Social Impact & Sustainability Initiative Articles: page 1

Arnold Heggestad stands in his office in front of shelves filled with books.

Warrington College of Business mourns the loss of Entrepreneurship and Innovation Center founding director Arnold Heggestad

GAINESVILLE, Fla. – It is with the greatest sadness we share the loss of University of Florida Entrepreneurship and Innovation Center Founding Director and Professor Emeritus Arnold “Arnie” Heggestad. He was 77 years old. “We were all brought together as part of Arnie’s vision to create an entrepreneurship center that would challenge students to launch companies and change the world,” said Jamie Kraft, director of the Entrepreneurship and Innovation Center. “The Center has grown to do just that since its

Large group of people listening to a presentation in the Business for Good Lab.

Networking on purpose: How B corps are creating connections and building their community in the Southeast U.S.

“While B Corps are now a global network of more than 3,500 companies, they are still a relatively new concept in some regions of the United States and the world where people are less familiar with businesses operating as a force for good. To raise local awareness and build regional business networks, B Corp leaders across the U.S. and Canada are forming B Local organizations that tap into community strengths and establish a foundation for future growth,” writes Christopher Marquis

Abhi Lokesh

Lokesh, Fracture give back to Warrington

Abhi Lokesh learned about the importance of giving back from his time at the University of Florida. Today, it drives his decision making as the co-founder of Fracture, which specializes in printing photos on glass. Fracture continued its reputation for giving back by donating $50,000 to support UF Warrington’s Social Impact & Sustainability Initiative. “Fracture wouldn’t be here today without Warrington’s focus on social entrepreneurship and the Entrepreneurship and Innovation Center,” Lokesh said. “Those were the things that started this

A large room of students listening to a presentation

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