A member of the National Society of Collegiate Scholars and a student whose name is frequently on the Dean’s List, Makis Denis knows how to study. He realizes that not every student has mastered this skill, so he serves as a volunteer tutor for several business students, leading study sessions to help his colleagues learn how to learn, instead of simply completing the lesson at hand.
Denis does more than simply study. An avid gamer, Denis has spent a considerable amount of time on the gaming “tournament circuit.” He won several tournaments and, as he observed the untapped business potential that this circuit could bring, had an idea: to create and market a video gaming glove that would enhance the experience for those who spend hours in the gaming world. Seizing the moment, he entered and was named a finalist in the 2010 Fintech Business Plan competition through the USF Center for Entrepreneurship. The only undergraduate ever to earn a spot as a finalist, Denis started his own business in 2010 and his glove is now patent-pending. Through his company, he has begun developing other products that he aims to bring to market.