Innovation and Entrepreneurship

Innovation and Entrepreneurship

St. John’s University’s Collins College of Professional Studies is continuously growing its activities in Entrepreneurship and Innovation through new initiatives and engaging events on campus. Students interested in interacting with these programs will receive essential resources for entrepreneurship planning, pitching, and building new products and services from their innovative ideas. Regardless of whether students want to start a company or not, being entrepreneurial will make a substantial addition to their professional skills and portfolio. 

Global Networks

Study Entrepreneurship in Italy

A new program highlighted in the Entrepreneurship and Innovation department is one that allows students, regardless of major, to travel to three cities in the Fall semester of 2019. Collaborating with the University of Perugia, students will rotate between the three locations, spending the first three weeks in Rome, the following 6 weeks in Perugia, and the final 5 weeks in New York City. A perk of this program is that the students will get to travel and study with an international cohort of students from both universities. Students will earn 150 internship hours while studying abroad, and will have the opportunity to take advantage of obtaining either a minor in entrepreneurship or international studies.

For more information on this study abroad opportunity, contact Dr. Luca Iandoli at [email protected]

Global Development Entrepreneurship Program

The Global Development Entrepreneurship Program is a collection of short term programs such as international boot-camps or accelerators where students can practice their own entrepreneurial skills and enhance them in connection with international partners and networks such as the ICSB Academy, the European Innovation academyNexus Maximus or the Global Entrepreneurship Week at Rotterdam University of Applied Sciences.

For more information on this program, and how to apply, click here.

For more information on our Innovation Gala, click here.

Pitch Johnny

The Pitch Johnny Competition is the start of St. John’s University’s new entrepreneurial initiatives organized by the Collins College of Professional Studies. This annual competition takes place at St. John’s University, Queens Campus. The competition is open to all St. John’s Students, with students competing in one of five tracks: Freshman & Sophomore, Junior & Senior, Graduate, Women and Veteran Tracks, giving them the opportunity to present their innovative idea, gain valuable feedback from industry professionals and a chance to win a cash prize.

For more information on Pitch Johnny, and how to apply, click here.

Pitch-to-Plan Workshops

Eligible for all Pitch Johnny Participants - The Collins College of Professional Studies and the Tobin School of Business have put together an opportunity to bring your idea to the next level. It is the Pitch-to-Plan pathway. It consists of a series of free workshops designed to help you to elaborate on your idea and write a business plan for it.

Once you have the plan you can submit it to the Christmas Plan Competition that will take place next spring with a first prize of $5000. The 2020 edition will be announced soon.

Please see calendar below for the first series of workshops. A few more will be announced at a later date to complete your preparation. Advance registration is not required.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact:
Dr. Luca Iandoli, [email protected]  
or Dr. William Reisel, [email protected]

  • 1/30/20 – Define and Describe Your Target Audience/ Bent Hall 219/ 2-3 pm
  • 2/13/20 - Distribution and Pricing strategy/Bent Hall 219 / 2-3 pm
  • 2/20/20 - Financials plan/ Bent Hall 219/ 2-3 pm

Vincentian Innovation Summit

The St. John’s University Vincentian Innovation Summit is a one day event, where various offices from all over the university come together to discuss innovation and entrepreneurship in the scope of advancing the lives of the marginalized.

Young Entrepreneur Series (Y.E.S.)

The Young Entrepreneur Series is a series of events related to Entrepreneurship, Innovation, and Pitch Johnny. Students that engage in these events learn what it means to develop an idea, how to pitch an idea, and are able to receive first-hand feedback from those who were, or are currently in the industry.

These events were:

  • Using the Business Canvas Model to Develop Your Idea
  • General Board Meeting of the Entrepreneurship Society
  • How to Pitch the Perfect Pitch
  • Changing the Game: Women Who Play to Win, An Industry Panel
  • Entrepreneurship Sales and Entrepreneurship Ecosystems
  • Using Amazon Mechanical Turks and Survey Monkey for Research

To read more about the event, click here.

Educational Platforms

Minor in Entrepreneurship

Open to all students at St. John’s University, regardless of major, the ENT Minor features a combination of applied and academic learning experiences to provides students with a foundational understanding of what it means to be an entrepreneur, and creates a supplementary experience that takes students from the classroom into the world of entrepreneurship.

For more information, click here.

Master in Entrepreneurship and Innovation

Newly approved and delivered jointly with The Peter J. Tobin College of Business starting in the Fall of 2019. Apply now here.

Ask Luca Iandoli for more information at [email protected]

Design Factory

The central focus of the Design Factory  is aimed around proper prototyping as well as problem-based learning and design-thinking infusion within the syllabi. Additionally, this platform formulates interdisciplinary teams working with sponsor companies to make sure their ideas are designed well. These are accomplished through primary and secondary research, cluster topics, insights, themes, and opportunity areas.

For more information, click here.

CPS Labs

The Collins College of Professional Studies centers and laboratories are a series of innovative workspaces that were developed to support experiential learning as well as innovation and entrepreneurship for  all CPS students.