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Co-founder of Cordelia Biosciences holds check for $25,000.

Cordelia Biosciences wins 2024 Big Idea Competition

Cordelia Biosciences won first place in this year’s Big Idea Competition. Founded by ecological scientists Jessica Tittl Nielsen (PhD ’24) and Monica Schul (PhD ’25), Cordelia Biosciences is a biotechnical startup that uses natural, microscopic organisms from the ocean to

Tom and Nicky Bruger, founders of Digital Twin Marine

UF Innovate Startups Transition into 35 Mules Program for Continued Growth

Three companies created by University of Florida students with vastly different ideas find their journeys intertwined through their foundational education at UF, participation in the Entrepreneurship & Innovation Center’s Big Idea Competition, and subsequent incubation at the 35 Mules Innovation

Gator100 logo above a bronze statue of UF mascots Albert and Alberta.

Warrington alumni make up almost 40% of 2024 Gator100

The University of Florida recognized the world’s fastest-growing Gator Businesses the weekend of April 19-20, and 36 Warrington alumni were named on the 2024 Gator100 list. Warrington alumni led in the top 5 Gator100 businesses. Transfr, an emerging leader in

Aron Weingard laughs while laying on the floor interacting with young people.

A Time to Weep, A Time to Laugh

Aron Weingard (BSBA ’07, MSE ‘09) is a 2023 40 Gators Under 40 honoree who helps some of the 6 million American kids who bury a parent or sibling before graduating high school.  Read how Weingard makes a difference through

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

Heavener Hall in the background with the UF Archway and seal in the foreground.

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,