Frank and Ellen Daveler Entrepreneurship Program


information about the 2021 program



  • Open to undergraduate students only (60 credit hours and above preferred)

  • Open only to college and university students in the state of Florida.

  • Minimum GPA of 2.75

  • Applicants are required to submit an application and attach the required documents, additional information might be requested

Deadline to submit applications is Sunday, March 21, 2021

This is an individual competition and therefore, the pitch will be performed by the individual who applied and was selected to participate. Teams are welcome to come and support their colleagues.

the frank and ellen daveler entrepreneurship program

The Frank and Ellen Daveler Entrepreneurship Program offers undergraduate students from across Florida a unique opportunity to increase their knowledge of business operations and gain insight into the entrepreneurial process in venture creation, venture growth, and venture harvesting.

20 Florida undergraduate students were selected as fellows. Due to the statewide universities closures, this year’s pitch competition has been moved to a digital format.

Selected students are requiered to showcase their entrepreneurial ideas by sending a 3 to 5 minute video pitch by Sunday, April 18, 2021 (Please submit the video as a YouTube link).

Due to the ongoing Covid-19 social distancing guidelines the final awards selection process will be online (Date of program awards annoncement - Saturday, April 24, 2021)

Of the 20 fellows, up to five scholars will be chosen by the panel of judges to receive an additional $5,000.

Our Goals

  • To inspire students to start new businesses

  • To teach valuable business skills

  • To network with successful entrepreneurial leaders

  • To provide experienced mentors

  • To help students achieve success in the classroom and after they graduate

This program is administered by the University of South Florida's Center for Entrepreneurship.

For more information, please contact Eduardo Mourra at

Click Here to watch the 2021 Daveler Entrepreneurship Program Awards Ceremony

2021 Daveler Entrepreneurship Program Scholars 

John Ciocca, Florida Gulf Coast University
Magdelena Harrah, University of South Florida
Kendall Buck, Stetson University
Colin White, University of Tampa
Brandon Feinstein, Florida Atlantic University

2021 Daveler Entrepreneurship Program Fellows

Oyindamola Teniola, University of South Florida
Zachary Wigodner, Florida State University
David Terry, Florida Polytechnic University
Tanner Hughes, Eckerd College
Seth Land, University of Florida
Jean-Didier Bertola, Eckerd College
William McCarthy, Florida State University
Kevin Figueroa, Florida Atlantic University
Myra Jaimes, Florida Gulf Coast University
Alexandria Quillen, Florida Gulf Coast University
Shameca Cox, Valencia College
Kristin Chase, University of North Florida
Noah Bowman, University of West Florida
Wainwright Acquoi, Lynn University

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Selected Daveler Competitors


 Fellows Award Ceremony 

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single winner

 Proud Scholar