The Business and Entrepreneurship Club enthusiastically promotes entrepreneurial activity within FGCU by creating a support network of students to help, inspire and achieve entrepreneurial success. The BEC incorporates entrepreneurship theory with expertise from entrepreneurs around the SWFL community by hosting weekly meetings open to any major on FGCU’s campus. These meetings feature guest speakers, experiential exercises in entrepreneurship, and pitch competitions.
The Business and Entrepreneurship club's faculty advisor is Institute for Entrepreneurship Director, Dr. Sandra Kauanui. The club works in conjunction with faculty members and local entrepreneurs to provide accurate and relevant entrepreneurial education.
On February 9, 2017, BEC presented the Pitch Off Competition. FGCU students had the opportunity to pitch their business plans to a panel of judges to win a spot to compete in the statewide Governor's Cup. The five teams who competed in the Pitch Off include:
The GoLite Energy team won the Pitch Off competition along with the opportunity to compete in the Governor's Cup Competition. While the team won the Pitch Off with their GoLite Energy product, the team ultimately pivoted to a new business model, Marine Energy Solutions LLC (MES). More information about the 2017 Governor's Cup can be found here.
The BEC focuses on community involvement and is actively present for many community events including the quarterly Venture Pitch Events and competitions in conjunction with the Tamiami Angel Fund. In February 2017, the Institute for Entrepreneurship and the BEC also sponsored a water station at the FGCU Walk for Wishes 5k fundraiser.
The BEC uses principles associated with good business, leadership, ethics, and accountability. All members are encouraged to uphold these principles as they are not just rational ideas, but important to the growth and sustainability of the club, as well as to the personal development of a successful individual.