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.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org for more information and application details.
The Experiential Classroom is the premier global program addressing best practices in entrepreneurship education. It is a four-day clinic that provides educators with creative and innovative ways to teach entrepreneurship, develop entrepreneurship courses and build entrepreneurship programs. This dynamic workshop is intended for faculty members who have not taught entrepreneurship as well as experienced faculty searching for new teaching techniques.
New Venture Expo
Since its inception in 2017, the New Venture Exposition is the culmination of work of center students and program participants. Graduate students in the M.S. in Entrepreneurship program, as well as senior undergraduate students majoring in entrepreneurship, present their business concepts. They compete alongside Spartan Incubator and Accelerator program participants, many of whom have already committed hundreds of hours to their new ventures.
Cash prizes are awarded to first, second and third place in two categories: students (graduate and undergraduate) and Accelerator/Incubator participants.
Winners are selected by a panel of UT alumni judges from a variety of diverse backgrounds.
Spartan Accelerators and Incubators
Spartan Accelerator and Incubator program is designed to help current students and recent
alums grow their business ideas. The goal of this opportunity is to help build the entrepreneurial ecosystem to support the development and launch of new ventures.
- Spartan Accelerator: 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.
- Spartan 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.
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. We host an annual
event to provide an update on the improvements being made in the Tampa Bay
entrepreneurial ecosystem. Check out our findings from previous years.
2016 White Paper
2017 White Paper
2018 Review and Analysis
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.