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

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

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

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.

Technology With A Twist Taps Into Popularity Of Coconut Water, Launches Small Business

University of Florida student Sheldon Barrett was looking for a way to make it easier to open coconuts and access fresh coconut water, which he needed to drink to keep his high blood pressure under control. Instead of using the traditional machete, Barrett wanted to invent an easier way to open coconuts. Thus, the Coconut Twist was born. After the creation of his product, Barrett turned to the Entrepreneurship and Innovation Center‘s Gator Hatchery to help him build a business

Student entrepreneurs grow their businesses in the Gator Hatchery

No one ever said being an entrepreneur was easy. As entrepreneur and LinkedIn co-founder Reid Hoffman once said, “An entrepreneur is someone who jumps off of a cliff and builds a plane on the way down.” Building the plane became a little less challenging for entrepreneurs at the University of Florida when the Gator Hatchery opened in 2015 at the Warrington College of Business. The Gator Hatchery is a student incubator that offers student entrepreneurs workspace, office support, mentors and

Student Spotlight: Victoria Turbyfill

Spending the next four years researching in a laboratory was not in Victoria Turbyfill’s plan. She was looking for a more direct route to launch her career. She found it in the Master of Science in Entrepreneurship Program (The Thomas S. Johnson Program) and the Gator Hatchery, the Entrepreneurship & Innovation Center’s student incubator. Turbyfill and her fellow Hatchery mates will have their ventures on display Friday during the Gator Hatchery Fall Showcase (noon to 2pm in Heavener Hall 140).