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From internships to student achievements to recognition of The University of Tampa faculty and institution as a whole, the following is a running archive of UT press releases, called News Articles, and feature stories, noted as UT Life.

Posted February 13, 2017 in UT Life

Grad Students Hope to Spare Students Years in Student Loan Debt

Ryan Deitrich ’15, M.S. in Entrepreneurship ’17 lives on a sailboat docked in St. Petersburg. Last year he was working as a financial advisor for USAA and was saving his money to spend a year in the Caribbean on his floating home.

Then he met Ryan Lockwood MBA ’17 in class last fall.

Posted January 30, 2017 in News

UT Entrepreneurship Director Wins Lifetime Achievement Award for Entrepreneurship

Rebecca J. White, professor of entrepreneurship and director of the John P. Lowth Entrepreneurship Center at The University of Tampa, was recently awarded the United States Association for Small Business and Entrepreneurship (USASBE) Max J. Wortman Lifetime Achievement Award for Entrepreneurship. 

The lifetime achievement award is presented in recognition of a lifetime of entrepreneurial achievement that encompasses the ideals of entrepreneurial activity. Only 13 individuals have previously received the prestigious award.

Posted January 23, 2017 in UT Life

UT Entrepreneur Seeks to End Hot Car Deaths

Rashid Gargash ’17 doesn’t have a child of his own, but he is familiar with how dangerous a hot car can be to a child or pet left inside. Gargash is from Dubai, a place where summer temperatures easily exceed 110 degrees Fahrenheit.

“It’s an issue there, just like in the U.S.,” said Gargash. The average annual number of heatstroke deaths of children in cars is 37, according to research at NoHeatStroke.org.

It’s why he spent his winter break back home, working. Gargash is part of a team that has developed a device to prevent hot car deaths. Their product, Sense A Life, is a small sensor placed on a car seat that is activated when the vehicle door opens, alerting the driver with an audible sound and, if ignored, through a mobile phone application.

Posted January 18, 2017 in News

UT Student Accepted to Prestigious National Incubator for Entrepreneurs

Ryan Deitrich, a University of Tampa student, was recently accepted as one of 17 students nationwide to participate in the 2017 Future Founders Fellowship cohort.

The Future Founders Fellowship is a selective year-long cohort that accelerates the development of the top student entrepreneurs in the nation. Deitrich’s acceptance marks the second time a UT student has been selected for the program, with Matthew Sarli ’16 serving in the 2016 cohort. Fellows benefit from mentoring, entrepreneurship retreats, a peer community and volunteer opportunities through Future Founders programs. 

Posted March 31, 2016 in News

UT Student/Alumni Startup Team to Vie for $1 Million in Business Plan Competition

Tembo Education, a social enterprise startup comprised of University of Tampa students and alumni, will compete for $1 million in prizes at the Rice Business Plan Competition at Rice University.

On April 14–16, Tembo will compete against 41 other student startup companies, and the winner will take home a grand prize valued at more than $450,000, including seed funding and the opportunity to ring the closing bell at NASDAQ Marketsite. Judges select the winner based on the company that represents the best investment opportunity.

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