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Marty Schaffel stands in front of a classroom speaking to students

Marty Schaffel: First-hand insights from a successful entrepreneur

In the years after he graduated from the University of Florida, Marty Schaffel (BA, BSBA ’76) took on a few different roles in management and sales, but it wasn’t until he started his own company at age 27 that he

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UF student business competition deadline nears, $25,000 prize at stake

University of Florida students have until Dec. 15 to sign up for the opportunity to win $25,000 in the 2024 Big Idea Gator Business Plan Competition. Entrepreneurship and Innovation Center Director Jamie Kraft shares more about the competition and its

Two students hold a $10,000 prize check.

Candor wins UF AI Days Pitch Competition

Candor, a virtual communications company, was awarded first place in this year’s UF AI Days Pitch Competition. The company uses artificial intelligence to create a user-friendly platform for constituents to voice their complaints to local governance, providing an app that

Quang Tran and wife, Payal Tran.

Connecting with people to create the future

Gainesville, Fla., is home to numerous innovative and imaginative entrepreneurs, and no one is more aware of this than Quang Tran (CpE ‘04, MSM ‘06). In 2013, Tran co-founded Starter Space with his wife, Payal. Starter Space serves as Gainesville’s

Alex Settles

Sanctions on Russia’s businesses haven’t worked

Following Russia’s invasion of Ukraine in 2022, Western governments implemented a suite of sanctions on Russian businesses, escalating the sanctions they implemented following Russia’s annexation of Crimea in 2014. However, new research from Clinical Associate Professor Alex Settles, based on the

March 31, 2023 Virtual Women's Entrepreneurship Summit. Empowering Women Entrepreneurs and Leaders: The Importance of Advisors, Advocates, Mentors and Sponsors.

Virtual UF Women’s Entrepreneurship Summit highlights the importance of advisors, mentors and sponsors

GAINESVILLE, Fla. –  The University of Florida Women’s Entrepreneurship Summit will connect the Gainesville community with local, national and international women entrepreneurs on Friday, March 31. The virtual event will feature two UF alumnae keynote speakers – Lauren Pasquarella Daley,

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Eight companies named 2022-2023 recipients of Luby Microgrant

Warrington is proud to announce the cohort of winners for the 2022-2023 Luby Grant. The Luby Microgrant competition is held in December by the UF Entrepreneurship & Innovation Center and allows both graduate and undergraduate students to form teams and

Eight men line up for a photo with the three men in the center holding a large check for $12,000.

Fire Neural Network wins UF AI Days Pitch Competition

GAINESVILLE, Fla. – Fire Neural Network rose to the top of the business ideas presented at the inaugural UF AI Days Pitch Competition. Fire Neural Network uses AI to quickly and accurately locate lightning-initiated wildfires, reducing detection times from 24

Group photo of students in the UT-Austin Incubator classroom

Entrepreneurship students visit with the stars of Austin’s entrepreneurial scene

In recent years, more and more companies have made the eastward move from the tech hubs of California to Texas. The state’s capital city, Austin, has become a popular new home for established businesses, startups and venture capital firms. Twenty-seven

Virtual Women's Entrepreneurship Summit Better Together: Women Co-Founders, Collaborators & Changemakers.

Virtual UF Women’s Entrepreneurship Summit brings together women co-founders, collaborators and changemakers

GAINESVILLE, Fla. –  The University of Florida Women’s Entrepreneurship Summit will connect the Gainesville community with local, national and international women entrepreneurs on Friday, March 25. The virtual event will feature teacher training non-profit P4H Global leaders Dr. Bertrhude Albert

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