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.


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 themselves translate from scientists to bioentrepreneurs.  Learn more.


CEO Council Business Plan Competition

Each year this program awards three $1,000 prizes to the best business plan competitions among graduate and undergraduate students studying entrepreneurship at UT. 


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

This program provides students from all academic disciplines with the chance to pitch an idea. If selected, students win the opportunity to participate in a bootcamp to help prepare them to compose a business plan and "pitch" their plan to a panel of qualified judges deemed experts in the field of entrepreneurship. This program enables future entrepreneurs to sharpen their skills through a unique and diverse combination of academic study, experiential learning and access to mentors from the regional business community. Learn more.


Main Street Speaker Series sponsored by NorthStar Bank

On a regular basis UT students and faculty invite the business community to attend the MainStreet Speaker Series, which highlights many different aspects of the field of entrepreneurship. 

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 your idea. To apply, 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. Learn more at Watch the video from SEEC Tampa 2014.

Spartan Accelerator

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 other like-minded local organizations to make a significant impact on the region's economic future. The goal of this program is to help build the ecosystem to support the development and launch of new ventures. Apply now.

Spartan Accelerator Build Tampa Bay - Spring 2014 Program

Compete in the Spartan Accelerator Build Tampa Bay Spring 2014 Program. This competition, a six-week program, pairs you with a launch-team designed to help you develop a feasible business model and investment presentation. Furthermore, you will receive FREE advising and legal services while competing for a chance to win up to $25,000 in seed capital. Current UT students (or) recent graduates (within the past five years) can qualify. Apply here!

Veteran's Entrepreneurship Boot Camp

This program, taught by College of Business faculty members Hemant Rustogi and Judi Washburn, helps United States military veterans develop business plans for new business concepts.