Beginning Fall 2017, FGCU students in ANY college can declare an interdisciplinary major in Entrepreneurship.
FGCU is the only school in the state university system offering a full entrepreneurship degree, featuring eight entrepreneurship courses. As a non-business major, the proposed program will be centered on establishing partnerships with other departments throughout the university to promote campus-wide entrepreneurship.
Take advantage of this unique opportunity to learn key entrepreneurial skills, including: recognizing opportunities, customer development, risk mitigation, financial management, communicating vision, business plan/model development, creativity, and resource acquisition.
Florida Gulf Coast University hosted an EMBA Entrepreneurship Certificate Program with the University of Würzburg. Dr. Sandra Kauanui, Director for the Institute for Entrepreneurship, led the two-week program focused on "intrapreneurship" - the ability to use entrepreneurial skills in a corporate environment.
The Veterans Florida Entrepreneurship Program provides Veterans at FGCU and 6 other university partners who want to start a business, with an in-depth program based on the Lean Startup Method, to take them from idea, to writing a plan and implementation, to finally starting their business. The free, hybrid program runs in three stages for half of the academic year, and includes online instruction, in-person workshops, and advanced classes from 9-5pm every other Saturday for fifteen weeks. The program is free to Veterans who have been honorably discharged, and there is no experience or fee necessary for Veterans to apply.
Check out this video for more information about the Veterans Florida Entrepreneurship Program!
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.