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Entrepreneurship at FAU

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Creating the next generation of leading entrepreneurs is embedded into FAU’s fabric. From faculty innovations that spawn new companies to students programs that provide unmatched mentoring to successful business leaders teaching on campus, the university has a dynamic and growing entrepreneurial ecosystem.

Budding entrepreneurs can take a kernel of an idea for a business, protect its underlying intellectual property, develop it, polish and grow it, launch and house a start-up and finding venture funding. They can do that all on campus.

The university provides any entrepreneurial venture a deep pool of talent with the world-class education. It drives innovation through its research and discoveries. And it contributes to the regions economic growth as an engine spurring new companies that create high-paying jobs.

FAU Wave

The FAU Wave is an undergraduate research and entrepreneurial competition challenging students to submit and develop innovative ideas targeting societal problems. Ideas could include start-ups, technology, processes, designs, instruments, policies, or community based research.

The top projects are awarded $500 to develop the idea further over the school year. Out of the chosen projects, three will win a monetary award at an end of year symposium ($1,500 first place, $1,000 second place, $500 third place). Other eligible teams will be encouraged and aided in publishing papers, applying for patents, starting businesses, or pursuing other undergraduate research opportunities/funding.

Teams are chosen in the fall semester based on (a) significance of problem addressed, (b) innovation, and (c) the practical ability to develop and apply the idea to the real world.

FAU Tech Runway

FAU Tech Runway is a 27,500-square-foot facility located within the Research Park at Florida Atlantic University. It currently houses the administrative office of Tech Runway, Tech Garage, and Tech Runway startups.

FAU Tech Runway is a hub that inspires creative collision among students in science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics programs, entrepreneurs, investors and faculty researchers who have start-up companies. The objective is to serve the FAU community where students, faculty and community entrepreneurs can invent big ideas in a space designed for collaboration.

The program houses companies for one year to accelerate their start-up. The average company has about three employees and/or interns. Tech Runway also hosts large-scale events that can attract 300 to 400 attendees.

Adams Center for Entrepreneurship

The Adams Center for Entrepreneurship in the College of Business is named for FAU graduate Scott H. Adams. It brings students, faculty and the community together in the spirit of entrepreneurship to fuel the innovation needed to create new opportunities in the ever-changing global marketplace.

The entrepreneurial programs at the college and center include, a variety of degrees, programs and events, such as the following:
  • An undergraduate degree in management, leadership and entrepreneurship
  • MBA with entrepreneurship specializations
  • Executive Forum Lecture Series that features c-level executives and business leaders
  • Business Plan Certificate Program for students and local entrepreneurs
  • FAU Business Plan Competition
  • Mentorship Program

Research Park at FAU

The Research Park at FAU is Florida’s only state university affiliated research park in South Florida. It provides a supportive environment in which companies engage in research and development of new and innovative products, supported by the intellectual capital of FAU's student body and faculty. Established in 1985, the Research Park is now home to 24 high tech, high wage companies located in Deerfield Beach and Boca Raton.

In addition, the research park operates the premier Technology Business Incubator (TBI) in the region. The TBI is home to the New World Angels, a structured angel investor group and the Institute for the Commercialization of Public Research, a clearinghouse for Florida’s technology transfer offices and other publicly funded research institutes.

 Last Modified 11/8/16