Hofstra University

Eight Island schools ranked among top U.S. colleges

By GREGORY ZELLER // Long Island has plenty of big brains to drain. That’s according to U.S. News & World Report, which has issued its 2018 Best Colleges survey, a highly regarded rite of September that ranks some 1,800 United States-based colleges and universities based on school and student performance and a host of other critical metrics. As usual, Long Island posted a good-not-great performance on the annual higher-education report card – fairly strong, indicative…


Albany rings bell for Restore NY, round five

Hempstead will host an informational meeting for Long Island municipalities craving a slice of Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s latest competitive-funding pie. With $80 million up for grabs in Round 5 of the Restore NY Communities Initiative, the Empire State Development Corp. – Albany’s main economic-development engine – has scheduled three workshops around the state to educate would-be applicants on the urban-revitalization program. All three informational workshops, including a Sept. 29 meeting at Hofstra University, are scheduled…


Hofstra, SCCC land state grants to help small biz

Hofstra University and Suffolk County Community College will split a $162,000 grant from Empire State Development to help aspiring small business owners. The funds will pay for counselors to help people interested in starting a small business. Topics include writing a business plan, obtaining loans and other financing and basic management. The program also helps minority- and women-owned businesses become certified to compete for government contracts and veterans wanting to start businesses. The schools have…


With $800 million at stake, let the games begin

It’s on: Governor Andrew Cuomo on Tuesday officially opened the seventh round of the annual Regional Economic Development Council competition, a statewide funding contest in which each of the state’s 10 economic-development zones wins, but some win more. This year, the 10 REDCs will be combing through individual project pitches and preparing master proposals for their slice of the chunkiest state pie yet: more than $800 million in economic-development resources, including grants, tax breaks and…


Best laid plans: Seven head to Albany for $100K shot

By GREGORY ZELLER // Hofstra University showed off its innovation chops in this week’s regional round of the 2017 New York State Business Plan Competition. Four of the seven teams selected to represent Long Island in the state finals, scheduled for April 28 in Albany, hail from Hofstra University, two from Farmingdale State College and one from Stony Brook University. The regional semifinal round was held April 4 at Farmingdale State in conjunction with Dare…


Getting excited about Hofstra’s ‘Startup Weekend’

By GREGORY ZELLER // A marathon business-development exercise with a global lineage will give Long Island entrepreneurs a commercialization crash course, with two feet on the accelerator. Hofstra University is scheduled to host Startup Weekend Long Island, a Friday-to-Sunday event uniting developers, designers and non-technical business types for 54 hours of product-pitching, business-forming and other commercialization essentials, with a healthy helping of mentorship and networking. The April 21-23 event is part of the Startup Weekend…


Following crash course, ParqMi shifts into drive

By GREGORY ZELLER // A software startup determined to help you find a parking space is hitting the gas. Fresh off a three-month stint at StartFast, the mentorship-driven “venture accelerator” in Syracuse, ParqMi – brainchild of Hofstra University graduates Stanley Schvartsberg, Jacqueline Hsu and Thomas Georgiades – is back on Long Island and shifting into gear. While perfecting its camera-and-app technology for finding open spaces in crowded public lots and parking garages, the new resident…


Hofstra, SCCC land entrepreneur training funds

Hofstra University and Suffolk Community College are in line for grants of about $81,000 each to help local entrepreneurs write business plans, attract financing and develop markets. The money comes from Empire State Development’s Entrepreneurship Assistance Program, which also helps women-owned businesses seeking contracts from government agencies and assists veterans looking to start their own firms. Hofstra and SCCC plan to use the funds to pay counselors during the 2016-2017 school year.


The Debrief: Seeds planted, now on to cultivation

When last we Debriefed Mark Lesko, the former assistant U.S. attorney and Brookhaven Town supervisor had just left his post as executive director of Accelerate Long Island (sorta) and taken the reins of Hofstra’s entrepreneurship efforts. He never really left Accelerate, however, and with the program morphing into the Accelerate NY Seed Fund and expanding its mandate to support startups in other downstate regions – and with eight months at Hofstra under his belt –…


Bionic hand, big stare top Hofstra pitch challenge

By GREGORY ZELLER // A 3D-printed bionic hand and a digital-age update on the classic “staring contest” were the big winners Thursday at the Hofstra University CPXi Venture Challenge. The annual student business plan competition – sponsored by the university and Hofstra graduate Mike Seiman, founder and CEO of New York City-based digital media company CPXi – doled out $50,000 through a series of mini-competitions and Thursday’s final round, in which six graduate student-level finalists…


Extended beta complete, meet Bettr for iOS

By GREGORY ZELLER // Bettr late than never. Originally scheduled to go live in December, Bettr – the social media-management app invented by Hofstra University chums James Knaus and Ashish Pandhi – has finally made its iOS debut. At least, its public debut: The free-download app that went live Tuesday in the iTunes Store has actually been in play for over a month, an extended invitation-only beta test that helped the creators make Bettr better….


Hofstra names 6 residents in entrepreneurship

Six accomplished businesspeople with dozens of startups under their combined belts, and a wealth of experience nurturing other early-stage enterprises, will bring their wisdom to the Hofstra University Center for Entrepreneurship this spring. The center’s first-ever entrepreneurs-in-residence – Aaron Foss, Kevin Hesselbirg, Peter Kestenbaum, Jeff Leventhal, Mike Quilty and Barbara Roberts – will mentor students through interactive workshops designed to help the next generation of entrepreneurs turn ideas into successful business ventures. Mark Lesko, former…


The Debrief: Susan Sadocha helps innocents abroad

As director of one of the U.S. Commerce Department’s 100-plus U.S. Export Assistance Centers, you might say Susan Sadocha is in the foreign intelligence business, with firsthand experience – so far – in more than 15 countries. The LIU graduate, who earned a master’s in international relations at Boston University and did 18 years with the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Foreign Agriculture Service, talks about her essential, not-so-secret service for Long Island businesses selling abroad….


Hofstra revamps its student pitch program

The CPXi Challenge has returned to Hofstra University – slightly tweaked, in hopes of involving and inspiring a greater number of innovative thinkers. Hofstra graduate and trustee Mike Seiman, founder and CEO of New York City-based digital media company CPXi, has once again ponied up $100,000 in prize money for the annual challenge. But this year, instead of one contest with a $50,000 grand prize and chunky five-digit runner-up awards, the challenge will be broken…


Hofstra University's Debbi Honorof

New life for lifelong learning

Keeping up with evolving work environments takes some doing, and Hofstra University wants to give regional professionals a hand – whether or not they sign up for the school’s continuing-education courses. To that end, Debbi Honorof, senior director of continuing education at the Hempstead university, has established a series of monthly events focused on “Thriving in the 21st Century Workplace.” Her mission: To help established professionals understand the new skillsets required by modern workplaces. It’s a…