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Center for Entrepreneurship

2018 Contest Videos

2018 College-Wide Entrepreneurial Pitch Contest

St. Francis College proudly hosted its 2nd Annual College-Wide Entrepreneurial Pitch Contest April 12, 2018, bringing together 9 student-entrepreneurs to compete for $3,500 in prizes.

Each entrepreneur made it through several rounds of competition to reach the final where they had five minutes to pitch their ideas to a panel of judges in hopes of winning seed money to bring their business plan to life.

The event, sponsored by Investors Bank, included plans for an iPhone-connected razor, a fashion reseller, graveside maintenance, and more.

  • First place and $1,500 went to Joshua Dezil '21 (Management) for his company Jdbundles which sells hair extensions.
  • Second place and $1,000 was awarded to Samantha Scarlett '18 (Management) for her company Luxury Snob, a high-end fashion reseller.
  • Third place and $750 went to Miranda Stark '20 (Sociology) for her company Eternal Care Grave Maintenance.
2018 College-Wide Entrepreneurial Pitch Contest

St. Francis College Entrepreneurs Share Business Experiences

The St. Francis College Entrepreneurship Club welcomed three current students to talk about their businesses for a Peer to Peer workshop on March 8, 2018.

Sydney Bell '19 (Sydney Bell Photography), Fallon Raimo '18 (Infamous Vigilante), and Josh Dezil '21 (Jdbundles) offered tips on how get a company started, their inspirations and their hopes for the future. Arianna Sartzetakis '19 (Uncover More) moderated the discussion.

Build Your Brand - Funding a Start-Up Venture

Many entrepreneurs rely on the support of various angel investors, but imagine the impact a 'Super Angel' can have on launching and growing your start-up venture? St. Francis College welcomed Rodolfo Bellesi (Co-founder & Principal, Ikove Venture Partners) and Ian Sosso (Founder & Managing Partner, Monte Carlo Capital) to talk about Funding Your Start-Up Venture on January 31, 2018.

The lecture focused on the differences between the start-up ecosystem in the United States and across the Eurozone as well as the role of a Super Angel. President of St. Francis College, Miguel Martinez-Saenz offered opening remarks at the event which is part of the St. Francis College Center for Entrepreneurship's #buildyourBRAND lecture series.

"Unlike the customary VC method of providing substantial funding to a few potential 'unicorns,' the super angel model seeds many high-potential startups with less funding and significant mentoring. During this nurturing process, the super angel determines which start-ups have the highest probability to successfully scale. Super angels are ideal partners for college-based entrepreneurs," remarked President Martinez-Saenz.

The #buildyourBRAND series brings leaders in business and industry to campus to share their expertise with the growing St. Francis College student entrepreneurial ecosystem. Ikove Venture Partners bridges the gap between R&D funding and VC funded rounds by providing not only capital, but also by acting as a "Startup Nursery TM" and installing a multi-layered due diligence process aimed at vetting the most promising technologies and creating the right teams to bring those technologies to market.

Monte Carlo Capital is a group of business angels that has built an ecosystem of active co-investors and experienced advisors. They have a significant deal flow and look to select the best teams with a unique and disruptive business model. MCC has investments in Europe, Asia and North America. They focus on Seed and Series A and typically like to be the lead investor.

About the Center


Engage with our academic and community partners to grow a collaborative entrepreneurial ecosystem. Foster our students’ efforts to develop an entrepreneurial mindset. Support our students in becoming ethical and socially responsible leaders. Help turn great ideas into great realities.


The Center seeks to create an environment that champion’s creativity and innovation, encourages calculated risk, celebrates critical thinking, energizes the creative spirit, and above all, is infused with social responsibility. We envision the support provided will result in development of sustainable businesses and successful careers informed by the Franciscan tradition.


Our values help us define the entrepreneurial mindset, the way we interact with our students and alumni, the way we integrate ourselves in the community around us, and the way we achieve our educational and social goals. Our values are:

  • Embrace Accountability and Integrity
  • Be Motivating and Supportive
  • Act with Ethical Behavior and Social Responsibility
  • Drive Creativity and Innovation
  • Work with Commitment and Responsibility
  • Focus on Collaboration and Empowerment

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.

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

2017 Entrepreneur Pitch Contest

Thomas J. Volpe Accepts Entrepreneurship Award

Center Highlights

Meet the 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.

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.

Read Dennis' Full Profile

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.

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.

Professor Gelormino holds a Bachelors of Science and an MBA from New York University, is a graduate of the Stonier Graduate School of Banking and the American Institute of Banking, and is a certified instructor for National Association for Teaching Entrepreneurship.

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.

Marie Segares, Terrier Innovation Clinic Advisor

Marie Segares, joined the Management and Information Technology department at St. Francis College in January, 2017 as an assistant professor. She is a long-time intrapreneur in the non-profit health and education industries. She has launched or expanded programs in every job she has held during her career. Her experience includes managing a federally-funded public housing community health center for an academic medical center in the South Bronx, co-founding a public high school in Brooklyn, and developing an online, bachelor’s degree completion program for a faith-based college in Texas. She is the daughter of an entrepreneur and the owner-operator of several micro-businesses. Marie earned her AB from Barnard College, her MPH from Columbia University, and her MBA (with concentrations in Leadership & Change Management and Entrepreneurship & Innovation) from New York University.

Dr. Chang Xia, Terrier Innovation Clinic Advisor

Dr. Chang Xia, joined the Management and Information Technology department at St. Francis College in Fall 2017 as an assistant professor. She received her Ph.D in economics from the City University of New York in 2016. She studied MFE at New York University, and she has a Bachelor's in Mathematical and Computational Finance from Wuhan University of Technology. Xia works with large datasets in processing and econometric modeling. She has worked as a senior qualitative analyst and previously taught at New York University. Xia is also interested in film editing and has worked on several documentaries. She currently serves as an advisor at No Boundaries International Art Exhibition 2017, which is co-sponsored by the U.N.

Advisory Board

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

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 entrepreneurs.

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

Clinic & Resources

Explore Your Opportunities
Pursue Your Passion
Launch and Grow Your Business

Fall 2017 Drop-In Clinic Hours
Monday: 2PM - 3PM
Tuesday: 3PM - 4PM
Wednesday: 2PM - 3PM
Thursday: 3PM - 4PM

To make an appointment, email [email protected]

The Clinic is held in room 5008

Download the Business Model Canvas

Prior to your Innovation Clinic appointment , please complete, as best possible, the attached Business Model Canvas. Please bring a printed copy with you.

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