November 10th, 2016
Students from the Institute's Runway Program, Business & Entrepreneurship Club, and internship program got a first-hand look at professional pitching from this year's Venture Pitch competition, hosted by the Tamiami Angel Fund in Naples.
Dr. Sandra Kauanui, Director for the Institute for Entrepreneurship, met with Steve Forbes, CEO of Forbes, on Thursday as part of the W. Thomas Howard Lecture Series hosted by Florida Gulf Coast University.
The Institute provides students with genuine support and a strong foundation of knowledge from which to pursue entrepreneurial aspirations. This is accomplished through the combined efforts of FGCU faculty, student graduates, and a variety of community partners in Southwest Florida. We strive to create camaraderie between these groups, and emphasize the need for an entrepreneurial spirit between FGCU and its constituents.
Small, entrepreneurial businesses are the backbone of Florida's economy. Accordingly, we believe it is crucial to impart the following skills to future generations of entrepreneurs: how to identify and evaluate a business opportunity, write a winning business plan to successfully exploit an opportunity, indentify and aquire resources (including financing), and build a new venture into an enduring company.