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Institute for Entrepreneurship

Institute for Entrepreneurship


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. 

Degree Announcement

EMBA entrepreneurship Certificate Program

University of Würzburg

June 5-16, 2017

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. 






CEO Academy

June 19-23, 2017

The CEO Academy is a weeklong entrepreneurship workshop for high school students from the SWFL community who are entering their junior and senior years, and is hosted by FGCU’s Institute for Entrepreneurship in partnership with Junior Achievement of SWFL. The CEO Academy’s goal is to help prepare young, aspiring entrepreneurs become the outstanding business leaders of tomorrow.
Check out this video for more information about this year's CEO Academy! 


Veterans Florida Entrepreneurship Program

The Veterans Florida Entrepreneurship Program provides Veterans at FGCU and 5 other university/college 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 program offers qualified Veterans three learning pathways in entrepreneurship and includes a year round self paced online program, in-person open enrollment workshops in the Fall, and the advanced program offered in the Spring for fifteen weeks.  The advanced program has limited slots.  So, apply today at

The Veterans Florida Entrepreneurship Program is free to Veterans who have been honorably discharged, active guard/reserve, active duty within one year of separation, and reside in Florida. 

Check out this video for more information about the Veterans Florida Entrepreneurship Program!


The Institute for Entrepreneurship at Florida Gulf Coast University 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.



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Entrepreneurship Minor