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The Entrepreneurship Center strives to maintain and foster close relationships with alumni of the program. Alumni are invited and encouraged to attend events held in the Lowth Center and the Annual Alumni Awards to keep Spartan entrepreneurs connected.

The Spartan Collective is the Lowth Center's entrepreneurship collaboration platform.

When alumni join, they are able to

  • Give back to the community,
  • Gain fresh perspectives and
  • Enhance their leadership skills.

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Annual Entrepreneurship and Small Business Owner Alumni Achievement Event

The Entrepreneurship and Small Business Owner Alumni Achievement awards was established by the Entrepreneurship Center in 2012 to honor alumni who have made significant professional and personal achievements in the years since graduation. 

The 2021 Alumni event is on February 17, 2021 in the Lowth Center, ICB 8th Floor. Nominate outstanding entrepreneurial alumni.

Watch the Alumni Awards


2020 Innovator Entrepreneur Award Jon Anselma ’93

Jon Anselma

Jon Anselma ’93 co-founded Paragon Financial with Michael Rossi in 1994, after working for other factoring companies for a few years. The idea for the company had been conceived as they studied finance together at The University of Tampa. Their goal was to give growing businesses an alternative to conventional bank financing and provide better service through direct access to decision-makers. The firm is deeply rooted in that philosophy and has factored over $1.5 billion dollars for small to mid-sized companies.

2020 Family Business Award Danny Mastronardo ‘07

Danny Mastronardo

Danny Mastronardo ‘07 is an entrepreneur who took $6,000 and turned it into a multi-million-dollar company. Mastronardo and his three brothers embarked on a journey from making skincare products in the kitchen to striking a deal with Barbara Corcoran from ABC’s hit show, Shark Tank. His company, Nardo's Natural, created in their home has transformed into what is now a household name. His mission is to enlighten consumers while providing the purest skincare derived from nature.

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