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Mobile tutoring app claims top prize at Big Idea Competition

Knack, a peer-to-peer tutoring mobile app, won the first-place, $25,000 grand prize at the 2016 Big Idea Gator Business Plan Competition on Friday. The Big Idea Gator Business Plan Competition, presented by the Warrington College of Business’s Entrepreneurship & Innovation Center, had more than 300 teams and individuals register for the competition. Knack, which was developed in the Gator Hatchery—the Entrepreneurship & Innovation Center’s student incubator—provides a mobile marketplace for students to find tutors. Students are able to find qualified

Men at Qwerk

How many times have you overheard a stressed-out UF student say they’d be willing to pay someone a small fee to take care of a menial task? Jonathan Katz has lost count how many times he’s heard that familiar refrain. So he and fellow Warrington student Alex Schepps did something about it. The result is Qwerk, a mobile app connecting students needing tasks fulfilled with students needing work. Qwerk is one of 16 innovative business concepts competing in the 2016

“Entrepreneurial spirit alive and well”

More than 200 members of the UF community shared in the journeys of some of UF’s most successful alumna entrepreneurs at the Women’s Entrepreneurship Symposium on April 1. The event revealed the amazing impact female entrepreneurs have had in the U.S., and the potential for further growth. It also revealed how much more needs to be done for female entrepreneurs to be given the same opportunities as their male counterparts. The Big Picture According to a 2016 National Women’s Business

Student Spotlight: Ryan Good

Ryan Good, a candidate in the Hough Graduate School of Business’s Master of Science in Entrepreneurship Program, recently returned from Entrepreneurship and Empowerment in Haiti. The experiential learning program—based out of Warrington’s Entrepreneurship & Innovation Center—brought students to Port-au-Prince for a week to assist local entrepreneurs with their ventures. Learn about Ryan’s experience in Haiti, and how participating in this impactful program aligns with his career goals. Name: Ryan Good Hometown: Overland Park, Kansas Program: Master of Science in Entrepreneurship

Leading female entrepreneurs to gather for university-wide symposium

GAINESVILLE, Fla. – The University of Florida welcomes several of its most successful alumnae entrepreneurs for its 2016 Women’s Entrepreneurship Symposium on April 1 at University Auditorium. The Women’s Entrepreneurship Symposium, presented by the Entrepreneurship & Innovation Center at UF’s Warrington College of Business, will address key trends and issues involving women in entrepreneurship, as well as innovative strategies for budding businesswomen. Inspiring entrepreneurs who have created a diverse mix of companies will share their stories and experiences. The coordinator

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 Entrepreneurship & Innovation Center at the Warrington College of Business, is a summer program designed for college-bound high school students where they spend four weeks on UF’s campus learning about

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 (CEI), had 240 entries from graduate and undergraduate students and teams. Last year’s inaugural competition had 140 entrants. Stem Point—founded by Tatiana Salazar, a doctoral student of genetics & genomics

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 that specific or hard-to-find product right now, and all it would take is a short drive? Nick Bevelock, Gordian Braun and Stelios Kapantais—students in the Thomas S. Johnson Master of

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 who wanted someone to take over her non-profit, which she started to help kids in Uganda, he was immediately interested. “When we were in Dr. Joos’s class, we were taught

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 UF alumni. Ernst & Young calculated each company’s compounded annual growth rate over the past three years to generate the ranking. Fifteen of UF’s 16 colleges were represented in the