About Us

We are here to serve as a source of support for the complete life cycle of the entrepreneur.


The University of West Florida Center for Entrepreneurship is dedicated to seeding economic growth. The Center encourages and supports educational initiatives related to entrepreneurship and entrepreneurial thinking and serves as a comprehensive resource for economic innovation for students, faculty, industry and community partners. The Center for Entrepreneurship seeks to support the complete life cycle of an entrepreneur. Quint Studer serves as the Entrepreneur in Residence.

The UWF College of Business is actively developing degree and certificate programs in entrepreneurship. The College of Business recently launched the MBA program with an emphasis on entrepreneurship and also provides an undergraduate certificate in small business management/entrepreneurship and a graduate certificate in entrepreneurship.

Quint Studer

Quint Studer
Entrepreneur in Residence

Quint Studer is a businessman, entrepreneur and philanthropist who is deeply engaged in the community. Professionally, he spent more than 30 years designing the building blocks to guide organizations toward achieving and sustaining a culture of high performance. 

Studer has written a number of books including Results that Last that reached No. 7 on Wall Street Journal’s bestseller list of business books. He is entrepreneur in residence at the University of West Florida’s Center for Entrepreneurship. 

Studer founded the Studer Group® in 2000. Huron Consulting purchased the Studer Group in 2015. Studer left the company in March 2016 to focus full time on improving the quality of life for people in Northwest Florida. 

Quint and his wife, Rishy, have made a deep investment in improving downtown Pensacola. They own the Bodacious Family of Shops and, along with two-time Masters Tournament champion golfer Bubba Watson, are co-owners of the Bubba’s Sweet Spot and the Pensacola Blue Wahoos Minor League Baseball team in Pensacola. Their investments include the Southtowne apartment building, the Bear Levin Studer YMCA and other key properties meant to make downtown a great place to live, work and play. 

Quint founded the Studer Community Institute in February 2014. The nonprofit works with small businesses and sponsors research and develops benchmarks to track the economic, educational and social well being of the community. The Institute is focused on improving early childhood brain development by creating America’s First Early Learning City in partnership with the University of Chicago, and training small businesses, leaders and entrepreneurs in best practices and leadership development tools to help businesses grow. 

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    Jim Sparks

    Program Manager

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    Annina Dahlstrom

    Marketing and Communications Manager

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