About Engineering Innovation and Entrepreneurship

Innovative thinking and an entrepreneurial mindset are keys to any engineer's success individually and to their contributions to technological and social progress. The Entrepreneur in Residence in the College, who reports directly to the Dean, is charged with working collegially with all faculty, administrators, and students to promote a culture of innovation and entrepreneurship. The College is actively expanding the number of programs and activities to help achieve these goals.

  • Engineering Sharks Swarm to Innovation, April 13, 2016: The College's 2nd Annual Student Technology Business Pitch Competition with $2,500 in prizes.
  • Technology Entrepreneurship and Commercialization Course: A team-based projects course to teach the process of creating and analyzing commercialization plans for technology-based products or services.
  • Engineering Shark Tank, April 13, 2016: The College's 1st Annual Student Technology Business Pitch Competition with $2,500 in prizes.
  • Entrepreneur in Residence: Dr. Mike Devine is the Entrepreneur in Residence for the College and a Professor of Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering.
  • Society of Engineering Entrepreneurs: This new student organization was founded in 2014 and is rapidly expanding its' programs and activities. (SEE logo and link to their website http://seefamufsu.strikingly.com/#events )
  • Pathways to Innovation program: In 2015 the FAMU-FSU College of Engineering this national program designed to help institutions transform the experience of their undergraduate engineering students and fully incorporate innovation and entrepreneurship into a range of courses as well as strengthen co- and extra-curricular offerings. It is funded by the National Science Foundation and run by Stanford University and Venture Well

Technology Entrepreneurship & Commercialization (TEC) Course

3 Credit Hours: Open to both undergraduate and graduate students
Offered every semester (as long as demand exists)

Although the TEC course is primarily offered to enhance the entrepreneurial skills of students in the FAMU-FSU College of Engineering, it is open to advanced undergraduate and graduate students of all disciplines. The course simulates, in an academic environment, the process of creating and analyzing business plans for technology-based products or services. Students will form teams and propose technology-based ideas/opportunities. Each team will then analyze the business potential of the idea, addressing key aspects such as competing technologies, the most appropriate target market, intellectual property protection, and the best business model for financial success. The student teams will present the findings from their project in both a final written report and an oral presentation.

In addition to the team projects, the course will include lectures from guest speakers and class discussions on such topics as entrepreneurship, technology product development, lean startup concepts, patent and copyright law, how to conduct a technology market study, sources of financing for start-up companies, and case studies from successful entrepreneurs.

Faculty: Dr. Mike Devine, Entrepreneur in Residence and Adjunct Professor of Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering, FAMU-FSU College of Engineering.

Textbook: Technology Ventures: From Idea to Enterprise, Byers, Dorf and Nelson, 3rd Edition. Textbook website http://techventures.stanford.edu/index.php?option=com_content&view=frontpage&Itemid=1

Course Syllabus     Course Flyer

InnoVenture Weekend

Friday, October 6 - Saturday, October 7, 2017

You are invited to join this FUN two-day innovation and business pitch competition sponsored and organized by:

  • The Jim Moran School of Entrepreneurship at FSU
  • The FAMU-FSU College of Engineering
  • FSU Collegiate Entrepreneurs Organization (CEO)
  • FAMU-FSU Society of Engineering Entrepreneurs (SEE)

Open to all FAMU and FSU Engineering students and FSU students of all majors. The event will be held at the FAMU-FSU College of Engineering, located in Innovation Park, Tallahassee.


  • Friday, 5pm-9pm (Dinner provided):Entrepreneurship Basics, Team Formation and Problem Selection
  • Saturday, 9am-9pm (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner provided)
    • 9am-6pm: Brainstorming potential solutions, discussions of key ideas of entrepreneurship with experts, how to do a business pitch
    • 7pm-9pm: Business pitch competition and awarding of prizes

The goal of the competition is to build collaboration among students from different disciplines while creating innovative ideas to solve real problems or meet significant needs. At the same time, students will learn how to pitch those entrepreneurial ideas to a panel of judges.

FSU students and both FAMU and FSU students in the FAMU-FSU College of Engineering are invited to compete. Teams will be formed Friday evening from among the first 40 students who registered. The competition will be capped at 10 teams.

Teams will be composed of at least 3 members. Students will select their team and then pick their challenge from a set of problems/needs provided.

Students will be encouraged to create innovative ideas to tackle the problem or need selected and then develop plans for a sustainable venture (profit or non-profit) to implement the plan. Finally, each team will present (pitch) their plan to a panel of judges. Teams will be assisted and guided by subjectmatter experts and mentors.

The deadline to apply is Friday, September 29, 2017 (midnight)

Apply here: www.qualtrics.com

For more information, contact Mike Devine, Entrepreneur in Residence, FAMU-FSU College of Engineering at 850-410-6378 or mdevine@eng.famu.fsu.edu.

InnoVenture Flyer

Engineering Shark Tank

2nd Annual College of Engineering Technology Business Pitch Competition
Thursday, April 13, 2017 | 2pm - 4pm, Engineering Room B-221

WHAT: A Business Pitch Competition for Technology Innovations

PRIZES/AWARDS: 1st $1,000 | 2nd $750 | 3rd $500 | People's Choice $250

Members of each of these top 4 teams will receive plaques and certificates documenting their achievement.

JUDGING: A Panel of 7 including Entrepreneurs in Residence and other faculty from FSU and FAMU, Alumni, and Business People

DEADLINE TO APPLY: February 3rd, 2017, 5:00 pm


  • Idea. Idea validity, novelty, and potential impact.
  • Business Model. Value proposition, target customer(s), market size, competitive advantages, etc.
  • Entrepreneurship. Team commitment, team expertise and knowledge.
  • Pitch delivery. Clarity, enthusiasm, etc.
  • Feasibility. Commercialization plan quality and potential follow-through.

The purpose of this competition is to expose more engineering students to innovation and entrepreneurial processes and thinking. Any students with a technology idea with commercial potential or substantial social impacts are encourage to apply. In the case of Senior Design Teams, this competition is totally independent of Senior Design course requirements and grading. In fact, not all members of a Senior Design team are required to be part of this competition as long as at least two members are involved. And, teams are encouraged to reach out to other non-engineering students who might assist with the business analysis and pitch delivery. Teams must have at least 2 undergraduate engineering students and no more than 1 graduate student. The competition format will give teams 7 minutes for their pitch and 5 minutes for Q&A with the judges.

Deadline to Register 5:00pm, Friday, February 3, 2017 (by sending 1 page Word Doc with team members, summary and status of idea/business to mdevine@eng.famu.fsu.edu)

Business Pitch Workshops to assist all registrants develop their pitch (voluntary): Room A-115

  • Monday, February 13, 4:00pm-5:30pm
  • Friday, February 17, 2:00-4:00pm

Deadline for Round 2 Submission, Friday, March 3, 5pm

  • 3 page (max) Business Pitch Summary including a Business Model Canvas and summary of customer interview findings; email to mdevine@eng.famu.fsu.edu
  • Used to select 15 Semi-finalists for Preliminary Round Pitch Competition

Preliminary Round of Business Pitch Competition: Room A-115

  • Thursday, March 23, 3:00-5:00pm
  • Friday, March 24, 9:30am-12:30pm

Finalists Workshops (Mandatory): Room B-202

  • Thursday, March 30, 3:00-5:00pm
  • Friday, March 31, 1:30pm-3:30pm

SHARK TANK: Thursday, April 13, 2017 3:00-4:30pm: Room B-221

2nd Annual Engineering Shark Tank RESULTS

1st Annual Engineering Shark Tank RESULTS

Entrepreneur in Residence
Dr. Michael D. Devine

Entrepreneur in Residence & Professor

Dr. Michael D. Devine
Entrepreneur in Residence & Professor

The Entrepreneur in Residence (EIR) in the FAMU-FSU College of Engineering reports to the Dean of Engineering and works collegially with administrators, faculty and students in Engineering and across both the FSU and FAMU campuses. The goal is to promote a culture of entrepreneurship that will enhance engineering students' education and their career options, while also boosting the commercialization of inventions from the college's research. The following are examples of EIR responsibility and activity:

  • Teach a course for engineering students, but open to students from all disciplines, on technology-based entrepreneurship and technology commercialization. The Technology Entrepreneurship and Commercialization class helps students understand the process of creating and analyzing business plans for new technology-based products or services.
  • Create an Entrepreneurial Option in Engineering Senior Design Projects. The EIR will work with each department to give students the option to select entrepreneurial projects which focus on developing a commercially viable product or process for their Senior Design Project.
  • Organize workshops, seminars and other special events on technology entrepreneurship. These are coordinated and planned with faculty in other academic units across the FSU and FAMU campus.
  • Promote and help organize the participation of engineering students in commercialization/business plan competitions locally, regionally and nationally.
  • Encourage and assist faculty in commercializing their inventions, including helping prepare GAP, SBIR/STTR, etc. grant proposals to boost activity and improve success rates.
  • Lead the effort to establish an engineering technology commercialization lab and business incubator that could be used by faculty and students to develop prototypes of their commercial ideas and serve as incubator for early stage businesses.

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Dr. Michael D. Devine2525 Pottsdamer Street Tallahassee, FL 32310-6046

(850) 410-6378