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.
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.
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.
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 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 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.
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.