CUNY & Capital One Community College Innovation Challenge

Students from Kingsborough Community College and Queensborough Community College will have the opportunity to compete for over  $15K in prize money when they pitch their innovative ideas at the CUNY & Capital One Community College Innovation Challenge on May 26, 2016. The event, a day of free activities around entrepreneurship, includes a motivating keynote from entrepreneur Rahfeal Gordon and a workshop on design thinking (how to empathize with customers when designing products and services). It takes place in the Lighthouse (formerly the MAC Rotunda) at Kingsborough Community College.  Admission is free and open to all; reservations are required:

Keynote speaker, Rahfeal Gordon

Keynote speaker, Rahfeal Gordon

International award-winning entrepreneur + speaker + author Rahfeal Gordon has come a long way from his hardships of being homeless in the streets of Newark, New Jersey – U.S.A. Nowadays, he is recognized as one of the top international speakers and advisors for leaders and entrepreneurs who are impacting the world. For over a decade, Rahfeal has been leveraging the core fundamentals that promote productivity and impact. He provides in-depth strategies and key insight into the environmental and physical circumstances that impact an individual’s personal and business performance. For more info on Rahfeal visit

Design Thinking workshop: Design thinking is using empathy and customer interviews to design products and services (such as curricula).  It is very much a tenent of lean startups and somewhat of the maker movement.  The workshop will be led by Larry Liu (CEO, ).  It will provide a framework for faculty, staff and students to incorporate entrepreneurial design thinking into courses, extracurricular activities and student clubs.

Event Agenda

  • 9:00 – 9:30am  Breakfast / Networking & Meet the Contestants
  • 9:30 – 9:40am: Opening Remarks
  • 9:40 – 10:25am Keynote Speaker
  • 10:40 – 12:30 Pitches
  • 12:30 – 1:15: Lunch + Announcements of Winners
  • 1:20 – 2:45: Design Thinking

Supported by a grant from Capital One, ths event is a collaboration between CUNY’s Center for Student Entrepreneurship, Queensborough Community College, and the Center for Economic and Workforce Development at Kingsborough.