The Institute of

Innovation & Entrepreneurship

The Center for Entrepreneurship is now the Institute of Innovation and Entrepreneurship

The mission of the Institute of Innovation and Entrepreneurship is to foster and nurture a community of innovation and entrepreneurialism that encourages superior learning, teaching, and impactful research, and supports the development of business ventures. 

The mission of the Scott Skodnek Business Development Center is to help businesses on Long Island and in the metropolitan area succeed in their business enterprises. The BDC offers resources for business support and education through programs open to members of the community.


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About the Institute

Meet the team behind the Institute of Innovation and Entrepreneurship at Hofstra University, as well as our Advisory Board and Next-Gen Advisory Board.

More About the Institute

Want to learn more about Hofstra University’s entrepreneurship-focused educational programs, extracurricular programs, and services for small businesses across the University? Find out more at Entrepreneurship Across Hofstra





A NYS Certified Business Incubator that connects companies to student interns, mentorship, provides professional service reimbursement, and is part of the Long Island Innovation Hot Spot.

Venture Challenge

Hofstra-Digital Remedy Venture Challenge

An annual entrepreneurship competition for Hofstra students with total prizes valued at $75,000.

Unispan Records

Offers students real-life experience recording, producing, promoting and distributing music.

MWBE Technical Assistance

The EAC provides hands-on technical assistance with the New York State MWBE Certification application process.

Entrepreneurship Assistance Center Staff

Entrepreneurship Assistance Center

A 60-hour training program for businesses starting up or expanding.

Ascend Long Island

Provides vital resources to diverse businesses in the areas of procurement, access to capital, and access markets. Primarily supported by JPMorgan Chase, also sponsored by the PSEGLI Foundation and Long Island Community Foundation.

Leo A. Guthart Hall for Innovation and Discovery

Faculty Innovation

With $50,000 in available funding, faculty are invited to apply to be Innovation Research or Teaching Fellows to further research with societal and commercial impact or promote innovation in the classroom.

Mentor Network

Are you looking for strategic guidance and advice from experts in entrepreneurship and business? Contact us to set up a mentor session.

Contact the Center


Dr. Richard N. Hayes, Executive Director

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