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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.

Dylan Ander

Dylan Ander

In May 2016 Dylan graduated with a BBA in Business Management. With a background in the music industry and entrepreneurship from a young age, Dylan earned 3rd place in the CPXi Competition (now Digital Remedy Challenge) by creating a GPS-enabled lock catered to touring musicians. Since graduating, he has co-founded NextCore Media, a boutique digital marketing agency, and Monarch Blockchain Corp., a payment processor and storage wallet for cryptocurrencies. Dylan has lived in Nashville since graduating Hofstra and earned his first major label songwriting placement with EDM hitmakers Cazzette in early 2018.

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 Hofstra’s ACMW-Chapter: She++. In 2015, her team was the top winner for Hofstra-Digital Remedy Challenge, Hofstra’s Hackathon, and Hofstra’s C.S. Entrepreneurship Competition. Jacqueline has worked 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. In 2017, she first place in Tech Star’s first Startup Weekend on Long Island and a student team she coached placed first in Columbia & NYU’s HackNY. Presently, Jacqueline serves as the Chairwoman of Hofstra’s NextGen Advisory Board, Hofstra’s Computer Science Alumni Network, and is on the board of Hofstra’s DeMattis SEAS Alumni Group. In her spare time, Jacqueline enjoys mentoring and teaching students to problem-solve critically and creatively, running her photography passion project, and volunteering at animal shelters.

Jon El Kordi-Hubbard

Jon El Kordi-Hubbard

Jon El Kordi-Hubbard is the Founder & CEO of Craft + Logic, a product lab that builds tech and content to tackle consumer problems. Formerly he was a Co-Founder of Hell's Creative LLC, a growth marketing agency in NYC, and was a Digital Strategist for DDB Health, a global advertising agency that focuses on creating compelling campaigns for healthcare professionals.

Prior to that, he founded 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.

Christian Ladigoski

Christian Ladigoski

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.


CPXi Venture Challenge