entrepreneurship & innovation center Articles

Knack team members look at a computer in their office space.

Knack wins $25,000 Lumina Foundation Education Innovation Prize

Former Gator Hatchery company and past Big Idea Competition winner Knack, a peer-to-peer tutoring app, was recently awarded a $25,000 Education Innovation Prize from the Lumina Foundation to help adults secure the knowledge and skills they need for tomorrow’s jobs. “When you get to college, you’re kind of left on

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

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

View of the Live Green app. You are carbon neutral! You've saved 2,167 pounds CO2e

Gator Hatchery students create app to track, offset carbon footprint

In an effort to help people understand their carbon footprint, UF students Pablo Garces and Brian De Souza created the LiveGreen app, which allows users to track their carbon emissions and even offset their carbon footprint by funding reforestation. Garces and De Souza have been able to build and grow

Christine Haworth does the Gator Chomp in San Francisco.

Ready for the real world

By Christine Haworth (BSBA ’18, MSE ’19) As I prepare to graduate from the University of Florida Warrington College of Business for the second time, it’s time for me to genuinely start thinking about life after graduation. With an undergraduate degree in business and my current graduate degree studies in

Fifth annual Gator100 honors UF entrepreneurs

GAINESVILLE, Fla. – The University of Florida recognized the 2019 Gator100 honorees on Friday, February 22 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

VEP Class of 2018

UF Warrington’s Veterans Entrepreneurship Program accepting applications until February 2019

GAINESVILLE, Fla. – Veterans looking to develop their entrepreneurial skills have the opportunity to do so for free in the Veterans Entrepreneurship Program (VEP) at the University of Florida Warrington College of Business. The program, presented by Warrington’s Entrepreneurship and Innovation Center, is currently accepting applications for its 2019 program

A young man dressed in business suit and tie wears a homemade jetpack and flying goggles raises his arms in the afternoon sun while running to take off into the air on an outcropping above the surf in Montana de Oro State Park, California. This young entrepreneur is ready to take his new business to new heights.

2019 New Year’s Resolutions: 12 entrepreneurial ways to help change the world in 12 months

By Jamie Kraft, Director, Entrepreneurship and Innovation Center As you kick off the new year with new goals, many of which center around losing weight, saving money, or being nice to others, you might also consider strengthening your entrepreneurial mindset. These 12 approaches, based on research in the marketplace by

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

Band.It

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.