Entrepreneurs

Innovations, advice abound in SBU’s 2017 Boot Camp

By GREGORY ZELLER // These boots are made for talking – and now, several enterprising innovators have a firmer grasp on what to say, and how to say it, when it’s time to commercialize the Next Big Thing. Eight “idea champions” with entrepreneurial aspirations have completed Stony Brook University’s 2017 Innovation Boot Camp, a commercialization crash course that might not carry ideas directly to the promised land, but does give those inventors – mostly science…


Something ventured, lots to gain in Hofstra ‘Challenge’

By GREGORY ZELLER // It’s a new name but the same entrepreneurial spirit, as Hofstra University hurtles toward the final round of its latest Venture Challenge. Now dubbed the Hofstra-Digital Remedy Venture Challenge Series, the annual student business-plan competition comes to a head April 18, with 10 teams vying for $40,000 in prizes, including a $20,000 top prize. The competition is the brainchild of Hofstra alum Mike Seiman, founder and CEO of New York City-based…


Energy, life sciences pace 2017 Innovation Boot Camp

By GREGORY ZELLER // Several innovators sitting on potentially game-changing technologies have been selected for one of Long Island’s most effective commercialization crash courses. Stony Brook University has announced the eight teams participating in the 10th annual Innovation Boot Camp, a three-day exercise that surrounds researchers, engineers and other rookie entrepreneurs with customized teams of commercialization experts to help them explore the rigors of business development. This year’s boot campers represent a diverse selection of…


SCORE, Canon USA set small-biz forum

By GREGORY ZELLER // Dozens of Long Island business owners are about to get a crash course in successful small-business management – courtesy of one of the Island’s largest corporations. Canon USA, the Melville-based subsidiary of the Japanese imaging conglomerate, is teaming up with the SCORE Foundation, the philanthropic arm of the national nonprofit small-business booster, to present “Simple Steps to a Well-Run Business,” an educational forum on effectively launching, managing and growing a small…


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…