Hofstra’s Center for Entrepreneurship has won an international award as 2017’s best new university-based entrepreneurship hub.
The Global Consortium of Entrepreneurship Centers (GCEC), a group of more than 225 university entrepreneurship centers, named Hofstra as the Outstanding Emerging Entrepreneurship Center of the year, which recognizes centers that are less than five-years-old. Hofstra shared the honor with the University of New Hampshire.
“The Center for Entrepreneurship is honored by this award because it speaks to how far we have come in such a short time. Thanks to the enthusiasm and talent on our campus and in our community, Hofstra is building a reputation as a place that nurtures ideation and fuels the regional innovation economy,” said Mark Lesko, vice president of economic development and executive dean of the Center for Entrepreneurship. “It’s especially gratifying that this recognition is coming from our peers – other university-based entrepreneurship centers.”
The Center for Entrepreneurship, launched in 2015, is a multi-disciplinary program that has worked with hundreds of students, faculty and members of the community, and fostered the creation of student-run companies through the Hofstra-Digital Remedy Venture Challenge, entrepreneurial workshops, an entrepreneur-in-residence program and a student-run record label.
The Center is run out of the ideaHUb, a 3,000-square-foot business incubator and collaborative work space, equipped with a 3D printer, laser cutter, milling machine, drone, virtual reality headset and other programming devices.
Other Center programs that support local entrepreneurs include the InnovateHER competition and the 2017 Long Island Startup Weekend. The ideaHUb also also received START-UP NY designation to attract technology-based startup companies to locate at Hofstra.
The Center for Entrepreneurship recently received a prestigious i6 Challenge award from the U.S. Economic Development Administration to launch the Healthcare Entrepreneurship Community Challenge with partners including the School of Health Professions and Human Services, Donald and Barbara Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra/Northwell, and Northwell Ventures.
The GCEC is the premier academic organization addressing the emerging topics of importance to the nation’s university-based centers for entrepreneurship.