The Center for Entrepreneurial Leadership helps UCF students succeed by empowering them with entrepreneurial mindsets and skillsets. Entrepreneurial leadership capabilities are essential to creating value, making a difference, and experiencing personal and professional fulfillment. Entrepreneurial leaders make things better by creating and leading innovative startups, corporate ventures, and government initiatives that enrich our lives, our economy, and our society.

Why we do it:

Entrepreneurial mindsets and skillsets are essential to solving tough problems, making an impact, and achieving success. Entrepreneurship is how we get better!

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Our belief is grounded in considering entrepreneurship as a method, analogous to the scientific method, that empowers our students to address uncertainty and change with creative solutions. Consistent with popular definitions of entrepreneurship, we teach students how to pursue opportunities that look beyond established job descriptions, practices, and accepted wisdom. These essential, modern capabilities allow our students and alumni to create value and thrive in a changing world.

We encourage ALL UCF STUDENTS to become entrepreneurial leaders who solve problems and make things better!

We empower our students with entrepreneurial mindsets and skill sets.

Learn how to do what you love, make an impact, and future-proof your career


Connect with our startup community and exciting opportunities.


Learn from expert faculty, coaches, and our network of entrepreneurial leaders.


 Create innovations and new ventures with free startup resources and tools.


Showcase your ideas, launch startups, do what you love, and make a difference.

Staff Members

The Center for Entrepreneurial Leadership is led by its Founding Director Dr. Cameron Ford and a highly engaged staff dedicated to providing entrepreneurship education and startup support opportunities to UCF students and recent alumni.

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Dr. Cameron Ford

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Social Media Manager

Elyse Bressler

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Graphic Designer

Gi-Ting Chen

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Program Manager

Lauren Flaxman

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Student Ambassador

Antonia Jimenez

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Student Ambassador

Nevada Karazus

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Program Manager

Lindsey Lane

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Student Ambassador

Laura Murillo

Isabel Power
LaunchPad Coach

Isabel Power

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LaunchPad Coach

Kyle White

Faculty Members

UCF has invested in outstanding faculty who provide thought leadership in entrepreneurship teaching and research. Our faculty teach entrepreneurial mindsets and methods to over 2000 students per year and enrich our discipline by publishing in premier research journals, appearing in popular media outlets, and graduating outstanding doctoral students who serve as thought leaders at highly regarded universities.

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Associate Professor, Management

Dane Blevins, Ph. D.

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Professor of Management

James Combs, Ph. D.

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Associate Professor, Management

Cameron Ford, Ph. D.

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Assistant Professor, Management

Jeff Gish, Ph. D.

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Associate Instructor, Management

Gary Nichols

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Professor in Practice, Management

Michael Pape, Ph. D.

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Assistant Professor, Management

Tang Wang