Entrepreneurship & Innovation Center Articles: page 2

Gainesville Entrepreneurship and Adversity Program participants at the Gator Bootcamp.

Top 5 benefits of participating in the Gainesville Entrepreneurship & Adversity Program

Whether you’re interested in turning your business dream into reality or your business has been negatively impacted by COVID-19, the Gainesville Entrepreneurship & Adversity Program (GEAP) from the University of Florida Entrepreneurship & Innovation Center is designed to empower those

Heavener School student Cheyenne Keating sitting at a desk drawing on an iPad

UF students use down time to create commerce

Entrepreneurship and Innovation Center Director Jamie Kraft and marketing student Cheyenne Keating (BSBA ’22) are featured in this story about UF students who are using their free time to work on entrepreneurial projects.  See what Kraft had to say about

Jeff Gold cuts the ribbon for the Experiential Learning Laboratory

UF MBA alumnus has the ‘Midas touch’ when it comes to helping build successful companies

When Jeff Gold (MBA ’78) started his life after graduating from Northeastern University with his bachelor’s degree in Industrial Engineering, there were two factors he knew would influence his next steps. One, even after all his schooling, he wasn’t sure

Cocovana founder Sheldon Barrett, wearing a blue Gator shirt and hat, drinks out of a coconut through a straw with an umbrella.

Cocovana wins $25,000 in 2020 Big Idea Competition

GAINESVILLE, Fla. – Cocovana won first place at the 2020 Big Idea Gator Business Plan Competition. Founded and led by Sheldon Barrett, Cocovana is a tropical lifestyle company currently focused on creating innovative tools for opening coconuts and other fruits,

Someone reaching out for a life-ring

Weathering the COVID-19 storm: Tips for small business owners

As the COVID-19 outbreak continues across the globe, small businesses are struggling with its impact. According to a survey by Goldman Sachs, 75% of small business owners said their business has already been impacted by fewer sales, with 51% indicating

Warrington entrepreneurs showcased at Gator100 event

The University of Florida recognized the 2020 Gator100 honorees on Friday, February 28 at the Exactech Arena at the Stephen C. O’Connell Center. Presented by the UF Alumni Association and the Entrepreneurship & Innovation Center at the Warrington College of Business, the

Sheila Austin, Brittany Cole, Jill Davis and Bismarie Plasencia

Entrepreneurship students consult with local business owner to revamp marketing efforts and prepare for Guinness World Record attempt

Jill Davis (BSA ’09) has long been passionate about animals. You can see it across her business, non-profit organization and ideas for products that benefit our furry companions. But in the time since the University of Florida alumna and Gainesville

Michelle Helmer and John Laibson

Two Warrington staff honored with Superior Accomplishment Award

GAINESVILLE, Fla. – The Warrington College of Business is proud to announce Michelle Helmer and John Laibson as winners of University of Florida Superior Accomplishment Awards in Division 3. The Superior Accomplishment Awards recognize UF staff members who contribute outstanding

Erick Rodriguez

Driven by passion: How a UF Warrington alumnus conquered his shyness and built a million-dollar business

When Erick Rodriguez (BSBA ’16) first started at the University of Florida, he was a shy kid – in spite of having already sold hundreds of thousands of dollars’ worth of merchandise on eBay, Amazon and Craigslist (including a car).

WHOA GNV Podcast | A degree in entrepreneurship & innovation

Entrepreneurship & Innovation Center Director Jamie Kraft spoke with UF alumni Collin Austin and Michael Dees on the WHOA GNV Podcast about what it means to get a degree in entrepreneurship. Hear what Jamie had to say about the opportunities that