Innovation Academy - University of Florida

Launch Into IA

What is Launch?

Launch Into IA is the spring convocation for Innovation Academy students and takes place at the beginning of January, with this year’s launch falling on January 6th from 9:30am – 12:00pm. The event kicks off the academic year by bringing all of the incoming IA students together to welcome them to the university. Launch Into IA is the first time the entire IA cohort will convene and the event celebrates the class’s entry into the University of Florida.


Attendance at Launch Into IA is required for all incoming first-year IA students. The Innovation Academy also encourages family members of new students who are interested in attending Launch Into IA to do so. Seating arrangements will be provided. For more information about Launch into IA, please get in touch with us via our Contact page.

Although Launch Into IA is required for all incoming IA students, incoming IA students still need to fill out the registration form to guarantee we have correct shirt sizes for students and enough space and refreshments for all family members attending. Register Here


This year we expect Launch Into IA to be bigger and better than ever before! Incoming students will get a chance to hear from IA Director Dr. Jeff Citty and guest speaker John Spence. Incoming students and their families are invited to join us January 6th from 9:30am – 12:00pm in the Phillips Center for Performing Arts. Business casual dress is requested. Parking will be available right next to the Phillips Center in Parking Garage 11. Students please keep checking your Gatorlink Email for more information. 

2018 Keynote Speaker: John Spence

John Spence is recognized as one of the Top 100 Business Thought Leaders in America, one of the Top 100 Small Business Influencers in America, and one of the Top 500 Leadership Development Experts in the World. John is also one of the American Management Association’s Leaders to Watch along with Sergey Brin, Larry Page, and Jeff Bezos. He is an international keynote speaker and management consultant who has written five books on business and life success and has made a career out of “Making the Very Complex… Awesomely Simple”.

John is the author of five business books: "Excellence by Design: Leadership," "Awesomely Simple," "Letters to a CEO," "Strategies for Success," and "The Keys to Referability." John provides a variety of services. His specialties include executive education and training workshops in the areas of high-performance teams, strategic thinking and planning, business excellence, building winning cultures, accountability and disciplined execution, and superior customer service. As a professional speaker, John is comfortable with anything from small groups of high-level executives to large scale seminars to keynote speeches at national meetings with as many as 10,000 attendees or more.