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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 is the Chairperson of Hofstra’s NextGen Advisory Board. She received her dual degree in Computer Science (BS) and Psychology (BA) with a minor in English from Hofstra University in 2017.

While a student, 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 then co-founded her first startup, ParqMi, which was later invested by StartFast Venture Accelerator.

In 2017, Jacqueline won first place in Tech Star’s Startup Weekend on Long Island. Upon graduation, she turned her attention to coaching and preparing student teams for competitions business and hackathons. Her student teams have continued to place in university level venture challenges as well as Hackathons including HackHofstra and HackNY.

Presently, Jacqueline also serves as the chairwoman of Hofstra’s Computer Science Alumni Network and as a board member of Hofstra’s DeMattis SEAS Alumni Association. 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

Christian Ladigoski is a Multi-Media Entrepreneur, diversifying his experience in digital marketing, production and filmmaking. Christian is the Co-Founder of NextCore Media (A Digital Marketing Agency) and Founder of Gowski Productions (A Film Production Company), he has previous experience at prestigious media companies such as NBC, ABC and HBO. He is also an executive producer, film composer and has created content for film, digital, radio, podcasts, and other mediums for 12+ years.

Lynn Luong

Lynn Luong

Lynn is the founder of The 2.0 Collective, your homebase for career advancement. Currently based in Charlotte, NC, she works as an ecosystem builder to support the rapidly-growing city working on large-scale projects to bring Charlotte to the forefront of technology and startups. In one of the fastest-growing fintech and startup hubs, she sits as the organizer and founder of Charlotte Innovation Week, the inaugural week-long celebration for Charlotte Innovation, and recently was the director of Seed the South, one of the largest angel investment conferences and pitch competitions of the South. At Hofstra, she—like her fellow NextGen board members—was the president of HUSU - Hofstra University Startups where she credits her beginnings as a lover of entrepreneurship. Her team was the winner of the 2016 Digital Remedy (formerly CPXi) Competition and a top 10 finalist in 2019. With NextGen Advisory, she hopes to give back as much as the Hub has given her.

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.

Alice Gamarnik

Alice Gamarnik

In May 2019, Alice Gamarnik graduated from Hofstra University with a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science, and a minor in Mathematics. During her undergraduate career, Alice was the president of Hofstra’s Computer Science Society (CSS), where she planned and lead technical workshops, campus-wide events, and club trips to conferences and various tech companies in the New York area. Through the Computer Science Society, she became involved with the Center for Entrepreneurship, by participating in the Hofstra-Digital Remedy Challenge, mentoring CSS club members who later participated, and gaining the Center’s support for Hofstra’s annual hackathon, Hack Hofstra. Alice currently lives and works in New York City, as a software engineer at Medidata Solutions.

Alec Marcus

Alec Marcus

I graduated Magna Cum Laude with a BBA in Entrepreneurship in May 2020, and am now working towards my MBA in Sports & Entertainment Management which I will receive in 2022. As an undergrad I spent two years as the President of Hofstra University Start-Ups (HUSU), tasked with recruiting a new wave of students and launching their ideas. I was also an inaugural Co-Chair for the Zarb Undergraduate Leadership Council where I grew collaboration, marketing efforts, and recruitment events for all business clubs. I worked as the Student Assistant at the Center for Entrepreneurship where I managed promotions, research, and competitions. I entered the Digital Remedy Venture Challenge three times with three different teams, earning a finalist spot as a sole founder for my current venture MeCard. I'm now working towards a digital business card app for professional, social, and consumer networking. I also co-manage Quotees, developing t-shirts with inspirational quotes and donating to causes supporting various professions. In my spare time, I enjoy helping people start businesses, analyzing movies, and playing basketball.

Michael Lai

Michael Lai

Michael is the founder and CEO of Cress Health , a tech company that creates disruptive technologies to enhance individual mental wellness. He is also creator of Cress Health’s flagship product, Callie , which is the world’s first AI-driven personal wellness companion. Cress Health was named one of Fast Company’s 2020 World Changing Ideas and is backed by the Clinton Foundation, 1517 Fund, Accelerate New York Seed Fund, and Microsoft. While at Hofstra, Michael represented Cress Health in numerous business competitions and was the 2nd place winner of the 2019 Healthcare Entrepreneurship Community Challenge, 1st place winner of the 2019 Long Island Business Plan Competition, 3rd place winner of the 2019 Hofstra-Digital Remedy Venture Challenge, and the national grand prize winner of the 2019 GMAC “Think Like an Entrepreneur” competition. Outside of Cress Health, Michael is extremely passionate about impact-based social entrepreneurship and has founded Cress Cares (Cress Health’s non-profit arm) in which he works with community partners in Africa to deliver cost-free mental wellness resources and increase mental health literacy for refugees in the Kakuma refugee camp, adolescent youth in Nairobi, Kenya, and for women affected by sexual and gender-based violence in Liberia. He is also the founder of SciSquare , a non-profit organization that connects underprivileged high school students from backgrounds traditionally underrepresented in STEM to mentorship and summer research immersion opportunities. For his efforts, Michael was named a 2020 Innovator of the Year by Innovate Long Island. As part of the NextGen Advisory Board, Michael is excited to give back to Hofstra by supporting and mentoring the next generation of Hofstra entrepreneurs.