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Entrepreneurship Week 101

Discover How to Create Your Own Career

Week of events, hosted by the Career Resource Center, in conjunction with Gator Innovators; UF Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation; UF New Student and Family Programs/Common Reading Program; UF Women’s Student Association/Women’s History Month.

CRC Live: Pursuing Your Passion Now

Mon., March 25
Google Hangout On Air
University of Florida's Google+ Page
3 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.

Pursuing Your Passion is more than a cliché; it's an action statement. Meet creative people outside of the traditional tech world, who have grown successful businesses from pursuing their passions fervently - from blogging, creating a public relations agency, executing non-profit ventures, to consulting others on chasing their dreams. These dynamic entrepreneurs will participate in a spirited discussion and will give words of wisdom from their personal and professional experiences on how to take that first step into entrepreneurship.

Shameeka Shy Ayers, Blogger, The Broke Socialite; creator of Sugar Coma; and author.
Nikki Freeney, Managing partner of FSquared Communications
Stephanie Gordon, 'The Side Hustle Coach' of
Steven Rose, President of Rose Consultations

Diversity in Entrepreneurship:
Challenging Barriers while Changing the World

Tues., March 26
Reitz Union Grand Ballroom
7:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

Through an interactive panel discussion, this event will seek to motivate aspiring entrepreneurs by providing practical advice about overcoming challenges in the business world, told through the stories of successful minority business owners. In addition, attendees will gain the opportunity to network with fellow entrepreneurial-minded students and build connections and relationships with potential mentors, advisors and future business partners.

Panelists include:
Nicole Irving, Founder, Giggle Magazine (2013 Chamber of Commerce Winner Leading Women’s Enterprise)
Rebecca Zaiden, Founder, Corks and Colors (2013 Chamber of Commerce Winner Best Minority Business)
Karen Zaderej, CEO, Axogen (Gainesville/Alachua-based biotech that raised $20M in October of 2012)

Moderator: Jane Muir, Director, UF Innovation Hub

The Entrepreneurship Club SWAP Meet

Wed., Mar., 27
Hough Hall Lobby
6:15 p.m.

RSVP through Facebook

Florida Innovation Hub Tour

Thurs., Mar., 28
747 Southwest 2nd Avenue
Gainesville, FL 32601

Tour the Innovation Hub, a 40,000-square-foot facility located two blocks from UF’s campus. Innovation Hub serves as an incubator for start-up companies based on technologies emerging from University laboratories.

Two Tours Available
Tour 1: 9 a.m. - 10:00 a.m
Tour 2: 10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
RSVP through Gator CareerLink

Unleash Your Inner Entrepreneur:
Learn from those who have done it!

Thurs., March 28
Career Resource Center Library
6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Entrepreneurs from diverse backgrounds share experiences and strategies about how they made the decision to become entrepreneurs. Our panelists will examine the hurdles entrepreneurs face, and what skills helped them become successful. Walk away feeling confident knowing the first steps to take on the road to entrepreneurship. Panel features:

Collin Austin, New Scooters for Less
Omar Oselimo, Reggae Shack
Keshia Walker, Insights Marketing
Geoff Wilson, 352 Media Group

Entrepreneurship Case Lecture Series

Fri., March 29
Hough Hall 150
10:00 a.m. – Noon

Bradd Barker, Co-Founder, FlipFold
(as seen on “The Big Bang Theory”)

The Entrepreneurship Case Lecture Series brings individuals to campus to discuss the range of "emotional" management situations that present themselves throughout the entirety of the entrepreneurial lifecycle (e.g. embezzlement, lawsuit, cash crunch, PR crisis, liquidity, etc). In addition, the series seeks to enhance student understanding of topics relevant to entrepreneurship and innovation, provide the background necessary for students interested in entrepreneurial careers, and introduce students to resources in the entrepreneurial arena while providing a forum for networking and career development.