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!
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.
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!”
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.
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: www.suffolkentrepreneurship.com.
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.
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!
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.
The Center for Entrepreneurship has been working with Suffolk’s Office of Marketing and Communication to help bring life to entrepreneurship.suffolk.edu! Here you will find updates on what is happening inside the entrepreneurship program at Suffolk as well as within Boston’s entrepreneurial community. Stay up-to-date on all the latest events happening on our resource tab, get to know the faculty that make up our department, and learn about ways you can get involved! Whether you are in high school, a current student at Suffolk, one of our Alumni, or a business professional in the Boston area, entrepreneurship.suffolk.edu has content that fits what you want.
Beginning in the Fall of 2015, Suffolk University’s Center for Entrepreneurship has a new home in Downtown Boston at One Beacon Street. The space, which has been Suffolk University classrooms, now houses the Center’s E-Academy, E-Community, and E-Lab along with all class sections of entrepreneurship.
The E-Academy is a room that is designated for local high school programs starting at 2:30pm Monday through Thursday. Partner organization BUILD.org will be using the space every Monday throughout the semester for their general sessions.
The E-Community consists of two classrooms that convert to workshop and seminar space for the public. Typical programming initiatives include the “Nutz and Boltz” of a startup, different certificate programs, and industry specific seminars.
The E-Lab is home to the Center for Entrepreneurship’s 3D printing lab. It houses three resin-based 3D printers from Form Labs. The space is also used in conjunction with the ENT-419 capstone, where students work with local small businesses in a consulting model called the E-Clinic.
Final design work and buildout will take place over the remaining Fall semester and a ribbon cutting ceremony is planned for the Spring of 2016. To stay up to date with what is going on within the Center for Entrepreneurship, please visit our website at entrepreneurship.suffolk.edu.