Manish Chowdhary named UB 2016 Commencement Speaker

Manish Chowdhary named UB 2016 Commencement Speaker

GoECart founder and UB alumnus to address the Class of 2016 on Saturday, May 7.


GoECart Founder and CEO Manish Chowdhary ’00 will address graduates and receive an honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters at the University of Bridgeport’s 106th Commencement on Saturday, May 7 at Webster Bank Arena in Bridgeport.

Approximately 1,300 students will receive degrees at the graduation ceremonies, beginning at 10 a.m.

A separate commencement for UB Division of Health Sciences graduates will be held at 11 a.m., Sunday, May 8, in the Arnold Bernhard Arts and Humanities Center, 84 Iranistan Avenue, Bridgeport.

About Manish Chowdhary ’00

Manish Chowdhary graduated from UB in 2000. He was an undergraduate student, majoring in Computer Science and Engineering, when he began assembling and selling affordable computers to fellow students. It wasn’t long before a smattering of satisfied clients grew into a large customer base, prompting Chowdhary to look for tools to more effectively manage his nascent start-up.

Working from dorm room no. 816 in Bodine Hall on the UB campus, Chowdhary developed software that enabled him to manage online sales, inventory, customer relationships, and more.  It quickly became apparent that other e-commerce firms could benefit from his software, too, and in 2000, Chowdhary founded GoECart.

Now headquartered in downtown Bridgeport, the company has been recognized as a world leader in providing fully integrated, digital-commerce solutions, including order management; fulfillment-, inventory-, and point-of-sale solutions; and CRM.  

GoECart was recently selected among the “20 Most Promising Retail Solution Providers” by CIOReview magazine and one of the “50 Most Valuable Tech Companies in 2015” by Insight Success. GoECart is also a four-time winner of the CQIA Gold Innovation Prize (2004, 2012, 2013, and 2014) and winner of a Stevie Award for “Best Customer Service, Computer Science” (2013). Most recently, GoECart was named a Bronze Stevie® Award winner in the Company of the Year category at the 2015 American Business Awards.

Under Chowdhary’s leadership, GoECart has delivered solid double-digit growth year over year, all while staying profitable since inception. In 2013, Fairfield County Business Journal presented Chowdhary with its annual 40 under 40 Award for his extraordinary leadership, ongoing commitment to professional development, and outstanding accomplishments to the business sector.

Chowdhary received a Distinguished Alumni Award from UB in 2013.

UB President Neil Salonen said, “Manish Chowdhary came to UB in the fall of 1997, and before his graduation in 2000 he had already used his education to create one of today’s leading start-ups. Many of us remember the launch of his company in a dorm room on the UB campus. From his start as an ambitious student to his flourishing career as an entrepreneur, Manish exemplifies qualities that many in the Class of 2016 will understand: drive, hard work, intelligence, and bold creativity. By choosing to locate GoECart in Bridgeport, Manish Chowdhary also made a decision to invest in the community that had believed in him and nurtured him. His successful example will inspire this year’s graduates as they, too, prepare to leverage their UB education to produce positive change in the world. We are thrilled that Manish Chowdhary will deliver this year’s Commencement Address.”

Media contact: Leslie Geary, (203) 576-4625