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The Center for Entrepreneurship's NextGen Advisory Board

The Center for Entrepreneurship formed the NextGen Advisory Board of recent Hofstra alumni who have started companies, participated in business plan competitions and have started their careers in the field of entrepreneurship. The NextGen Advisory Board members mentor students, participate in our programming and connect students to entrepreneurship opportunities in the NY metro area. To contact a NextGen Advisory Board member please contact Stacey.Sikes[at]Hofstra.edu.

Max Bidna

Max Bidna

As a founding member of Hofstra University Start-Ups in 2012 and as a former President of the club, Max is thrilled to be back supporting the Hofstra Entrepreneurship community through the NexGen Advisory Board. While at Hofstra, Max walked on to the golf team but left after a couple seasons to pursue his business drive. He completed 6 internships at various investment funds and start-up accelerators. After a brief stint helping middle stage companies raise capital as an investment banker he founded Hell’s Creative, a boutique growth agency in Hell’s Kitchen, NYC. He currently serves as a partner at the firm helping start-ups and small businesses grow their sale

Jacqueline Hsu

Jacqueline Hsu

Jacqueline Hsu is a passionate coding, coffee-roasting, cat-loving entrepreneur. With a business mindset and a technical background, Jacqueline has participated, placed, and judged in multiple business competitions, hackathons, and startup events. She received her dual degree in Computer Science (B.S.) and Psychology (B.A.) with a minor in English from Hofstra University in 2017. At Hofstra, Jacqueline was the founder and president of Hofstra’s Computer Science Society and was the founder and chairwoman of Hofstra’s ACMW-Chapter: She++. In 2015, her team was one of the top winners for Hofstra-CPXi Tech Venture Challenge. She also placed first at Hofstra’s Hackathon and was the top winner in Hofstra’s C.S. Entrepreneurship Competition. Soon after, she started working for the Center for Entrepreneurship, where she helped design and execute programs for iDeaHUb and its makerspace lab. In 2016, she co-founded her first startup, ParqMi, and was then invited to join the StartFast Venture Accelerator. Presently, she serves as the Chairwoman of Hofstra’s NextGen Advisory Board, Hofstra’s Computer Science Alumni Network, and Hofstra’s Women in Computer Science Organization. Jacqueline now spends her time mentoring students and startups, where one of the team she coached recently placed first in HackNY Spring 2017.

Jon El-Kordi Hubbard

Jon El-Kordi Hubbard

Jon El Kordi-Hubbard is currently a Digital Strategist for DDB Health, an advertising agency that focuses on creating compelling campaigns for healthcare professionals. He was formerly the founder of College Startup Magazine, the nation's first website that highlighted the startup stories of students from around the globe. At Hofstra he was a President of HUSU, an executive board member of HAMA, and conducted a thesis on how workspace design impacts entrepreneurs. He graduated in December 2013 with a BBA in Entrepreneurship and Information Technology.

Alec Polsley

Alec Polsley

Alec graduated in 2016 with a BBA in Marketing from Hofstra University. While there, he assisted in the formation of the Hofstra Center for Entrepreneurship and was a student advisor to the center and Executive Dean, Mark Lesko. While at school he joined the social amplification app, Bettr, as Director of Marketing. He enjoys helping young entrepreneurs on GTM strategies and organic growth tactics.

Andrew Marks

Andrew Marks

In May 2015, Andrew Marks graduated Summa Cum Laude while receiving his Bachelor’s degree in Finance from Hofstra University. During his undergraduate career, Andrew was the president of ALPFA (Association of Latino Professionals for America) where he developed a strategic plan to reconstruct the executive board and the club’s operations. In his role, he mentored other students to help them reach their fullest potential through interpersonal communication development and career building activities. Andrew’s interest in Entrepreneurship led him to place 3rd in the CPXi Venture Challenge (now the Digital Remedy Challenge); he worked with a team to create a Sterling Engine made completely from recyclable materials. On his down time, Andrew enjoyed playing on Hofstra’s club baseball team where he helped the team win the Club Baseball World Series. Upon graduation, Andrew spent a year and a half at Wells Fargo as a financial analyst in New York City. Currently, he is the Co-Founder and CEO of PadLink, an off campus housing online platform, and a Partner at LI Content Creations, a Tech & Media company. He is also the Vice-Chair of the NextGen Advisory Board and an alumni advisor for ALPFA Hofstra. In his spare time, he enjoys investing in the stock market and playing baseball.

Megan Woods

Megan Woods

Megan Woods is a currently a PhD candidate in Molecular Medicine at Hofstra Northwell School of Medicine. Her entrepreneurial interests are in the health tech and biotech start up spaces. She is interested in connection capital opportunities with small biotech startup companies to advance innovative therapeutics. She competed in the graduate division of the Hofstra CPXI Challenge in 2016.


CPXi Venture Challenge