Broward College Entrepreneurial Experience (BCEx) Receives $100,000 Florida Department of Education Grant

The grant is the maximum amount awarded to support entrepreneur education and training

FORT LAUDERDALE, FLA. (February 5, 2021) – The Broward College Entrepreneurial Experience (BCEx) has taken another step toward helping participants achieve their dreams with assistance from a $100,000 Perkins grant. The grant is part of the Florida Department of Education’s Entrepreneurial Education and Training (EET) program. This high-impact grant will help Broward College students, faculty, and staff cultivate their entrepreneurial mindset and turn their ideas into reality by launching high-quality businesses at little-to-no cost. Started in 2018, BCEx helps participants innovate, create, and prepare for the future of work through mentorship, coaching, funding, and training.

The $100,000 award is the maximum EET grant amount. It will be used to support BCEx programming, staff, and participants through the end of this academic year.

Participants in BCEx receive support through six main strategies: Campus Accelerators and Events at Broward College, Student Learning at Broward College, the Innovation Hub at Broward College, LaunchBC – the BCEx business accelerator, the J. David Armstrong, Jr. Student Venture Fund, and Partnership Opportunities with Broward College.

“Our mission at BCEx is to offer an affordable, world-class business accelerator and to create a culture shift toward innovation,” said Dr. Mildred Coyne, senior vice president, Workforce Education and Innovation at Broward College. “The grant will also help us fulfill the dreams of residents in some of our most vulnerable communities, which have faced challenges due to the pandemic.”

Florida’s Perkins V State Plan commits to creating a robust entrepreneurial ecosystem through Career and Technical Education (CTE). The state recognizes the value of entrepreneurship and its improvements in Florida’s economy and social mobility. CTE helps to create jobs of the future. 

This award to BCEx follows Fiserv’s $75,000 “Back2Business” sponsorship of BCEx and Broward UP™ last September.

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