Baruch in the News: Crain's New York, The Educated Observer and BizEd
SmartPitch Competition in Crain’s New York
This spring young entrepreneurs from New York colleges and universities are competing in the 11th Annual SmartPitch Challenge, hosted by Baruch College and IBM. The competition, which celebrates New York City as a center for innovation and new business development, gives student entrepreneurs an opportunity to create and validate a business concept, pitch their idea and follow a business plan to ultimately launch their business.
The competition kicked off Feb. 1 at Baruch College with a reception featuring remarks by noted business entrepreneurs, educators and mentors. A series of supporting events are being hosted throughout the challenge that will lead up to the formal SmartPitch competition scheduled on June 6. A list of events and updates can be found on Facebook and their Social Networking Site.
The SmartPitch Challenge, partnership of the CUNY Institute for Virtual Enterprise (IVE), the Lawrence N. Field Center for Entrepreneurship at Baruch College and IBM, is featured the article, “Delivering the Perfect Pitch: Startups flock to business-plan competitions to win cash and publicity,” published in Crain’s New York.
Baruch’s Newman Vertical Campus in The Educated Observer
Jill Lerner, Managing Principal at Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates (KPF) was interviewed by The Educated Observer about the role architecture and design plays in the world of higher learning today. Ms.Lerner's 30-year career in design and management at KPF has seen her at the helm of many award-winning projects for academic institutions across the globe.
The Newman Vertical Campus mixed-use academic complex at Baruch College, CUNY is among the buildings featured in the article. The 780,000-square-foot building occupies almost a full city block in Manhattan’s historic Gramercy Park neighborhood and won an AIA National Honor Award in 2003. In the article, “If You Build They Will Learn: The Role of Architecture and Building Design in Optimizing Modern Learning,” by The Educated Observer, Spring 2013, Lerner says, “It is always rewarding to work with a client with these sensibilities. It was a fabulous opportunity to remake a major institution in the city and resulted in an internationally recognized, award-winning design.”
BizEd Highlights CSR-Sustainability Monitor
Baruch College’s Weissman Center for International Business has created the CSR-Sustainability MonitorTM that examines 560 CSR reports from national and international corporations. Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) is a leading non-financial evaluator of corporate performance by shareholders.
During the last decade, there has been growing global, public concern about the impact of corporate strategies and operations on the physical, economic, and socio-political environments. To address this concern, researchers at the Weissman Center for International Business, under the direction of University Distinguished Professor S. Prakash Sethi, have developed the CSR-Sustainability MonitorTM which is an analytic framework for the systematic and objective evaluation of CSR reports. The CSR-S Monitor, which was published in late January, is featured in the “Upcoming and Ongoing” section of the March/April Issue of BizEd Magazine.