CEO to Host 2016 National Conference in Tampa

Posted By: James Zebrowski

The Collegiate Entrepreneurs’ Organization (CEO), which has its national headquarters inThe University of Tampa’s Lowth Entrepreneurship Center, will host its annual CEO National Conference Oct. 27–29, 2016, at the Tampa Convention Center.

Nearly 1,000 nascent student entrepreneurs with an irrepressible spirit from more than 150 universities are expected to come to Tampa for the three-day conference, where attendees network with other entrepreneurial-minded students and listen to presentations from seasoned entrepreneurs, subject matter experts, motivational speakers and fellow students who are making the transition from dreamers to doers.

Guest speakers at this year’s conference include Jeff Vinik, chairman and governor of the National Hockey League’s Tampa Bay Lightning; Gene Landrum, founder of Chuck E. Cheese; Craig Burris, founder and CEO of; Sharon Bui, co-founder of Frill Clothing; Kevin Harrington, founder of As Seen on TV and former judge on ABC’s Shark Tank; Michael Delazzer, founder of RedBox; and Joe Quaglia, president, the Americas, for TechData. Nearly 50 other subject matter experts will speak on a wide variety of topics of interest.

One of the highlights of the conference is the CEO National Pitch Competition, where student-entrepreneurs will have 90 seconds to pitch their startup business idea to a panel of judges for a chance to win part of $7,000 in prize money

The conference is sponsored by The University of TampaNorthwestern MutualMarketplace LiveWorld Cup of SalesHillsborough County and The Coleman Foundation. Hillsborough County Economic Development has partnered with CEO to support this event.

For more information, contact James Zebrowski, managing director of CEO, at