Starter Riot Week

Starter Riot Week



Explore exciting career options, meet founders of inspiring student startups, and learn about FREE entrepreneurial resources by joining the UCF Center for Entrepreneurial Leadership’s Starter Riot Week celebrations during Global Entrepreneurship Week. These events are for UCF student creators, innovators, change makers, and instigators from all colleges and majors.  Join the riot and learn how to start something!

DON’T MISS our opening celebration and biggest event – the Starter Riot Carnival on Monday, November 14th from 12pm-2pm at the Key West Ballroom in the Student Union.

The week is full of fun, inspirational, and enlightening events. Don’t miss out! Check the event listing below:

carnivalStarter Riot Carnival
Date: Monday, Nov. 14 12pm-2pm
Location: Key West Ballroom– Student Union Room 218

Enjoy carnival games, snacks, student startup exhibits, and a superstar UCF Startup panel during this high‐energy kickoff to the Starter Riot – UCF Entrepreneurship Week.


openhouseOpen Houses: LaunchPad, StarterSpace, UpStarts
Date: Monday, Nov. 14  3-6pm
Location: LaunchPad, StarterSpace, UpStarts

Meet our staff at the LaunchPad, tour the UpStarts Accelerator, and explore innovations at the Starterspace.


cel_starterCEL Starter Meetup
Date: Monday, Nov. 14  6-8pm
Location: CEL – BA1 Room 135

UCF’s hackers, hipsters, and hustlers (i.e., builders, creatives, and business‐types) meet, chat, play games, and explore potential collaborations. Click here to register!


CEL Startup Practice
Date: Tuesday, Nov. 15  10-11:30am
Location: Blackstone Launchpad – Student Union
Entrepreneurially‐minded students practice pitching their new venture ideas to supportive peers who offer feedback and advice. Click here to register!

Blackstone Launchpad Workshop – The Development Process
Featuring Jason Polstein
Date: Tuesday, Nov. 15  12pm-1pm
Location: Blackstone Launchpad – Student Union
Jason Polstein of RIP-IT Sports is in the Launchpad to discuss the design and development of an idea!


CEL Speed Pitch – Invitation Only
Tuesday, Nov. 15  3-5pm
Location: CEL – BA1 Room 135
Students who are developing investor presentations seek feedback on their pitch decks from experienced leaders in our local startup community (by invitation only).


wtfWTF! Confessionals
Date: Tuesday, Nov. 15  6-7:30pm
Location: CEL – BA1 room 135
We ask successful entrepreneurs to share harrowing “WTF?” (ways to fail) startup catastrophes and explain how they survived. Click here to register!



Blackstone LaunchPad Workshop – How to Revolutionize an Industry
Featuring Sal Rehmetullah
Date: Wednesday, Nov. 16  12-1pm
Location: Blackstone Launchpad
Sal Rehmetullah will share how he co-founded financial-tech company Fattmerchant!


svcSocial Venture Competition
Date: Wednesday, Nov. 16  2-5:30pm
Location: CEL – BA1 room 135
The Social Venture Competition celebrates and rewards students who have developed solutions and plans that may impact poverty, education, healthcare, human rights, environmental and other societal problems (by application only – sponsored by State Farm). Click here to register!

startermeetupCEL Starter Meetup

Date: Wednesday, Nov 16. 6-8pm
Location: CEL — BA1 Room 135
UCF’s hackers, hipsters, and hustlers (i.e., builders, creatives, and
business‐types) meet, chat, play games, and explore potential collaborations. Click here to register!



Blackstone LaunchPad Workshop – How to Start and Grow a Business
Featuring Marsha Robbins
Date: Thursday, Nov. 17  12-1pm
Location: Blackstone LaunchPad, Student Union Lobby
Marsha Robbins will talk about starting and scaling Orlando based Dramatic Education Inc.!

thinktankCEL Think Tanks
Date: Thursday, Nov. 17  1-3pm
Location: CEL – BA1 Room 135
Students meet with others who share an interest in a particular problem (e.g., improving education, healthcare, energy production, sustainability, nutrition, entertainment, etc.) to share insights and brainstorm solutions that might make a positive difference. Click here to register!

startupreviewsUpStarts Startup Reviews
Date: Thursday, Nov. 17  3-5pm
Location: UpStarts Accelerator – BA1 Room 130
Students who are close to launching their ventures are offered an opportunity to meet with a team of diverse, experienced, expert mentors for a thorough pre‐launch review (by invitation only).


CEL Mentor Meetup
Date: Thursday, Nov. 17  6-7:30pm
Location: Power DMS
Community leaders who support UCF student startups are invited to meet each other and mingle with our students in a relaxed setting (by invitation only).



Women’s E Day Celebration
Date: Friday, Nov. 18 8:30am-2:30pm
Location: StarterSpace

It’s time to find our collective voice on the important topic of women starting businesses. Let’s explore ways to help more women generate wealth and create social impact as entrepreneurs right here on UCF’s campus! Join us for a day of round table discussion with key leaders and student advocates. We’ll be streaming some of the sessions from the United Nations’ celebration of Women’s Entrepreneurship Day and serving breakfast and coffee.

Meet community activists for womenpreneurs and discover a tribe of sisters who have your back. Registration is required here.