Start-Up City

On Thursday, November 7, Pace’s Entrepreneurship Lab and the MIT Enterprise Forum of NYC host a groundbreaking forum on the role of universities in the NYC entrepreneurship ecosystem.


As entrepreneurship continues to drive growth around the world, what are universities doing to encourage and develop budding entrepreneurs? How does this impact the economy? Explore these questions and more as the Entrepreneurship Lab hosts Entrepreneurship NYC: The role of universities in the NYC ecosystem on Thursday, November 7, from 5:30 p.m.–8:30 p.m. in the Aniello Bianco Room on the NYC Campus.

Universities have long been integral to regional economic development. For example, the Morrill Act of 1862, which funded land-grant institutions, was a response to the industrial revolution. Universities also have a long tradition of contributing to the general welfare, which can be exemplified in the “Wisconsin Idea” that dates back to the late 19th century.

The enormous impact universities have on regional economies can be clearly illustrated by examples such as Stanford in Silicon Valley and MIT in the Greater Boston area. In New York City, the role of universities extends well beyond research and technology transfer. Local universities have been integral to the success of New York’s ‘New Economy’ by playing a special role in our entrepreneurial ecosystem.

This event will explore that unique role through a dynamic panel discussion featuring Eric Gertler, EVP, New York City Economic Development Corporation; Orin Herskowitz, VP of Intellectual Property and Tech Transfer for Columbia University; Debera Johnson, Executive Director, Center for Sustainable Design Studies and Research at Pratt Institute; and Geoffrey W. Smith, Director of the Center for Technology, Innovation, and Entrepreneurship at Mount Sinai School of Medicine; moderated by Bruce Bachenheimer, Director of the Entrepreneurship Lab, with a welcome from Lubin Dean Neil Braun.

A Q&A will follow the panel, followed by a networking reception.

The event is free and open to the public, but registration is required. Register here.

Also coming up at the eLab, the third speaker in their four-part Fall Speaker Series, Lynne Lambert, founder of NYC Subway Line, the popular brand, which sells tees and hats featuring the iconic NYC subway circles. Lambert will discuss the challenges of building and branding a unique brand on Tuesday, October 29, from 5:45 p.m. to 6:45 p.m. in the eLab. Topics include financing, production, marketing, and operation.

Appy Go Lucky

Got an app design?
 Well, we’ve got just the contest for you as the Entrepreneurship Lab presents the Pace Mobile App Design Contest!

The challenge: To create a concept for a mobile app that demonstrates innovative design and meets user needs. 

The Entrepreneurship Lab is bringing you the Pace Mobile App Design Contest 2.0. Are you up for the task?

If so, submit a full app design using any tool (Adobe Photoshop or Microsoft Publisher) or language (HTML, CSS, and Javascript). Screenshots from mobile emulators will also be accepted.

All Pace students are invited to participate and win $500, $250, and $100 cash prizes.

Please note that this is a design contest and not a development contest, so programming is not required. Register by 5:00 p.m. on Monday, October 21 and submit your design no later than 5:00 p.m. on Monday, November 4. Finalists will be chosen and announced on November 11 and a design showcase and student vote will determine the winner at the final event on December 5.

Last year, Seidenberg student Julie Gauthier’s We Go Together, an app to help people arrange and share their schedules for work, school, and play, took home the top prize. Do you have this year’s big app? Get to it.

Mind Your Bizness

Pace’s eLab kicks off the semester with a series of events bringing CEOs and successful entrepreneurs to campus to help you get your ideas off the ground.

The fun starts on Tuesday, September 24, when the Entrepreneurship Lab hosts the first in their Fall Speaker Series, CEO of TribecaDigital.com Eric Diamond, from 2:15 p.m. to 3:15 p.m. and 5:40 p.m. to 6:40 p.m. at the eLab. Tribeca Digital is a full-service global digital agency that blends technical expertise and creative thinking to design, develop, and deploy innovative and engaging interactive solutions.

Next up on October 1 from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. in the Multipurpose Room is the FreshBiz Entrepreneurial Thinking Workshop, a game simulation aimed at developing entrepreneurial thinking skills. Observe yourself acting in a business environment through a game simulation and gain insights in your relationship to money, how to manage resources, how to identify opportunities, and how to create cooperation. Lead facilitators include FreshBiz creator and founder Ronen Gafni and founding partners Josh Weiss and Simcha Gluck. For more information and to register for this event, click here.

Other upcoming events include the Pace Mobile App Contest 2.0, forum on the role of universities in the NYC entrepreneurship ecosystem, a talk from NYCSubwayLine.net founder Lynne Lambert, and much more.

The Entrepreneurship Lab, located on the 3rd floor of 163 William Street, offers Pace students a unique space and environment to collaborate and innovate. The eLab aims to foster an entrepreneurial mindset—a way of thinking and acting that focuses on developing new ways to solve problems and create value. For more on how to get involved, visit www.pace.edu/elab.

Go the Extra Miles

Every time you swipe your Pace One Card, you have Miles Lasater to thank. Meet the man who co-founded the company that serves more than 5.5 million students, including everyone at Pace on March 21.

On March 21, stop by the Multipurpose Room to hear how three undergrads revolutionized an archaic paper check-based system for financial aid refunds and created a firm that serves more than 5.5 million students, including everyone at Pace, as the Entrepreneurship Lab hosts a Fireside Chat with Miles Lasater, co-founder and COO of Higher One. 

The 2010 Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year for New England and recipient of the Elm-Ivy Award, Lasater will talk about he and some college friends turned an idea into what was named one of the fastest growing private companies in the U.S. by Inc. magazine and Entrepreneur magazine. Lasater also recently co-founded SeeClickFix, a Government 2.0 start-up, which encourages residents to become active citizens in taking care of and improving their city by reporting non-emergency issue in their neighborhood.

In addition to the chat, there will be a Q&A and networking reception. The event is free and open to the public, but registration is required. For more info or to register, visit www.pace.edu/elabevent.

Opening the Vault

Pace’s E-Lab kicks off the academic year with the co-founder of career and job search supergiant VAULT.com, who sold his stake for $100 million and founded a leading financial data analysis company.

On September 27, Lubin’s Entrepreneurship Lab will host Entrepreneurial Strategy: From Raising Venture Capital To Selling Your Company, featuring a talk and Q&A with Sam Hamadeh, founder and CEO of PrivCo, the premier source for business and financial research on major privately-held companies (MPCs).

Hamadeh is a veteran media entrepreneur, corporate attorney, and financial expert based in New York. In 1997, after earning his MBA from the Wharton School of Business and JD from the University of Pennsylvania Law School, he co-founded VAULT.com, the web’s leading career information website. He served as the venture-capital-backed company’s president through its sale in 2007 to a major private equity firm for a significant return to his investors. In 2009, Hamadeh founded PrivCo and has since served as its CEO.

Hamadeh’s honors and awards include Small Businessman of the Year by Crain’s Magazine, the Harvard Business School Club’s Entrepreneur of the Year, Silicon Alley Reporter’s “100 Most Influential Media Executives,” Deloitte & Touche’s 50 Fastest Growing Companies, and the University of Pennsylvania Law School’s Young Alumnus of the Year award. Hamadeh has also served on the Board of Managers of the University of Pennsylvania Law School, has served on the Entrepreneurship and Innovation Advisory Board for a major U.S. Congressional Candidate, and has been the official Entrepreneurship-in-Residence at the Wharton School, advising Wharton MBA students on their startup business plans, where he also serves each year as a final round judge for their annual Business Plan Competition.

Hamadeh has authored 12 books about entrepreneurship, business, and careers published by Random House and Houghton Mifflin.

The event will be held from 5:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. in the Multipurpose Room on the NYC Campus. To register, click here.