Creating tomorrow’s entrepreneurs today.
Siena’s Stack Center engages students from the Schools of Liberal Arts, Business and Science through high impact learning practices designed to develop critical thinking, innovation and entrepreneurial skills. Through a process of “Innovate-Create-Accelerate” the students are able to apply these skills to develop and implement successful businesses and/or ideas.
Students will learn how to: create and obtain financing; establish their legal entity; hire and lead employees, create go-to market and business plans and all the skills that a business owner must master and perform. In short, they will receive a lifetime of training accelerated into a fast paced three-year experience. Siena will take a micro-ownership interest in many of these new businesses and will require that the student owners have a plan to leave campus when they graduate.
- Interdisciplinary program focused on business and/or idea creation
- Involves students from all three schools
- Engaging more than 300 students annually
Voices of Our Campaign
Marketing and Actuarial Science Major
Chad Bingo credits the advice from faculty in the Stack Center for pushing him forward and helping him learn in a more experiential way. “The Stack Center turned me around. It gave me new motivation.”
Executive Director of the Stack Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship
After a highly successful business career, Mike Hickey has returned home to Siena as the Executive-in-Residence and Executive Director of the Stack Center. “I am not sure there is a better way to learn something then by failing at it first. It really is a key in creating the next generation entrepreneur. Our students, through multiple iterations of applying our process to their ideas, will be able to harness those failures into future success.”
Dave is a Siena College Trustee and President and CEO at Pacira Pharmaceuticals
Christine is a Teacher
David and Christine’s $1 million gift will help students become the business leaders of the next generation. “You have to find some way to make yourself unique to create that position and I think Siena is one of the places where you can actually get that broad education that allows you to do that.”