VP Nominee Ryan at USF Friday

Paul Ryan will discuss entrepreneurship with USF students, faculty and alumni.


From USF News


TAMPA, Fla. (Oct. 18, 2012) – Republican Vice Presidential Nominee Rep. Paul Ryan will visit the University of South Florida at approximately 1 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 19 to discuss entrepreneurship with students, faculty, and alumni from the university’s nationally ranked Center for Entrepreneurship. Ryan will meet with the group for a private roundtable discussion at the Gibbons Alumni Center.


USF’s graduate entrepreneurship program was recently ranked 11th in the top entrepreneurial programs in the nation by The Princeton Review and Entrepreneur magazine. The only Florida program included in the annual rankings, USF moved up eight spots on the roster, which is featured in the magazine’s November 2012 issue. The Tampa-based center has been included in the top 25 of U.S. programs for the past five years.


The Princeton Review, a leading provider of educational services, surveyed more than 2,000 undergraduate and graduate business schools about their entrepreneurship offerings. The survey covered everything from mentoring, experiential learning, and specific course offerings to alumni success and career prospects for current students.


During his visit, Ryan plans to meet with several USF students and alumni who have launched businesses in the Tampa Bay area in the last few years.


“It’s exciting for the graduates to be able to discuss the challenges of launching new ventures and their successes in business with someone who can impact national policy,” said Michael Fountain, Director of USF’s Center for Entrepreneurship.


“From the start, it has been our vision to equip students with the knowledge, professional networks and training they need to be successful in business and become actively engaged members of society.  The end result: nearly 100 businesses have been created by Center for Entrepreneurship graduates over the last decade. “


While many of the center’s alumni have gone on to launch successful small businesses, USF’s program also focuses on intrapreneurship – teaching students entrepreneurial skills of innovation and corporate revitalization, and to improve the competitive positioning of companies in the global marketplace.