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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 it amazing? hMMMMMM…         Motivation By participating in the competition, you will be accountable to deadlines that can fuel you to completion of your business plan. In

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.

Prioritizing Social Impact

The UF Entrepreneurship and Innovation Center prioritizes entrepreneurial education for students and people of many backgrounds. The Center’s dedication to serving many groups of people in the Gainesville community and across the world has led to programs that ensure business students and leaders have access to entrepreneurial training. The Center targets a wide range of people with many programs, all aiming to have a social impact on those who need resources the most. Programs specifically assist veterans, low income entrepreneurs

Technology With A Twist Taps Into Popularity Of Coconut Water, Launches Small Business

University of Florida student Sheldon Barrett was looking for a way to make it easier to open coconuts and access fresh coconut water, which he needed to drink to keep his high blood pressure under control. Instead of using the traditional machete, Barrett wanted to invent an easier way to open coconuts. Thus, the Coconut Twist was born. After the creation of his product, Barrett turned to the Entrepreneurship and Innovation Center‘s Gator Hatchery to help him build a business

The opportunity to grow beyond yourself

By Stefani Harrison The Entrepreneurship and Empowerment in South Africa (EESA) Program is the hardest study abroad trip I ever pursued and has made the most meaningful impact on my life. For 20 years, Professor Michael Morris has put together this program that turns students into business consultants and works to bring the businesses of historically disadvantaged entrepreneurs in South Africa to the next level. Undergraduate and graduate students from the University of Florida, University of Colorado, Texas A&M, Oklahoma

Women’s Entrepreneurship Symposium inspires generations of female entrepreneurs

GAINESVILLE, Fla. –  Over the past 10 years, there has been an explosion of female-owned businesses in the United States. From 1997 to 2017, women-owned businesses have increased 114 percent, resulting in 11.6 million female-owned business in the U.S. today. It’s no wonder then that the 2018 Women’s Entrepreneurship Symposium was filled with more than 300 people eager to hear from successful female entrepreneurs from across the nation. The annual event, hosted by the UF Warrington College of Business Entrepreneurship

2018’s Best & Worst Cities to Start a Business | WalletHub

Entrepreneurship and Innovation Center Executive Director for Outreach and Incubation Nola Miyasaki shared expertise about how to start a business in a small city as part of WalletHub’s 2018 Best & Worst Cities to Start a Business. Considering starting your own business in a small city? Read Miyasaki’s advice, as well as from business magnate and Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban and University of Michigan Executive Director of Entrepreneurship Stewart Thornhill, among others.

Founders of Gigi’s Cupcakes and Chloe’s Fruit to headline UF Women’s Entrepreneurship Symposium

GAINESVILLE, Fla. –  The University of Florida is hosting the annual Women’s Entrepreneurship Symposium on April 18 in Emerson Alumni Hall. The event will feature Gigi’s Cupcakes founder Gina “Gigi” Butler and Chloe’s Fruit founder Chloe Epstein as the keynote speakers. The event will be from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. and is free for all UF students, faculty and staff. Community members are also welcome to attend this event for $25. The event includes a networking lunch and presentations

UF entrepreneurs honored at fourth annual Gator100

GAINESVILLE, Fla. – The University of Florida recognized the 2018 Gator100 honorees on Friday 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 to be

Innovation Hub and Warrington College of Business Provide Space for Women’s Collaboratory and Gator Accelerator

The Warrington College of Business recently partnered with the Innovation Hub to provide a space for women innovators as part of the Entrepreneurship & Innovation Center, as well as a startup program for graduates of the Gator Hatchery, Warrington’s student incubator. Read more about this innovative and collaborative space from UF News.