Adams Center for Entrepreneurship


Named in recognition of Florida Atlantic University graduate Scott H. Adams in 2001, the Adams Center for Entrepreneurship 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 at the DeSantis Pavilion is to create entrepreneurial leaders that find sustainable solutions to economic and social problems. The goal of the Adams Center 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.



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Family Business Initiative 




Shrimp Tank

The Family Business Initiative of the Adams Center for Entrepreneurship at Florida Atlantic University’s College of Business is dedicated to helping family firms become sustainable, entrepreneurial and innovative. The initiative seeks to advise, assist and develop innovative practices among family firms in South Florida. .



Where Street Smarts and Book Smarts Collide. Did you ever want to take an MBA course in entrepreneurship? Well, we've got the crash course. On The Shrimp Tank, the Adams Center for Entrepreneurship staff interview some of the brightest and best CEOs around South Florida to get the executive course on becoming a successful entrepreneur. If you are an entrepreneur or family business owner and would like to be on the show, please contact us.




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.





FAU Entrepreneur Bootcamp


Entrepreneur Boot Camp is a fast-paced certificate course empowering promising entrepreneurs and ambitious small business owners with the tools to write a successful business plan, find financial support and design the right operation for success!




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.




Veterans Florida Entrepreneurship Program


Florida Atlantic University is a network partner of the Veterans Florida Entrepreneurship Program that offers tuition free, on-campus instruction and access to local resources such as business leaders and mentors. We encourage veterans to sign up for entrepreneurship courses.




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.

2018: November 12-18

2019: November 18-24


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