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Adams Center for Entrepreneurship

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Named in recognition of Florida Atlantic University graduate Scott H. Adams in 2001, the Adams Center for Entrepreneurship (ACE) brings students, faculty and the community together in the spirit of entrepreneurship to fuel the innovation needed to create new opportunities in the ever-changing global marketplace.

The mission of the Adams Center for Entrepreneurship (ACE) at the DeSantis Pavilion is to create entrepreneurial leaders that find sustainable solutions to economic and social problems. The goal of ACE is to prepare FAU students in business, science, engineering, and all disciplines who are looking to become entrepreneurs through business ownership or through venturing.

The Carl DeSantis Pavilion was established in 2001 as part of Florida Atlantic University’s College of Business, with the mission of serving as an incubator for ideas and a center of discussion and scholarly activity. The DeSantis Pavilion hosts the college’s renowned School of Accounting, Executive Programs as well as its outstanding entrepreneurship, mentorship and internship programs. The Pavilion is also home to the Community Relations Office, which connects alumni and friends to the College.

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Guest lecturer speaking during the Special Topics Series in Entrepreneurship program
Winners from the FAU 2016 Business Plan Competition

Business Plan Competition

Venture teams comprised of FAU students, faculty and staff compete for cash prize money, legal and business services, office space at FAU’s Research Park Authority, the possibility to advance to state and national competitions and present their business plan to local angel and VC groups and more.

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Global Entrepreneurship Week

Global Entrepreneurship Week is a celebration of the innovators and job creators who launch startups that bring ideas to life, drive economic growth and expand human welfare. During one week each November, GEW inspires people everywhere through local, national and global activities designed to help them explore their potential as self-starters and innovators.

2017: November 13-19

2018: November 12-18

2019: November 18-24

Panel of speakers at Global Entrepreneurship Week

Entrepreneur in Residence Program

The Entrepreneur in Residence (EIR) program offers FAU students, faculty, alumni and FAU Business Plan competitors an opportunity to receive one-on-one mentoring with highly experienced entrepreneurs and executives. The Center’s EIR program brings practical and pragmatic essentials to the entrepreneurs as they develop their business plans and throughout the launch of their entrepreneurial ventures.

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Students conversing during the Entrepreneur in Residence Program 


Adams Center for Entrepreneurship       adamscenter@fau.edu       Tel: 561-297-3654

Roland Kidwell, Ph.D., Director of the Adams Center for Entrepreneurship       Tel: 561-297-3654

Kevin Cox, Ph.D., Assistant Director of the Adams Center for Entrepreneurship       Tel: 561-297-4932

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