The Foundry grew out of Fordham University’s effort to provide entrepreneurial students with a beyond-the-classroom support structure for their businesses.
Recognizing that great business ideas don’t emerge only from business schools, the Foundry is open to students, alumni, parents, and friends of all of Fordham University’s nine schools and colleges, especially those from liberal arts backgrounds.
The incubator was launched in 2012 under the leadership of Christine Janssen-Selvadurai, PhD, the director of the Gabelli School of Business’ undergraduate entrepreneurship program. It is now managed by the following team members:
Director of the Foundry
Adjunct Professor of Entrepreneurship
Milton J. Sussberg has been a consumer product marketing entrepreneur for over 35 years, having served as the president of the company that launched the food processor, and for the last 30 years has operated his own entrepreneurial sales and marketing consulting firm.
Sussberg & Co. has been involved with many startups, including Sonicare, Thermoscan, and Foodsaver, as well as consulting for Royal Philips, Gillette, and Hamilton Beach. Sussberg has also owned a luxury goods manufacturer and a Class A minor league baseball team.
Sussberg has a BBA in management from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and an MBA in marketing from Columbia University Graduate School of Business.
Entrepreneur in Residence
Albert J. Bartosic is a serial entrepreneur who has extensive experience with cloud-based applications and their interface with medical devices. He spent the last 12 years of his 30-year management career as CEO of Standing Stone Inc., a medical software company focused on subspecialty clinical decision support, now part of the global medical-device company Alere, Inc. Bartosic has worked across diverse industries, including private equity, financial services, consumer products, technology, entertainment, and public accounting. He advises startups, serves on the boards of Ridgefield Academy and other nonprofits, and is a director of SecLingua, a cybersecurity company serving the medical industry.
A certified public accountant, Bartosic holds an MBA from New York University and a BS from Fordham University.
Shaun Johnson is a technologist, early adopter, and helper of people. He is the co-founder of Startup Institute, an edtech company equipping individuals with the skills, access, and mindset needed to make an immediate and positive impact on the startup venture they join. Previously, Johnson was an associate at TechStars, the premier startup accelerator providing seed-stage investment and mentorship.
Before that, Johnson was a management consultant in Booz Allen Hamilton’s strategic technology and innovation practice. He has advised companies across the emerging technology landscape, including smart grid energy, healthcare IT, broadband infrastructure, and alternative assets. Prior to Booz Allen, Johnson managed metadata and econometrics as a program analyst at the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Still a lover of exciting consumer web products, Johnson has also helped numerous startups with product roadmapping, getting off the ground, and taking market share.
Johnson holds a BA in computer science and sociology from Georgetown University and an MS in information systems from The Johns Hopkins University.
Marketing and Communications Intern
Peter Michalopoulos is currently a sophomore finance major in the Gabelli School of Business. He previously worked at Hilltop Bicycles as a sales associate and PMM Detailing, a car detailing business he founded in high school. Additionally, Michalopoulos is passionate about volunteer work and volunteered on a medical mission trip with Operation Smile to Ethiopia. He is very enthusiastic about spreading the word of the Foundry to everyone at campus so they can take advantage of the amazing opportunities it has to offer entrepreneurial minded students.
Marketing and Communications Intern
Alana Normile is currently a junior at Fordham College at Rose Hill pursuing a Bachelor of Arts in Communication and Culture, and a marketing minor from the Gabelli School of Business. On campus, Normile has worked for WFUV radio and is a member of the Fashion for Philanthropy club. Additionally, Normile previously worked for the public relations firm Left Left Right Consulting, where she not only began her work in the field of communications, but also where she helped to build the startup company AllSwell Creative Notebooks, a brainchild of LLR’s principal. She is very excited about the possibilities that the startup industry holds.
Avril Perry is a native New Yorker and Fordham at Lincoln Center alumna. She is passionate about developing entrepreneurship globally and has worked on three continents. Perry spent several years in sub-Saharan Africa developing strategy and communications for social impact projects. She has worked for the United Nations in Liberia and Ethiopia; CDC Group, the British government’s fund for investing in Asian and African companies; MEST, an African tech startup incubator; and American e-commerce, software, and fintech companies. When she is not at the Fordham Foundry, Perry works for AXN, a D.C.-based company that connects successful serial entrepreneurs in Africa to media and capital in the United States.
Perry holds an MBA from Oxford University and a Master of Science in International Management for the Middle East and North Africa from London’s School of Oriental and African Studies.
Sypa is a current senior at Fordham College at Rose Hill. She is the IT/Tech fellow at the Foundry. Sypa is also a student founder of KindMind, which aims to streamline access to and increase the quality of mental health treatment. Sypa is interested in mobile development, UI/UX design, cyber-security, music, and empowering young women to be leaders of tomorrow.