Starter Riot, heralded as UCF’s biggest pre-Halloween social event, brought more than 1,300 UCF students to the Pegasus Ballroom on October 27. In addition to free candy and pizza, students were offered advice on beginning a successful start-up while pursuing a college degree.

Students feeling the holiday spirit came in their scariest attire to hear tips of the trade from RocketHub CEO and co-founder, Brian Meece. RocketHub is one of the world’s top crowdfunding platforms that allows entrepreneurs, musicians, and grassroots organizations alike to create successful campaigns to fund their projects.

Other student start-ups and established companies showcased their businesses, giving potential student start-up founders a chance to discuss strategy and tips on setting their own ideas into motion.

“We want students to understand entrepreneurship is a viable career path, and that UCF has many outstanding resources to help them travel that path. We encourage students to visit the Blackstone LaunchPad to explore the power of their ideas and join UCF’s growing starter community,” said Cameron Ford, Ph.D., coordinator of Starter Riot and director of the Center for Entrepreneurial Leadership and Blackstone LaunchPad at UCF.

Established in 1968, the UCF College of Business Administration offers degrees at the bachelor’s, master’s, doctoral, and executive levels. All programs, as well as the Kenneth G. Dixon School of Accounting are accredited by AACSB International – the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business.

The college provides high-quality academic programs designed to give students a competitive advantage in the world of business now and in the future. As such, the college establishes partnerships with some of the nation’s most innovative leaders to model new and best practices that harness evolving technology. In addition, the college promotes a unique culture of engagement, risk-taking, cross-disciplinary collaboration and data-driven decision making in an effort to ensure students are well prepared to enter a dynamic marketplace.

America’s Partnership University: The University of Central Florida, the nation’s second-largest university with nearly 60,000 students, has grown in size, quality, diversity and reputation in its first 50 years. Today, the university offers more than 200 degree programs at its main campus in Orlando and more than a dozen other locations. UCF is an economic engine attracting and supporting industries vital to the region’s future while providing students with real-world experiences that help them succeed after graduation. For more information, visit