CEO to host GLOBAL Conference in Tampa Oct. 26–28

TAMPA — The Collegiate Entrepreneurs’ Organization (CEO), which has its global headquarters in The University of Tampa’s Lowth Entrepreneurship Center, will host its annual CEO Global Conference Oct. 26–28, 2017, at the Hilton Tampa Downtown. 

            Nearly 1,000 student entrepreneurs (and their faculty advisors) from around the world are expected to come to Tampa for the 34th annual three-day conference, “Stop Dreaming and Start Doing,” 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 Craig Dubitsky, founder of hello products and part of the team that created Method and eos; Crawford Ker, founder of WingHouse Bar + Grill and former Dallas CowboyGarrett Weber-Gale, CEO of the Acton School of Business and former U.S. Olympic gold medalist; Braydon Moreno, co-founder of Robo 3D; Scott Peeples, co-founder of PeerFitBrett Culp, acclaimed filmmaker; and John Shegerian, executive chairman of ERI. Nearly 50 other subject matter experts will speak on a wide variety of topics of interest to aspiring and nascent entrepreneurs.

            One of the highlights of the conference is the CEO Global 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 $15,000 in prize money.

            The conference is sponsored by The University of Tampa, Northwestern Mutual,Hillsborough County, The John E. Hughes Foundation, The Coleman Foundation,  Marketplace Live SimulationsThe University of Florida and Florida State University. The conference generates an economic impact of over $400,000 to the Tampa Bay region and highlights Tampa and the region of Tampa Bay as a favorable place to live, work and play to these collegiate entrepreneurs. 

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

The Collegiate Entrepreneurs’ Organization (CEO) is a 501(c)(3), not-for-profit corporation whose mission is to “inform, support and inspire college students to be entrepreneurial and to seek opportunity through enterprise creation.” From its inception in 1984, the organization has grown to approximately 8,000 members, representing nearly 250 college- and university-based chapters.

The University of Tampa is a private, residential university located on 110 acres on the riverfront in downtown Tampa. Known for academic excellence, personal attention and real-world experience in its undergraduate and graduate programs, the University serves approximately 9,000 students from 50 states and 140 countries. Approximately 65 percent of full-time students live on campus, and more than half of UT students are from Florida.