The Innovation Fellows Program is a joint program between the University of Florida’s Herbert Wertheim College of Engineering and Warrington College of Business.
The program is designed to take a select group of undergraduate students from the two colleges, have them form interdisciplinary teams, and put them through an 18-23 week program focused on taking them deeper into an understanding of how to work together as a team to pursue the development of a project or technology. Students will form teams and progress through idea generation, problem and solution definition, customer discovery and feedback analysis, and finally, the development of an overall project summary pitch based on their efforts. The intent is for the program to culminate in a visit to Silicon Valley and a presentation of the project summary to the Herbert Wertheim College of Engineering West Coast Advisory Board.
The Innovation Fellows program launched in the Fall Semester of 2018.
The Innovation Fellows Program opened doors to people and companies that I had only dreamed of meeting and visiting. It also allowed me to grow as an individual and expand my communication skills by working with a diverse group of leaders that were experts in their own field. Overall, the program gave me essential skills that will help me in my future entrepreneurial ventures.
Innovation Fellows gave me the chance to grow both as a professional and as a person. I had the opportunity to work together with like-minded individuals on a project to find an innovative solution to a problem of our choice. As a Music major, I had the luxury to work with people from other disciplines, including Engineering and Business. Thanks to the program, we traveled to California to present our project to a panel of highly renowned entrepreneurs at Intel. Innovation Fellows taught me about leadership, cooperation, creativity, and the value of networking. This was an invaluable experience for me, and I highly encourage students from any major with an entrepreneurial spirit to try it.