The Center for Entrepreneurship

About Us

Since its founding in 2015, Hofstra’s Center for Entrepreneurship has hosted over 231 events, facilitated more than 1,200 mentor sessions, and entrepreneurs affiliated with the Center have received over $507,000 in prizes to jumpstart their businesses. The Center’s headquarters is the ideaHUb incubator, a collaborative workspace that offers companies networking opportunities as well as prototype development at the Maker Space. The Center’s core programs include the Healthcare Entrepreneurship Community Challenge, a U.S. E.D.A. i6 Challenge Grant program, the Hofstra-Digital Remedy Venture Challenge, and Unispan Records.Through these initiatives, entrepreneurs participate in bootcamps, workshops, and mentor sessions, all facilitated by seasoned entrepreneurs. Named the Global Consortium of Entrepreneurship Centers’ “2017 Outstanding Emerging Entrepreneurship Center,” the Center provides focused assistance to entrepreneurs.

The Scott Skodnek Business Development Center (BDC) assists small business entrepreneurs on Long Island and in the metropolitan area to succeed in starting or expanding a business. The BDC, a designated New York State Entrepreneurial Assistance Center, offers support to these entrepreneurs through EAC, digital marketing workshops, financial management using QuickBooks and providing assistance with the Minority/Women Owned Business Enterprise (M/WBE) Certification application process. The BDC has supported more than 1,407 entrepreneurs since 1991 and received the Outstanding Performance Award from Empire State Development Corp. in 2009, 2013 and 2019.

Center for Entrepreneurship Team

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Sikes

Stacey Sikes
Executive Dean of Entrepreneurship and Business Development
Office: ideaHUb, Business School Building, Rm 103E
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Phone: 516-463-7496

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Goldsmith

Sharon Goldsmith
Vice Dean of Entrepreneurship and Business Development
Office: ideaHUb, Business School Building, Rm 103C
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Phone: 516-463-5202

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Hayes

Dr. Richard N. Hayes
Academic Director
Office: Business School Building, Rm 107
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Phone: 516-463-5727

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Vickerie

Lutisha Vickerie
Assistant Professor of Management and Entrepreneurship
Office: Business School Building, Rm 107
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Fetter

Laura Fetter
Senior Assistant Dean of Entrepreneurship and Business Development
Office: Oak Street Center, Rm 107D
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Phone: 516-463-4069

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Nunez

Kenia Nuñez
Assistant Dean of Entrepreneurship and Business Development
Oak Street Center Room Number 107B
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Phone: 516-463-5285

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McKenzie

Terri Arnold-McKenzie
Program Manager - Ascend Long Island
Office: ideaHUb, Rm 103D
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Phone: 516-463-5222

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Jones

April Jones
Programs Administrator of Entrepreneurship and Business Development
Office: Oak Street Center, Rm 107C
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Phone: 516-463-5850

Advisory Board

The Center for Entrepreneurship has tapped a group of experienced business and economic leaders to serve as members of its Advisory Board. Members provide financial support, student mentoring and guidance on program development. To contact an Advisory Board member please contact Stacey.Sikes@Hofstra.edu.

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@Hofstra.edu.