Mike Russo

The road to the final $100K

Entrepreneurial innovators from Long Island’s top colleges and universities will go head-to-head on Thursday in the regional round of the New York State Business Plan Competition. With $30,000 in prizes and a shot at the state finals at stake, teams from Farmingdale State College, Hofstra University, NYIT and Stony Brook University will present their business ideas to a high-caliber panel of judges chaired by Steve Winick, managing director of Syosset private equity firm Topspin Partners…


Lesko, Brofman and cash prizes at Molloy pitch event

The popularity of the ABC’s Shark Tank has spawned a number of imitations, including flattery from LaunchPad, NYIT and Stony Brook University. The latest, organized by a Molloy student, will pit students from the Rockville Centre college against budding entrepreneurs from other Island schools on Nov. 17 at Molloy’s Madison Theatre. The prizes are relatively moderate – $1,000 total split among the top three pitchers, with first taking the $500 lion’s share – but the…