University of Tampa unveils Innovation and Collaboration Building, home of John P. Lowth Entrepreneurship Center
October 12, 2015
In early September, the University of Tampa (UT) opened its Innovation and Collaboration Building, featuring a state-of-the-art entrepreneurship center and high-tech cybersecurity labs.
With more focus than ever on entrepreneurship and cybersecurity, UT overlooked no detail when creating this $40 million, eight-story building in the southwest section of campus near North Boulevard and W Kennedy Boulevard.
The John P. Lowth Entrepreneurship Center is intended to bring prospective student entrepreneurs, educators, and experienced entrepreneurs together to generate and develop concepts. The Center includes four Spartan Accelerators with flexible layouts where students can work on their projects. In the Community Incubator, up to nine community businesses in the early stages of development can work on their projects.
The Center also features an Executive Seminar Room, where UT will host seminars on entrepreneurship, business, and leadership. Students and entrepreneurs will also have access to a Pitch Room, where they can practice and record presentations, as well as a Resource Center stocked with sample business plans, white papers, and other resources. The Center also has two custom-built “Think Pods” designed for private or small group work.
In between all of these resources and unique collaborative areas, the John P. Lowth Entrepreneurship Center is also home to several offices where professors, faculty, venture capitalists, entrepreneurs, and students can meet. In the Entrepreneurs-in-Residence suite, students have the opportunity to meet with successful entrepreneurs in a unique mentoring program that complements what they have learned in the classroom.
“We want to be internationally known as the place to go,” said Rebecca White, Director of the John P. Lowth Entrepreneurship Center, in an interview with the Tampa Bay Times. “We bring all these bright minds from all over the United States and all over the world. Tampa benefits from having them here.”