Alumnus ignites social entrepreneurism

Startup fever is in the air and growing in Miami. The 2017 Kauffman Index of Startup Activity named it the top city in the country for new companies, outpacing hotbeds such as Austin, Los Angeles, San Diego, and Las Vegas. And FIU, for years, has contributed to preparing South Florida entrepreneurs for success, even formally […]

FIU takes center stage at eMerge Americas 2017

FIU pavillion at eMerge Americas conference
“The illiterate of the 21st century will not be those who cannot read and write, but those who cannot learn, unlearn, and relearn.” – Alvin Toffler The American writer and futurist’s words, quoted by President Mark B. Rosenberg at the eMerge Americas tech conference, ring true for those trying to jump start careers in the […]

Business with bees creates sustainability

FIU senior Andrea Saladrigas
For some, the idea of beekeeping may be daunting. But for senior marketing major Andrea Saladrigas, daughter of Florida’s third largest beekeeper, it was a simple solution to the complex problem of poverty. Saladrigas created the company Master Honey with her father to alleviate economic concerns that affect low-income women, while also addressing local health and environmental […]

Student team competes in regionals of $1 million Hult Prize

FIU Hult Prize Team
An all-female team working to restore dignity to millions of women refugees around the world was in Boston March 3-5 pitching its idea as part of the 2017 Hult Prize, the world’s largest student competition. While the four FIU students narrowly missed making the final round of the annual global competition that awards $1 million […]

Researchers learn how to take an idea from lab to market

DeNovo Biodevice
Sharan Ramaswamy designed a device that mimics human circulation in which cells and tissues can be grown. The technology enables researchers to study three-dimensional human tissues, and as a result, identify new, more effective treatments for cardiovascular diseases. Currently, the medical community relies on animals for testing, but this innovative device has the potential to […]

Students create communication plans for NASA technologies

FIU students visit Kennedy Space Center
Whether it’s the tires on our cars and trucks, the fancy cordless vacuum cleaners in our homes, or the cameras on our smartphones, technology developed by NASA is part of our everyday lives. Taking the technologies created by the agency from their mission environments down to Earth is a complex endeavor. Thanks to one FIU professor and […]

FIU business incubator meets the community

Bob Hacker of StartUP FIU
StartUP FIU had its coming out party this week at a luncheon in Miami’s Little River neighborhood. In attendance: more than 200 movers and shakers eager to hear about the university’s new business incubator. “We are a collaborative in which we provide support for ideas, inventions, early-stage startup companies that can scale globally,” Assistant Vice […]