Encouraging Entrepreneurial Leadership
UCF’s Center for Entrepreneurial Leadership (CEL) is a strong believer in the notion that
"UCF Stands For Opportunity." It seeks to educate and inspire UCF students to become entrepreneurial leaders who pursue opportunities that enrich our region. The center is offered by the College of Business Administration as a means of establishing a community of innovative and enterprising students from all academic disciplines. The CEL offers a wide range of opportunities for students to enhance their entrepreneurial capacity. These opportunities include courses, advising, online resources, clubs, competitions, facilities, and connections to experts and supporters throughout Central Florida.
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The CEL is also part of an innovative university-wide initiative called the Center for Innovation & Entrepreneurship (CIE). This initiative joins all of UCF’s entrepreneurship support initiatives into a coordinated, potent agency capable of addressing almost any entrepreneurial circumstance. The agencies in the new CIE include the Office of Technology Transfer, Venture Lab, CEL, Business Incubation Program, Small Business Development Center, and GrowFL economic gardening initiative. The CIE will further strengthen Entrepreneur Magazine’s recent proclamation that Orlando has “one of the most highly coordinated entrepreneurial engines in the country” characterized by “intergovernmental and private sector’s ability to cooperate and sidestep development turf wars that often hobble other metro areas.” Because of these partnerships, the CEL can help students to open doors and make connections.
Explore Entrepreneurial Career Paths
Entrepreneurship is a relatively common career choice, and new businesses account for most of our nation’s new jobs. Almost half of Central Florida’s workforce is employed by entrepreneurial firms with fewer than ten employees. Large companies also value entrepreneurial leaders who are capable of recognizing opportunities and launching new initiatives. Thus, we believe all careers benefit from entrepreneurial capabilities. We encourage you to take a look around our website to learn more about opportunities to fulfill your entrepreneurial potential and professional aspirations.”