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

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

Entrepreneurship program provides veterans with venture assistance

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. Special thanks to our sponsors who help make the Veterans Entrepreneurship Program possible. Jorge Avalos Jorge Avalos always

Gator Hatchery students create app to track, offset carbon footprint

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

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

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

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

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

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

UF entrepreneurship program aims to attack poverty

The Warrington College of Business Gainesville Entrepreneurship and Adversity Program addresses the city’s poverty rate with programs designed to help entrepreneurs facing a variety of issues, writes the Gainesville Sun. Read more about the program, run by Dr. Michael Morris, and how its empowering entrepreneurs in the Gainesville community in The Gainesville Sun.

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.

Building strong businesses through design

In honor of National Women’s Small Business Month this October, Thomas S. Johnson Master of Science in Entrepreneurship student Caroline Staniski writes about how she’s building her graphic design business with the knowledge she’s gained from the Warrington College of Business.   By Caroline Staniski “Good design is good business.” This is a quote from one of my favorite businesspeople, former CEO of IBM, Thomas Watson. When it comes to graphic designers, most fall into either one of two categories.