Start Your Business at Suffolk

The Center for Entrepreneurship is a catalyst to support your entrepreneurial ambitions with launching a new venture – while you are a student or after you graduate.

For current students, you can tailor your entrepreneurship major to add “Launching a New Venture” as a concentration focused on startups. Courses include crowdfunding, raising venture capital, bootstrapping, and preparing for the actual launch during your academic program (or shortly thereafter). The Center for Entrepreneurship provides access to 3-D printing, legal services (through Suffolk Law School’s Intellectual Property and Entrepreneurship Clinic), accounting services, financial support (through courses in crowdfunding, the $100,000 Dr. Sushil Bhatia Competition for Innovative Ideas, the Alumni Seed Fund, and additional resources as an E-Clinic capstone client. Your entrepreneurship 4 major core, along with the availability of 20 electives to tailor your exact needs. For more information, visit http://entrepreneurship.suffolk.edu/resources.php
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The Center for Entrepreneurship Welcomes NFTE BizAcademies

Suffolk University’s Center for Entrepreneurship is proud to partner with the Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship (NFTE) and the Boys and Girls Clubs of Dorchester to host two summer entrepreneurship BizAcademies for local high school students.

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NFTE’s BizAcademies are designed to unlock the entrepreneurial mindset in youth as each participant builds a full plan for an original business idea of their own. This summer, the Center for Entrepreneurship will host one co-ed BizAcademy focused on NFTE’s award-winning entrepreneurship curriculum, as well as the new NFTE Girls Empowered! BizAcademy which will also include themes of women’s leadership, inspirational female entrepreneurs as guest speakers and activities focused on girl’s confidence building. Both sessions will help students gain the confidence and skills needed to become the CEOs of their future. The award winning experiential program activities include group work, individual learning, field trips (including one to New York City), a selling event, and a business plan competition with more than $1,000 in prizes. Local business leaders and entrepreneurs will coach all students as they create business plans and practice problem solving, flexibility, collaboration, critical thinking, comfort with risk, and 21st Century workforce development skills.

The program will run July 25 – August 5, 2016 for students 13-18. For application information, please contact Santi Ayu, Education Director, Boys & Girls Clubs of Dorchester, sayu@bgcdorchester.org, P: 617.288.7120, Ext: 2321

About NFTE

Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship (NFTE) has taught and inspired more than 600,000 young people to pursue educational opportunities, start their own businesses, and succeed in life since our founding in 1987. By providing entrepreneurship education programs relevant to the real world, NFTE empowers students to own their education and future success. NFTE has programs in 23 locations and 10 countries. To learn more, visit http://www.nfte.com, like NFTE on Facebook at http://www.Facebook.com/NFTE or follow us on Twitter at @NFTENewEngland and @NFTE

Suffolk Entrepreneur Alex Hatzinikolau Co-Founder of Zelus LLC

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Designed and engineered in 2014, Zelus is a consumer technology company that has developed a fashionable and functional, all-in-one workstation for students and professionals. Co-founder, Alex Hatznikolau, is currently a Senior at Suffolk University and is expected to graduate this coming May, 2016.

Alex began his entrepreneurial journey with business partner Scarlee Marseielle in their hometown Brockton, Massachusetts. Both Alex and Scarlee saw the demand for a laptop case that could transform any computer into a multi-functional workstation, especially for people with on-the-go lifestyles, like themselves. Zelus has created a series of sleek, stylish, and iconic laptop cases.

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The ICON and the Edge by Zelus, are equipped with many features, such as a slide-out panel to organize and display papers and multi-media tools.With college students being one of Zelus’s target markets, both Alex and Scarlee have been able to find and observe evidence to support their claims as a business. Alex and Scarlee are able to make for certain that their is a need and a want for their product.

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Alex helped start Zelus during his Junior year at Suffolk University, though preliminary work on product development and strategy began the summer before they became a legal entity. Interested in the product, as well as, extremely proud of a fellow Suffolk Entrepreneur,  we attended the Zelus Kickstarter Launch Party at WeWork South Station.  The event was spectacular! Product displays were exhibited throughout the whole showroom, Sa Pa, a delicious local Boston based Vietnamese cuisine was catered, a DJ rendered music that made everyone dance, and there were free giveaways! The launch was a complete success, not to mention, the entrepreneurial buzz was in the air! 

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Scarlee Marseielle left and Alex Hatznikolau right

We had the pleasure of talking with Alex and asked him a few questions about the products he was launching. More importantly, we asked him if he had any tips for starting a small business while in college. His number one tip was to be surrounded by people who motivate you and who you work well with.  He said it is important to build a team of people that “you click with in and out of the office”, he said, “your going to be spending ALOT of time with these people”.

Alex also mentioned that classes and schoolwork aways conflict with business schedules and there are some days he has to miss class for team meetings or outreach and networking. However, professors have been more than encouraging to Alex and enjoy that he incorporates hands-on knowledge into the classroom from starting his own company.

In the words of a Suffolk University Entrepreneur:

Your business is your baby. It requires a lot of attention and nurturing to grow. No matter what you have going on, you need to make time every day to take steps forward.”- Alex Hatznikolau

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Job & Internship Opportunity at Spots

What is Spots?

“Spots is the first real-time restaurant and nightlife guide. We are looking to disrupt the local search market.

What if you knew exactly what was happening at a place before you go? How long is the wait/line? How crowded is it? What are the demographics of the people there? What about details like temperature, specials, crowds, music, vibe etc.? With our mobile app we can actually put you in the location at the tap of your finger.”

 

Why Spots?

“We need smart, driven people who want to play an integral role in shaping the culture, product, and growth strategy of an early stage startup. We are flexible in terms of part time positions and compensation, but most importantly we are looking for people who believe in our vision and want to be a part of a dynamic, exciting, and innovative startup company.”

Check out this opportunity on AngelList

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E-Clients Kick Off Capstone Experiential

Last week, local Boston area businesses came to the Center for Entrepreneurship to pitch their businesses to the senior entrepreneurship capstone students. The businesses participating in the Fall 2015 E-Clinic are Yum Yum Pix, Capsure, Statisfy, WWBE, and American Stonecraft.

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Entrepreneurship Alumnus, John Huang, started Yum Yum Pix as a senior at Suffolk. Yum Yum Pix is your own personal food visual safari, dedicated to providing you with the inspiration to venture beyond your taste buds and explore new cuisines. I wanted to be involved with the E-Clinic because it encompasses the spirit that ‘anything is possible.'”

Eric Howard has been an E-Clinic client for the past three semesters. His company, World Wide Beauty Exchange (wwbe.com). WWBE is an online source for professional beauty products. Made by Beauty Professionals for Beauty Professionals and their clients. Suffolk’s E-Clinic reviewed our development and business model giving us validation and exceptional review from a new knowledgeable generation of peers. I find the collaborative to be quite a resource and look forward to tangible results.”

Capsure, Statisfy, and American Stonecraft are all new to the E-Clinic model. Capsure is a platform used to help investors expedite their due diligence with more accurate understandings of the companies that are seeking investment. Statisfy is an online polling software company. Their polling and engagement units allow you to engage your audiences in a unique, and playful way. The polls are free, and can be embedded on any article or webpage. Finally, American Stonecraft (featured in the image above) takes freshly unearthed field stones all across New England and skillfully crafts them into his full line of farm-to-table serving wares.

Center for Entrepreneurship Launches Microsite

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.

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Suffolk University’s Center for Entrepreneurship moves to One Beacon

 

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.

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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.