Engaging with Young Entrepreneurs and Universities to Gr...
Nov 14, 2019
06:00 PM - 09:00 PM (America/New_York)
Rutgers Business School, 100,Rockafeller Road
Piscataway,United States View map →

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Thursday, November 14th, 2019, 6:00 – 9:00 PM 


100 Rockafellar Road, Piscataway, NJ08854

Topic: Engaging with Young Entrepreneurs and Universities to Grow the NJ Startup Eco-system

TiE NJ brings together an exciting panel that consists of leaders of the NJ University Startup ecosystem and student entrepreneurs to discuss how to leverage the existing resources and networks to help grow more student startups.

We will also cover “soft landing” as a process to support Foreign Direct Investment tied to both global business and innovation and entrepreneurship SMEs and startups or early stage platforms that desire as part of their business plan to enter cross border markets.


  • 6:00-6:40pm: Registration & Hors d’oeuvres
  • 6:50-8:25pm: Main Session (Keynotes, Pitches, Panel) 
  • 8:25-9:10pm: Dinner & Networking

Main Session Details

  • Welcome by
    Raman Kapur, President, TiE NJ &
    Rutgers Business School, Dean's and Chancellor's Office 
  • Presentation by University Leaders on State of University Entrepreneurship
    Mukesh M. Patel - Professor and Director of the Center for Tech Entrepreneurship & Commercialization (CTEC), Road to Silicon V/Alley Program (RSVP), Innovation Lab, Entrepreneurship Law Clinic, and Grant for NJ Innovation & Entrepreneurship
    Pavita Howe - Overview of Innovation and Entrepreneurship Initiatives at Rutgers – A Corporate Engagement Perspective
    Dr. Suresh Kumar - The American Entrepreneurship Journey: A Historical Perspective & The Way Forward
    Dr. David Weiss 
    Soft Landing – Entrepreneurs Perspective

  • Case Studies by Successful Students / University Connected Startups
    Parth Mehta - Startup Tribes 
    Bobby Varma - Princeton Identity
    Nemi Shah - PiiP - Cash Payment App 
    Session Lead - Dr. David Weiss
  • Rapid Fire - Student Led Startups
    Innovation Fellows & Student Entrepreneurs 
    Session Lead - Mukesh M. Patel
  • Panel Discussion - COLLABORATIVE & INCLUSIVE APPROACHES TO BUILDING THE UNIVERSITY STARTUP ECO-SYSTEM: What are the low hanging fruits? How can TYE help be the catalyst? 
    Dennis Mehta, co-CEO, Princeton Angels Network
    Sean Andrews, Director of Innovation Research at NJIT

    Panel Moderator: Dr. Suresh Kumar

  • Video by Rutgers University: University Impact, Experimental Learning, Diversity & Inclusion
  • Concluding Remarks 
    Event Sponsors  
    Prof. Mukesh M. Patel and Raman Kapur

    Come and learn how you can get involved in this important initiative of TiE NJ.

    University Leaders’ Profiles:

    Dr. Suresh Kumar – Serial Entrepreneur and Professor - NJIT

    A Deloitte Fast 50 and 5-time INC 500/5000 ranked serial entrepreneur, Suresh one of the handful of INC 500 ranked founders with hands-on experience with academics, research, policy, and in building sustainable startup and innovation eco-systems.

    Suresh has conducted professional development workshops, presented papers and keynotes at the Academy of Management Conference, the Babson College Entrepreneurship Research Conference, the International Council of Small Business, the Australian Center for Entrepreneurship Exchange, the Startup Weekend, TiEcon, and the ESHIP Summit of Kauffman Foundation.

    He completed his doctoral degree in 2011, with a breakthrough study on high growth Indian American immigrant technology entrepreneurs, which was played an important part in the formulation of the Startup Visa legislation.

    His academic experiences include Eugene Lang Entrepreneurship Center, Columbia Business School; SBDC, Rutgers Business School, NJ. He completed the Lean Launchpad for Educators certification conducted by Steve Blank at Columbia University and the Certificate in Innovation, Entrepreneurship and Design Thinking at Stanford University.

    Currently, Suresh serves on the Board of Directors of multiple high growth firms and Startups and also as Professor of Practice and Director of Innovation and Entrepreneurship Programs at the College of Computing, New Jersey Institute of Technology. 

    His passion include history, travel and tennis.

    Dr. David Weiss, Esq. – Asst. Professor, NJCU

    David is an Assistant Professor in the Management Department at New Jersey City University School of Business where he teaches global business and heads the B.S. in Entrepreneurship. 

    David was a structured finance banker and still holds a license to practice law. He is also the Founder and Director of the Institute for Dispute Resolution (IDR) and the “Connecting Bridges and Borders Program through Business” also located at New Jersey City University.

    David advances self-determination values through concepts of mediation theory and promotes innovation and entrepreneurship to advance Foreign Direct Investment (FDI).  He advises on policy through both the IDR institute and the Connecting Bridges and Borders through Business Program to assist cross border stakeholders improve FDI opportunities.

    Professor Weiss received his Juris Doctor at New York Law School, and post doctorate work at the Sorbonne University le droit and is an IMI Certified Mediator.  He held appointments at The United Nations through UNCITRAL, is chair of the International Committee for a major trade and industry group and lectures internationally throughout Eastern Europe, the Balkans, Caucasus and the Caribbean basin on law and economics through the prism of mediation, business, innovation and entrepreneurship.

    David has extensive publications in the field of mediation and policy to address risk and conflict through his theory known as Economic Efficiency Mediation (EEM) which is a linkage for ethical code applied for AI (Artificial Intelligence) using Natural Processing Language (NPL). He is the author of several policies & articles including the recent “New Jersey Arbitration, Conciliation and Mediation Act.”

    He is currently in the process of launching an additional economic and feasibility study between Hungary and New Jersey relating to improving chain supply logistics utilizing air cargo between Newark and Budapest for furthering Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) activity.

    Dr. Mukesh Patel - Serial Entrepreneur & Asst. Professor, Rutgers

    Mukesh is a serial entrepreneur and advisor with experience in private equity, angel investments, innovation and technology, business law, and education. He has been featured in national media, and recently named him one of “The Hot 30 Movers and Shakers of New York City’s Startup Scene.”

    Mukesh has founded numerous ventures, secured significant capital (equity and debt), and worked with more than 100 investor partners. Mukesh was the founder and CEO of JuiceTank, NJ’s largest co-working space and incubator for tech-startups and VX, an innovative venture xcelerator that provides advisory-consulting to corporations, non-profits, startups and emerging growth ventures.

    As an Assistant Professor of Professional Practice at Rutgers University Business School, he teaches Strategy, Management, and a ground-breaking, experiential and inter-disciplinary course titled “ICE” (Innovation, Creativity & Entrepreneurship). He also designed and teaches Strategic Transformation for MBAs and D3: (Digital Transformation, Disruption & Design-Thinking) and “Managing Breakthrough Innovation” for the Executive MBA program.

    As the founding Director of Innovation at the Honors College he designed and leads the Innovation Lab for Social Impact and works with the top 1% of the ideas and teams to launch new social enterprises.

    On the international speaking circuit, he has presented keynotes on entrepreneurial and intrapreneurial insights as well as innovative, creative and disruptive design-thinking, including at two TEDx, Google Campus in Seoul, Korea, a conference sponsored by the US Embassy, and was featured at an event at the United Nations. He has guest lectured at Kaist University in Seoul, Korea and at several universities in India, Singapore, as well as in the U.S. including New York and Washington D.C.

    Mukesh is the inaugural recipient of the Rutgers Alumni Entrepreneurship Award presented at the Global Entrepreneurship Conference, Presidential Award for Excellence in Teaching (highest coveted award), the Dean’s Meritorious Award for Excellence in Teaching and Service, and was named Best Entrepreneurship Professor by the Rutgers Business Governing Association and Business Person of the Year by the Future Business Leaders Association.

    Mukesh has multi-disciplinary degrees: JurisDoctor from Fordham Law School, B.A. in Economics & Statistics from Rutgers (Summa Cum Laude, Henry Rutgers Scholar, Cap & Skull), with a secondary in Cinematic Arts. He runs Think-Tanks where he assembles and serves on expert advisory boards. Mukesh and his ventures have been featured in national and global media.

    Pavita Howe - Director, TechAdvance Fund at Rutgers University

    Pavita Howe manages the TechAdvance Fund at Rutgers University, providing grants to Rutgers researchers to advance innovative technologies toward commercialization. In this role, she oversees the application and review process for commercialization funding as well as operations for the program.    

    She is actively involved in outreach to faculty and interacts regularly with external industry reviewers, corporate partners, investors, and donors to build partnerships and grow the innovation pipeline at Rutgers.

    She was also recently selected to be the Rutgers representative who accompanied New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy on his 7-day economic mission trip to India.

    Prior to Rutgers, Pavita worked in marketing, new product launches, and on the executive teams for technology startups in California and New Jersey. Her first startup experience was at Forté, a Southern-California software startup that developed Internet contact center solutions during the boom. The company was acquired by Genesys, a call center technology company in San Francisco, where Pavita managed the New Product Launch Team and continued in this role after the company was acquired by Alcatel.

    Pavita serves on the Advisory Board for the New Jersey Technology Council (NJTC) and is a mentor at TechLaunch, New Jersey’s first technology accelerator. She was previously a co-organizer of the Morris Tech Meetup at Fairleigh Dickinson University and President of the Green Brook Education and Athletic Foundation.

    Pavita holds a B.Sc. in Nutritional Science and Biochemistry from the University of Guelph and an MBA (Marketing) from McMaster University (both in Canada).


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