annual Gator100

GAINESVILLE, Fla. – The University of Florida recognized the 2018 Gator100 honorees on Friday at the Reitz Union Grand Ballroom. Presented by the UF Alumni Association and the Entrepreneurship & Innovation Center at the Warrington College of Business, the Gator100 honors the 100 fastest-growing Gator-owned or Gator-led businesses in the