The Eugenio Pino and Family Global Entrepreneurship Center fosters new technology firms, strengthens existing family-owned and managed firms, researches important issues, encourages new community enterprises to improve the economic vitality globally, and develops entrepreneurial leaders in all areas.
The Center provides entrepreneurs with the knowledge and contacts that enable them to reach their objectives through educational programs and networking events.
FIU Business’ commitment to entrepreneurship began more than 20 years ago with the founding of the Pino Global Entrepreneurship Center. In 2003, FIU Business was one of eight universities nationwide to receive a prestigious $3 million grant from the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation to promote entrepreneurship activities on a multi-disciplinary, university-wide basis.
The Kauffman Foundation grant was instrumental in helping the Pino Center to launch core programs. The Kauffman Foundation grant also challenged FIU Business to raise additional funds from the business community. In response to this challenge, well-known Miami builder Sergio Pino stepped forward and made a $2 million investment pledge to endow the Center. In honor of his father, the Center was named the Eugenio Pino and Family Global Entrepreneurship Center.
Faculty Professional Development in International Business
This program is designed for faculty interested in developing a greater understanding of the complexity of business in a high-growth emerging market.
Conferences & Competitions
Miami Herald Startup Pitch Competition
The annual Miami Herald Startup Pitch Competition is designed to provide a platform for FIU students and alumni to showcase new ideas, while providing a forum to attract investment for their business models. The business model must prove itself to have breadth and sustainability; as well as demonstrate that it possesses, or can acquire, the resources to actually launch and be viable.
Grant Cardone Foundation Pitch-Off Competition
The Grant Cardone Foundation and the FIU Pino Global Entrepreneurship Center invite FIU students to participate in a Pitch-Off Competition. The FIU Pino Global Entrepreneurship Center will select its top 10 finalists from its pool of budding entrepreneurs. These finalists will then have the opportunity to pitch their innovative business ideas before a distinguished panel of VIP judges.
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Be part of the entrepreneurial community at FIU:
- Notification and participation in national, state and regional business plan competitions.
- Access to networking opportunities with entrepreneurs, researchers, investors, funders and technical service providers.
- Access to an open co-working space, specialized applications and tools to help get your venture off the ground and scale.