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Institute for Entrepreneurship

The Florida Gulf Coast University Institute for Entrepreneurship is an advocate for student entrepreneurship and innovation.

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.


 Students place 2nd in state innovation contest

April 8, 2016


FGCU engineering students Brian Bradley and Allie Sundermeier pitched their team’s innovative idea and presented a working prototype at the competition April 6 at the University of South Florida.

A team of business and engineering students won second place and a $5,000 cash prize in the fifth annual State of Florida Healthcare Innovation Pitch Competition for an invention they developed in FGCU's hybrid entreprenurial course. 

Their Illumitize Hand Sanitizing System is a safety-compliance mechanism for hospitals and other healthcare facilities that encourages workers and visitors to sanitize their hands before touching patients, thereby reducing the likelihood of infection. The project also took top honors last December in FGCU’s annual Eagle Biz Awards and will compete in the Florida Venture Forum’s Statewide Business Plan Competition on May 17.

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