Entrepreneurship Articles

WHOA GNV Podcast | A degree in entrepreneurship & innovation

Reading Time: < 1 minute 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 UF offers in an entrepreneurial education on the podcast.  

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Gator Hatchery graduates named to Forbes 2020 Class of 30 Under 30

Reading Time: < 1 minute Samyr Qureshi (BA ’14) and Dennis Hansen (BS ’16), leaders of Knack, which got its start in the Gator Hatchery and was the winner of the 2016 Big Idea Competition, were recently named to Forbes’ 2020 Class of 30 Under 30. The Knack founders, whose website connects college students with others on campus for tutoring and mentoring at a 20% cut, were named to the Education Forbes 30 Under 30 list. See Qureshi and Hansen on the Forbes list and read

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Leveraging resources: campus and community

Reading Time: 3 minutes By Jamie Kraft, Director, Entrepreneurship and Innovation Center We have all heard this one before from entrepreneurs: I plan to come up with a cool idea, attract a bunch of money and make a bunch of money! The reality is that this is faulty logic. It is hard enough to come up with product-market fit and even harder to find capital. There is always mom, dad, and Pappy Jasper, but the reality is that it is a long, hard slog…one

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Three lessons from entrepreneurs who rode the fantasy sports wave to a $35M valuation

Reading Time: < 1 minute Thomas S. Johnson Master of Science in Entrepreneurship alumnus and Sales Manager at Google Cloud Mark Hall (MSE ’09) recently spoke with fellow MSE alumnus and RotoGrinders Co-Founder Cameron MacMillan (BSAc ’07, MSE ’09) about how he and his co-founders created the daily fantasy sports forum where players can compete and discuss best performing lineups and player performances across multiple sports.  Read how MacMillan and team built their company to one with a $35 million valuation and the lessons they

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From $500 to $5 million – How two UF students turned a side hustle into a multimillion-dollar business

Reading Time: 5 minutes How it started When Karthik Shanadi (BS ’14), 27, and Luke McGurrin (BSBA ’14), 28, were looking to make apparel for an upcoming fundraiser for their fraternity, they couldn’t find a company that could meet their needs – a short turnaround time, unique design capabilities, all at an affordable price. “All of the local distributors had a hard time meeting the quick turnaround we needed, and all of the online vendors that we could afford didn’t provide help with the

Jorge Avalos (right) and Jason McNamara benefitted from Warrington's Veterans Entrepreneurship Program.

Entrepreneurship program provides veterans with venture assistance

Reading Time: 4 minutes The Veterans Entrepreneurship Program is in its fifth year as a free resource to help veterans with service-connected disabilities and those who have uniquely distinguished themselves in the military who are looking to start a new venture or grow an existing business. Learn how the Entrepreneurship & Innovation Center’s program helped veterans like Jorge Avalos and Jason McNamara strengthen their business ideas. JORGE AVALOS Jorge Avalos always enjoyed adrenaline sports, but he grew up with a special love for cycling.

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Gator Hatchery students create app to track, offset carbon footprint

Reading Time: < 1 minute In an effort to help people understand their carbon footprint, UF students Pablo Garces and Brian De Souza created the LiveGreen app, which allows users to track their carbon emissions and even offset their carbon footprint by funding reforestation. Garces and De Souza have been able to build and grow their app thanks to the UF Entrepreneurship & Innovation Center’s Gator Hatchery, a student incubator that offers student entrepreneurs workspace, office support, mentors and other resources necessary for a startup

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UF Warrington’s Veterans Entrepreneurship Program accepting applications until February 2019

Reading Time: 2 minutes GAINESVILLE, Fla. – Veterans looking to develop their entrepreneurial skills have the opportunity to do so for free in the Veterans Entrepreneurship Program (VEP) at the University of Florida Warrington College of Business. The program, presented by Warrington’s Entrepreneurship and Innovation Center, is currently accepting applications for its 2019 program until February 15. “VEP at the University of Florida was developed to make an impact with aspiring veteran entrepreneurs who are dreamers and doers and to help them harness and

Importance of the Social Impact & Sustainability Initiative

Reading Time: 4 minutes By Dr. Kristin Joys Positively impacting the lives of students and the community is a priority at the Warrington College of Business. One of the important ways that happens is through the Social Impact & Sustainability Initiative at UF’s Entrepreneurship & Innovation Center. The initiative creates opportunities for students to learn how to become changemakers, challenging them to develop skills and strategies of successful business leaders who innovatively and sustainably solve social, environmental, and economic problems. Our students are empowered

A young man dressed in business suit and tie wears a homemade jetpack and flying goggles raises his arms in the afternoon sun while running to take off into the air on an outcropping above the surf in Montana de Oro State Park, California. This young entrepreneur is ready to take his new business to new heights.

2019 New Year’s Resolutions: 12 entrepreneurial ways to help change the world in 12 months

Reading Time: 3 minutes By Jamie Kraft, Director, Entrepreneurship and Innovation Center As you kick off the new year with new goals, many of which center around losing weight, saving money, or being nice to others, you might also consider strengthening your entrepreneurial mindset. These 12 approaches, based on research in the marketplace by Dr. Michael Morris, et al., will help you to achieve that goal. Try addressing a new one each month. 1. Identify new opportunities Every big problem is an opportunity…scan your