NEWS ADVISORY: “Entrepreneurial Implementation” at Pace University

Pace University students taking the new Entrepreneurial Implementation course will formally present their business ventures to an external panel of seasoned entrepreneurs, industry experts and professional investors on Tuesday, December 18 at the university’s Lower Manhattan campus.


“Entrepreneurial Implementation” at Pace University

Students to present implementation plan and market validation reports to an external panel of entrepreneurship professionals on Tuesday, December 18

New York, Dec. 12 – Pace University students taking the new Entrepreneurial Implementation course will formally present their business ventures to an external panel of seasoned entrepreneurs, industry experts and professional investors on Tuesday, December 18 at the university’s Lower Manhattan campus, east of City Hall and six blocks from Wall Street. Students were required to actually launch some aspect of a new business over the course of the fall 2012 semester and will pitch their concepts and present an implementation plan and market validation report.

Bruce Bachenheimer, director of the Entrepreneurship Lab and clinical professor of management at Pace’s Lubin School of Business, will determine a grade for the assignment in consultation with the panel. A majority of the panel must rate the student’s presentation ‘satisfactory’ in order to pass. All presentations will be approximately 10 – 15 minutes and panel members will be asked to provide students with open feedback and to privately provide the instructor with an overall assessment.

The event will be held from 12:30 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. at 163 William Street, Room 313, New York, NY. Free and open to the public. Additional information is available at: RSVP to


Somak Chattopadhyay leads investments in sectors including digital media, information services, and Software-as-a-Service. Somak is a member of the board of directors at Altruik, Ignighter, Mobile Commons, ReachForce and Truveris. He also serves on the boards of nonprofit organizations including the MIT Enterprise Forum of New York City, NYCVC, and Lake Champlain Chamber Music Festival.

Robert Fuhrer is founder and president of Nextoy LLC, with an extensive client list including Hasbro, Mattel, SpinMaster, The New York Times, Crayola, Reader’s Digest, St. Martin’s Press, and Sterling. He has brought to market best-selling games and toys including Crocodile Dentist, Dragonfly RC, Gator Golf, iTop, and Airblade. 

Edward G. Rogoff is the Lawrence N. Field Professor of Entrepreneurship and Chair of the Department of Management of the Zicklin School of Business at Baruch College, The City University of New York. Rogoff has served as Academic Director of the Lawrence N. Field Center for Entrepreneurship at Baruch, teaches, and conducts research in entrepreneurship, particularly relative to minority and later-life issues.

Charles F. Ryan is a Senior Vice President at HSBC and the bank’s Regional Business Banking Executive covering Downstate NY, NJ, Connecticut, Philadelphia, Washington DC, and Florida. Prior to HSBC, Ryan was a Senior Vice President at JP Morgan Chase, serving as an Area Manager for the Relationship Management Channel responsible for Manhattan East.

Student presentations:

BasketballBrain provides mental training to young basketball players through an interactive website. BasketballBrain distills complex psychological drills that are frequently used by elite professional athletes, and simplifies them so that adolescent players will be able to improve their performance levels.

DoGood aims to generate widespread awareness for socially responsible businesses while incentivizing both businesses and consumers to think about and support their local communities. Through an online website and mobile application, DoGood will provide consumers with detailed information about what local businesses are doing to be socially responsible.

SecondCourse is a company that connects a charity with a chef and/or restaurant interested in donating time, experience and/or space for a not for-profit purpose, to gain exposure for humanitarian efforts. SecondCourse has coined the name ‘charity event broker’ and believes that by promoting chefs and restaurants of secondary status, people would donate to causes supported by such organizations.

SlipKuik Wax is a product that is made for skiers and snowboarders to allow them to wax their equipment quickly and easily. Waxing is an essential part of properly maintaining the surface of equipment that touches the snow and it also greatly increases performance.

The Saved With Amazing Grace Bar (SWAGBar) is a Christian lifestyle social-media site that connects Christians to other Christians. The site allows users to post daily devotions, read up on surrounding news, blogs and churches and showcasing groups.

Torny Trade provides a facilitative bridge for novice investors who wish to gain invaluable experience before they take the plunge into the real-world stock exchange. The investor logs in, joins a trading “tournament,” and competes with other investors to see who will become the king of Wall Street.

Wapsi 67 Brewing Company will be a 10 barrel distribution brewery with a tasting room located on the Eastern border of Iowa in the Quad Cities.  The tasting room will consist of several different beers on tap available in sampler glasses, pints, or growlers.  The brewery will serve one type of food, a “sloppy-joe” type sandwich originating from a family-owned store in the area. 

About the Lubin School of Business at Pace University: Globally recognized and prestigiously accredited, the Lubin School of Business integrates New York City’s business world into the experienced-based education of its students at Pace’s suburban and downtown campuses, implemented by the region’s largest co-op program, team-based learning, and customized career guidance. Its programs are designed to launch success-oriented graduates toward upwardly mobile careers.

Media contact: Bill Caldwell, Pace, 212-346-1597,

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