Entrepreneurs

At The Viscardi Center, a pitch-a-thon like no other

By GREGORY ZELLER // In a world where business-plan competitions are a dime a dozen, an Albertson-based 501(c)3 with a seven-decade legacy is breaking new pitch-a-thon ground. It’s not the size of this contest that makes it unique, or its prizes, or even its dual focus on both established businesses and pre-launch startups. Instead, the Founders With Disabilities PitchFest Competition carves a niche by focusing on the disabled – an eager, talented and, according to…

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The Spur: How I spent my summer (working) vacation

By GREGORY ZELLER // That jingle-jangle you hear in Southampton comes from The Spur, the private co-working and entrepreneur’s club that’s moseyed into a new summer home. After a six-month stint in its “winter home” at the Southampton Social Club, The Spur – a manifestation of i-hamptons, a Southampton-based “community and resource guide” for East End entrepreneurs – has relocated to 280 Elm St. in Southampton, the circa-1884 seed-and-feed barn at the Long Island Rail…


Appointees enrich Hofstra’s Center for Entrepreneurship

By GREGORY ZELLER // They’re powering up at Hofstra University’s three-year-old Center for Entrepreneurship, where a transfusion of fresh blood is kicking innovation to new levels. The center has tapped a diverse and experienced group of business and economic leaders to serve on a new Advisory Board, providing everything from financial support to program-development guidance to student mentoring. Mentoring, obviously, is also the primary focus of the center’s first-ever “mentor in residence.” Chris Lopinto, president…


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…


For Hamptons innovators, membership has its privileges

By GREGORY ZELLER // Things are formalizing a bit at i-hamptons, which is introducing a new membership-management platform – and an annual membership fee. The Southampton-based “community and resource guide for local entrepreneurs” – essentially, a networking group to help Hamptons entrepreneurs launch their startups – is “switching on” its new Meet-Up platform, which will better “manage membership, events and discussion boards,” according to organization founder Ashley John Heather. “It’s a bit more sophisticated and…


Hofstra ‘star’ shines in national women’s biz contest

Showcasing a “Flare” for the dramatic, a Hofstra University marketing major has captured first place in a prestigious national entrepreneurship program. Pitching an app that connects underrepresented consumers with local stylists, Carrisa Anderson, who’s scheduled to earn her marketing degree in December, took top honors this month in a national business-plan contest sponsored by the Women’s Business Enterprise National Council. The contest was a main draw of the WBENC’s annual National Business Fair and Conference,…


Venture Challenge: Innovators dazzle, CountryBox soars

By GREGORY ZELLER // An e-commerce website pitched by a trio of undergraduate students walked off with top honors, and a hefty $20,000 check, in Tuesday’s final round of the Hofstra-Digital Remedy Venture Challenge Series. Envisioned by Class of 2017 seniors Henry Crayton, Rory Murphy and Lerthon Theuma, CountryBox – designed to bring “care packages” from the old country to expats living abroad – edged out nine other finalists in the annual student business-plan competition….