Frank and Ellen Daveler Entrepreneurship Program

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the Daveler Award Program?

The Daveler Program is intended to: (1) inspire students in starting new businesses, (2) teach valuable business skills, (3) network with successful entrepreneurial leaders, (4) provide experienced mentors, and (5) explore essential information about their chosen field. Program participants will enhance their business opportunities through valuable internship networks. As a semi-finalist you will present your business concept to a review panel of executives and educators. Award winners will receive a financial package up to $5,000.

Am I eligible to apply?

This program is a statewide program open to any full-time or part-time undergraduate student enrolled in an accredited college or university in the state of Florida. Sophomores or juniors with a minimum cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 2.75 or higher, on a 4.0 scale, may apply to the program for support during their junior or senior years.

What If I am not a business major?

While business majors typically fare well in these competitions, students from all disciplines who are interested in building entrepreneurial skills are invited to apply. Regardless of their background, the program helps students build their skills that have a positive impact on the world. Students also develop the entrepreneurial mindset which includes creativity, innovation, and a unique ability to see opportunities in the world differently.

What is a business concept?

A well-defined business concept will include a clear definition of an unmet business need, your approach to solving this challenge, and how this will positively impact your customers and community. Your challenge is to successfully convey the importance of your concept to the world in an actionable way. We will consider business concepts in various stages. Written proposals of up to 4 pages will be accepted.

What is the Daveler Pitch Competition?

Semi-finalists will be selected and invited to compete. This competition consists of 8 to 10 minute presentations of the business concept. You will be encouraged to use audio and visual aids in your presentation. Finalist selection will be made by the judging panel following the presentations. (SKYPE pitches may be arranged depending on circumstances). Please be prepared for questions by the judges.

How do I apply?

Students must complete:

For more information about the program, contact us at entrepreneurship@usf.edu or call (813) 974-7900.