Bruce Bachenheimer is a Clinical Professor of Management and the Director of the Entrepreneurship Lab at Pace University. He is also the organizer of the annual Pace Pitch Contest and Business Plan Competition. Mr. Bachenheimer is a member of the Board and past Chair of the New York City Chapter of the MIT Enterprise Forum and has served on the organization’s Global Board. He is a board advisor for several private firms, an ELabNYC Mentor and has served as a consultant to governmental organizations and a variety of new ventures. He has been widely quoted in a variety of domestic and international publications, interviewed on radio and television, and has spoken on entrepreneurship at numerous organizations, including the Youth Assembly at the United Nations and the U.S. Department of State’s International Visitor Leadership Program. Mr. Bachenheimer began his career in investment banking and has worked for global corporations and new ventures. He has conducted business in over two dozen countries and was the founder of Annapolis Maritime Corp. and the Co-Founder of StockCentral Australia. Mr. Bachenheimer holds a BBA, Summa Cum Laude, from Pace University. He received the McKinsey & Company Leadership Scholarship to pursue an MBA degree, which he earned from the Australian Graduate School of Management.
Nikhil Kalyankar is the Associate Director of the Entrepreneurship Lab (eLab). Nikhil plays the role of a mentor and a guide to students interested in entrepreneurship. He helps students fashion their business strategy and implement technology. He leads a team of student assistants to create and organize events including Annual Pace Pitch Contest, Speaker Series and Workshops.Nikhil has worked as a Graduate Assistant for the Management Department. He played a key role in organizing the Seventh Annual Pace Pitch Contest. Nikhil is tech savvy and started programming at a very young age. He has worked for Capgemini India as an Associate Consultant which involved developing an Enterprise Application Software. Nikhil holds an MBA degree in Entrepreneurial Studies from Lubin School of Business, Pace University and Bachelors in Engineering from Osmania University, India.
Srikanth Bandaru, Technology Specialist
Srikanth is a Computer Science graduate student at the Seidenberg School of Computer Science & Information Systems. Srikanth co-founded a web development company ‘Color Layers’ to help his clients bring their ideas to life through design-oriented solutions. He played the role of a web strategy consultant specialized in Front-End Development. He is an Oracle Certified Professional Java Programmer and is also an expert in video and photo editing using software like Adobe Premiere Pro, Photoshop, Audition, etc. Srikanth is tech blogger, an avid sports fan and also enjoys travel & modern art.
Zaid Dannsa, FreshBiz Research Fellow
Zaid Dannsa is a marketing research fellow for FreshBiz in the Entrepreneurship Lab at Pace University. He is currently pursuing a bachelor of business administration degree in Marketing at Pace University and. He is also pursuing two minor degrees in Law and Creative Writing. Zaid is a veteran who previously worked for Marine Forces Reserve and Marine Forces Central Command (Forward). He has four years of experience in photography, journalism and public relations. Zaid attended both the Intermediate Photojournalism Course and the Basic Public Affairs Specialist Course at the Defense Information School in Fort Meade, Maryland. His work has taken him to more than 12 countries across 5 different continents where he has gained a good understanding of different people and different cultures. Zaid grew up in the Washington, D.C. area. He last lived in New Orleans, where he participated in several volunteer and community programs.
John Harrison, Graduate Assistant & BioGenCell Finance Fellow
John is a Graduate Assistant at the eLab and recent began pursuing his MBA at Pace University. Having graduated Lehigh University with a Bachelors of Science in Accounting and Finance in 2005 John chose to pursue his professional interests as part of Johnson & Johnson’s Financial Leadership Development Program. After two years in the program John graduated with a CMA, CFM, and Six Sigma Green Belt, and was promoted to the position of Senior Analyst. Over the next six years John took on increasing levels of responsibility rising to the position of Senior Manager before leaving J&J in 2013. As a GA John hopes to utilize his MBA at Pace and professional experience at Johnson & Johnson to be a valuable resource for the eLab and its associates in the coming years. Outside the office John is an avid fan of the Yankees and New York Football Giants, fantasy sports fanatic, and also enjoys spending evenings with his wife out in Hoboken.
Drew Mogren, Veterans Program Co-ordinator
Drew Mogren grew up in the town of Oswego, NY, attending the Hannibal high school, which boasted a student body in the area of five hundred. Being from a small town he knew his employment options were scarce, and the military had always been something he was interested in. The events of 2001 solidified Drew's decision, the summer after his senior year in 2007 he signed a SEALs contract and left for Navy boot camp. During a training exercise Drew sustained an injury and was provided with an ultimatum; remain in the navy as an undesignated seaman, or, separate and use my GI bill benefits. At Pace University he has maintained a 3.5 GPA as an entrepreneurship concentration and a finance minor. Upon graduating, the military is again an appealing employment option and maintaining a connection to that culture is very important to him. Drew will apply himself fully to the betterment of the other veteran students, as well as the organization that has given him this amazing opportunity.
Alba Nushi, FreshBiz Research Fellow
Alba Nushi is a marketing research fellow for FreshBiz in the Entrepreneurship Lab at Pace University. She is pursuing a Bachelor of Business Administration in Marketing with a concentration in Advertising and Promotion. She is also working towards a minor in Quantitative Business Analysis. Alba is currently President of IMA Chapter of Pace University, Head of Marketing of Rotaract Club of Pace University and she served for a year as President of Pace Advertising Club. Alba has 3 years of experience in Marketing and a year of experience in Finance. She has interned with Rock the Post Corporation (now OneVest), Hint Water, The New York Stock Exchange Euronext (now IntercontinentalExchange) and Morgan Stanley. She enjoys travelling and learning about different cultures and languages and she is fluent in 5 languages. Alba grew up in Albania before moving to New York in 2011.
Sonali Sambherao, Technical Fellow
Sonali Sambherao is a Technical Fellow at the Entrepreneurship Lab(eLab). She is pursuing her Masters in Information Systems at the Seidenberg School of Computer Science & Information Systems. She worked as a Software Developer at Infinite Computing Systems Pvt. Ltd., India from April 2012 to June 2014. She has an experience working on programming languages such as C#, SQL and has also worked on DotnetNuke Content Management System (CMS). She conducted onsite and offshore trainings on DotNetNuke. She is a technology enthusiast and likes learning new programming technologies. She is currently expanding her knowledge of CMS by learning Drupal, Joomla and WordPress. She is fond of acting and was a part of Ved theatre group in India, she also enjoys dancing especially Bollywood, Indian folk and contemporary are her favorite dance styles.
Elena Woods, Event Fellow
Elena is an Event Fellow at the Entrepreneurship Lab (eLab) and she is also responsible for the eLab’s marketing and development. Elena is a first year MBA student at Pace University. She has graduated from California State University, Northridge with a Bachelors of Arts in Political Science. Elena offers incomparable marketing, sharp eye and extreme attention to detail. Her creative thinking, complete dedication to every project, and entrepreneurial mind set have been great assets to the eLab. By empowering fellow students with the tools and information, she ensures a smooth operation of the eLab on daily basis. Outside of her University life, Elena is a tenacious, highly intuitive and results-driven real estate professional. Elena understands the intricacies of Manhattan real estate and her genuine passion shines through every step of the way. In addition to living out her dream of working in NYC real estate, Elena is very committed to various charitable causes and volunteer work.
Laura Yorke, BioGenCell Research Fellow
My name is Laura Yorke and I am a Manhattan girl misplaced into the southern suburbs. I'm finally home here at Pace and majoring in Biology. The dream (or goal) is to be an emergency neurosurgeon, a neurocritical care doctor, and above all a neurological researcher. I'm here to research for the company BioGenCell to improve the financial model that John is constructing. I'm very excited to be here because the eLab seems to be a friendly but professional environment where you make friends, not only networking connections. You'll probably be seeing me around!