The four-part Innovation Challenge began with The Minute Pitch on Wednesday, Oct. 16. In front of an audience of nearly 200 students, faculty, staff and supporters, 26 ventures gave 60-second pitches of their startup idea.
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Hosted by the Berthiaume Center for Entrepreneurship and Valley Venture Mentors (VVM), the Collegiate Summer Venture Program (CSVP) wrapped its 10 weeks of programming, mentoring, networking and curriculum with a Celebration on Monday, July 29, at VVM’s Hub in Springfield, Mass.
Two Isenberg finance majors served as keynote speakers at commencement events: Yaseen Gholizadeh represented his classmates at the school’s Senior Celebration, and Daniella Iannuzzi was chosen to be the UMass Amherst Undergraduate Commencement's student speaker.
A team of Isenberg MBA students (Paige Hill ’19, Allison O’Neill ’19, Mike Cook ’19, and Yosh Schulman ’20) placed second in the Aspen Institute’s 2019 Business & Society International Case Competition in April.
Isenberg’s April 12th ribbon-cutting ceremony for the Business Innovation Hub was a milestone. Students, faculty, and alumni celebrated the 72,000-square-foot, publicly and privately funded building that has nearly doubled Isenberg's usable space.
Operations and Information Management Lecturer Nora Junaid has created a mobile app for Isenberg students in her course, Introduction to Business Information Systems, that instantly connects students with course material and news about assignments and exam deadlines.
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The increased visibility of the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program in western Massachusetts is one of the clearest signs of the push to support campus scientists and engineers in moving their ideas from academia into the realm of active small businesses: Five startup companies based on ideas and technology developed on campus are currently receiving SBIR grants from federal agencies.
A month after the debut of Isenberg’s game-changing Business Innovation Hub, impromptu interviews with undergraduates reveal unanimous appreciation for the new building and its resources. Students agree that the 70,000-square-foot addition to Isenberg offers great study and social space, and they applaud its architecture, its abundance of natural light, and its internationally diverse café.