UPCOMING:

Palm Beach Philanthropy Tank

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Philanthropy Tank fuels and inspires the next generation of change leaders – our youth – or as we like to call them, Positively Disruptive CHANGEmakers. Students identify social issues that confront our community. The program challenges empowers and equips them to develop and execute sustainable initiatives and solutions to these problems.

Philanthropist-Investors fund student initiatives, investing in their community projects. Through one-to-one mentoring, philanthropist-investors fuel students’ desire, helping them execute initiatives while increasing their ability to make meaningful change.

The fundamental aims of Philanthropy Tank are to help shape students’ leadership paths and, through their creative solutions, address and improve social issues in our community.

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Lynn University Innovation Challenge

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The Lynn University Innovation Challenge is a 12-week program open to Lynn students, faculty and staff. The program takes selected teams through Stanford’s Lean LaunchPad process to build a venture. The culmination of the program is a pitch to a panel of early stage venture investors.

This year, the winner of the innovation challenge receives a spot in the Tech Runway Venture Program. FAU Tech Runway provides entrepreneurial teams with a complete ecosystem to house, educate, mentor and fund their companies from origination through venture funding. Since its inception in 2014, FAU Tech Runway has launched and served 52 startup companies, which collectively have raised more than $46 million in capital, created nearly 300 jobs and generated more than $23 million in sales revenue.

The innovation challenge launches annually in the fall semester and is run by Lauri Olivier, Sylvester Foundation Chair in Entrepreneurship and Director of the Snyder Idea Lab.

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FAU Business Plan Competition

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The annual FAU Business Plan Competition is hosted by the College of Business, Adams Center for Entrepreneurship with support from local partners and sponsors. The competition encourages FAU students, faculty, staff and recent graduates to pitch their game-changing idea for a chance to fund their new ventures! Along with prize money, teams compete for legal and business services, space at FAU’s Tech Runway and the opportunity to present their business plan to local angel, venture capital groups and more. Competitors have the opportunity to meet and network with successful entrepreneurs. Resources are provided to aid students in the creation and implementation of their businesses. Students will gain valuable skills and experiences to be successful.

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JA Pitch (Junior Achievement)

 

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West Palm Beach 12 for 12: Pop-up to Rent Business Competition

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12 for 12: Pop-up to Rent Business Competition seeks innovative proposals from entrepreneurs looking to activate Downtown West Palm Beach with creative businesses. The competition seeks submissions from people who want to open a new business or want to expand an existing business that completes the Clematis Street storefront ecosystem. The competition is made possible by a generous grant from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation.

We want unique businesses with a creative edge that have a strong plan to make them a reality. One large storefront subdivided with twelve businesses in a market setting united inside the future business hub called The Thoroughfare.

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Palm Beach Tech Hackathon

Palm Beach Tech Hackathon

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The Palm Beach Tech Hackathon is a three day event where participants form teams, vet ideas, create a project, then present their work to an expert panel of judges.

Teams will consist of engineers, designers, developers and entrepreneurs, with successful teams having a mix of these areas of expertise and winners walking away with a combination of cash and in ­kind prizes!

FAU Tech Runway

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FAU Tech Runway is a South Florida public-private partnership that serves as a hub to accelerate technology development and incubate startup companies. This incubation and acceleration happens in a 28,000-square-foot collaborative working space that provides entrepreneurs with a complete ecosystem to house, educate, mentor and fund their companies from origination through venture funding. Since launching in 2014, FAU Tech Runway has helped entrepreneurs secure more than $46 million in investor funding and generate $23 million in revenue. More than 52 companies have launched at FAU Tech Runway, creating more than 300 new jobs with an average salary of $63,000. FAU Tech Runway provides startups with free working space, expert mentoring, interns, marketing assistance, Stanford’s Lean LaunchPad curriculum, privileged access to angel and investor networks and regional events, and $15,000 awarded to the top seven startup companies.

STUDENT SUCCESS STORY:

FAU Tech Runway student entrepreneur Devin Willis has developed a way to improve the speed and accuracy of cancer diagnoses. Willis’s invention, SlideMap, is a low-cost 40x slide scanner that uses recent advances in deep learning for image recognition, technology that can be found in driverless cars. SlideMap can accurately classify every cell on a tumor slide, which can help a pathologist provide a more accurate diagnosis. Willis placed fourth in the national 2017 Discovery Education 3M Young Scientist Challenge, where he won $1,000 and attended a taping of a Discovery Network show. As a part of the FAU Tech Runway Venture Class 5 Program to accelerate startups, SlideMap is benefitting from top-notch mentors who could prove instrumental in bringing the product to market. For cancer patients, that can’t come soon enough.

SUCCESS STORY:

No FAU Tech Runway company has sky rocketed to success more quickly than EagleEye Intelligence, a game-changer in technology-driven public safety. The company is the brainchild of serial entrepreneur and FAU alum Scott Adams, who was one of the first entrepreneurs directly affiliated with FAU Tech Runway. “I needed infrastructure and space, and it was very helpful to be close and involved in some of the early decisions as they unfolded while Tech Runway formed,” Adams said of his decision to launch EagleEye Intelligence there. In two years, EagleEye has raised $14 million in venture capital and grown from two employees – Adams and co-founder Rex Ciavola – to 31. The company provides critical incident management solutions for public safety and security.

 

CONTACT INFORMATION:

901 NW 35th Street, Boca Raton, FL 33431

561-297-8000

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RECENT SUCCESS STORIES DURING 2018:

FAU’S TECH RUNWAY COUNTS 21 WINNERS DURING LAUNCH COMPETITION, DEMO DAY >

THREE TAKE TOP HONORS AT BOCA CHAMBER ‘ELEVATOR PITCH’ CONTEST >

CENTRAL PALM BEACH COUNTY YOUNG ENTREPRENEURS ACADEMY LOOKING FOR STUDENTS WHO DREAM OF BEING CEOs >

FAU’S TECH RUNWAY WELCOMES 7 STARTUPS INTO LATEST VENTURE CLASS >

STUDENTS SHOWCASE ENTREPRENEURIAL SPIRIT AT INNOVATION CHALLENGE >

FAU STUDENT WINS CFGS 3MT COMPETITION >

LOCK IT PLATES WINS FIRST PLACE IN BUSINESS PLAN COMPETITION >

FOUR TEAMS EARN $49,000 FROM TANK FOR THEIR PHILANTHROPIC PROJECTS >

ENTREPRENEURSHIP CHALLENGE SPARKS CREATIVITY IN STUDENTS >

HIGH PROFILE RETAIL INCUBATOR WILL FUND 12 NEW OR EXPANDING BUSINESSES THROUGH KNIGHT FOUNDATION GRANT >