Entrepreneurship & Innovation Center Articles: page 2

Leveraging resources: campus and community

By Jamie Kraft, Director, Entrepreneurship and Innovation Center We have all heard this one before from entrepreneurs: I plan to come up with a cool idea, attract a bunch of money and make a bunch of money! The reality is that this is faulty logic. It is hard enough to come up with product-market fit and even harder to find capital. There is always mom, dad, and Pappy Jasper, but the reality is that it is a long, hard slog…one

Business Gators come back, give back: Bruce Brandes

Every fall, the University of Florida welcomes back its alumni for Homecoming, a celebration of alma mater pride across all generations of Gators. While most alumni return for the single Homecoming weekend, some alumni travel back to campus throughout the year. Art Jacobs and Bruce Brandes are two of these alumni that make a point to come back to campus to engage with two Warrington programs that are important to them – the Veterans Entrepreneurship Program and the Entrepreneurship and

Carbon emissions tracking app wins $25,000 in Big Idea Competition

GAINESVILLE, Fla. – LiveGreen won first place at the 2019 Big Idea Gator Business Plan Competition. Led by CEO and Co-Founder Brian De Souza and CTO and Co-Founder Pablo Garces, LiveGreen is a mobile platform that empowers people to reduce their carbon footprint so they can be part of the solution to end climate change in one generation. LiveGreen does so by allowing people to track, reduce and offset their daily emissions. Through LiveGreen’s proprietary database, the platform makes it easy

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 advanced to the semi-finals of the 2019 UF Big Idea Competition include: Bl!nk Blitz Flozo Science Kits Laundr LiveGreen Orchard Quality for Patients Providers, and Payers (QP3) The Reagan Group

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 their app thanks to the UF Entrepreneurship & Innovation Center’s Gator Hatchery, a student incubator that offers student entrepreneurs workspace, office support, mentors and other resources necessary for a startup

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 entrepreneurship, a career in the business field is the natural progression for me. I chose to study entrepreneurship because whether you’re planning on starting your own business or want to

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 in the world. The event serves not only as a setting where UF’s elite entrepreneurs can gather and share their talents and wisdom, but as an inspiration to fellow Gators

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 until February 15. “VEP at the University of Florida was developed to make an impact with aspiring veteran entrepreneurs who are dreamers and doers and to help them harness and

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 Dr. Michael Morris, et al., will help you to achieve that goal. Try addressing a new one each month. 1. Identify new opportunities Every big problem is an opportunity…scan your

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 The Gainesville Sun.