LIU Spurs High-Tech Innovation and Entrepreneurship on Long Island in Collaboration with Canrock
Michael Schiavetta,Director of Editorial Services
Brookville, N.Y. — Long Island University (LIU) and Canrock have partnered to create, nurture, and incubate high-tech startup companies at LIU Post. Through the collaboration, beginning in early December 2013, Canrock’s ThoughtBox program will be located on campus at Hillwood Commons, giving LIU students access to business incubator space as well as innovative laboratories that will offer special job recruitment and career placement opportunities.
“Universities have been challenged by the Department of Commerce to be leaders in entrepreneurship and innovation,” said Dr. Kimberly R. Cline, president of LIU. “The ThoughtBox collaboration offers continuous interaction for students and faculty to develop high-tech solutions. A student is likely to develop the next Facebook, and that could happen right here at LIU.”
The agreement demonstrates LIU’s commitment to experiential learning, focusing on student-run business laboratories, service learning that provides social entrepreneurship in communities, and the opportunity to work alongside proven entrepreneurs that launched FatWire, Karma411, and General Sentiment.
“This partnership allows LIU to offer unique learning and entrepreneurial opportunities to maximize research ideas and talent, including on-campus internship and mentorship programs, guest speaker lectures, interactive workshops, and seminars with innovators and entrepreneurs,” said Ryan Attard, LIU director of entrepreneurship who will be leading the ThoughtBox project. “Furthermore, this innovative collaboration empowers LIU and ThoughtBox to help surrounding Long Island regions and foster community development.”
Through the placement of ThoughtBox at LIU Post, the university offers peer-to-peer learning in an on-campus incubator space as well as provides its students recruitment and career placement opportunities akin to Silicon Valley.
“Moving ThoughtBox to LIU Post gives us the opportunity to situate our program at a beautiful, natural setting with the feel of a big-tech campus like Cornell, Stanford, and Google,” said Mark Fasciano, managing director of Canrock. “We will work together to create an entrepreneurial tech internship program for LIU students that gives them real-world experience within technology startups that will enhance their future employability, and in some cases may result directly in job offers.”
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