Past Events


Stack Center Entrepreneur of the Year Award


2014 Recipient - Antonio Civitella '91, President & CEO - Transfinder


March 24, 2014 - 5PM, SSU 243


Antonio (Tony) Civitella began his career as a computer software intern with James Forth & Associates, a management-consulting firm. He successfully developed and launched the company’s flagship product, Routefinder Pro. As Vice President and COO of Forth Associates, he purchased the company in December 2000 and became President & CEO. He changed the company’s name to Transfinder to reflect the focus on the products and services associated with pupil transportation. He has successfully led the development of the company’s full product line, management, development, and support teams, growing the company’s employee base to more than 75 professionals today.


His company celebrated its 25th year in business in 2013 and now occupies a new high-tech state-of-the-art headquarters in downtown Schenectady, NY. Under his leadership and recognized for continued growth and expansion during the past decade, Transfinder has been named to the Inc. 5000 for seven consecutive years (2007-2013) as one of the fastest growing private companies in the United States.


His commitment to the local community and support for educational programs offered to students from Schenectady County Public Schools, was recognized in 2013 by the Mayor of the city in naming Tony a Patroon, the highest honor awarded a citizen by the city.





Business Leaders Speakers Panel

Monday October 28, 2013 in the Sarazen Student Union Conference Room 243; 6:00-7:30pm

Learn about potential business careers first hand from Siena Alumni.


Michael Ziegler '07- Revenue Accounting Manager at CDPHP

Keegan Hayes '11 - Founder Capital Region Entrepreurs Group

Jessica Abel '13 - Digital Marketing Leader at Beech-Nut Nutrition

Kevin Clancy '91 - Owner Kevin Clancy Real Estate




Entrepreneur Speaker Series


Sponsored by the Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship and the Siena College Entrepreneurship Organization.



Harel Gadot, CEO & Co-Founder of Microbot Medical Ltd

Thursday  October 17, 2013 at 5:00pm L26


"The C.E.O path: from Corporate to Entrepreneurship, and realizing the Opportunity".
Mr. Harel Gadot is a seasoned executive and entrepreneur in the healthcare space, where he has an extensive and proven track record of leadership positions in the corporate world as well as the start-up sector, both domestic and international. 
Until 2010, Mr. Gadot served as a Worldwide Group Marketing Director at Johnson & Johnson (Ethicon Inc., Somerville NJ), overseeing the company’s global strategic marketing.



David Stack '73, CEO and Director of Pacira Pharmaceuticals

Thursday April 18, 2013 at 5pm Library L26 


The Stack Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship has been made possible by a generous endowment from David '73 and Christine Spicer '75 Stack. Come hear the journey that took David Stack from a Siena Chemistry major to founder of his own pharmaceutical company.  Mr Stack is also a Siena College Trustee. Mr. Stack is currently the President, CEO and Director of Pacira Pharmaceuticals, Inc.  He is also the Founding Partner of Stack Pharmaceuticals, Inc. a commercialization, marketing and strategy firm serving emerging healthcare companies and a Managing Director at MPM Capital.  From September 2001 until August 2004 he was President, Chief Executive Officer and Director of The Medicines Company (NASDAQ:MDCO).  Prior to The Medicines Company he was the CEO of Stack Pharmaceutical, Inc. where MDCO was one of the primary customers.  From May 1995 to December 1999, Mr. Stack served as the President and General Manager of Innovex, Inc. responsible for the Americas.  Innovex Inc. was a commercial solutions company offering a full range of marketing, sales and clinical development capabilities to pharmaceutical and biotechnology customers.  From April 1993 to May 1995 he was the Vice President of Business Development and Marketing for Immunomedics, Inc. (NASDAQ:IMMU) a biopharmaceutical company focusing on monoclonal antibodies in infectious disease and oncology.  From May 1992 to March 1993, Mr. Stack had been the Director of Business Development and Planning for Infectious Disease, Oncology and Virology for Roche Labs where he was the Therapeutic World Leader of Infectious Disease.  Prior to that he held various positions with Roche Labs for approximately 12 years and was a retail and hospital pharmacist for three years after graduating from Albany College of Pharmacy, he also holds a BS in Biology from Siena College where he is currently a Trustee. Dave was recognized as the Ernst and Young Entrepreneur of the Year in 2003 (New Jersey Healthcare).  He is a Director of Medivo, Inc., and  PepTx, Inc.


Sinclair Schuller, CEO

Monday February 25, 2013 at 5:00pm SSU243  


Sinclair Schuller is the CEO of Apprenda. With his two co-founders, Apprenda has secured $16M in venture capital from funds NEA, Ignition Partners and High Peak Ventures to deliver private and public PaaS to .NET developers. Apprenda is the best way for Microsoft-based organizations to build and deploy next generation enterprise applications or modernize existing applications for the cloud. Sinclair serves on multiple venture networks and speaks nationally on the topics of enterprise IT efficiency, cloud computing and next generation enterprise architectures. Before Apprenda, Sinclair held positions at Morgan Stanley, Eden Communications, and consulted for the State University of New York’s (SUNY) vast IT systems. Sinclair holds dual Bachelor of Science degrees from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.


Dara Shareef - Venture Capitalist and Start up Mentor


Thursday Oct 11, 2012 at 5:00pm SSU243 


Discover how Angel’s investors vet and structure their investment deals.  What are the pitfalls?  How do they compare to VC firms?  What are the different types and profiles?




Joe Ingrassia – Entrepreneur


Wednesday November 7th, 2102 at 5:00 in SSU 243


Learn that the success one attains in life and business occurs amid failure.  The best laid plans will go awry but it is one’s commitment passion and ability to lead others that will allow you to overcome failure, succeed and achieve your goals. Mr. Ingrassia is living proof anyone can succeed if they try and never give up.



Spark Tank 2012 & 2013

Contest Rules: The Spark Tank Idea Contest is co-sponsored by the Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship (CIE) and the Siena College Entrepreneurship Organization (SCEO). Any current Siena student (or group of students) is eligible to enter the contest. Entry into the contest automatically makes all entrants members of SCEO. All process deadlines are firm unless extended by CIE Principals through a notice on BlackBoard.


Contest Prizes:       

        1st Prize …… $150.00 plus CIE support for moving the idea forward.

        2nd Prize ……$ 50.00 plus CIE support for moving the idea forward.

       All entrants eligible to participate in CIE “Jump Start” October 28th.


First Deadline: October 4th

Click Here for Full Details and the  Contest Submission Form





JumpStart 2012 & 2013 

Do you have an idea that you think would make a good product, service or business?  We can help you JumpStart this into a reality.

The Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship (CIE) team will help you with questions such as:

  •   Do I need a patent?
  •   How do I protect my Intellectual Property?
  •   What type of marketing will work best for my Idea?
  •   Do I need a Business Plan?
  •   How do I form a successful team?
  •   How do I research my idea?
  •   Where can I get the money needed to start?
  •   Can I start a business instead of getting a job after graduation?

For more information email: Dr. Sharon Small





Other Events


Patents and the University-Based Start-ups Innovation Ecosystem (a webinar series)
Researcher's Life After Invention Disclosure
Wednesday, September 12, 2012 1:00 to 2:30pm ET

Presenter:  Chuck Rancourt
Intellectual Property Lead, Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship; Siena College

Register for this series go to:




UAVNY Capital District Forum, Schenectady Holiday Inn, March 20, 2012, 5:00-9:00pm

Join us for a discussion of programs available to entrepreneurs in the "518" area code. 
 Panelists include:  


Siena to be part of Tech Valley High School career expo March 26, 2012.  Chuck Rancourt, adjunct professor and member of the Center for Innovationand Entrepreneurship, will talk on the topic "So you want to be an entrepreneur - what do you need to do to be a successful entrepreneur?"

Tech Valley Expo Series