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Institute for Entrepreneurship

Our programs are hard to beat

The Institute for Entrepreneurship houses award winning co-curricular programs for students, alumni, veterans, and our community.

The Florida Gulf Coast University Institute for Entrepreneurship is currently housed within the Daveler & Kauanui School of Entrepreneurship and is the home to all of our co-curricular entrepreneurship programs. The Institute was started in 2005 to support campus and community wide entrepreneurial activities, and in 2013 it sponsored the first undergraduate multidisciplinary team from FGCU to compete at the Florida Venture Forum Collegiate Business Pitch Competition that went on to win 1st place against teams from several major university graduate programs.

Entrepreneurship Student and Runway Program Participant Jamaree Jones

In 2015, it became home to one of the most successful Veterans Florida Entrepreneurship Programs in the State. And, shortly after being granted the funds from the Naples Accelerator in Collier County in 2016, it started the FGCU Runway Program Business Incubator, which has helped hundreds of student and alumni owned business get started. In Fall 2018, it launched the Freshman Entrepreneurship Living-Learning Community in South Village Housing to provide incoming Eagle Innovators with the opportunity to live with students of all majors and backgrounds, and learn the fundamentals of starting something new.

The Institute also runs several high school and middle school programs in partnership with organizations in Lee, Collier, and Charlotte Counties, such as the Immokalee Foundation Business Management & Entrepreneurship Summer Camp, the CEO Academy with Junior Achievement of Southwest Florida, and the Entrepreneurial Youth Program with Pickup the Ball.

We make the possible real for the university community and beyond."- Sandra Kauanui, Ph.D.

The success of our programs have made Entrepreneurship a standalone Pillar of the University and have been the catalyst for the launch of FGCU's fastest growing major, Interdisciplinary Entrepreneurship Studies. Our Entrepreneurship Programs are ranked 1st in the State of Florida and 30th overall by The Princeton Review




We have a program for everyone

We support individuals at every stage in their entrepreneurial career.


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Runway Program

Start your business while you go to school. Runway Program is a business startup incubator that helps students and alumni from all majors at FGCU start a businesses.

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Veterans Program

The Veterans Florida Entrepreneurship Program at FGCU offers U.S. Military Veterans a tuition-free, online and on-campus help to develop a business from start to launch.

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Naples Accelerator

Take your business to the next level with the FGCU - Naples Accelerator Training Program. Gain access to world-class mentors and potential investors.

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Community Initiatives

We believe that anyone can become an entrepreneur.


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CEO Academy

CEO Academy is a five day long high school program in partnership with Junior Achievement of Southwest Florida. Students develop a business plan that solves a problem, create a prototype, and pitch to a group of business leaders in the community for a chance to win a scholarship to any college.

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Business Partnerships

The Southwest Florida Business Community is always seeking talent. Our programs are developed in partnership with local industry to provide students with the tools they need to perform in their own ventures and as valuable employees. Pyure Brands has been hiring FGCU entrepreneurial grads since 2008.

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IWill Robotics Mentoring

"I Will" Robotics

"The I Will Mentorship Foundation (IWMF) empowers youth to make positive life choices through Science, Technology, Engineering, Agriculture and Math (STEAM) based learning and evidence based mentoring programs..." Our staff volunteers their time to coach students in coding, design, and business.



  • Roundtable of Entrepreneurship Educators of Florida 

  • Collier County Public Schools INCubator Training

  • Estero Community

  • College Reach-Out Program

  • Annual High School Entrepreneurship Challenge

  • Entrepreneurship Mentor Program

  • National, Regional, and Local Competitions


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FGCU Institute for Entrepreneurship

Emergent Technologies Institute
16301 Innovation Lane
Fort Myers, Florida 33913

(239) 745-4488

(239) 590-7324