Entrepreneurs

Global honor for Hofstra’s Center for Entrepreneurship

Hofstra University’s Center for Entrepreneurship has snagged a prestigious international honor. The Global Consortium of Entrepreneurship Centers, an international collaboration of more than 225 university-centered entrepreneurship programs, has named the Hempstead-based university’s two-year-old center one of its two 2017 Outstanding Emerging Entrepreneurship Centers. The award is bestowed annually to the best university-based entrepreneurship hub in operation fewer than five years. The GCEC judges split the award this year between Hofstra and the University of New Hampshire’s Peter…

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LICA eyes pitchers for Tech Capital Forum

Riding high after its May 6 Consumer Products, Manufacturing and Distribution Forum, the Long Island Capital Alliance is returning to its tech roots. This week, LICA – a nonprofit capital-formation and business-development organization – put out a call for presenters for its next quarterly innovators-meet-investors pitch event: a Technology Capital Forum scheduled for Sept. 16 at RXR Executive Park in Melville. Like other LICA forums, the Technology Capital Forum will give early-stage entrepreneurs an opportunity to…


Re-invention and finding a little Wuggle room

By GREGORY ZELLER // An attorney and inventor trying to help Long Island spread its innovative wings has finalized a big deal involving a plush-toy powerhouse and a global toy distributor. Through his Shoreham-based startup Lionfish Development, toy-making attorney Todd Gordon has licensed his patented, child-friendly plush toy-stuffing machine – originally retailed under the Wuggle Pets brand – to Canadian distributor Spin Master, which has cut a deal to place the machines inside retail locations…


Xerox CEO headlines women, minority biz forum

New York’s largest annual networking event for minority- and women-owned business enterprises is scheduled for Oct. 1 and 2 at the Empire State Plaza Convention Center in Albany. Designed to help small businesses from across New York navigate available state contracts, support organizations and other business-growth protocols, the event is slated to feature a number of heavy-hitting corporate and political guests. Headlining the scheduled speakers are Xerox CEO and Chairwoman Ursula Burns, the first African…


BNL’s Cleary headlines inventors’ event

Long Island inventors and entrepreneurs have a golden chance to learn how to partner with Brookhaven National Laboratory. The Suffolk County Inventors and Entrepreneurs Club’s Sept. 15 meeting is scheduled to feature Connie Cleary, commercialization manager at the Department of Energy’s Upton facility. Cleary is expected to discuss the BNL’s tech-transfer and commercialization processes, as well as the lab’s protocols for collaborating with startup enterprises. Cleary, a former manager of industry partnership development at Argonne…


Lessons from life on the bottom rung

By GREGORY ZELLER // What I did with my summer vacation: If you’re an American teenager, there’s a good chance it wasn’t “earn a paycheck.” The percentage of U.S. teens with summer jobs has been in steady decline for years, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, which says six of 10 U.S. high school and college students had summer jobs this season – down from eight of 10 in 1989. Overall, there were…