entrepreneurship & innovation center Articles

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

Samantha Rosenbaum and Jarrod Schilling

MSE students hope their big idea leads to big prize

Samantha Rosenbaum and Jarrod Schilling have experienced the pain of losing or almost losing their smartphones. But with that pain, came inspiration. And that inspiration could lead to a substantial payday. Rosenbaum and Schilling, who have developed a device to help prevent the loss of smartphones, are one of 16

Dr. Michael Morris

CEI launches innovative program to help business-minded disabled veterans

GAINESVILLE, Fla. – The Center for Entrepreneurship & Innovation (CEI) at the Warrington College of Business Administration is launching a free program to assist disabled veterans succeed in business. The Veterans Entrepreneurship Program (VEP) is designed for veterans who are interested in starting a business or who have an existing

MSE (Make Your Move)

A look at Gainesville’s startup culture and the resource that helps make it possible: UF’s Entrepreneurship Master’s Program. Need your own video made? Contact Trove Studio: info@trovestudio.net Directed, filmed, and edited by benwade, CEO and owner of Trove Studio, LLC.

Experienced executive named Chairman of CEI Board of Advisors

GAINESVILLE, Fla. – Timothy L. Cannon, Ph.D., Executive Vice President-Strategy and Alliances at Houghton Mifflin Harcourt and a former senior executive at Microsoft, has been appointed Chairman of the Center for Entrepreneurship & Innovation’s Board of Advisors at the Warrington College of Business Administration. “We are excited at the prospect

Jeff Gold cuts the ribbon for the Experiential Learning Laboratory

UF, Warrington celebrates CEI, Experiential Learning Lab dedication

GAINESVILLE, Fla. – The newly-remodeled Center for Entrepreneurship & Innovation (CEI) and its Jeff Gold Experiential Learning Laboratory was officially dedicated in a ceremony Friday morning at David Stuzin Hall on the campus of the University of Florida. “CEI’s mission is to teach, coach and inspire, and this new space

UF alums, Heggestad honored at Entrepreneur of the Year Awards

GAINESVILLE, Fla. – Gainesville businessman Richard Allen and UF alumni David Greiff and Brent Berthy were honored for their entrepreneurial achievements at the S. Clark Butler Entrepreneur of the Year Awards on April 8 at the Hilton University of Florida Conference Center . The awards are sponsored by UF’s Center