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Alum finds tech success with $120K Facebook partnership

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For Andre Ripley ’19, Facebook provides much more than a way to stay connected to friends and family. The social media and technology company is giving him a chance at a lucrative career and success as a tech entrepreneur. Ripley, who graduated from Florida Polytechnic University with a bachelor’s degree in computer engineering, was awarded […]

“Crazy idea” leads Florida Poly students to take on the technology services market

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A group of Florida Polytechnic University students has found work with a great company that offers hands-on experience, flexible hours, fun co-workers, and the kind of boss most people only dream of – themselves. Madd Technologies LLC, which stemmed from an idea friends had late one night, is a technology start-up helmed by Florida Poly […]

Florida Poly seniors catapult to entrepreneurial reality

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A pair of Florida Polytechnic University seniors hopes their idea to ease back pain among warehouse and distribution workers improves the health of these critical employees and leads to improvements at major corporations. The Lumbar Relief Analog Exoskeleton (LRAE) is a device that assists in the repetitive motion of bending and lifting. It stores energy […]

Florida Poly’s entrepreneurship program receives international recognition

Justin Heacock, entrepreneurship coordinator at Florida Polytechnic University, is attending the Global Consortium of Entrepreneurship Centers annual event in Stockholm, Sweden, on Sept 27-28. The University’s entrepreneurship program is a finalist for an international award at the event.

Florida Polytechnic University’s entrepreneurship program was recognized internationally with its selection as a finalist by the Global Consortium of Entrepreneurship Centers (GCEC). The program was selected for its work creating the Phoenix Nest, a pioneering software system designed to support students throughout the innovation process in universities, resulting in a new level of interdisciplinary support.

Students urged to embrace innovation at speaker series

Joe Viscuso, senior vice president and director of strategic growth at Pennoni, an engineering and construction services firm, spoke to Florida Polytechnic University students during the first Innovation Speaker Series lecture of the fall semester.

Technology is changing so dramatically and so rapidly that students need to be prepared to shift with it or risk getting left behind. That was the message Joe Viscuso, senior vice president and director of strategic growth at engineering and construction services firm Pennoni, delivered to a roomful of Florida Polytechnic University students at the first Innovation Speaker Series lecture of the fall semester on Thursday, Aug. 22.

Florida Poly students pitch Great Eight entrepreneurship ideas

Florida Poly student pitches project to panel of judges.

It was a tense afternoon of pitching innovative ideas to a panel of academic and industry experts at Florida Polytechnic University as the third annual Great Eight competition took place at the Innovation, Science, and Technology Building. The event mimics the popular television show “Shark Tank” where students present their concepts before a panel of judges, with the winner advancing to the prestigious statewide Governor’s Cup later this spring.

Florida Poly students take part in advanced technology conference


Nathan Brown ’18, left, Joshua Rentrope ’18, center, and Mosche Acevedo, senior, presented the app Janus, which is part of a start-up by Rentrope. The Florida Polytechnic University trio were showing off the app at 2019 Synapse Summit, held Jan. 23-24, at Amalie Arena in Tampa, Florida.

Florida Poly welcomes National Science Foundation to detail small business grant opportunities

NSF Speaker Dr. Rick Schwerdtfeger

Each year, the National Science Foundation (NSF) awards $200 million in funding to entrepreneurs through its congressionally-mandated Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) programs. Recently, one of the 11 program directors responsible for deciding who gets funded, took part in the Florida Polytechnic University Entrepreneurial Speakers Series to detail SBIR and STTR opportunities for students and faculty.

Florida Poly students aim to reduce drowsy and distracted driving

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New research by Florida Poly faculty and students has the goal of detecting and preventing the growing problem of drowsy and distracted driving, one of the main causes of car accidents and fatalities on the roads. The project, under the guidance of Dr. Kanwal Gagneja, assistant professor of computer science, uses a microcomputer, a camera, and a buzzer. The camera aims at the driver’s face to detect if they’re closing their eyes often.

Students showcase high-level game creations at largest Florida Poly Game EXPO yet

Two female Florida Poly student playing video game during the Game Expo

Screens full of monsters, wizards, fighters, spells, weapons, and even cats were at the center of the Florida Polytechnic University Game EXPO on Thursday, Nov. 29. Around 50 students presented a total of 24 games to peers, faculty, and industry leaders, featuring a wide variety of characters, interfaces, challenges and player interactions. The event was […]

Students developing innovative ways to improve mental health

Florida Polytechnic University students are developing high-tech solutions they hope will provide others with a unique way to cope with anxiety and depression, and three of their projects were finalists at the recent statewide Florida Blue Health Innovation Competition in Orlando.

3D pen donation provides high-tech solution

3D Pens donated to Florida Poly

Thanks to a donation from local e-commerce entrepreneur Josh Ray, hundreds of Florida Polytechnic University students now have access to 3D pens. The pens, which have been allocated to several labs on campus including the physics lab, circuits lab, and 3D printing lab allow users to create three-dimensional shapes from the thin trail of molten plastic that oozes from the tip of the pen and hardens instantly.

Students find unprecedented success with entrepreneurial projects

Florida Poly Entrepreneurial Projects

Florida Polytechnic University students and aspiring entrepreneurs have had great success at state and local competitions with their innovative projects designed to bring high-tech solutions to real-world problems. Over the past two years, Florida Poly students won $30,000 for their projects. Florida Poly was also the only university to place in the top three spots […]

Florida Poly students take 3rd place in statewide ‘Shark Tank’ style competition

A team of students from Florida Polytechnic University impressed the judges at the 2018 Governor's Cup and won third place

LAKELAND, Fla. – A team of students from Florida Polytechnic University impressed the judges at the 2018 Governor’s Cup and won third place and $1,000 with their innovative scanning device. The “Shark Tank” style competition featured teams from nine state universities. Andre Ripley, a junior computer engineering major from the U.S. Virgin Islands, John Sarnecky, […]

Industry experts become ‘Sharks’ at the Florida Poly ‘Tank’

Serial entrepreneur Steve Uiterwyk addresses a student while judging the Great Eight competition.

A panel of industry experts had the difficult task of judging eight innovative ideas presented by Florida Polytechnic University students during the Great Eight competition, which was held on Friday, Feb. 23 at the university’s Innovation, Science & Technology building. The students pitched their projects “Shark Tank” style to a group of six successful entrepreneurs, […]

Developing Products that will Change the World

Groundbreaking research is happening at Florida Poly thanks to students who can access the University’s state-of-the-art labs because of philanthropic support. Rabeet Fatmi, now graduated, converted motions of American Sign Language into speech. When completed, the deaf and hearing impaired will be able to converse with anyone using just a pair of armbands and a […]

From Tech Solution to Thriving Business. Students Given the Tools to Entrepreneurial Success.

It’s easy to dream big. Creating a real, marketable product from that idea is a different story. “It’s important to understand your personal goal. What do you want to create in the world?” explains Justin Heacock, Entrepreneurship Center Coordinator at Florida Polytechnic University. Giving students the tools and coaching they need to bring their ideas […]

Entrepreneur Shares Path From Basement to C-Suite

  Florida Polytechnic University students heard firsthand Thursday how an ambitious teenager launched a business from his parents’ basement that today processes $14 billion in credit card payments. Students hungry for advice on starting their own business got their fill as Jared Isaacman outlined for an hour the lessons he learned on the way to […]