Entrepreneurial Leadership (BA)

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Why earn your BA in Entrepreneurial Leadership at Iona?

You will develop an entrepreneurial mindset, which will give you unique and essential skills as you set out to build your career in an increasingly dynamic and complex world.

You will have the opportunity to apply your entrepreneurial mindset to pursue careers as ethical leaders.

The program is experiential and interdisciplinary in nature and culminates with an entrepreneurial internship or entrepreneurship in practice experience.

You will be part of the visionary Hynes Institute for Entrepreneurship & Innovation, Iona’s hub for all things innovation and entrepreneurship. In 2019, we opened a beautiful and modern new collaborative workspace in the heart of campus to house all of the Institute’s activities and programs, including:

  • Coworking space where you can share and develop ideas with peers, faculty and mentors;
  • Robust mentoring network;
  • Executive-in-Residence;
  • GaelVentures – our community incubator space.

What You'll Learn

You’ll discover how to be a leader and problem-solver in an ever-changing world—and learn to adapt by creating innovative solutions through the entrepreneurial process.

You’ll gain hands-on experience designing and prototyping solutions, concepts, and products in different settings—social, business, arts, health, etc. You’ll also learn the ethics of entrepreneurial leadership, and you will develop the confidence and skills to work collaboratively with a team, give compelling presentations, and deal comfortably with uncertainty.

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Unique Elements of Program

  • Flexible program allows for the pursuit of double major

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Dream. Create. Lead.

With a free-flow workspace and 3D printer, the Hynes Institute offers space for students to learn and grow as they develop their entrepreneurial spirit.

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Program Highlights

Space to Create

The Hynes Institute recently opened its new, 3,800-square-foot state-of-the-art addition in the center of campus and is the home of all things innovative! And the new LaPenta School of Business opened in 2020 with eco-friendly, collaborative work spaces. These two hubs of creativity will be your home away from home!

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In this program, you’ll have access to GaelVentures, Iona’s own community incubator space. Work alongside fellow students, mentors, entrepreneur-in-residence and faculty members to develop your ideas and gain new perspectives on your work.


From networking sessions to workshops to innovation competitions to invited speakers, there’s always something going on at the Hynes Institute. Students can enhance their extracurricular learning experience by participating in the many Hynes Institute events.

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Careers & Outcomes

The entrepreneurial mindset and design thinking foster a universal skill set that can can be applied as essential building blocks to any career path.

Career Paths:

  • Director (non-profit, for-profit)
  • Community Leader/Organizer
  • Community Manager
  • Entrepreneur
  • Program Manager
  • Consultant
  • Educator
  • Creative Director
  • Author

Entrepreneur-in-Residence: Danny Potocki '06

Danny Potocki joins the Hynes Institute as its first entrepreneur-in-residence. Potocki is managing director of Accel7, an accelerator that invests in and advises environmental, social and governance (ESG) companies. He'll focus on building the Institute's mentorship network and will teach capstone courses.

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Danny Potocki ’06 coaches students Riana Khan ’22 and Emma Cruz ’21.

Danny Potocki ’06, center, has been named 'entrepreneur-in-residence' at Iona College’s Hynes Institute for Entrepreneurship & Innovation in New Rochelle. He recently coached students left to right Riana Khan ’22 and Emma Cruz ’21.