Programs and Partnerships

UT Entrepreneurship students have the opportunity to engage and learn from the center's strategic partners such as the H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Research Center through unique programs and competitions.

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BioEntrepreneurship Partnership with Moffitt Cancer Center and Research Institute

Twenty years ago there was a call from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) for medical researchers to structure their research so that it could more easily translate from the discovery "workbench" to society at large. The successful commercialization of medical research discoveries is the most efficient vehicle in achieving this charge from NIH and has now become a critical skill for medical researchers. The University of Tampa's BioEntrepreneurship alliance helps to address those skills and attributes that researchers must have as they transition from scientists to bioentrepreneurs. Learn more.

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CEO Council Business Plan Competition

In conjunction with the capstone course in entrepreneurship, ENT 487 – Business Plan Development, and the CEO Council of Tampa Bay, UT Entrepreneurship puts students through a business plan competition as a final step in the entrepreneurship program. Each year this program awards three $1,000 prizes to the best business plans among graduate and undergraduate students studying entrepreneurship at UT. This program is designed to ensure that every student who graduates from the entrepreneurship program is prepared to develop a feasible business model and investment presentation. 

Creating Real Entrepreneurial Actions Through Education (CREATE) Business Idea Pitch

The CREATE® business idea pitch competition includes a multi-tiered series of contests and learning experiences. The initial competition is a pitch session open to UT students from any academic discipline. This empowers students to experience the engaging lifestyle that is entrepreneurship. The top teams/individuals are selected to move to a six-session boot camp to help them prepare a business plan and pitch their plan to a panel of qualified entrepreneur judges. The three winners of the final competition are awarded cash prizes and the opportunity to shadow a successful local entrepreneur. CREATE® enables future entrepreneurs to sharpen their skills through a diverse combination of academic study, experiential learning and access to mentors from the regional business community. Learn more.

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Main Street Speaker Series sponsored by NorthStar Bank

Main Street Speaker Series is a community lecture and networking program that provides an open forum for the exchange of ideas, opinions and perspectives. Speakers are chosen on the basis of their career achievements and unique expertise in their particular field. Topics are chosen on the needs of the entrepreneurial community to ensure we are touching on the continually evolving topics of entrepreneurs. The series is presented each fall and spring semester and generously sponsored by NorthStar Bank. The Speakers Series, which is open to the public, is held at The University of Tampa on the 9th floor of the Vaughn Center, which overlooks beautiful downtown Tampa. Students always pack the house at Main Street; it is their number one opportunity to interact with Tampa business professionals and nationally renowned speakers.

A students network is the most critical piece to their success as business founders and recent graduates of The University of Tampa Entrepreneurship Center.  Main Street is the perfect opportunity to engage with today's entrepreneurial community!  

Pitch Sykes

This program is an opportunity for UT students who have an idea for a business to pitch their idea during an informal session that occurs once a month. Entrepreneurs and faculty members are available to hear and evaluate new business ideas. It is a chance to practice presenting the idea, meet with successful entrepreneurs, receive actionable feedback and show progress toward the idea. Pitch Sykes is the perfect primer for any idea pitch or business plan competition. To participate, email James Zebrowski.  


Southeast Entrepreneurship Conference (SEEC)

This program is held each spring and is the largest regional conference of the National Collegiate Entrepreneurs Organization (CEO). More than 200 students from more than 12 states, Florida in particular, attend to network and hear two days of outstanding speakers and workshops. In conjunction with SEEC Tampa, the center offers the Spartan Idea Pitch Competition where students compete for funding to build their business. SEEC has gained national traction through sponsors such as the Collegiate Entrepreneurs Organization, USASBE, Hillsborough County and Agile Thought. Visit SEEC Tampa 2015 to register. Watch the video from SEEC Tampa 2014.  

Spartan Accelerator sponsored by Sherloq Solutions

The Spartan Accelerator program is designed to help current students and recent alums grow their business ideas. Each semester students and alums can apply for this program, which partners The University of Tampa entrepreneurship program with Sherloq Solutions, as well as other like-minded local organizations and national entrepreneurs such as Michael Vail, to make a significant impact on the region's economic future. The goal of this program is to help build the entrepreneurial ecosystem to support the development and launch of new ventures. Apply now.

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Today's Entrepreneurial Women sponsored by Merrill Lynch 

The number of businesses started by women has increased significantly in recent years. Because of this new need, The UT Entrepreneurship center has created a forum that will bring together women entrepreneurs to tell their story and interact with business leaders and students. This program features a panel discussion in the fall semester and a national renowned female entrepreneurial leader in the spring. This program is generously sponsored by Merrill Lynch.