It has been a big week at Eli’s for entrepreneurship. First we were at UIC on
Wednesday, On Friday and Saturday, it was Brown University and Bryant

Since its inception in 2003, Eli’s Cheesecake has supported the Brown
University and Bryant College Entrepreneurial Extravaganza held this year on
April 8th and 9th on the campuses of Brown and Bryant.

One of the highlights of the conference was the key note speech by well known
designer and business leader Kenneth Cole, the CEO of Kenneth Cole Productions.
Cole shared his vision and history in building his business and also signed
copies of his book, Footnotes that was published in connection with the 20th
Anniversary of his company.

Following the presentation, Eli’s hosted an Eli’s Cheesecake Reception with a
wide variety of our desserts.

There were two competitions on Saturday, the Elevator Pitch Competition and
the Business Plan Competition, featuring students from Brown, Bryant and a
number of other schools on the East Coast, including the first time
participation of West Point. I was fortunate to judge the Elevator Pitch
Competition, which included 18 teams each having two minutes to sell their

Congratulations to Troy Byrd of Bryant who introduced me to the
Entrepreneurial Extravaganza after introducing me as a speaker at the national
CEO Conference in Washington DC in 2002 and to the staff from Brown and Bryant
who make this event so successful.









PROVIDENCE, RI – April 8 the and 9 the , 2005 – The Bryant University
Global Entrepreneurship Program (GEP) and the Brown University Entrepreneurship
Program (EP) have joined forces to continue the annual tradition of hosting a
unique intercollegiate event for aspiring entrepreneurs on April 8 th and 9 th .
Fashion designer and social entrepreneur Kenneth Cole will share his
entrepreneurial insight during the keynote address on Friday in Bello Center
Grand Hall at Bryant. Friday will begin at 4:00 pm with an hour long discussion
on the topic of real estate by very successful entrepreneurs in real estate
including: Richard Gordon – Former Hartford Whalers Owner, Real
Estate Developer, and Philanthropist; Jennifer Cookke
President of FH French, Bryant alumnus and graduate of MIT Sloan School of
Business with special emphasis on real estate; and David
– President of Core Investments, Inc. and Bryant alumnus.
Friday will conclude with a cheesecake reception sponsored by Eli’s Cheesecake


Saturday’s festivities at Brown University include a three-round Case
Study Competition and a two-round Elevator Pitch Competition offering
$3500 in cash prizes to the winners. There will also be 5
panels which include: College Entrepreneurs share their story, Next Big
Ideas, Off the Beaten Track, Social Entrepreneurship, and Inside the Investors
. All events are open to the public, but competitions are exclusive
to students. Registration begins at Bryant at 3:00 pm. For complete schedule of
events and to register please visit


year’s festivities were attended by over 500 students and friends from over 20
schools across the northeast. Ted Turner, media visionary, and David Neeleman,
CEO of JetBlue Airways, were the keynote speakers that appeared last


About the Programs


The Bryant University Global Entrepreneurship Program (GEP) mission
is to develop outstanding global business leaders who will create successful
entrepreneurial ventures, stimulate entrepreneurial risk-taking and creativity
while pursuing the American Dream and making a lasting impact on


The Brown
University Entrepreneurship Program is a non-profit, completely student-run
organization that receives guidance from an Advisory Board consisting of
successful entrepreneurs who contribute their time, resources, and energy. The
Program’s mission is to (i) support entrepreneurial learning of Brown University
students, (ii) enable and encourage students to create innovative
entrepreneurial ventures, and (iii) create a closely-knit entrepreneurial
community of Brown students, faculty, administration, alumni, and