Be the sparkthat ignites change.
Learn entrepreneurial mindsets and skillsets you need to make a difference by confronting problems, disruptions, and obsolescence with empathy, innovation, and agility. These timeless talents will fortify your professional journey to achieve professional impact, personal fulfillment, and sustained success.
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Join UCF’s entrepreneurial community to access exclusive resources such as expert speakers, confidential coaching meetings, innovation resources, and startup competitions.
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Whether you’re looking to get started with an idea, learn more about our competitions, or meet a coach, we’ve got you covered.
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The CEL serves thousands of UCF students annually to improve their career readiness and provide resources for the entrepreneurial efforts.
“UpStarts has helped us define our scope and vision and guide us in making the right moves to grow and launch our current project. The entire ecosystem has been paramount in providing us the support we needed to successfully open our new brewery project!”
“The competitions at the Blackstone Launchpad gave me the experience and feedback that I needed in order to make my product and pitch better. The funding helped me to officially start my business as well! I would recommend the competitions to anyone”
“Receiving mentoring and coaching from an experienced entrepreneur has provided me with a “guidebook” to follow in my own venture’s journey. UpStarts is like a group therapy/counseling session for new entrepreneurs.”
“I have grown my business more during my first year in the UpStarts Student Venture Accelerator Program than I managed in the year I was on my own; applying to the Accelerator has been the best decision I ever made for my business. You don’t need to be a business major to be an entrepreneur, you just need an idea and passion.”
“The Blackstone Launchpad has been like a second home for me. It has been a great place to network with people, talk to mentors, and step out of my comfort zone. Without a doubt, one of the best places to be at UCF!”
MJN Entertainment LLC
“Blackstone LaunchPad helped turn my ideas into innovations!”