Our students are making an impact
We provide them with the knowledge, tools, and resources to make it possible.
The Naples Accelerator Training Program
Looking to take your business to the next level? The FGCU - Naples Accelerator Cohort Training Program is a 6 month program that gives entrepreneurs access to a wide array of expert mentors, in-depth and hands on workshops, and regular exposure to potential investors.
FGCU named best school for entrepreneurship in Florida
Our freestanding School of Entrepreneurship makes us very unique. We are committed to providing an education for students that is experiential, hands-on, and leads to career success. Our well-rounded students graduate ready to be productive employees in established companies or start their own.
Entrepreneurs come from everywhere
Musician turned entrepreneur, Jade Gibson ('19), turned her passion for playing music into a successful luxury wedding and event entertainment company, called Jade Strings. With the knowledge gained through classes and mentoring, Jade now has over 200 clients.
Making the internet a safer place
John Ciocca ('22) is a Runway Program Participant, an Interdisciplinary Entrepreneurship Studies Major, and an award winning app developer with the hope of making the internet a safe place for everyone with his startup, youBelong. The app has 2200 users across 26 different countries.
Solving two problems with one café
Through the FGCU Alumni Runway Program, Andrew Townsend ('18) and his fiancée, Amber Redfern, found a way to reduce feline euthanasia rates and provide the community a fun place to hang out with cats, sip a coffee or tea, or adopt a furry friend with their company, Cattyshack Café.
Transferring military skills to startup life
Marine Corps Veteran, Corey Umstott ('20), had a dream of owning an auto repair shop one day, and through the FGCU Veterans Florida Entrepreneurship Program, Corey now owns and operates a profitable mobile auto repair company called Eagle Auto Repair.
Medical marvels through the eyes of a pig
Makenzie Whitaker ('19) is a Runway Program Participant, an English Major with an Entrepreneurship Minor, and kidney transplant survivor with a dream of helping kids and families through the process of taking on diseases like the one she had with her book, The Kidney Kronicles.
A program for everyone
Build your own path to a bright future.
Design your path to an innovative career with a degree that encourages creativity and promotes success.START YOUR FUTURE
A great option for those that want to learn entrepreneurship, but have a deep passion for something else.FOCUS ON MORE
For professionals and those interested in starting their own business, receive experiential entrepreneurship training.GO BEYOND
FGCU Runway Program Startup Incubator
Join the flagship program at FGCU for students and alumni to start a business.LAUNCH YOUR BUSINESS
Living Learning Community
Incoming freshman are immersed in the entrepreneurial spirit of FGCU.LIVE WHERE YOU LEARN
Veterans Florida Entrepreneurship Program
Entrepreneurship Training for U.S. Military Veterans looking to starting a business.TAKE THE FIRST STEP
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$29.8 Million*Total Sales by Eagle Entrepreneurs since August 2016
400+ Businesses*Started by FGCU Students and Alumni since August 2016
9872 Hours*Student engagement in the Runway Program 2019-2020
A new home
Our doors will open on main campus in Fall 2021
Student success within our unique and interdisciplinary entrepreneurship programs have spiked a real demand for something big. The Daveler & Kauanui School of Entrepreneurship needs a place to call home on FGCU's main campus, but we need your help to make that happen.
A Message from Dr. Kauanui
Congratulations May Class of 2020 for your major accomplishments.