TAMPA — Two CEOs will join The University of Tampa’s Lowth Entrepreneurship Center as entrepreneurs-in-residence.
Colette Glover-Hannah, CEO and founder of Hannah’s Shoebox, and Bert Seither, CEO and founder of The Startup Expert, will guide participants in the Lowth Center’s Spartan Incubator and Spartan Accelerator programs. They will help student and community members with start-up businessthrough the development of milestones, provide business advice and connect them with entrepreneurial coaches based on their areas of need. Glover-Hannah and Seither join a team of entrepreneurial coaches of various backgrounds and industries currently involved with the accelerator and incubator programs. A grant from TD Charitable Foundation, the charitable giving arm of TD Bank America’s Most Convenient Bank, provided additional funding to support the entrepreneurs-in-residence program.
Led by Glover-Hannah, Hannah’s Shoebox is an e-commerce shoe store that provides a solution for families looking for age-appropriate shoes for tween girls who wear women-sized shoes. Glover-Hannah is the co-author of Mompreneur: Managing, Presentations, Parenthood and Partnerships, which examines the art of attempting to balance the simultaneous demands of family, motherhood and entrepreneurship. She is a member of the Tampa Bay Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors, the 2020 chair of the Tampa Bay Chamber’s Minority Business Accelerator Program and a member of the Tampa Bay Chamber’s Women of Influence Committee. Glover-Hannah, who used to be in UT’s incubator as a young business, will work closely with the Spartan Incubator.
Seither is a serial entrepreneur, turned business coach, turned educator, who has founded a handful of startups, run multiple others and helped thousands of startups clarify and execute their growth strategy. He is the founder and CEO of the Startup Expert, a coaching and business services company aimed at turning business owners’ ideas into reality. He is a certified SCORE mentor and certified small business coaching specialist. He earned a master’s degree in entrepreneurship from The University of Tampa and fell in love with startups in his 20s when he moved to New York City, where he scaled a startup accounting firm to $60 million in annual revenue in five years as VP of sales. Seither will guide the Spartan Accelerator program.
The Lowth Entrepreneurship Center, part of the Sykes College of Business, is located within the Daly Innovation and Collaboration Building at UT. The space is creatively designed to bring together prospective student entrepreneurs, educators and experienced executives to generate, define and develop entrepreneurial concepts and to launch new ventures.
UT’s entrepreneurship major is one of the largest on campus and provides students with skills that are critical for anyone who wants to be an entrepreneur or think like one.
The University of Tampa is a private, comprehensive university located on 110 acres on the riverfront in downtown Tampa. Known for academic excellence, personal attention and real-world experience in its undergraduate and graduate programs, the University serves approximately 10,000 students from 50 states and typically about 130 countries.