Entrepreneurs explore new pathways.

A community of Explorers, the University has worked tirelessly to ensure that innovation is not only a part of our foundation, but also a key component of our future. For the Center of Entrepreneurship, that has meant redefining what an education in entrepreneurship means here at La Salle—venturing beyond the traditional boundaries of business and fostering innovation.

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First Word: Investing in Tomorrow’s Entrepreneurs

As La Salle forges ahead with new initiatives to encourage innovation and entrepreneurship on campus and beyond, Stephen Zarrilli, ’83, and Robert Liptak, MBA, ’86, share their insights on what it takes to prepare the entrepreneurs of tomorrow

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Robert Luddy, ’68

Going Against the Grain

President and CEO of Raleigh, N.C.-based CaptiveAire, the nation’s leading manufacturer of commercial kitchen ventilation systems, Robert Luddy, ’68, certainly didn’t take the conventional route to success—he charted his own.

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Lynn Buono, ’75

A Recipe for Success

Transformed into a culinary haven from its former life as a barrel factory in the 1800s, the headquarters of Feast Your Eyes Catering, founded by Lynn Buono, ’75, features a garden, solar panels, and bee hives on the roof. Based in the South Kensington art district of Philadelphia, the off-premise and on-site catering company has events that span in size from six-person dinners to events with 10,000 guests.

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Zach Belmont, ’11

Making a Recovery House a Home

A drug and alcohol counselor at the Malvern Institute and a young man in recovery himself, Zach Belmont, ’11, recently opened a recovery house to provide a structured sober living environment to help other men bounce back from hitting rock bottom.

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Francis Sutter, D.O., ’72

From Surfer to Surgeon

A surfer, part-time lifeguard, and track-and-field star in college, Francis Sutter, D.O., ’72, went on to become an innovator in the medical field. This nationally recognized, high-tech heart surgeon has performed more than 1,000 robotic coronary artery bypass grafts—more than any other surgeon in the United States and likely the world.

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Susan Brill McDonald, ’84

Think Like an Entrepreneur

On the road to becoming a business leader at CCI Consulting, Susan McDonald, ’84, explored several different career paths—operations management and consulting at Prudential, entrepreneurship as a professional wall muralist, and sole proprietor of her own executive search firm.

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The Results Are In…

These winning teams walked away with substantial prizes to help them in their quest to make their entrepreneurial vision a reality.

Take a look at the key players who helped make the inaugural Open Minds Sustainable Innovations Challenge such a success and the winning teams who walked away with substantial prizes.

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