TAMPA — Joy Randels, founder and CEO of The Prowess Group and chairwoman of New Market Partners, has joined The University of Tampa’s Lowth Entrepreneurship Center as entrepreneur-in-residence.
Randels will guide participants in the Lowth Center’s Spartan Incubator and Spartan Accelerator programs. She will help student and community members with start-up businesses through developingmilestones, providing business advice and connecting them with entrepreneurial coaches based on their areas of need.
Randels said she is excited and honored to work with UT. “It’s a privilege to share the lessons I have learned with young entrepreneurs,” Randels said. “I look forward to leveraging my skills and personal network as a catalyst to help entrepreneurs in these programs propel their companies forward.”
A grant from TD Bank provides additional funding to support the entrepreneurs-in-residence program.
Randels has led public and private companies from bootstrap through venture and IPO, raising over $360 million in capital and generating more than $15 billion in revenue. As a founder, some of Randels’ most notable ventures include Citizinvestor, Velocitude, Business Layers, Netegrity, ISC8, ClearCube and Cheyenne Software. She has played key roles in the design and development software and professional service offerings for 20 years with the foremost companies in the world.
Randels is an expert in cybersecurity, modern data privacy, cyber breaches and incident response, and compliance. She serves as a board member of public and private companies, including Metro-Tech, BurstIQ and Say Allo as an independent board member. She is board chair of Technova Florida Inc.
In addition, Randels is a global public speaker, published author and frequent columnist for Forbes, Fortune, Wired and others on topics related to entrepreneurship, diversity, women in tech and venture capital.
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, as well as 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 10,500 students from 50 states and 130 countries. The majority of full-time students live on campus, and about half of UT students are from Florida.