Business graduate’s work benefits startup companies

Published: May 1st, 2012

Category: Spotlights


After working in Tampa for an investment banking firm, Valerie Sheehan decided to get her bachelor’s degree in business administration from the University of Florida. On her way to graduation this weekend, she beat some personal challenges and made a big impact on UF and the greater Gainesville area.

Sheehan discovered early in her academic career that she suffered from learning disabilities and has worked tirelessly to overcome these challenges.

Sheehan works as an event coordinator at the Florida Innovation Hub helping the program grow by planning events to build a stronger ecosystem of innovation within the incubator. She has strengthened partnerships with representatives at Microsoft and provided education, training and networking opportunities for the tenants in the hub.

As president of the Entrepreneurship Club at UF, Sheehan coordinated 27 events in 16 weeks and singlehandedly raised $15,800 for the 4th Annual Venture Pitch Competition.

Her devotion to UF and the Warrington College of Business Administration has helped the student/entrepreneur community grow in Gainesville.

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