Junior Ryan Skolnick Wins the 2016 Emerging Entrepreneur Award


2016 Seton Hall Entrepreneur Hall of Fame honorees Jerry Walker ’03, president and CEO of Team Walker, and Gary Wolfe ’71, founder and CEO of Wolfe Roofing & Sheet Metal, Inc. with Ryan Skolnick, Leadership Class of 2018.

Written by: Cody Laska, CIO of Aveho Learning

Amid applause and smiles from the extended Seton Hall community, Ryan Skolnick, Class of 2018, took to the stage at the Entrepreneur Hall of Fame Dinner at the Maplewood Country Club to accept the 2016 Emerging Entrepreneur Award. Becoming the third ever recipient of this award, and the first from the Buccino Center, he thanked the Stillman faculty and those that have helped him grow and run his most recent venture, as well as the most important people in the room: his family.

Creating and running businesses since he was in elementary school, Ryan got his start in problem solving at a young age. Ryan was praised by CEO Radio host Jerry Walker for his first non-profit venture: baking and selling dog treats out of his kitchen and filling orders around the country. He has since grown to pursue more ambitious ideas, eventually leading him to begin the company that secured him this award.

His current project, Aveho Learning, is attempting to disrupt and alter the traditional classroom setting. Aveho focuses on the idea that the best way to learn a new language is to be exposed to it and speak it in a setting where it is the only language being used. The company is currently seeking funding to bring designers and programmers on board and begin the long process of creating a fully immersive video game. Photo-realistic graphics and a highly interactive non-playable character CPU will be utilized to bring foreign cities directly to students in order to teach them languages in a way that they will not only remember, but enjoy.


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