November was Suffolk’s biggest entrepreneurship celebration yet.
In honor of national entrepreneurship month (E-month), more than 800 students, faculty, and alumni came together for a series of events and competitions hosted by Suffolk’s Center for Entrepreneurship.
The celebration kicked off with E-trivia. More than 40 students and alumni went head-to-head against Suffolk against each other. They answered questions about anything from famous innovators and booming startups to the latest music and movies.
Next up was the Pitch Competition. With 60 seconds on the clock, 13 students each pitched their business ideas to a panel of judges. This year, freshman Kaitlyn Tanyer took home first place for her Dual Laptop Storage Case idea.
On November 17, students got an inside look at what it’s really like to start your own business. The CampusTap Global Entrepreneurship Kickoff featured a panel discussion and networking reception with MassChallenge finalists. Remy Carpinito, Suffolk alum and founder of CampusTap, hosted the event, which drew more than 80 students.
Current BSBA student Ralitza Dountcheva hosted Runway to Reality—a fashion show to raise awareness about human trafficking. More than 200 guests supported the social entrepreneurship initiative, raising more than $3,000 for Roxbury Youthwork’s GIFT Program.
The celebration ended with our main event—the Entrepreneurship Trade Show. Students pitched their business ideas with the chance to win seed funding. More than 400 guests voted for their favorite ideas. This year’s winners included Khalid Osman, Wasel Othman, Punit Navani, Natalie Rustigian, who came up with the idea for Med-Afford, a nonprofit that aims to bring low-cost medication to a region in Bangladesh, where malaria infection rates are among the highest in the developing world. Med-Afford would purchase soon-to-be-expired medications and distribute them in the target region directly from India.
Over the past three years, the annual entrepreneurship events have been consistently growing, fulfilling the Center’s mission to expand entrepreneurial activities throughout Suffolk University and the city of Boston.