USF Center for Entrepreneurship Taking Initiatives to Help Startups Succeed during
April 9, 2020 What could be worse for young entrepreneurs who have just started out than to have the government ordering them to close up shop indefinitely?
Keeping an essential business running in times of Covid-19
April 2, 2020 Mission Critical Solutions founder/CEO Gil Gonzalez shares his experience as n entrepreneur during the COVID-19 pandemic.
What’s new at H-FARM? - Innovators Magazine
January 3, 2020 H-FARM is a great example of what effective education should look like in the 21st century.
Michael Fountain Looks Back At How USF’s Approach To Entrepreneurship Evolved
December 18, 2019 When Michael Fountain retires next May, the founding director of the University of South Florida Center for Entrepreneurship will be leaving behind both a school and field, that have changed greatly in the almost 25 years he’s been there.
The new Master of Science in Entrepreneurship and Applied Technologies - H-FARM
December 5, 2019 We have signed an agreement with the University of South Florida (USF), which for the first time will bring its highly successful Master of Science in Entrepreneurship and Applied Technologies (MSEAT) to Europe.
2019 Airport Business Top 40 Under 40: James L. Hanney, CPPO, CPPB, CPSM
November 21, 2019 When James Hanney was 4 years old, his family moved from England to Florida. Having family fly in to visit while he was growing up piqued his interest in airports and how the aviation system works.
Generation Z: Still in school, and already their own boss - Fox 13 Tampa Bay
November 21, 2019 Connor Totten's bedroom isn't just his sanctuary at home. It's where he's creating his future in clothing design.
USF Center for Entrepreneurship Ranked No. 8 in the Nation by The Princeton Review
November 13, 2019 For the third time, the University of South Florida’s Center for Entrepreneurship cracked the Top 10 ranking for graduate entrepreneurship programs by The Princeton Review.
See how USF and UT ranked among the nation's top entrepreneurship programs - Tampa
Bay Business Journal
November 13, 2019 The University of Tampa also placed for the first time in the top 50 entrepreneur undergraduate programs.
Too Much Smiling in a Sales Pitch Could Kill the Deal - USF News
April 30, 2019 Spending too much time exuding joy is one of the fastest ways to lose a potential investor. A new study published in the Academy of Management Journal concludes one of the keys to financial persuasion is to strategically incorporate emotion and limit its duration.
USF Entrepreneur Turns Family Dream Into 'Yummi' Business - WUSF
January 30, 2019 When Adriana Florez’s family came to the U.S. from Colombia a little over a decade ago, each family member was only allowed to bring two bags. The night before they set off, she caught her mother packing an empanada maker.
USF entrepreneur grad program gets high ranking from Princeton Review - Tampa Bay Business Journal
January 10, 2019 While there are changes ahead for the University of South Florida in 2019, the Tampa campus' Muma College of Business has started the year on a high note.
USF, UT land on Princeton Review's Best Business Schools list - Tampa Bay Business Journal
November 11, 2018 USF's Muma College of Business was placed among the top Best Business Schools and Best Business Schools in the southeast. It has been on the list for 11 straight years.
Students showcase entrepreneurial spirit at innovation challenge - Lynn University
May 7, 2018 "Shoedometer wants you to own your health one step at a time," said Parks. A clear contender in the entrepreneurial community, Parks was named a University of South Florida Frank and Ellen Daveler Entrepreneurship Program 2018 Scholar at another pitch for the product.
Five USF Students Place Among the Top 20 at Daveler Pitch Competition
April 26, 2018 Five young entrepreneurs from the University of South Florida finished among the top 20 students from universities all over the state last month in a statewide business pitch competition held in the Muma College of Business.
Student Spotlight: Aleksandar Popovic, International Student/Entrepreneur
April 5, 2018 Aleksandar Popovic came to the United States with only one goal in mind: to pursue and reach what the Serbian student calls his "American Dream." And as an aspiring entrepreneur, the 21-year-old knows that being innovative is key to being successful.
USF Center for Entrepreneurship Celebrates the 10th Annual Fintech Business Plan Competition
Coming Up In April
February 23, 2018 The annual competition will celebrate its 10th anniversary on April 28 and to mark the occasion, the center, which is located in the part of the Muma College of Business, is recognizing winners and finalists of the Fintech Business Plan Competition over the past nine years by publishing a "where-are-they-now" list.
USF Lessons Help AquaMelon Creator Squeeze Out Success - WUSF
January 30, 2018 Dez Williams isn't aiming low when it comes to an ultimate goal for his watermelon juice company, AquaMelon.
USF lab takes first steps towards robotic caretakers - Fox 13
October 23, 2017 A USF researcher believes he will be able to build a robot that can care for elderly people in their homes within five to 10 years.
USF Bulls Make Up Seven of 16 Finalists in Statewide Pitch Competition
October 9, 2017 A virtual personal assistant for the homebound elderly, a ride-share app for disabled people and even a home-care robot are among the ideas being pitched to a panel of health-care professionals this month in the Florida Blue Statewide Health Care Innovation Pitch Competition.
Neha Sathe competes in Florida Healthcare Innovation Pitch - College of Public Health
September 20, 2017 USF College of Public Health undergraduate student Neha Sathe was selected as a finalist at the annual Florida Healthcare Innovation Pitch Competition.
InDepth: Aquamelon - Bay News 9
September 3, 2017 Dez Williams talks to Bay News 9 about his story in creating his company, Aquamelon.
Center for Entrepreneurship's Educational Programs Are Among the Best in the World,
April 26, 2017 The University of South Florida's Center for Entrepreneurship, recently ranked No. 10 in the nation for the quality of its curriculum, today was named among top 35 programs on the planet.
Nineteen Entrepreneurs Pitch Ideas at the Frank and Ellen Daveler Pitch Competition
Over the Weekend
April 11, 2017 The Muma College of Business this weekend was flush with young entrepreneurs who pitched their unique ideas for recognition and awards at the Frank and Ellen Daveler Pitch Competition.
Like a bull - Business Observer
March 3, 2017 Dez Williams came up with the idea for his watermelon juice company, Aquamelon, after he trained with friends for a 12.5-mile Tough Mudder obstacle course. They would go home and devour a watermelon after training, finding the juice refreshing after a long workout.
Center for Entrepreneurship: Here are Some Success Stories - USF Center for Entrepreneurship
January 10, 2017 To recognize the center and its remarkable work, here are profiles of 10 graduates who have used what they learned and lit out on their own to create their own thriving entrepreneurship opportunities.
USF Center for Entrepreneurship Ranked Tops in the Southeast, 10th in the Nation - The Bradenton Times
November 21, 2016 The University of South Florida's Center for Entrepreneurship has the best graduate program in the southeast and is ranked No. 10 in the nation, according to new rankings released this week by Entrepreneur magazine and The Princeton Review.
USF Center for Entrepreneurship ranks alongside Harvard - whoistampabay.com
November 20, 2016 The University of South Florida's Center for Entrepreneurship has the best graduate program in the Southeast and is ranked No. 10 in the nation by Entrepreneur magazine and The Princeton Review.
USF Graduate Business Program Named Number One in Southeast - Fox WTVT
November 19, 2016 Some good news for the University of South Florida. Their business program has been named the number one graduate program in the southeast by Entrepreneur magazine.?
USF Center for Entrepreneurship ranks alongside Harvard for graduate program - Tampa Bay Business Journal
November 18, 2016 Entrepreneur magazine and The Princeton Review also ranked USF's Center for Entrepreneurship No. 10 in the U.S.
USF Center for Entrepreneurship Ranked Best in the Southeast, 10th in the Nation
November 16, 2016 The University of South Florida's Center for Entrepreneurship has the best graduate program in the Southeast and is ranked No. 10 in the nation by Entrepreneur magazine and The Princeton Review.
Top 25 Entrepreneurship: Grad - The Princeton Review
November 16, 2016 The University of South Florida's Center for Entrepreneurship has the best graduate program in the Southeast and is ranked No. 10 in the nation by Entrepreneur magazine and The Princeton Review.
Tampa Bay's entrepreneurial ecosystem? It's still young and could use a boost, new
study says - Tampa Bay Times
November 16, 2016 Professor Diana Hechavarria teaches entrepreneurship at the University of South Florida and is part of the academic team behind this study. She cited study findings that show Tampa Bay's warm weather and low cost of living are big appeals to entrepreneurs.
40 Under 40 - Business Observer
October 17, 2016 Congratulations to entrepreneurship alumni Jennifer Sineway and Greg Ross-Munro on their inclusion in the Business Observer's 40 Under 40 roster! Sineway is the CEO of JLS MedQuip and Ross-Munro is the CEO of Sourcetoad.
Trigaux: Tampa Bay's rising tech scene helps secure nonstop San Francisco flight -
Tampa Bay Times
July 26, 2016 "As a former resident and entrepreneur in Silicon Valley prior to coming to USF, the ability to have a direct flight is a strong step in the right direction to building opportunities not only for investment in our community but also for stronger collaborations and partnerships with San Francisco-based companies, both early-phase as well as established companies," says Michael Fountain, director of the University of South Florida Center for Entrepreneurship. "Let's hope that these flights will be heavily used in both directions."
The New Entrepreneurs - Resident Magazine
May 2016 Oftentimes we miss opportunities that are right 'in our backyard' simply because we don't know to look for them, nor do we have the awareness to recognize the specific opportunities.
Ybor's LiveArt Laboratories wins first place in 8th Fintech Business Plan Competition
April 22, 2016 A space for artists and tech geeks alike to create something new is the latest winner of the Fintech Business Plan Competition.
Eye disease diagnosis, hand sanitation, and self-powered battery take top prizes in
Florida Healthcare Innovation Pitch Competition
April 12, 2016 University of South Florida PhD student Gabriel Saffold's idea for the next big thing in healthcare came from his young son's beloved toy.
Entrepreneur U - Business Observer
April 1, 2016 Likewise, the USF Center for Entrepreneurship has always been multi-disciplinary, open to all students. "They approach problem-solving in ways our business students may not," says Fountain.
Florida Healthcare Innovation Competition seeks next generation of health ideas
March 29, 2016 On Wednesday, April 6, college student innovators from across the state will share their ideas for revolutionizing the quality and delivery of healthcare at the fifth annual State of Florida Healthcare Innovation Pitch Competition
Gift from Naples entrepreneurs could help next generation of innovators - Naples Daily News
February 27, 2016 A $2.9 million gift from Naples entrepreneurs will help the University of South Florida launch a statewide effort to educate the next generation of startup leaders.
Multi-million dollar gift launches USF's program for next generation of start-ups - Tampa Bay Business Journal
February 26, 2016 The estate and cash gift will seed the new Frank and Ellen Daveler Entrepreneurship Program at USF's Muma College of Business.
Charitable Gift Totaling $2.9 Million to Help Young Entrepreneurs in Florida
February 18, 2016 USF's Muma College of Business will launch the Frank and Ellen Daveler Entrepreneurship Program
Eighth annual Fintech Business Plan Competition opens for applications
February 10, 2016 Applications are open for the 2016 Fintech Business Plan Competition, whose winners have gone on to launch a watermelon water manufacturer, a competitive paintball field, and a medical modeling company, among other businesses.
USF Continues to Climb in Education-Related Rankings - Tampa Bay Reporter
January 5, 2016 In the latest of several national rankings, the University of South Florida ranks well as a good place to seek affordable education.
Watch out, Strawberry. Here's Watermelon. - Plant City Observer
January 1, 2016 Desmond Williams has teamed up with Plant City's Wish Farms to bring a healthy watermelon juice drink that rivals sugary sports drinks.
A Leader in Law - Ocala Magazine
August 2015 Covering an extensive range of legal services and having surpassed his colleagues in reputation, Ken Hamner is a leader in law, now serving all of Central Florida.
Editorial: A USF achievement deserving of prime-time attention - The Tampa Tribune
July 17, 2015 This year, USF ranked 10th among U.S. universities for the number of patents granted in 2014, joining the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Stanford and Johns Hopkins, among other universities. No other Florida university cracked the top 10.
National designation for USF to turn research into commercial products, launch start-ups - Phys.org
May 20, 2015 The University of South Florida has been named an I-Corps Site by the National Science Foundation (NSF), becoming the second site in Florida and one of only three dozen institutions around the country to earn the designation.
Entrepreneurs expand future of business - The Oracle
May 17, 2015 Entrepreneurship has always been a strong value in the U.S., one that lends itself to innovation and pushes for new businesses.
A Surge in Entrepreneurial Thinking - Florida Trend
February 2015 All manner of college disciplines - from engineering to the arts - have incorporated entrepreneurship into their teaching.
Health & Fitness Issue: Rollin' on the river - Creative Loafing
January 8, 2015 Last October, Dan Fleischbein looked out his Harbour Island office window and came up with an idea. An executive recruiter with Lucas Group, he was enrolled in USF's Master's in Entrepreneurship program (class of 2015) and was pondering how he could start his own company.
5 intriguing USF inventions patented in the past year - Tampa Bay Business Journal
December 26, 2014 University of South Florida is the 12th highest academic patent producer in the country and among the top 300 U.S. patent owners worldwide.
Three USF innovators receive national honor - Tampa Tribune
December 25, 2014 Three University of South Florida professors are among 170 across the country designated as 2014 Fellows of the National Academy of Inventors.
Three USF professors elected as Fellows of the National Academy of Inventors - USF Research & Innovation
December 16, 2014 University of South Florida professors Michael W. Fountain, Robert H. Byrne, and Victor L. Poirier have been named 2014 Fellows of the National Academy of Inventors.
2014's Best and Worst Cities for Hispanic Entrepreneurs - WalletHub
November 14, 2014 I believe that government agencies should focus on developing programs to help all immigrants, and not just Hispanics. Immigrants are one of the largest sources for business creation in the U.S., often due to their difficulty in finding jobs in the labor force.
Four University of South Florida professors receive Excellence in Innovation Award - USF Research & Innovation
October 14, 2014 Award recognizes exceptional achievement in technological innovation and entrepreneurial success
Four USF professors receive Excellence in Innovation Award - Business Observer
October 14, 2014 Four faculty members from the University of South Florida have received the USF Excellence in Innovation Award for exceptional achievement in innovation and research.
USF grad student's 'Aquamelon' juice to soon hit shelves - Bay News 9
September 27, 2014 A University of South Florida graduate student is behind a new product called Aquamelon that is slated to hit shelves in a few days.
USF Entrepreneurship Program, Graduate Pick Up Honors - WUSF
September 18, 2014 The University of South Florida's efforts to give students the skills they need to start their own businesses continue to gain attention, with both the College of Business and a nonprofit started by a graduate in his dorm room receiving separate national honors this week.
University of South Florida Entrepreneurship Program Ranked 13th Nationally - Tampa
September 18, 2014 Small businesses are the engine of the U.S. economy, and according to rankings released today by Entrepreneur magazine and the Princeton Review, the University of South Florida (USF) is one of the best at teaching its students to start new businesses.
In Tampa, USF graduate program ranks high for entrepreneurs - Tampa Bay Times
September 17, 2014 New rankings by Entrepreneur magazine and the Princeton Review rank the University of South Florida among the nation's best at teaching students to start new businesses.
USF entrepreneurship among best in nation - The Oracle
September 17, 2014 If entrepreneurs are the heart of the U.S. economy, then USF's entrepreneurship program is getting the blood pumping, according to rankings released Tuesday.
Princeton Review ranks USF entrepreneurship center - Business Observer
September 17, 2014 The Princeton Review and Entrepreneur magazine ranked the University of South Florida's Center for Entrepreneurship as the 13th best graduate business school.
Student entrepreneur creates fresh watermelon business - The Oracle
September 16, 2014 Desmond Williams, a business administration graduate student and paraprofessional at the USF Center for Entrepreneurship, founded the company that produces Aquamelon Water.
USF Entrepreneurship Program ranked 13th nationally
September 16, 2014 Small businesses are the engine of the U.S. economy, and according to rankings released today by Entrepreneur magazine and the Princeton Review, the University of South Florida is one of the best at teaching its students to start new businesses.
USF Entrepreneurship Center moves up on Princeton Review list - Tampa Bay Business Journal
September 16, 2014 The center came in at No. 13 among 2,000 colleges and universities surveyed and published in the 2015 Top 50 Schools for Entrepreneurship Programs.
Incubating Innovation - USF Magazine
June 25, 2014 Advised by USF research leaders, USF students run a business incubator of their own
Student places second at Florida Venture Forum - USF College of Business Insider
May 29, 2014 Entrepreneurship master's student Desmond Williams entered the Florida Venture Forum with Aqua Melon, his company that produces watermelon water.
Student Healthcare Innovators Do Battle 'Shark Tank' Style - WUSF News
May 7, 2014 Twelve teams of students from eight Florida universities recently faced off at the Second Annual State of Florida Healthcare Innovation Competition to determine whose medical technology reigned supreme -- and the winners walked away with $10,000.
Healthcare Innovation Competition - WUSF
May 2014 It's "Shark Tank" – USF style – as students from eight Florida colleges recently faced off at the University of South Florida to see who created the most innovative healthcare technology.
Shark Tank for Students - WFTS
April 21, 2014 USF's Center for Entrepreneurship hosts an innovative technology competition for students, giving eight groups the opportunity to pitch their products.
USF Student Innovation - Bay News 9
April 21, 2014 Desmond Williams, co-founder of the USF Student Innovation Incubator speaks about the program.
UCF Students Take First Place in USF Innovation Pitch Competition - Florida Blue
April 21, 2014 A device that will help provide a more sanitary restroom experience for females took first place April 7 in the second annual Innovation Pitch competition, a partnership between Florida Blue and the University of South Florida Center for Entrepreneurship.
State of Florida Healthcare Innovation Competition offers students $10,000 prize
April 4, 2014 What do a grocery store, Google Glass apps, and a motorized surgical device have in common? They're all inventions by Florida university students designed to meet a need in the healthcare industry.
Ask the Experts: Should Small Business Owners Seek Venture Capital Financing? - CardHub
January 22, 2014 The Great Recession has reinvigorated America's entrepreneurial spirit. As the job market soured during the housing market crisis and ensuing economic swoon, business creation rates soared to record heights.
Front lines of the future? Business owners age 30 and younger - Tampa Bay Times
July 26, 2013 They are young, creative and adaptable. Experts say they grew up with parents telling them they could do anything only to experience the depth of economic lows with the recession.
Perfect Pitch - USF Magazine
June 2013 When Casey Henry walked before the panel of judges in the Fintech Business Plan Competition in April, she was unsure about her chances of getting funding for her startup business: a paintball field.
Paintball plan wins business competition - Tampa Tribune
May 15, 2013 She was up against executive MBAs, lawyers and engineers pitching services from biomedical waste disposal to feeding the poor. Undergraduate Casey Henry had to sell a panel of entrepreneurs on her passion.
Center for Entrepreneurship Gala
May 13, 2013 The Second Annual Tampa Bay Entrepreneurship Gala was held on Friday, May 10, with proceeds benefitting the Michael W. Fountain Scholarship Fund. Cigar City's Joey Redner was named Entrepreneur of the Year.
USF Entrepreneurs Face Off for $15K - WUSF
May 1, 2013 If the success of the last two winners of the USF Center for Entrepreneurship's Fintech Business Plan Competition is any indication, the future may be promising for Casey Henry and South Tampa Paintball.
Vice Presidential Nominee, Paul Ryan Discusses Entrepreneurship - USF College of Business
October 19, 2012 USF held a roundtable discussion on entrepreneurship Friday afternoon, featuring U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan, the Republican vice presidential nominee.
USF's entrepreneurship program climbs up Princeton Review list - Tampa Bay Business Journal
September 26, 2012 In a survey of more than 2,000 undergraduate and business school entrepreneurship training programs, the Princeton Review named University of South Florida's graduate interdisciplinary entrepreneurship program one of the top 25 programs in the United States.
Startup culture starts to set down roots in Tampa Bay business community - Tampa Bay
December 17, 2011 One of Tampa Bay's most transforming business trends in years is emerging amid this difficult economy. It can be described in two words. Entrepreneurial ecosystem.
USF Entrepreneurship Program Named Among the Best in the Nation
September 20, 2011 The Princeton Review and Entrepreneur Magazine rank USF's interdisciplinary program among the top 25 programs in the United States
The Princeton Review & Entrepreneur Magazine Name the Top 50 Schools for Entrepreneurship
Programs - PR Newswire
September 20, 2011 The Princeton Review and Entrepreneur magazine announced today the results of their ninth annual survey that ranks the top 25 undergraduate and top 25 graduate entrepreneurship programs in the nation.
Social media, youth help these 20-something entrepreneurs - Tampa Tribune
August 19, 2011 For Daniel Fernandez and Cameron Barbas, their Tampa clothing business was an idea that evolved from a pair of airbrushed shoes and a few conversations with friends.
Teburu Disrupts Restaurant World, Wins USF Business Plan Competition - 83 Degrees Media
August 16, 2011 A distinguished panel of venture capitalists, CEOs and industry experts weigh in on presentations from aspiring entrepreneurs involved in the annual USF Fintech Business Plan Competition.
If Corporate America Isn't Hiring, What Should Business Students Do? - Scene Magazine
May/June 2010 The reality is that a lot of big businesses which used to hire recent business majors and MBAers in droves will no longer do so — the sputtering US economy has seen to that. An April 12, 2010 BusinessWeek article suggests that many of these job candidates who would otherwise have found a home in Corporate America or Wall Street are finding their way into family
Entrepreneur U - Business Observer
February 12, 2010 Local universities are teaching students about entrepreneurship.