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Susana Santos, Jamie Kraft, Kristin Joos, James Parenteau, Synclair Henry and Nola Miyasaki

Entrepreneurship program wins national honor

GAINESVILLE, Fla. – The University of Florida’s Young Entrepreneurs for Leadership and Sustainability (YELS) Summer Program won the United States Association for Small Business and Entrepreneurship (USASBE) 2016 Excellence in Entrepreneurship Education—Outstanding Specialty Entrepreneurship Program Award on Jan. 11 during USASBE’s 2016 Conference in San Diego. YELS, offered by the

Tatiana Salazar's startup Stem Point won the 2015 UF Big Idea Competition

Stem cell therapy startup wins second annual UF Big Idea Competition

GAINESVILLE, Fla. – A veterinary medical startup focused on stem cell therapy for competitive horses won the UF Big Idea Competition and its $25,000 grand prize on Friday at Emerson Alumni Hall. The UF Big Idea Competition, sponsored by the Warrington College of Business Administration’s Center for Entrepreneurship & Innovation

Stelios Kapantais, Gordian Braun and Nick Bevelock

MSE students say they have something “in store” for online giant

It’s difficult to disparage the convenience of online shopping. A couple of button pushes on your computer or mobile device, and the product you desire is on your doorstep in a few days. But what if you really don’t want to wait a few days? What if you could get

David Corbin

Lessons learned from CEI program drives student to be a “change-maker”

David Corbin, then a senior at American Heritage School in Boca Raton, Fla., returned from a five-week summer program at UF a different person. The program, Young Entrepreneurs for Leadership & Sustainability (YELS), made him determined to be a “change-maker.” When Corbin (BS ’15, MSRE ’16) heard about a woman

Gator100 Awards

UF celebrates entrepreneurial spirit at inaugural Gator100 Awards

The University of Florida’s most innovative and emerging companies were celebrated Friday at the inaugural Gator100 Awards at UF’s Reitz Union Grand Ballroom. Sponsored by UF, the Warrington College of Business Administration and the Center for Entrepreneurship & Innovation, the Gator100 recognizes the 100 fastest-growing businesses owned or led by

CEI Entrepreneurship: It starts with a Dream

Here, entrepreneurship is not taught. It is a mindset. It is our way of living. Through our program, we become agents of economic and social change. We are dreamers equipped with the tools to tackle problems bigger than ourselves. We are entrepreneurs.

Dr. Michael Morris, Laura Johnson, Quang Tran, and Payal Khurana

CEI forms entrepreneurial partnership with Starter Space

GAINESVILLE, Fla. – Two of Gainesville’s authorities on entrepreneurship are joining forces. The Center for Entrepreneurship & Innovation (CEI) at the University of Florida’s Warrington College of Business Administration and Starter Space, a Gainesville incubator, have agreed to a formal partnership to help promote entrepreneurship throughout Gainesville’s growing startup community.

UF summer program for high school students kicks off Sunday

GAINESVILLE, Fla. – The Warrington College of Business Administration at the University of Florida will host 41 accomplished and highly-motivated high school students during the UF Young Entrepreneurs for Leadership & Sustainability (YELS) summer program. YELS is the only summer program in the United States developed specifically for high school

Former U.S. Navy Chief Petty Officer Benito Olson

Entrepreneurship program helping disabled veterans

Benito Olson was in a hospital bed. His legs were shattered, his wrist was broken and his career in the U.S. Navy seemingly over. “I had doctors saying that I’d be out of the Navy,” said Olson, a former Chief Petty Officer. “I defied that, and did what I wanted

Daniel Blood, Erica Gonzaga, and Rob Damitz

Engineering team claims $25,000 in UF Big Idea Business Plan Competition

GAINESVILLE, Fla. – Three engineering students whose company developed a portable water purification device that uses ultraviolet light to sterilize water were awarded $25,000 for winning the UF Big Idea Business Plan Competition on Friday. Daniel Blood, Rob Damitz and Erica Gonzaga, co-founders of aqUV, outlasted a field of 140