Student Entrepreneurs Experience Crowdfunding!

7 campaigns set to launch after unique startup prep at Sawyer Business School

BOSTON — Suffolk University has introduced one of the nation’s first experiential courses on crowdfunding, where students are launching campaigns to fund their own start-up companies through Kickstarter and Indiegogo.
Students in the Sawyer Business School class will launch crowdfunding campaigns the week of Nov. 14, coinciding with National Entrepreneurship Month. Startup products and services include an almond-based Alfredo sauce, a high-protein coffee product, a fishing tackle box/cooler combination and a yoga studio on wheels.

“While a few other universities are discussing crowdfunding as part of traditional course content, the real-world approach to this course makes it different,” said Management and Entrepreneurship Professor Jennifer Dinger. “Suffolk students in this class are learning how to turn their business ideas into action, and they are going after the funding to support those enterprises.”

The course expands on the foundation of knowledge and skills honed throughout the Sawyer Business School curriculum, while fast tracking entrepreneurial activity through startups and the raising of capital.

In a cross-disciplinary approach that taps into the wider resources of Suffolk University, students in the class have teamed up with:
• Suffolk Law School’s Intellectual Property clinic for help with brand trademark
• Graphic designers in Suffolk’s New England School of Art & Design for logo development
• RamCam Productions in the Suffolk College of Arts & Sciences for campaign video production
The concept for the crowdfunding course came out of conversations between Dinger and Professor Chaim Letwin, a colleague in the Sawyer Business School’s Management and Entrepreneurship department. Dinger and Letwin both study crowdfunding platforms and how campaign components relate to people’s decisions to contribute money to a particular project.
The course looks at factors that lead to crowdfunding success, including the idea, the pitch and the prototype.

“Small business and innovation are critical to the health and vibrancy of the economy,” Dinger said. “Experiential courses like this are aimed at accelerating the startup launch process and increasing the rate of startup businesses among our most promising young adults.”

Student-led ventures launching crowdsourcing campaigns Nov. 14- 16 are:
WarmUp Protein Coffee: This venture, founded by Suffolk senior and Entrepreneurship major James Testa of East Boston, is targeting its first product, a high-protein coffee, to
fitness-focused people on the go.
The Wicked Fisha, founded by Suffolk senior Chuck Gibson of Malden, Mass., plans a line of innovative fishing equipment and accessories, starting with a cooler/tackle box combo that eliminates the hassle of lugging multiple boxes to a fishing destination.
Buddha Bus Yoga provides traveling yoga classes out of mobile studio. Founded by Suffolk Junior Sara Maloney, of Groveland, Mass., the business offers on-site classes at workplaces, college campuses, food markets and more.
Goliath Gallon, founded by Suffolk senior Zack Smith of Methuen, Mass., makes a reusable, bisphenol A (BPA)-free and easily cleaned gallon bottle for ice, fruits, amino acids or whatever is needed. The Kickstarter campaign will fund the initial production run, including a plastic molding tool that is necessary for mass production.
NEO Miners is a card game that focuses on resource management and economic principles, with a space-travel theme. Founder Jason Moker is a Suffolk senior from Georgetown, Mass. Be warned! The depths of space have encounters that can be dangerous and unpredictable!
Vegitano is a health food brand offering alternatives to people who follow a vegan diet or are allergic to dairy and/or gluten. The first product is an almond-based Alfredo sauce. The startup was founded by Willied Hessein, a Suffolk senior from Miami.
The Upward Bound + Startup Suffolk Partnership is aimed at raising money for the social good. The campaign, led by the student team of Manuel Lopez Campos, Ashley Cesero, and Carter Nuttall, is focused on funding Upward Bound students to participate in Startup Suffolk, a bridge program for rising high school seniors. Upward Bound is a federally funded academic success program that helps high school students who are below the poverty line and the first generation from their family to attend college. StartUp Suffolk introduces high school students to entrepreneurial concepts.


More information on the student startup businesses and crowdfunding campaigns can be found at

Suffolk University Entrepreneurship Launch Party.
Suffolk University Entrepreneurship Launch Party.

3D Prints Lead to Kickstarter Campaign

MBA candidate Chris Moriarty recently launched his Kickstarter campaign for his board game, To Winward! – The Lunar Islands.


During his journey from conception to Kickstarter, Chris wandered into the Center for Entrepreneurship looking for some help.

“The knowledge and equipment at the Center for Entrepreneurship provided me with a set of fantastically printed 3D printed game pieces and To Windward! – The Lunar Islands became a reality. Now I am running a Kickstarter to try to get the game into people’s hands and onto some store shelves in Boston for the 2016 holiday season.”

Check out his Kickstarter campaign here!

Success of NFTE BizAcademies

Over the last week in July and first week of August, NFTE and the Center for Entrepreneurship teamed up to host the two-week NFTE BizAcademies. Throughout the two weeks, 24 students from the Boys and Girls Club of Dorchester spent their time using the Center for Entrepreneurship and the computer labs in Sawyer, as they learned the ins and outs of entrepreneurship and got a taste of NFTE’s newly launched Lunchtime Speaker Series!


During the first Friday of camp, the students traveled to New York City for the camp’s annual wholesale trip:


Upon returning, the students hit the street for their selling event where they set up shop and sold products to the public right in downtown Boston! The week was capped off at the Fidelity building for their finals ceremony.


A special thanks to the 124 volunteers from Santander Bank, who helped make this camp a reality!

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Here’s what Jennifer Green, Manager of Programs for NFTE New England had to say about the BizAcademies:

We can’t thank Suffolk University’s Center for Entrepreneurship enough for hosting NFTE’s young entrepreneurship students this summer during our two-week BizAcademy, in partnership with the Boys & Girls Clubs of Dorchester, made possible with the support of the Citi Foundation. The use of their state-of-the-art entrepreneurship space right in the heart of Boston, paired with the generosity of their staff, created the perfect environment for our students to experience our entrepreneurial programs at their finest.

Event Recap: LaunchSource Career Combine

On Friday, the Center for Entrepreneurship welcomed E-Clinic client, LaunchSource, to host their second annual Career Combine. Over the past year LaunchSource has received over 3000 applications from 2016 graduates looking to start a career in sales at one of Boston’s many high growth technology startups. After screening through those applicants, LaunchSource narrowed the field to the top 28 candidates in the area, who were invited to attend the combine.

“Working with the Suffolk E-Clinic has been a pleasure. The students are hard-working and motivated and have been a great help to LaunchSource. Additionally the team at the Center for Entrepreneurship has helped us by providing resources and space to run programs for young professionals. Overall it’s been a great relationship that we are excited to build upon!”

-Chris Algiere, Marketing Lead @ LaunchSource



Thanks to all the candidates for attending as well as the attending companies which included Acquia, ClearCompanyFuze, and ThriveHive.


To learn more about the E-Clinic and how the Center for Entrepreneurship can help you, visit:

Center for Entrepreneurship’s E-Clinic

MassIT: Opportunities for Students

MassIT Internship Opportunities in Suffolk University!


On March 8th 2016, the Massachusetts Office of Information Technology (MassIT) was in campus for a recruiting event organized by Suffolk University Information System and Operation Management (ISOM) club. This event was attended by majors in Entrepreneurship, Finance, Accounting and more. During this summer, MassIT will be offering various internship opportunities for Suffolk University students and it will be open for students across all fields of study. During the event, MassIT recruiter, Mr. Richard C. De la Zerda, gave a brief presentation regarding the department and his experience in MassIT. Richard is currently one of the recruitment assistants at MassIT and he is also personally a Suffolk University alumni. It was understood that MassIT currently has a high job placement rate which explains why it has been known as one of the most popular internship options among university undergraduates. Throughout these past few years, MassIT staff have been working closely with the Suffolk University ISOM club in spreading their recruitment activities to our Suffolk Business students, encouraging them to experience how it feels to work for Massachusetts government.


“Working at the Massachusetts Office of Information Technology (MassIT) has been a great experience. I am currently interning for the Office of Municipal and School Technology, working on several initiatives. In every department there are a variety of high visibility projects to work on. It is also not uncommon to interact with executives from well known organizations, which can help strengthen one’s network. Overall, I have found my time at MassIT to be full of opportunities,” said Amelia, currently an ISOM major at Suffolk. She will be graduating this May.



Supporting Young Entrepreneurs

For the first time this spring, students from Suffolk University’s Sawyer Business School’s Honors Program are taking part in a challenge course that involves creating awareness for the Center of Entrepreneurship. Students are actively learning how to operate the best businesses possible, work in teams on an array of creative student-lead initiatives and market their skills and achievements to the world through their deliverables and successes in this course. Students in the program have diverse backgrounds and major in entrepreneurship, marketing, management, finance, accounting, information systems, global business and more. Entrepreneurial spirit is the base for creativity and skill in this course. The students that make up the class are the best and brightest in their respective majors at Suffolk and their work will be seen in real time to students, alumni, faculty and to those outside of the Suffolk community on our Facebook page, Instagram, Twitter, Blog and at local conferences for young and hopeful entrepreneurs. Details can be found on our website:

Real world experience is brought into Suffolk’s Center for Entrepreneurship by professors and staff who are entrepreneurs, seasoned professionals, innovators, and researchers in their respective fields of study and practice. Our professors mentor, and work individually with students and student groups on their coursework and ventures outside of the classroom.

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There are many innovative students out there who, with the right foundation, are going to be successful in their future endeavors in the business world. There are organizations and university programs that push and teach business skills and knowledge to enable student success. Suffolk University recognizes one such organization that, like our Center for Entrepreneurship, offers students the opportunity to gain experience in business and the tools necessary for success before pursuing higher education or entering the business world as an entrepreneur. Business Professionals of America has been around for 50 years and holds leadership conferences nationwide. Current Suffolk students that have been past members of BPA are working hard to represent not only Suffolk, but also the ideals of entrepreneurship to current members in the organization.

Young entrepreneurs are the future of small and big businesses worldwide. Their ideas today will bring them to become leaders in their industries and fields tomorrow. Throughout Suffolk’s community, Boston, and New England as a whole, students continue to learn, explore and raise awareness and capital for their start-ups and new product ideas. 2016 continues to show great promise for young entrepreneurs and with the launch of StartUp Suffolk, students and faculty in the Center for Entrepreneurship at Suffolk University are excited to be assisting and educating some of those future entrepreneurs!

Pitch Competition, Apply today!

We are pleased to announce the 2016 Pitch Competition and Networking Event hosted by the Suffolk Entrepreneurs Club in conjunction with the Suffolk University Center for Entrepreneurship.

Join us Tuesday April 5th  from 5:30 to 7:30 PM to support Suffolk University’s entrepreneurial thinkers as they pitch their ideas in 3 minutes or less in front of elite judges for the chance to win cash prizes.

Whether you are a presenter, spectator or mentor we encourage you to attend this event! Show your support for the entrepreneurial community at Suffolk while gaining valuable insight form mentors, alumni, investors and professors and see what innovative business ideas Suffolk students are involved in.

We are seeking Suffolk student entrepreneurs in all phases of business to pitch their ideas, network with peers, mentors, professors, and alumni and have the chance to win prizes of cash and services!

If you have a great idea or business, this is the event for you! The purpose of the event is to showcase student ideas in a variety of business stages in order to gain valuable insight and exposure.

Students who are interested in applying must submit an application to pitch by March 28th by 11:59 PM.

Click on the link below to fill out the application & for additional rules:


Event Details


Tuesday, April 5th from 5:30 to 7:30 PM.

Catered networking event 5:30-6:15, followed by pitch competition.


20 Somerset St, Boston MA 02108, 20 Somerset Cafe (Ground Level)


Only Suffolk students (undergrad/graduate) are permitted to submit an application to pitch, however, all are welcome and encouraged to attend the event and networking hour.

For additional questions please contact The Suffolk Entrepreneurs Club at




EVENT RECAP: 1630/Visual Dialogue

On Thursday, February 25, 2016 the Entrepreneurship Club at Suffolk University gathered for their weekly meeting. The headlining presenters? A married couple that lives and works together, but most recently, opened a shop in Faneuil hall together. They brought, not only their expertise and anecdotal retellings of their combined 50 years of experience, but also a love for students and students’ entrepreneurial spirit.

Susan and Fritz, the couple in question, shared about the steps they took to start their pop-up store that was christened 1630 named after the year Boston was founded. Fritz started a digital marketing firm called Visual Dialogue as a young entrepreneur. He then met and married Susan Battista who joined his Visual Dialogue team. Over the past few years they were consistently faced with the pains terrible Boston take-aways. Their solution: to provide a higher quality and unique take-away for the thousands of tourists that visit the city eat year.

For Fritz and Susan, this venture was met with excitement and a few hurdles that they gave great insight about to the students in the audience. They had viewers at the edge of their seat as they retold their adventure through the highs and lows of opening a retail location in a 30 day deadline, as well as locally sourcing all of the goods in the store, while simultaneously running their pre-existing business.