John P. Lowth Entrepreneurship Center 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.
The University of Tampa is proud to house the national headquarters for the Collegiate Entrepreneurs’ Organization (CEO). CEO is located in the Maureen A. Daly Innovation and Collaboration Building, which houses the Lowth Entrepreneurship Center. UT is a proud supporter of CEO and the more than 250 chapters in the CEO network on university campuses around the country. The national headquarters moved in 2016 to UT under the leadership of executive director and entrepreneurship faculty member Giles Hertz, J.D., and managing director James Zebrowski. Details on the CEO, the resources they provide to their membership and more information can be found at www.c-e-o.org or at (813) 258-7CEO.
The field of entrepreneurship research has primarily focused on the individual, not the supporting ecosystem. The Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater area has been proven to support new ventures, but our community needs to know what we can do to improve. This academic study of the entrepreneurial ecosystem hopes to provide pragmatic answers to improving our business environment. Lead by UT's Rebecca White, the collaborative research team of five, which included members from Indiana University, American University and the London School of Economics, presented their findings on Nov. 15, 2016. Find links to the executive summary and the presentation.
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.
CEO Council Business Plan Competition
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.
With the vision of a more accessible startup ecosystem in Tampa Bay, Monica Stynchula, Bevan Rogel, Danielle Weitlauf and James Slusser, with the investment of the Community Foundation of Tampa Bay, created an online resource to help point entrepreneurs in the right direction. MyStartupTampaBay.com continually updates a resource map, event calendar and job board for public use. In mid-2016 the website partnered with the John P. Lowth Entrepreneurship Center to help even more new ventures find their way.
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.
Entrepreneurs and Experts in Residence (EIR)
The Entrepreneurs and Experts in Residence (EIR) program is designed to give our students, Spartan Incubator and Spartan Accelerator businesses access to individuals who possess exceptional experience in a specific domain (e.g. venture capital, engineering, hospitality, healthcare or technology) or have been part of an entrepreneurial venture. We welcome your application and thank you for considering giving your time to build a powerful force in our economy. Please contact Kevin Moore at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information and application details.
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
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!
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 Kevin Moore.
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 to register. Watch the video from SEEC Tampa 2014.
Spartan Accelerators and Incubators
Spartan Accelerator and Incubator program is designed to help current students and recent
alums grow their business ideas. Each semester students and alums can apply for
this program. The goal of this opportunity is to help build the entrepreneurial ecosystem to support the development and launch of new ventures. Applicants who are approved will be provided with office space in the John P. Lowth Entrepreneurship Center as well as a series of curriculum provided by the faculty and staff of the Entrepreneurship Program. Apply now.
- Spartan Accelerator: The Spartan Accelerator pairs current students and recent alumni with a launch team of experts to help them formulate successful business plans and investment presentations. Participants attend boot camps based on the lean startup business model, and receive free legal counsel. They also compete for grants through the Spartan Accelerator Seed Fund, which has awarded $100,000 since fall 2015. The Lowth Entrepreneurship Center features four large rooms reserved for accelerator teams and their mentors. Recent Spartan Accelerator startups have included an online music magazine focusing on daily news and concert coverage, a lacrosse equipment manufacturer offering high-quality lacrosse balls and a peer-to-peer social impact platform that provides crowd-funded lending to small businesses.
- UT Incubator: The Lowth Entrepreneurship Center hosts a live lab for up to nine early-stage community businesses. Business owners in the UT Incubator receive expert guidance from faculty, venture capitalists and entrepreneurs-in-residence, attend seminars on campus and work with student consulting teams assigned to assist them. Participating businesses represent a broad range of industries, including medicine, horticulture, food service and technology. Incubator businesses have received more than $1.5 million in seed funding since fall 2015.
Today's Entrepreneurial Women sponsored by Merrill Lynch
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.
This program is designed to give our students, Spartan Incubator and Spartan Accelerator businesses access to individuals who possess exceptional expertise in a specific area of the entrepreneurial process (e.g. ideation, opportunity recognition, new venture creation). Scholars from around the world are highly encouraged to apply for this program. Please contact Kevin Moore at email@example.com for more information and application details.