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Jim Moran Institute announces plans for fourth annual Entrepreneurship Week

Tallahassee, FL - The Jim Moran Institute for Global Entrepreneurship in the Florida State University College of Business will host the Fourth Annual Entrepreneurship Week (E-Week)—September 20-24. E-Week introduces students to entrepreneurship and encourages them to think of innovation and creativity as a vehicle that can take them anywhere. It is designed to give students a glimpse of what the future might hold and to inspire them to pursue creative opportunities with immediate and lasting impacts.

"E-Week is a celebration of entrepreneurship across campus," said Dr. Betty Presnell, associate director of the Jim Moran Institute for Global Entrepreneurship. "In today's global economy, entrepreneurs are the engine of economic growth that fuels job creation. We want to inspire students across campus to embrace innovation, imagination and creativity, and help them to understand how to make the impossible possible."

E-Week features one-on-one and group discussions with successful entrepreneurs and provides students with the opportunity to network with experienced industry leaders from the local community. This year, more than 35 entrepreneurs from across the state of Florida have agreed to participate. On the final day of the week, the Jim Moran Institute will host a luncheon that will provide students with individual access to the entrepreneurs. This event, which is scheduled to take place on Friday, September 24 at the University Center Club, will feature a keynote address from alumnus Tony DiBenedetto, founder and chairman/CEO of Tribridge, a national IT services and business consultancy. Winner of the Ernst & Young 2009 Florida Entrepreneur Of The Year® Award in Technology, DiBenedetto has dedicated his entire career to the areas of business innovation, customer advocacy and servant leadership.

E-Week also features an ideas challenge competition, the JMI Challenge (co-sponsored with the Collegiate Entrepreneurs' Organization), with room for up to 40 teams, representing more than 100 students, to compete for $1,500 in prize money. Students across campus are invited to register a team. The competition provides each team with $25 and a chance to showcase its entrepreneurial skills. Teams will have one week to think "outside the box" and create value in an innovative and inspiring way. Entrepreneurs will judge teams on the basis of creativity and value in a preliminary competition on Thursday, September 23, and will select eight finalists. The luncheon on Friday will feature a brief presentation by each team, after which entrepreneurs and business leaders in attendance will select the winners.

The Student Business Incubator will also celebrate its ribbon cutting during E-Week. The incubator connects enterprising students with mentors from faculty and the business community, provides professional office space and facilitates business development to help solve the myriad problems every fledgling venture faces. The incubator can accommodate up to 8 student-run businesses rent-free for up to one year and is designed to allow students to apply their classroom education to real ventures. Please see a video about the Student Business Incubator here.

E-Week Schedule of Events:

Monday, September 20
E-Week Kickoff
12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m., FSU Union Green
Live Remote with Hot 104.9 FM

7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m., FSU Moore Auditorium
Movie – The Pursuit of Happyness starring Will Smith. True story about a single father forced to live on the street with his son who prevails because of an unwavering entrepreneurial spirit.

Tuesday, September 21
Seminole Marketing Club Guest Speaker
7:00 p.m., Starry Conference Room, Rovetta Business Building
Matt Miley, founder and CEO of Payout USA, will speak about the importance of sales

Wednesday, September 22
Collegiate Entrepreneurs' Organization (CEO) White Board Competition
7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m., Starry Conference Room, Rovetta Business Building

Thursday, September 23
Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony for the new Student Business Incubator (by invitation)
10:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m., Rovetta Business Building Plaza Entryway
Preliminary Judging for the Jim Moran Institute Challenge (registration required)
6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m., Starry Conference Room, Rovetta Business Building

Friday, September 24
Progressive Luncheon (registration required)
8 a.m. – 1:00 p.m., University Center Club, Third Floor Ballroom

  • JMI Challenge Finalists Team Presentations
  • Keynote speaker, Tony DiBenedetto, founder and chairman/CEO of Tribridge
  • Luncheon and networking with entrepreneurs and business leaders from the local community
  • Ice cream reception and announcement of the JMI Challenge winners

For more information about Entrepreneurship Week and events scheduled, contact us at or (850) 644-3372. To learn more about the Jim Moran Institute for Global Entrepreneurship, please visit

About the Jim Moran Institute for Global Entrepreneurship
The Jim Moran Institute for Global Entrepreneurship in the College of Business at The Florida State University was established in 1995 through generous donations from automobile industry legend Jim Moran, his wife Jan, and JM Family Enterprises, Inc and supplemented with a major grant from the State of Florida to create a fully-funded endowment. Its mission is to cultivate, train and inspire entrepreneurial leaders in the community through world-class education, leading-edge research and applied training, intensive consulting assistance and mentorship to entrepreneurs and business owners, and public recognition. The dedicated staff of entrepreneurship professionals, academic scholars, and staff foster the entrepreneurship spirit by helping to organize, expand and promote the knowledge and practice of entrepreneurship in such a way as to facilitate new business and to further the goals of established businesses. Our faculty and staff provide students, faculty, aspiring entrepreneurs, and business owners the tools and expertise necessary to develop strategies that establish and sustain advantages for businesses in today’s competitive marketplace and to creatively pursue new opportunities and innovations involving the startup of new business ventures. Through degree and certificate programs in entrepreneurship, outreach programs that reach across Florida and throughout the world, and complementary activities such as half-day workshops and a speaker series, the Jim Moran Institute currently serves more than 1,000 undergraduates and about 200 businesses each year.

To learn more about the Jim Moran Institute, please visit

For more information contact:
Tim Holcomb
(850) 644-7851 office;

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