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Institute for Entrepreneurship

Institute for Entrepreneurship

Business & Entrepreneurship Club


The Business and Entrepreneurship Club enthusiastically promotes entrepreneurial activity within FGCU by creating a support network of students to help, inspire and achieve entrepreneurial success. The BEC incorporates entrepreneurship theory with expertise from entrepreneurs around the SWFL community by hosting weekly meetings open to any major on FGCU’s campus. These meetings feature guest speakers, experiential exercises in entrepreneurship, and pitch competitions.

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The Business and Entrepreneurship club's faculty advisor is Institute for Entrepreneurship Director, Dr. Sandra Kauanui. The club works in conjunction with faculty members and local entrepreneurs to provide accurate and relevant entrepreneurial education. 

2017 Pitch Off Competition

On February 9, 2017, BEC presented the Pitch Off Competition. FGCU students had the opportunity to pitch their business plans to a panel of judges to win a spot to compete in the statewide Governor's Cup. The five teams who competed in the Pitch Off include:

  • Greg Gottfried, founder of ATA Imaging
  • Jakub Adamowicz and Hank Bertodatto, co-founders of Zome
  • Kebel Arias, founder of Art's Recyclable Knowledge LLC (ARK) 
  • Skyler Ramirez, founder of Tethr
  • Stanley Stouder, Austin Engle, Antuan Vazquez, and Ryan Bush, representing GoLite Energy

Pitch off JudgesAudience Pitch off ATA Imaging

The GoLite Energy team won the Pitch Off competition along with the opportunity to compete in the Governor's Cup Competition. While the team won the Pitch Off with their GoLite Energy product, the team ultimately pivoted to a new business model, Marine Energy Solutions LLC (MES). More information about the 2017 Governor's Cup can be found here.


More about BEC:

Student Personal Development Goals:

  • Apply the knowledge learned in classes to the real world environment. Applying classroom knowledge in real world situations will increase retention of concepts and increase student’s marketability in future endeavors.
  • Students will also be given the opportunity to learn what strengths and weaknesses are possessed. This will allow for the ability to correct these weaknesses prior to entering the professional work force full time.?? 
  • BEC is dedicated to respecting each individual’s unique characteristics that they feel are important to their personal identity. BEC encourages each member to embrace their individuality and let their voice and opinions be heard.

Club Objectives:

  • Create a professional environment to share ideas and work on projects
  • Become an incubator of business ideas
  • Connect with business professionals and investors
  • Become involved with service learning and mentorship programs
  • Work together on business plan development
  • Learn about and utilize on campus resources such as SBDC, Institute for Entrepreneurship, etc. 

The BEC focuses on community involvement and is actively present for many community events including the quarterly Venture Pitch Events and competitions in conjunction with the Tamiami Angel Fund. In February 2017, the Institute for Entrepreneurship and the BEC also sponsored a water station at the FGCU Walk for Wishes 5k fundraiser.

The BEC uses principles associated with good business, leadership, ethics, and accountability. All members are encouraged to uphold these principles as they are not just rational ideas, but important to the growth and sustainability of the club, as well as to the personal development of a successful individual.