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. 

Educational Platforms for Innovation

Entrepreneurship Classes for Fall 2020*

Subj.CourseCRNCredit HoursTitleInstructorDaysBeginEndsBldg.Room#
ENT1000732783Creativity, Innovation & EntrepreneurshipIandoli, LucaW10:4013:30SJUONLINE
ENT1002753293Social EntrepreneurshipGidaldi, CarmineT9:0510:30SJUONLINE
ENT1003733133New Venture InitiationGibaldi, Carmine   SJUONLINE

*Classes can be applied to the Minor in Entrepreneurship

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.


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 CCPS students.

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

Future events for Fall 2020 will be made available shortly.

Virtual Global Networks in Entrepreneurship

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 European Innovation Academy or the Global Entrepreneurship Week at Rotterdam University of Applied Sciences.

In Academic Year 2021 (Fall 2020/Spring 2021 many of these programs will transition into a remote model)

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

Pitch Johnny

The Pitch Johnny Competition was the start of St. John’s University’s innovation 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: Undergraduate, Graduate, Women and Non-For-Profit Tracks, giving them the opportunity to present their innovative idea, gain valuable feedback from industry professionals and a chance to win a cash prize.

The competition is entering it's fourth year and for the 2020 edition, in conjunction with the 150th year celebration of the founding of St. John's University, this competition will be done in a special online format. More details on this new format are to come by September 2020. 

For more information on Pitch Johnny, click here.