The Cross College Alliance is hosting student entrepreneurs who want to tackle social, cultural, and environmental issues Sept. 21 at New College’s Sudakoff Conference Center.
Part of our mission of ending the cycles of non-action is our Incubator contest. We are not just discussing entrepreneurship but acting on it in our communities. Incubator applicants worked hard for months on developing their business plans with our team of professional business mentors.
Three Incubator Applicant Finalists pitched their business plans before three socially-mind investors. Winners received cash and other prizes.
Matthew Eisner is a marketing, data, and research expert who works with startups, scaleups, investors, and corporates to solve their growth problems. In addition to running an advisory and consulting business, he also manages an early stage investment fund.
Previously, Matthew served as head of all marketing and data across for Startupbootcamp as they grew from less than 10 to more than 20 accelerator programs.
For more than 25 years, Rachel West has advised and evolved some of the world’s most successful companies, both in the U.S. and abroad. As a strategy advisor and solution partner at Dell EMC since 2003, she’s led many innovative initiatives in Cloud, Big Data, XaaS and Digital Transformation for its most strategic clients including Vanguard, Bank of America, FiServe, Caterpillar, BNY Mellon, Republic Services, Fidelity and State Street. She co-founded InfoAlliance, a strategic consultancy where early-stage ventures and disruptive technology startups can develop sustainable business models and services, in 2009.
Ms. West attended Harvard University’s T.H. Chan School of Public Health and Babson College’s Executive Programs. She received her MBA from the University of Massachusetts, and a B.A. in economics at the top-ranked International Business School at the University of Nanjing, China.
Rita Ferrandino has built an international reputation as one of the most effective strategists and coalition-builders in the education entrepreneurship community. She is a recognized STEM education expert, and an authority on education policy and politics.
Rita is the founding partner at Arc Capital Development, a global private investment and advisory firm. Arc invests in, operates, and advises companies in the K-20 education and special needs markets. She has served over 125 clients in the U.S., Canada, Mexico, Singapore, Hong Kong, China, Ireland, Turkey, Israel, and India. Rita is an instructor at the University of Pennsylvania’s Education Entrepreneurship Program, and she works with its Catalyst@PennGSE innovation center.
Free breakfast and lunch was provided by two local Sarasota food trucks featuring tacos and vegan options: