Innovation Academy - University of Florida

ALUMNI

IA is thrilled to celebrate its ever growing alumni class with each Summit graduation ceremony. Our graduates are contributing extensively in their industry, serving as strategic thinkers and creative problem solvers for the challenges ahead. Utilizing their Innovation Academy experience and skills they have gained, these graduates have been paving the way for success and contributing back in many ways. IA Alumni support has been critical to our recruitment efforts, mentorship and professional development opportunities for our current students. These contributions greatly help support the program to fulfill reach its goals that will lead to expansion, growth and becoming a highly solicited option when determining the best academic investment in their future.


Blake Mitchell

Front Office Manage at Palmer House Hilton in Chicago, Illinois

A crucial part of its foundation, the Innovation Academy prepares students for one of the most challenging aspects of post graduate life. These concepts are called the unknown and failure. It is not a matter of avoiding the unknown and failure but rather welcoming it with open arms and embracing the best moments of learning we can be offered.

IA Alumnus

Ashley Aristide

University of Florida (BSBA, Finance & Innovation)

Being a part of IA during my college career taught be about the importance of bringing creativity and innovation into everything I do. Innovation does not only mean you've built a new app or launched a successful startup; it is about consistently findings ways to enhance through entrepreneurship and fresh thinking. Because of Innovation Academy, I am always brainstorming new ideas then following through from idea to reality, both in my professional and personal endeavors. The focus on creatively, entrepreneurship and innovation is exactly what this nation needs to continue growing to new heights.

IA Alumnae

Kelli Kaufmann

Business Development Coordinator for The Agency at UF

IA taught me to think critically and persistently. There’s no template for the real world. There’s trial and error, and there’s the will to make bold mistakes and learn from them.

IA Alumnae

Blake Mitchell

Front Office Manage at Palmer House Hilton in Chicago, Illinois

A crucial part of its foundation, the Innovation Academy prepares students for one of the most challenging aspects of post graduate life. These concepts are called the unknown and failure. It is not a matter of avoiding the unknown and failure but rather welcoming it with open arms and embracing the best moments of learning we can be offered.

IA Alumnus