Center for Entrepreneurship

Meet Our Student Entrepreneurs

Sydney Bell

Class of 2019

Sydney started her own company, Sydney Bell Photography, while still a high school student in Texas. She won the 2017 Pitch Contest and took home a check for $1,500 to help grow her business.

Fallon Raimo

Class of 2018

Fallon started her own original clothing company Infamous Vigilante. Already she has sold dozens of custom made items and sold out her stock after renting a pop-up shop.

Creating Small Innovations for Big Dreams

About the Center

Center's Mission

St. Francis College’s Center for Entrepreneurship seeks to stimulate and promote entrepreneurial activity in Brooklyn that leads to creation of sustainable socioeconomic value. The Center seeks to create synergistic partnerships with Brooklyn-based entrepreneurs by providing them with access to faculty experts through two channels: value-added programs of research and education that helps the entrepreneur bridge the knowledge gap and providing entrepreneurs with a toolbox of resources through the Center’s Open Virtual Incubator. The Center seeks to create socially responsible and robust entrepreneurial activity with its Brooklyn-based business partners.

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Entrepreneur Spotlight & Lecture Series

New York is home to some of the most successful entrepreneurs in the world. Hear their stories and be inspired by their innovation in our Entrepreneur Spotlight Series featured on this site.

You'll also learn about groundbreaking research in entrepreneurship and best practices for operating small businesses.

2017 Entrepreneur Pitch Contest

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Thomas J. Volpe Accepts Entrepreneurship Award

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Center Highlights

Research & Academic Involvement

Our professors participate or have participated in the following academic organizations and conferences that advance entrepreneurship research and education:

  • The Academy of Management
  • The United States Association of Small Business & Entrepreneurship
  • Eastern Academy of Management
  • International Conference on E-Banking and Global Marketplace
  • Institute for Advanced Studies on Science, Technology and Society
  • Social Entrepreneurship Conference, New York University, Stern School of Business


St. Francis Celebrates Spring Graduates

It was the perfect day for an outdoor graduation at Brooklyn Bridge Park, as almost 400 St. Francis College students and thousands of friends and family celebrated the College's Spring 2017 Commencement, Wednesday, May 24.

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Charter Day Celebrates Scholarship

St. Francis College proudly celebrated its top students and Fr. Patrick Desbois, a man working to honor victims of the Holocaust, at the 133rd Charter Day convocation on April 28, 2017

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Past Events

Meet Our Team

Our center is led by a management team possessing unique qualities and backgrounds that complement each other, and effectively facilitate the Center's day to day operations.

The unique backgrounds of the Center’s leadership and staff ensure the reflection of diverse perspectives on entrepreneurship and operational excellence that will benefit our student body and regional community.

Dennis Anderson, Chairman

Dr. Dennis Anderson, M. Phil., Ph.D., is Chairman of SFC’s Department of Management and Information Technology and serves as the Center’s founding Director. The initial idea for the center was conceived by Dr. Anderson, who has over 20 years of experience as an academic dean, management and information technology professor, international activist and scholar.

dennis anderson Dr. Anderson is a strong advocate of technology-enhanced learning, emerging technologies, sustainable technologies, and knowledge entrepreneurship.

Dr. Anderson has presented at numerous international conferences; received numerous grants, including National Science Foundation grants; served as a reviewer/referee for numerous grants, fellowships, and academic publications. He is a Senior Specialist in information technology for the J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board, and has served on the advisory boards for several non-governmental organizations (NGOs), entrepreneurial startups, and conferences. Dr. Anderson brings a wealth of experience, keen strategic insight, and the capacity to lead effectively to the Center.

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Eda Sanchez-Persampieri, Director

Eda Sanchez-Persampieri, MS, MBA, is Director of the Center for Entrepreneurship and full-time lecturer within SFC’s Department of Management and Information Technology. She has over 20 years of apparel industry sourcing, product development, and production experience including collaboratively launching three lifestyle brands.

Eda publishes frequently on fashion supply chain and sourcing trends, most recently co-authoring an article focusing on the #See-Buy-Wear 2016 fashion runway trend. Her experience as an entrepreneur includes three years as a retail shop owner and eight years as co-owner of a Brooklyn café.

Eda currently mentors small business owners and aspiring entrepreneurs to build and scale their concepts into profitable and sustainable businesses. As an educator, her experience includes teaching human resources, marketing, management, and entrepreneurship courses at the undergraduate and graduate level and within entrepreneurship training programs. She holds a M.S. in Organizational Management, and an MBA, as well as PHR and SHRM-CP certifications. As a passionate Brooklyn community resident, Eda has held leadership roles and served on the boards of several Brooklyn based non-profits.

Mary Gelormino, Executive-in-Residence

Mary Gelormino, M.B.A., serves as the center’s Executive in Residence and primary operational manager. Her emphasis is on coordinating and providing strategic direction for the Center’s day to day operations, and developing innovative community programs, partnerships, and events for the Center.

Ms. Mary Gelorimo Professor Gelormino has more than thirty years of experience in banking with an emphasis on marketing and new business development in the New York metro.

She has served as a Board of Director for many organizations whose mission is to increase economic productivity and social impact. She brings a wealth of corporate intrapreneurial experience to the Center, as well as numerous corporate contacts from within the New York community. Professor Gelormino also serves as an adjunct instructor of Entrepreneurship and has more than twenty years of experience leading seminars and teaching in College.

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Katja Schroeder, Social Media Strategist

Katja Schroeder, M.A., is an Adjunct Professor at St. Francis College, where she teaches Social Media Marketing and PR. She is also the owner of Expedition PR, a boutique PR agency that connects market innovators with influencers. She has developed award-winning communications programs for companies of all sizes in North America, Europe and Asia. Before founding Expedition PR, She worked on global client campaigns at Burson-Marsteller and Ruder Finn. While at Ruder Finn she build the technology practice in China from scratch to a profitable new business unit.

Professor Schroeder holds a M.A. in Communications and Business Administration from the Freie Universitaet Berlin (Germany) and a M.A. in Communications and Information Sciences from CELSA/Sorbonne, Paris (France). She is published author and frequently blogs about entrepreneurship and how tech enables sustainable development. Tweet her at @schroek.

Advisory Board

Members members Ex-Officio Members
Lou Pastina

Advisory Board
Former Executive Vice President
NYSE Euronext

Prof. Jonathan Askin
Center for Urban Business Entrepreneurship
Brooklyn Law School

Dr. Dennis Anderson
Chairman/ Professor
Center for Entrepreneurship
St. Francis College

Jerrold B. Spiegel
Frankfurt Kurnit Klein & Selz PC
Jocelynne Rainey
Chief Administrative Officer
Brooklyn Navy Yard
Prof. Mary Gelormino
Executive in Residence
Center for Entrepreneurship
St. Francis College
Ita Ekpoudom
Founder of Tigress Ventures
Andrew Hoan
President and CEO
Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce
Eda Sanchez-Persampieri
Center for Entrepreneurship
St. Francis College
Michael MacIntyre
Global Head
Dennis Lacognata
Jennifer Lancaster
Vice President for Academic Affairs/Academic Dean
St. Francis College

Rick Russo
Senior Vice President & Chief Operating Officer
Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce
Ms. Jennie Baik,
CEO and Co-Founder
Orchard Mile
Bro. Gregory Cellini
St. Francis College
Mr. Landy Guevara
Corporate FP&A CCAR
Analystat Citibank
Mr. Julian Sale
QVT Financial LP
Ms. Lisa Shalett
Retired Partner
Goldman Sachs
Ms. Nicole Terzulli
Associate -Global Markets
Deutsche Bank

Our Partners:

atlantic avenue bidbrooklyn chamber
nyse euronext
brooklyn hispanic chamberopportunities for a better tomorrow
dogfish accelerator
young biz

Minor in Entrepreneurship

Pursue a Minor in Entrepreneurship

Our 15-credit hour program is open to enrolled students of any major, and takes a cross-disciplinary approach to promote innovation and entrepreneurship. Entrepreneurship education enables students to develop skills that are easily transferable to any workplace or business sector.

In our entrepreneurial courses, students learn how to:

  • recognize and develop opportunities, secure resources, and build effective teams,
  • build sustainable economic value and social value,
  • excel as both entrepreneurs and intrapreneurs.

Coursework instruction focuses on conceptual understanding of real-world problems or situations. The classroom serves as a venue for experiential learning through direct interaction with our entrepreneurial community and hands-on projects.

Coursework topics include developing a business model, selecting an appropriate business form, initial business planning, protecting intellectual property, target market selection and marketing planning, strategies for new product commercialization, effective cash flow management, obtaining venture capital and business financing, business management ethics and social responsibility.

Required courses:

ENT 1001 Introduction to Entrepreneurship
ENT 2001 Entrepreneurship Marketing and New Product Innovation
ENT 3001 Small Business Finance
ENT 3002 Social Entrepreneurship & Sustainable New Businesses
ENT 3003 Using Technology in Entrepreneurship


Guest Lectures

Watch videos from our Entrepreneur Speaker Series.

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Clinics & Resources

SFC Open Virtual Incubator

Based on conversations with entrepreneurs in New York City, and the requests for support that the Center has received from surrounding businesses, the Center realized that many entrepreneurs are looking for support to further develop their startups. However, not everyone will be accepted into the incubators in the City.

Many entrepreneurs are also looking for ad hoc advice in response to specific challenges they face, as opposed to a full-time program. The Center for Entrepreneurship strives to meet the needs of many entrepreneurs who cannot take advantage of traditional incubators by providing most valuable and necessary tools on-demand for entrepreneurs through its incubator, which includes but not limited to the following:

  • access to knowledge experts for key areas (i.e., finance & investment, legal, real estate, marketing, and human resources, etc.)
  • assistance for business plan development
  • training/education related to entrepreneurial skills
  • workshops and educational forums
  • access to human capital (interns, skilled workers)
  • advisory services, mentorship and coaching
  • investor connections and referral services
  • idea lab to develop concepts and ideas for viable business
  • technology services
  • strategic partnerships

Getting Started

Toolbox for Entrepreneurs

Depending on the maturity of the startup (see Diagram 1), the Center’s Person-to-Person (P2P) Virtual Incubator offers a different set of tools that can be used to help the entrepreneur become successful. This is a one-of-a-kind incubator as it caters to the needs of the micro entrepreneur instead of molding them into a fixed incubator model. It can accelerate some startups as they may only need a few tools instead of the entire toolbox.

This on-demand toolbox is built on the Center's resources, community resources and partnerships (see current partnership list), and strong ties to the entrepreneur and business community. An incubation period can vary from three months to two years. The Center’s experts will determine the acceptance to the Incubator.

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Virtual Incubatees:

  • Event Gates (Turkey)
  • Lawschool Pro
  • Limitless Buy, LLC
  • Lukly
  • NestEgg
  • Open Assembly
  • Pixel Takeaway (UK)
  • Rabt
  • SMX
  • Toy Artisans (Mexico)


  • Daniel Abrams, Google
  • Abhi Anuket, Magnivia Ventures VC
  • Jennie Baik, Orchard Miles
  • Vladimir Baranov, NestEgg
  • Yiannis Broustas, CEO, Rabt
  • Ita Ekpoudom, Tigress Ventures
  • Albert Eng, TIAA-CREF
  • Dutt Kalluri, Deloitte
  • Dr. Peter Morales, CTO, NYU Law School
  • Edward Rogoff, CUNY
  • Abhishek Sehgal, Goldman Sachs