the invention of a better world
Ever wondered how to start a business or nonprofit — or how to convince others to buy into your big idea? At the Bozzuto Center, you’ll take a hands-on, active and collaborative approach to learning the ropes of startup and social ventures through meaningful partnerships with the businesses and nonprofits of Geneva, N.Y. This is a place where transformative ideas are celebrated, nurtured and brought to life.
Location. Location. Location.
Occupying three floors on Castle Street in downtown Geneva, our entrepreneurial hub is home to classrooms, discussion spaces, workspaces and meeting spaces. The location builds community by drawing students downtown and inviting area entrepreneurs and community members to connect with HWS.
Student Collaboration Space
The first floor is an open space with configurable tables, a conference room, projection capabilities, a living room area, and a kitchen. It is designed for student group projects, individual study, guest speakers and other group events.
Classroom and Project Space
The second floor holds a 40-seat classroom and accommodates all Entrepreneurial Studies Capstone project work and other entrepreneurial workshops and programs.
Incubator Tenant and Dedicated Workspace
For student startups looking for economical office space and robust mentoring services, the third floor of the Bozzuto Center offers incubator services for approximately 3-4 ventures. It also houses a dedicated workspace for Masters-level programs on campus.
- Students present their market research as part of their senior capstone course in the Bozzuto Center for Entrepreneurship at 22 Castle Street.
- Semi-finalists in the HWS Pitch Contest meet in the Bozzuto Center for Entrepreneurship with Entrepreneurial Fellow Ed Bizari.
- Professor of Economics Thomas Drennen and Entrepreneurial Fellow Ed Bizari co-teach in the Bozzuto Center for Entrepreneurship.
- Assistant Professor of Entrepreneurial Studies Craig Talmage leads a discussion in the Bozzuto Center for Entrepreneurship.
- Visiting Instructor of Entrepreneurial Studies Drury MacKenzie '03 conducts class at the Bozzuto Center for Entrepreneurship.
- Former Chair of the Board of Trustees and Chairman and Co-Founder of The Bozzuto Group Thomas S. Bozzuto '68, L.H.D. '18 Zooms with students.
- Students present a sustainability plan for the Castle Creek area of Geneva as part of their Sustainable Community Development Capstone in the Bozzuto Center for Entrepreneurship.
- Marilla Gonzalez, founder and owner of Waste Not, meets with Assistant Professor Craig Talmage's entrepreneurial capstone students for a project update at the Bozzuto Center for Entrepreneurship.
- At the Bozzuto Center for Entrepreneurship, students present a sustainability plan for the Castle Street Corridor in downtown Geneva as part of their Sustainable Community Development Capstone.
- Participants spanning across 8 teams posed at the completion of the fourth annual Centennial Center for Leadership's 24-hour Hackathon.
- Completing coursework inside the Bozzuto Center for Entrepreneurship
- Students present their projects at the Bozzuto Center for Entrepreneurship.
- Michael L. Opell ’59 visits the Bozzuto Center for Entrepreneurship. Michael L. Opell ’59 and Ellen Levine Opell ’60 established the HWS Student Entrepreneurship Fund to support current and future programs, workshops and student initiatives in entrepreneurship at HWS.
- Dedication of the Bozzuto Center for Entrepreneurship with Honorary Thomas Bozzuto '68, L.H.D. '18, chairman and co-founder of Bozzuto Group.
- Former Chair of the Board of Trustees Thomas S. Bozzuto '68 L.H.D. '18 addresses the crowd at the new Bozzuto Center for Entrepreneurship at 22 Castle Street.
- Professor of Economics and Director of the Master’s of Science in Management Program Thomas Drennen introduces a lesson on customer discovery.
- Assistant Professor of Entrepreneurial Studies Craig Talmage teaches students in the Bozzuto Center for Entrepreneurship.
- Entrepreneurial Fellow Ed Bizari guest lectures about angel investors in Assistant Professor of Entrepreneurial Studies Craig Talmage's capstone seminar at the Bozzuto Center for Entrepreneurship.
- Students work on a group project at the Bozzuto Center For Entrepreneurship.
- Assistant Professor of Entrepreneurial Studies Craig Talmage introduces The Prisoner's Dilemma card game during Economic Principles.
- HWS hosts Young Alum Happy Hour in the Bozzuto Center for Entrepreneurship.
- The Bozzuto Center for Entrepreneurship allows for students to meet local entrepreneurs.
- A Young Alum Happy Hour at the Bozzuto Center for Entrepreneruship.
- Students talk with Assistant Professor of Entrepreneurial Studies Craig Talmage and Richard Madia following their senior capstone course in the Bozzuto Center for Entrepreneurship.
- Entrepreneurial Fellow Ed Bizari and students in the Bozzuto Center for Entrepreneurship.
- Sandy Eckhert, master gardener volunteer, speaks to HWS community members.
Meet With Us
Have an idea and not sure what to do with it? Stuck on where to go with your entrepreneurial project? Schedule a one-on-one session (over coffee!) with a Bozzuto Center expert to discuss:
- idea generation and brainstorming
- customer discovery
- customer definition
- business models
- business model canvas
- legal issues
- social and non-profit ventures
- understanding software
- making connections to other entrepreneurs and resources
Schedule an appointment or just drop in. Get the advice you need to get on track.
Thursdays, 9 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Assistant Professor of Entrepreneurial Studies
Tuesday, 11 a.m. - 2 p.m.
AlumsMead '13 Wins at Grow-NY
Matthew “Mattie” Mead ’13, a co-founder of the hemp-based material business Hempitecture, won $500,000 in this year’s Grow-NY Food and Agriculture competition in Syracuse, New York, with the finalists pitching their businesses on Nov. 15-16.
AlumsVying for $1 Million in Grow-NY Competition
As a finalist in this year’s Grow-NY Food and Agriculture Competition, Matthew “Mattie” Mead ’13, CEO and co-founder of Hempitecture, hopes a victory and its $1 million purse will allow him to expand his business back to its origin in New York.
EntrepreneurshipIdeaLab Fosters Student Initiatives
From a community skatepark program to a ride hailing service for rural towns and a clothing recycling service, students participating in IdeaLab have been working to flesh out their initiatives to full-on enterprises.
As a community collaboration space for students, faculty and staff, our trustees, and our community stakeholders and collaborators, the Bozzuto Center for Entrepreneurship pledges to:
- Be open-minded and nonjudgmental when hearing new ideas
- Support our fellow entrepreneurs in their endeavors
- Build a strong startup and entrepreneurial community within the Center, on campus, and within the greater community
- Provide an inclusive environment of all majors and minors
- Provide an inclusive environment for all races, religions, sexual orientations, and genders
- Support anti-racism, commit to equality and diversity in entrepreneurship, and denounce hate in all forms
- Purchase, whenever the option exists, from local businesses
- Support fair and ethical labor and environmental practices
- Support community organizations whenever possible
- Recycle and compost whenever possible
- Avoid products with wasteful materials and practices
- Offer the Center for use by other campus organizations
- Be advised on usage and programs by a student led board of directors
- Be staffed by a student led team of employees
- Respect the city of Geneva and help it thrive