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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

Women's Entrepreneurship Symposium 2018

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

Innovation Hub and Warrington College of Business Provide Space for Women’s Collaboratory and Gator Accelerator

The Warrington College of Business recently partnered with the Innovation Hub to provide a space for women innovators as part of the Entrepreneurship & Innovation Center, as well as a startup program for graduates of the Gator Hatchery, Warrington’s student incubator. Read more about this innovative and collaborative space from

Big Idea Competition accepting entries until Dec. 15

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, found here, before 11:59 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 15. The form only requires contact information

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Warrington recognized by AACSB International for leading the way in entrepreneurial education

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — AACSB International (AACSB), the world’s largest global education network, recognized the Warrington College of Business for its commitment to creating and incubating cutting-edge business innovations and fostering entrepreneurship in the next generation of business leaders. Warrington is one of 35 business schools around the globe to earn

Band.It

Camera accessory earns top honor at Big Idea Competition

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

Vera Bradley co-founder highlights Women’s Entrepreneurship Symposium

GAINESVILLE, Fla. – Over 400 people from inside and outside the University of Florida community came together for the Women’s Entrepreneurship Symposium on March 30 in the Reitz Union Grand Ballroom. The event was headlined by Barbara Bradley Baekgaard, the co-founder of Vera Bradley who currently serves as the company’s Chief