Bryant University Northeast Entrepreneurship Conference

At BUNEEC, we foster a strong entrepreneurial culture among our attendees.  Through breakout sessions and keynote speakers, you will learn the tools and strategies needed to enhance your skills and transform your future.


Join young entrepreneurs who are shaping the future of innovation at one of the region’s largest entrepreneurship events.


Bryant University
Smithfield, RI


Saturday, March 3rd, 2018
Starting at 11:00am

Keynote speakers

Learn from global innovators and industry visionaries.

Miki Agrawal

Miki Agrawal

Miki is a social entrepreneur who loves to use designed innovation to break taboos and change culture. She’s passionate about sharing her knowledge and strategies from idea to launch to growth in the most authentic way possible. Social Entrepreneur. Inventor. Author. Speaker. Impact Investor. Creative Director. Dreamer.

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Steve Forbes

Steve Forbes is Chairman and Editor-in-Chief of Forbes Media, and an internationally respected authority in the worlds of economics, finance, and corporate leadership. With the economy at the forefront of conversation on a global level, Mr. Forbes offers long-standing insights that capitalism, free markets, and a flat tax are essential to a healthy economy. This is a message Mr. Forbes has been delivering as editor of one of the world’s most successful business magazines for decades, and he continues to be one of the most sought-after speakers on this and other economic issues leading the economic debates around the world.

Breakout speakers

Brandale Randolph
Brandale Randolph

Brandale is currently the founder and majority owner of the 1854 Cycling Company. The 1854 Cycling Company is a high-end bicycle assembly company based in Framingham, MA. A portion of every bicycle and bag sold goes towards program that combat juvenile recidivism. Brandale is also the Co-Founder and former Executive Director of Project: Poverty, a nonprofit organization that aims to design, create and implement innovative strategies to reduce poverty. Part of his work included teaching job readiness seminars at the South Plains Workforce Solutions Center, teaching financial literacy at the Lubbock County Detention Center, the Youth Transition Center and among other under-served populations. He is an author. His 2010 book “Me & My Broke Neighbor: The 7 Things I Learned About Success Just By Living Next To Him…” has been added to financial literacy curriculum’s across the country. His 2016 release “Like Cavemen & Quail: Poverty Beyond Income and Mindset” has received rave reviews from reviewers and publishers all across the world.

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David Lindahl

David Lindahl is the Founder and President of RE Mentor. Starting with very little money and a desire to change his and his family’s lives for the better, Dave began his real estate investing journey. Fast forward almost twenty years and Dave has bought and sold over 8,200 real estate units from foreclosures, short sales, wholesale deals, lease options and rehabs with single family, multi-family and commercial properties. In an effort to help anyone who has an interest in changing their lives through real estate, Dave created RE Mentor. RE Mentor supplies students around the world with comprehensive real estate investing education. RE Mentor helps participants deepen their financial knowledge, sharpening their skills, and increasing their arsenal of wealth-building tools.

Eric Dunn
Eric Dunn

He is well known for his alter ego Jerome of the popular video “Jerome is a gangsta from the suburbs,” he is the co-founder of Dim Light Entertainment and a Vine and YouTube phenomenon. Even when Dunn shelves Jerome, his popular Vines still sit at the intersection of race, suburban life, and comedy. He first started making Vine videos in March of 2013, accumulating more than 1.5 million followers in a short amount of time. He then enrolled at Florida Atlantic University while running his entertainment firm. Dunn has also been incredibly successful at transferring his Vine celebrity status into a big time YouTube following. He’s already over 143,000 subscribers strong and 16 million views. He also has had a song on the iTunes R&B chart that surpassed artists such as Alicia Keys and Trey Songz.

Marques Ogden
Marques Ogden

Growing up in a single parent home with a father that inspired perseverance and fairness, Marques Ogden learned how to define his values and set goals. Ogden followed his dream and his brother Jonathan’s footsteps, eventually getting drafted into the NFL in 2003. Overall, he played for 5 years as an offensive lineman with the Titans, Bills, Ravens and Jaguars. At the age of 27, he founded a construction company called Kayden Premier Enterprises; a business that grew rapidly in its first few years, but Ogden and the business eventually went bankrupt after Ogden lost almost 2 million dollars on one project in a time period just under 90 days. With hard work and determination, he became a motivational speaker and marketing leader, helping to build others up to succeed.

Chris Allen
Christopher Allen

Chris Allen is the former CEO and Founder of iDevices which was acquired in April 2017 by Hubbell, Inc. After the acquisition he is still with the company as President of iDevices and a proud member of the Hubbell family of companies. iDevices is the preeminent brand and technology enablement services company in the IoT space. In 2009, Chris invented the iGrill, the first app-enabled product that had its debut in Apple stores in November, 2010. Today, Chris strategically plans the company’s product and partnership roadmap, manages it’s strategic relationships, leads Business Development and helps to create the culture that has led to the company being named one of the best places to work in CT three years in a row. When it comes to technology, Chris believes that, “Technology should be invisible to the user and any devices should merely exist to enhance the users daily life.”

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Ryan Buonaugurio

Ryan is the owner of RPB Marine, a marine electronics sales, installation, and custom fabrication company. He started his business at the age of 18, with only 200 dollars. Over the last few years he has turned it into a multi-state operation with two employees and several hundred thousand dollars in revenue, all while attending Bryant University as a full time student. Ryan is Collegiate Entrepreneurs Organization’s 2017 Global Entrepreneur of the Year. Ryan is currently working on his second company,, a new online marine labor and product marketplace. He also is the director/ lead accelerator of Bryant University’s Ventures program, where he works closely with campus businesses. Ryan is here to share his experiences of becoming an entrepreneur in a high priced market and how to overcome being a young. His goal is to show you that now is the time to start your journey, and it if you take it in steps, it is easier than you think!

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