Impact Prize Winners Announced

A panel of area civic leaders this week announced the winners of the first Impact Prize competition at Syracuse University.  Winners were selected for the most innovative and implementable ideas to help solve civic, environmental, economic, or other public challenges, as part of a campus-wide social entrepreneurship challenge.  Thirty-six teams applied to the challenge, and a field of finalists competed November 14 in front of a live audience as part of Global Entrepreneurship Week at Syracuse University.

The Impact Prize competition was open to Syracuse University students, as well as SUNY ESF students who are studying entrepreneurship at SU.

Tied for first place and each receiving a $2,000 team prize were participants in the recent Invention Accelerator at Syracuse University, Invent@SU:

  • In-Spire: Kayla Simon and Elizabeth Tarangelo (Engineering & Computer Science), for a wearable Albuterol inhaler for asthma patients who suffer from asthma attacks while on-the-go;
  • Fibrefree: Serena Omo-Lamai and Charles Keppler (Engineering & Computer Science), for a laundry ball that traps microfibers, preventing them from entering aquifers and the atmosphere.

Second place, receiving a $1,000 team prize was:

  • Food for Community: Samantha Guillaume and Patrick Carleton (SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry), for a not-for-profit that transports unused food from local schools and takes it to local pantries.

Organized by the Blackstone LaunchPad at Bird Library, the $5,000 Impact Prize competition was supported through a personal gift to SU Libraries from Dr. Gisela M. von Dran, director emerita of the iSchool’s MSLIS program, and former assistant professor of management at the Whitman School of Management.  Dr. von Dran also served as a judge and presented the awards.

The Impact Prize competition was managed by Kennedy Patlan ’18, a triple major in advertising in the Newhouse School, citizenship and civic engagement in the Maxwell School and women’s and gender studies in the College of Arts and Sciences. As the first Blackstone LaunchPad Engagement Scholar, Patlan organized the competition, conducted outreach across campus, organized Impact Generator workshops, provided peer mentoring of the applicants, and supervised all event logistics.

Other finalists competing in the November 14 finals included:

  • Biomass Combustion Process: team leader William Lee Mendes McKnight (Arts and Sciences), for a high efficiency biomass combustion process to power village-scale generators;
  • Comfeet: team leader Francis Marinez (Engineering & Computer Science), for eco-friendly, size-adjustable shoes for toddlers;
  • Doorway Energy: team leader Teodoro DeLelllis (Engineering & Computer Science), for a solution to capture energy coming from commercial doorways through wind turbine technology;
  • GreenStrip: Jose Javier Garcia Rovira (Whitman) for a product that enhances the planting process in infertile soils around the world;
  • Greenwood Investment Network: Asile Patin (Arts and Sciences), for a nonprofit to create an evergreen fund for local minority business owners to access seed funding in a collective, sustainable way;
  • Modoscript: team leader David Zuleta (Arts and Sciences), for a Pill-Safe Digital Health System to address overdosing and underdosing;
  • Native Women’s E-Mag: Michelle Schenandoah (Newhouse), for an interactive E-magazine and brand to serve as a national platform for Native women;
  • Spolitic: team leader Abigail Hamilton (Whitman), for an app that connects politically passionate people to engagement opportunities to effectively organize our generation’s movements;
  • Starfruit: team leader Nathan Elequin (Education), for an educational technology consulting company dedicated to matching schools with the instructional software best-suited to improve teachers’ experiences or their student’s engagement;
  • Wind Turbine Project: team leaderTyler Vartabedian (Engineering & Computer Science), for a highway-barrier mounted vertical axis wind turbine to provide clean energy.

Judges for the final round represented civic leaders from the Syracuse community:  Paul Brooks, LaunchNY Venture Development Organization; Eric Ennis, City of Syracuse Neighborhood and Business Development; Robert Herz, In-sourcing Community Incubator; Owen Kerney, City of Syracuse – Onondaga County Planning Agency; Joanne Lenweaver, WISE Women’s Business Center; Karen Livingston, NYS Small Business Development Center; and Caitlin Moriarty, The Tech Garden.

Judges for the semi-final round came from academic units across the Syracuse University campus: Alejandro Amezcua (Whitman), Chris Cofer (University College), Heather Waters (Education), Jolynn Parker, (Renee Crown University Honors Program), Kate Canada (Maxwell), Michael Giannattasio (Architecture), Molly Zimmerman (Law School), Rebecca Ortiz (Newhouse), Sam Krall (Arts & Sciences/Career Services), and Tammy Rosario (Syracuse CoE).

Kennedy Patlan with Dr. Gisela von Dran

Celebrate Syracuse Global Entrepreneurship Week, November 13 – 17

 

    

 

Global Entrepreneurship Week (GEW) launches this Monday with Syracuse University and Syracuse community networking events, workshops, lectures and competitions.  The celebration, from November 13 to 17, is intended to inspire and educate ideators and innovators, and help them advance their ideas by connecting with campus, community and global leaders.

Coordinated on campus by the Blackstone LaunchPad at Syracuse University, in collaboration with many partners, #GEW2017Syracuse is part of a 165-country festival that empowers innovators at all stages – from start-up to scale-up.  This year marks the 10th anniversary of Global Entrepreneurship Week, which is the world’s largest celebration of entrepreneurship. With global activities ranging from large-scale competitions to roundtable discussions, pitch competitions and meetups, GEW is an avenue for aspiring entrepreneurs to discover possibilities and exciting opportunities.

Activities throughout the week will engage all parts of Syracuse’s entrepreneurship ecosystem – entrepreneurs, educators, researchers, resource providers, community members and more – to help entrepreneurs to unleash their ideas, become self-starters, and engage in start-up thinking.

All events are open to the community free of charge, unless otherwise noted.  Participants are encouraged to use social media to share their ideas and experiences this week using the hashtags #GEW2017, #GEW2017Syracuse, or @GEW2017, @GEW2017Syracuse.

Watch the #GEW17Syracuse promo video here.

Featured events include:

Monday, November 13, Kick-off day

Noon to 1 p.m., Bird Library, Peter Graham Scholarly Commons, Syracuse University

Campus Kick-off event, Invent@SU, with founders of the Invention Factory and the Invent@SU team

Welcome by Dean David Seaman, Syracuse University Libraries, remarks by Dean Teresa Abi-Nader Dahlberg, College of Engineering and Computer Science, featured presentation by the founders of the Invention Factory at Cooper Union who also helped collaborate to launch Invent@SU, Eric Lima and Alan N. Wolf.  Featuring Invent@SU students.  Opening reception.

Noon to 1 p.m. The Tech Garden, 235 Harrison Street, Syracuse

Community Kick-off event, Money Monday Luncheon

Join the Tech Garden team and guest speakers for a lively luncheon on how to learn and leverage tools and techniques to help grow your bottom line.

5 p.m. to 7 p.m., Flaum Hall, Whitman School of Management, Syracuse University

Funder-Founder Forum speed networking event for top student ventures and potential funders

Sponsored by Whitman School of Management EEE with the Falcone Center and Couri Hatchery, this popular event gives student entrepreneurs the opportunity to pitch their ideas, one-on-one to a variety of funders, and get instant feedback on how to become investment ready.

7 p.m.  To 8 p.m., Café Kubal, University Avenue

E-Club Coffee Happy Hour

8 p.m. to 9:30 p.m., Whitman Room 007, Syracuse University

E-Club Guest Speaker, Joshua Anton, CEO of X-Mode Social

Joshua Anton co-founded his student venture at the McIntire School of Commerce at the University of Virginia, and quickly grew it more than 1.5 million installs at more than 200 colleges, and raised more than $1.3 million in seed funding.  How did he do it? Learn his secrets to “start and scale.”

Tuesday, November 14, Social Entrepreneurship Day

8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day, first floor Lobby, Nancy Cantor Warehouse, 350 W. Fayette Street

CONFRONTED.EDU

Through the process of design thinking, communications design majors in VPA’s School of Design are confronting some of the social and political problems of our time through “CONFRONTED.EDU,” an education in social consciousness.  Come see the multimedia solutions, including an interconnected exhibition scale model, posters and digital experiences.

11 a.m., Whitman Room 004, Syracuse University

Global Social Skype with SU EEE entrepreneurs in Syracuse and EEE entrepreneurs in London

A global idea jam to share tips, techniques, tools and practices from “across the pond.”

3 p.m. to 4:30 p.m., Check in at Blackstone LaunchPad, Bird Library, Syracuse University

Impact Prize Competition

https://news.syr.edu/2017/11/finalists-announced-for-inaugural-impact-prize-competition/

Finalists pitch from 3 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. for the inaugural Impact Prize, a student social entrepreneurship competition to ideate identify new products, services and technologies that can produce cultural, economic, environmental or civic impact.  More than 36 teams applied, with 13 finalists selected to compete for $5,000 in prize funding.  Prize announcement by Dr. Gisela von Dran, awards ceremony and reception at 4:30 p.m. in PGSC, Room 114, Bird Library.

6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m., Sheraton Syracuse University Hotel and Conference Center

Dining for Dollars

Sponsored by Syracuse University Career Services as part of #GEW2017Syracuse, this reservation only three-course meal features professionals coaching students through navigating dinner etiquette and strategically asking for money for your venture.  Pre-registration was required through Career Services.

8 p.m. to 9 p.m., The IceBox, iSchool, Syracuse University

Blockchain E-Meetup

Explore blockchain technology that is currently underlying the cryptocurrency industry. The new SU Blockchain Club, based in the Blackstone LaunchPad, explores the inner workings of blockchain, what it is, how it works, its applications in business and even start to work on projects relating to blockchain. Learn more about who has made millions in cryptocurrency investments, expert researchers in the field and people who are starting companies with a blockchain focus. Want to join the club?  Learn More: https://www.facebook.com/groups/1771857979778698/

Wednesday, November 15, Women in Entrepreneurship Day

All Day:  WISE WBC, The Tech Garden, 235 Harrison Street

WISE Women’s networking, coaching and special events

http://wisecenter.org/

10 a.m. to 11 a.m., Blackstone LaunchPad, Bird Library, Syracuse University

F3Force:  Entrepreneurship Fueled by Female Faculty

Join iSchool Dean Liz Liddy and Barbara E. Jones, Professor of Practice, Television/Radio/Film S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications/Founder of StayBillety for a roundtable on the challenges and opportunities of being a female founder. The world needs more women-led companies.  One way to make that happen is by building a community where successful women can share their stories and advice for those who are in earlier stages of building a company. Come be inspired.

1 p.m. to 2 p.m., Blackstone LaunchPad, Bird Library, Syracuse University

Wonder Women Power Hour

Spend a power hour with SU student entrepreneurs who are trailblazers.  Growth hackers, hustlers and hipsters, they are shaking it up and doing it their way.  Be “riveted” by their stories.  Erin Miller, Out There Productions and iSchool IDS connector, Julia Haber, founder of VISION student entrepreneurship club, Jamie Vinick, founder of Women in Leadership student club, and Sarah Grosz, president of the Syracuse University Entrepreneurship Club.  Learn how they connected with top entrepreneurs across the country, and growth hacked their way to success.

3 p.m. to 4:30 p.m., CNY Biotechnology Accelerator, 841 E. Fayette Street, Syracuse

Claudia Campbell-Matland  “The Medical Device Product Journey” — Webinar

From a 25-year career perspective and senior positions in R&D and business development, Campbell-Matland offers insight on mitigating risks as a part of quality management system approach to the medical device product lifecycle.  Interested in biomedical innovation?  Get insight from an expert.

3:30 p.m. to 5 p.m., SyracuseCoE, 727 E. Washington Street, Syracuse

Powered by Women:  Clean Energy Entrepreneurship

SyracuseCoE celebrates Global Entrepreneurship Week with a Research and Technology Forum that features three women who have worked to commercialize innovations in energy and environmental systems.  Presenters will offer personal insights on opportunities and challenges along their unique path of entrepreneurship and innovation.  Featured speakers:  Amy Casper, Eaton (Ephesus Lighting), Karen Livingston, SBDC advisor, EEE faculty and energy entrepreneur, and Amanda Chou, Thrive.  Moderated by Cindy Oehmigen, Director of Energy and Corporate Services at the Manufacturers Association of Central New York (MACNY). Reception follows presentation and discussion.  Register on Eventbrite here.

7 p.m., Newhouse Innovation Lab, Syracuse University

5th Medium

Come explore the 5th Medium, SU’s student virtual/augmented reality club. Don’t have experience with VR? No problem! 5th Medium provides access to various technologies and offers hands-on experiential learning.  Learn more:  5thmedium@gmail.com

Thursday, November 16, Founder’s Day

Noon to 1 p.m., Blackstone LaunchPad, Bird Library

Founders Brown Bag Luncheon

New to entrepreneurship?  Just exploring?  Get your questions answered by some of the top award-winning student entrepreneurs at SU. They have collectively raised $2.5 million in seed funding through crowdsourcing, business plan competitions and early stage funds.  Here is your chance to meet them and pick their brains on your big idea.  Learn from the best and get some best-in-class peer mentoring.  Get a warm welcome, witty wisdom and solid advice from the winners who have walked the road.  BYOB (Bring Your Own Brownbag).

3 p.m. to 4 p.m., Room 608, Bird Library, Syracuse University

Global Entrepreneurship, an International Student Perspective

Organized by Blackstone LaunchPad Global Fellows, this event features students from six countries sharing perspectives on entrepreneurship from their global perspective.  The event will be moderated by the founders of SUGlobalists.com.  Established in 2017 at Syracuse University, Globalists is a student organization and media outlet that give students a voice to start conversations about global issues and express their perspectives on various subjects.

4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m., The Tech Garden, 235 Harrison Street, Syracuse

Entrepreneur Throwdown at the TechGarden

Join community entrepreneurs for a fun-filled Pitch Throwdown, ‘Cuse Style.  Light-hearted lighting pitches will pit entrepreneurs from The Tech Garden, WISE Women’s Business Center, CoWorks and InSourcing for “global bragging rights” as the top dog in town.  Winner gets the coveted prize globe, and everyone gets a “Get Happy” reception to wrap up #GEW2017Syracuse in style.

Friday, November 17, Tech Commercialization Day

8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Sheraton Syracuse University Hotel & Conference Center

NEXT 2017 Conference

https://news.syr.edu/2017/11/next-conference-to-feature-commercialization-experts/

Now in its fourth edition, NEXT is a conference focused on innovation in technology, manufacturing, and biotech. The event brings together fast-track companies, managers, researchers, medical professionals, investors, and entrepreneurs to meet and learn from each other and from international thought leaders and industry experts. The dynamic full-day program boasts two world-class keynotes: artificial intelligence and robotics guru Hod Lipson and internationally renowned neuroscientist and medical intelligence expert Dave Warner, as well as interactive educational workshops in three concurrent tracks. A Technology Showcase features breakthrough science from university and industry research teams and displays from businesses developing cutting-edge products, giving attendees a unique first-hand look at NEXT generation opportunities, tools, and discoveries.

The conference is sponsored by the Central New York Biotech Accelerator, Center for Advanced Systems and Engineering (CASE) at Syracuse University and CNY Technology Development Organization (TDO) and the NYS Science and Technology Law Center at Syracuse University.

The dynamic, full-day program features panels on “Biotech Innovation” and “Manufacturing Excellence,” along with the NYSSTLC-organized track on “Legal Issues in Technology Commercialization.” The conference also brings to Syracuse two world-class keynote speakers: artificial intelligence and robotics guru Hod Lipson and internationally renowned neuroscientist and medical intelligence expert Dave Warner. Parallel to the conference, a Technology Showcase will feature breakthrough science from university and industry research teams and displays from businesses developing cutting-edge products, giving attendees a unique first-hand look at “NEXT generation” opportunities, tools and discoveries.

To learn more about the event and to register, click here

All week

VISION Wall Pop-up at the Blackstone LaunchPad, Bird Library, Syracuse University

Vision for Entrepreneurs organization is located SU’s Blackstone LaunchPad. It is an Adobe-sponsored club that focuses on academic diversity within entrepreneurship, working with students across campus on various product initiatives and events. Activities have ranged from using technology tools to build an interactive design lab, to creating and promoting pop-up events across campus.  Watch for a pop up at the Blackstone LaunchPad.

Follow events and see photos all week @LaunchPadSYR as well as by the many program partners.

Angelo Damiano wins Entrepreneurs’ Organization Global Student Entrepreneur Award

Angelo (AJ) Damiano ’18, founder of student startup PowerSpike, won the $7,500 top prize in the U.S.-Western NY regionals of the Entrepreneurs’ Organization (EO) Global Student Entrepreneur Awards (GSEA).

The competition, held November 8 in Buffalo, was open to student entrepreneurs who actively run a business, are currently pursuing an undergraduate degree and generating revenue or investments.

Damiano will now advance to the EO GSEA finals in Dallas, slated for February 2018.

A senior in the Whitman School of Management, Damiano is a member of the Blackstone LaunchPad at SU Libraries and the Couri Hatchery at the Falcone Center for Entrepreneurship.

PowerSpike is an influencer marketing and analytics platform for Twitch.tv which connects gaming influencers with brands and advertisers for paid promotions and sponsored content.  PowerSpike enables streamers to monetize their audience and helps brands to connect with new customers on a platform that reaches over 100 million viewers each month.  Damiano has grown his company, recently sealed major brand placement deals and attracted outside seed investment.

This EO GSEA win follows his recent participation in the global Blackstone LaunchPad/Techstars Training Camp in New York City – a highly competitive program for the top two student entrepreneurs selected from each the 20 Blackstone LaunchPad programs across the U.S. and United Kingdom.  This past April, Damiano also won the top prize in the Software/Information Technology division of the New York State Business Plan Competition.  He is a winner of several Syracuse University competitions, including the Panasci Business Plan Competition, the RvD iPrize, and CompeteCNY.

Damiano recently participated in TwitchCon2017 and BlizzCon, two of gaming’s biggest venues, growing his status as an industry influencer.

EO GSEA is considered the premier global competition for student entrepreneurs who actively run a business.  With more than 1,700 competitors from over 30 countries, EO GSEA is an exclusive opportunity for student entrepreneurs to make connections, find resources and grow their businesses.  It is supported by The Entrepreneurs’ Organization (EO), a global business network of more than 12,000 leading entrepreneurs in 160 global chapters.

Founded in 1987 by a group of young entrepreneurs, EO enables business owners to learn from each other, leading to greater business success. EO offers resources in the form of global events, leadership-development programs, peer-to-peer learning, an online entrepreneur forum, executive education opportunities and connections to experts.

 

#GEW 2017 kicks off with Invent@SU

Global Entrepreneurship Week Syracuse 2017 kicks off, Monday, November 13 in Bird Library, Peter Graham Scholarly Commons, Room 114.  The week-long campus celebration is being coordinated by the Blackstone LaunchPad.

The kickoff, from noon to 1 p.m. features:

  • Welcome by Dean David Seaman, Syracuse University Libraries
  • Brief remarks, Dean Teresa Abi-Nader Dahlberg, College of Engineering and Computer Science
  • Featured presentation by the founders of the Invention Factory at Cooper Union who also helped collaborate to launch Invent@SU
  • Student inventor showcase featuring Charles Keppler, Founder, FibreFree
  • Networking reception

Join Invention Factory founders, Erica Lima, director, The Open-Source Hardware Laboratory, Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering and Alan N. Wolf, Professor and Chair of Physics, for a journey through the world of Invention.

Invent@SU is based on the Invention Factory, an intensive program to identify a need and invent a tangible product as a solution. Invent@SU, supported by Bill and Penny Allyn, trains undergraduate Syracuse University students to “design, prototype, and pitch” as they invent products. Powered by Invention Factory, this immersive, six-week program is held on the SU campus and at the SU Fisher Center in New York City.

Invent@SU follows a proven method of developing students’ abilities to innovate and communicate. Students learn about design, ideation and intellectual property, then conceive an original invention, prototype the invention, and refine it in response to weekly feedback from diverse audiences of guest evaluators.  Student inventors participate in a cash prize competition at which a panel of distinguished designers, inventors, engineers and patent attorneys choose the best inventions.

In addition to a chance to win cash prizes of $5,000 for best invention and $3,000 for second best invention, students receive:

  • A $1,000 stipend
  • A $1,000 budget per team for project materials
  • Guidance from expert consultants and evaluators
  • Access to laser cutters, 3D printers, a machine shop, and professional machinists
  • Assistance with a provisional patent application

This event will also officially launch the 2018 cross-campus call for applicants to Invent@SU.

Learn more and apply:  http://invent.syr.edu/about/

 

A reception follows the presentation.

Finalists Announced for Inaugural Impact Competition

A panel of Syracuse University judges has announced the finalists for the inaugural Impact Prize competition. The student ventures were selected from 36 applicant teams by a panel of Syracuse University faculty and staff who are engaged in entrepreneurship and civic engagement.  The finalist teams proposed the most innovative and implementable ideas to help solve economic or civic challenges, and will compete in the Impact Prize finals at 3 p.m., November 14 at Bird Library, as part of Global Entrepreneurship Week at Syracuse University.

Coordinated by the Blackstone LaunchPad at Bird Library, the $5,000 Impact Prize competition is supported through a personal gift to SU Libraries from Dr. Gisela M. von Dran.

Director emerita of the iSchool’s MSLIS program, and former assistant professor of management at the Whitman School of Management, Dr. von Dran has a special interest in social entrepreneurship.  She previously established the Raymond F. von Dran Fund in memory of her late husband, who was Dean of the iSchool.

The Impact Prize competition is open to Syracuse University students, as well as SUNY ESF students who are studying entrepreneurship at SU.

Judges were asked to select the top 12 ranked teams.  Since two teams tied in the rankings, 13 teams will actually advance to the final round on November 14.  They include:

  • Biomass Combustion Process: William Lee Mendes McKnight, Ali Goshayeshi for a high efficiency biomass combustion process to power village-scale generators;
  • Comfeet: Francis Marinez, Geri Madangit for eco-friendly, size-adjustable shoes for toddlers;
  • Doorway Energy: Teodoro DeLelllis, Joe Potenza for a solution to capture energy coming from commercial doorways through wind turbine and dam technology, in order to generate electricity and sustainability;
  • Fibrefree: Serena Omo-Lamai, Charles Keppler for a laundry ball that traps microfibers, preventing them from entering aquifers;
  • Food Sustainability: Samantha Guillaume and Patrick Carleton for a not for profit that transports unused food from local schools and takes it to local pantries;
  • GreenStrip: Jose Javier Garcia Rovira for a product that enhances the planting process in more infertile soil around the world;
  • Greenwood Investment Network: Asile Patin for a nonprofit that presents local minority business owners with a pipeline to develop their community economies in a collective, sustainable way;
  • In-Spire: Kayla Simon, Elizabeth Tarangelo for a wearable Albuterol inhaler from asthma patients who may suffer from asthma attacks while on-the-go;
  • Modoscript: David Zuleta, Yunpeng Li for a Pill-Safe Digital Health System to address overdosing and underdosing;
  • Native Women’s E-Mag: Michelle Schenandoah for an interactive E-magazine and brand to serve as a national platform for Native women;
  • Spolitic: Abigail Hamilton, Aaron Sortal, Isabella Lovain, Sally Rubin for an app that connects politically passionate people to engagement opportunities to effectively organize our generation’s movements;
  • Starfruit: Nathan Elequin, Annie Mathis, Mitchell Thomas for an educational technology consulting company dedicated to matching schools with the instructional software best-suited to improve teachers’ experiences or their student’s engagement;
  • Wind Turbine Project: Tyler Vartabedian, Ryan Twombly for a highway-barrier mounted vertical axis wind turbine to provide clean energy.

Judges for this round represented academic units across the Syracuse University campus, with expertise in social entrepreneurship, law, art and design, business, communications, information technologies, education, civic engagement, sustainability, the Honors Program, and more.  They selected the 13 finalists based on merit of the idea, potential social impact, feasibility and ability of the team to implement, quality of the business model, and on-going sustainability of the proposed solution.

Judges included Alejandro Amezcua (Whitman), Chris Cofer (University College), Heather Waters (Education), Jolynn Parker, (Renee Crown University Honors Program), Kate Canada (Maxwell), Michael Giannattasio (Architecture), Molly Zimmerman (Law School), Rebecca Ortiz (Newhouse), Sam Krall (Arts & Sciences/Career Services), and Tammy Rosario (Syracuse CoE).

The Syracuse community is invited to the final pitch competition, which will be judged by area business and civic leaders, from 3 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Bird Library.  The prize announcement with Dr. von Dran, along with a networking reception, will be held at 4:30 p.m. in the Peter Graham Scholarly Commons, Room 114, Bird Library.

To learn more about the Impact Prize at Syracuse University, visit: http://launchpad.syr.edu/impact/

The event is a highlight of #GEW2017 at SU.  For more information about other events that week, visit http://launchpad.syr.edu/, or sign up for the weekly Blackstone LaunchPad e-newsletter at LaunchPad@syr.edu

Richard Branson to Open Global Entrepreneurship Week

Sir Richard Branson, Virgin Group founder, will officially open the 10th anniversary celebration of Global Entrepreneurship Week in Johannesburg, South Africa next week.  And while he won’t be coming to Syracuse, there is still a buzz happening around events here to celebrate Global Entrepreneurship Week across campus and in the community from November 13-17.

“Entrepreneurs are the life blood of any economy. They are disruptors and innovators who shape our world for the better. This campus launch is going to help to create a new generation of entrepreneurs who will improve peoples’ lives across the continent,” said Branson.

Joining Branson at the global launch event is Jonathan Ortmans, president of the Global Entrepreneurship Network, who launched Global Entrepreneurship Week ten years ago with Carl Schramm, Syracuse University Professor and former president and CEO of the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation.

Carl Schramm

Carl Schramm (Messy K refers to his column in Forbes.)

Global Entrepreneurship Week (GEW) is a celebration of innovators who launch startups and bring ideas to life. For one week each November, the world’s largest celebration of entrepreneurship inspires people around the globe to explore their potential as self-starters and innovators. With activities ranging from large-scale competitions to intimate networking and meetups, lectures and panel discussions, film screenings and meetings with investors, aspiring entrepreneurs are introduced to possibilities and exciting opportunities.

Representatives from 37 countries were on hand when GEW was announced in 2007 by Jonathan Ortmans, president of GEW; Carl Schramm, former president and CEO of the Kauffman Foundation; and Gordon Brown, former prime minister of the United Kingdom.

The event has now grown to 165 countries, 20,000 partners and more than 10 million people.

The Blackstone LaunchPad at Syracuse University is taking the lead organizing activities on campus, which include more than a dozen events across campus and around the community from November 13 to 17. The schedule of activities is online at:  http://launchpad.syr.edu/gew-2017/

 

SparkCharge is Finalist for FuzeHub 2017 Commercialization Competition

SparkCharge founder, Josh Aviv, is gearing up for FuzeHub’s 2017 Commercialization Competition, a showcase for New York’s innovative entrepreneurs to pitch their ideas in person before a live audience.

Up to five companies will be awarded up to $50,000 each at the event, November 15-16 in Albany, NY.

Finalists span a wide variety of industries, including Clean-Tech, IT, Semiconductor, Bio/Life Sciences and Energy. They include:

• Anavio Therapeutics Inc., Cardioverter/Defibrillator
• ecoLong LLC, Sky Imager-Radiometer
• Ferric Contrast Inc., Non-Toxic MRI Contrast Agents
• Good People Energy Technologies Inc., Fix to NY’s Small Fan Problem
• Leviathan Energy LLC, Commercialization of Miniaturized Flow Turbines
• LiftPoint Co., Robotic Vehicle Lift
• Mission Drives Corp., Revolutionary Variable Speed Drive
• NanoHydroChem LLC, Boron Nanoparticles
• Potsdam Sensors LLC, Air Quality Sensor
• Praxis Biotechnology Inc., Cream to treat Rosacea
• SparkCharge, Portable Electric Vehicle Charging Stations
• Speech Cradle LLC, Speech Cradle Baby Bottle
• Sunny Clean Water LLC, Highly Evaporative Material for Accelerated Solar Salt Mining
• Synstainable Energy Systems LLC, Waste to Energy Rotary Gasifier
• Triton Ceramics LLC, Water Filters for Bacteria Remediation
• Verdimine LLC, Green Chemistry
• Zero Valent NanoMetals Inc, Low Temperature Metallic Inks for Printed Electronics, Displays and 3D Additive Metal Manufacturing

FuzeHub 2017 brings together leading entrepreneurs, executives and investors working to bring breakthrough technology to market.

Beyond the competition, the event features product commercialization success stories, high-impact networking with renowned industry professionals and entrepreneurs, a panel on how to raise venture capital, and a resource showcase.

FuzeHub, is a nonprofit organization that assists small to medium manufacturing companies by matching them with technical and business resources. It is an Empire State Development (ESD) designated statewide Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP), and works with innovation organizations across the state to help ensure that New York State companies receive world-class technical expertise.

Josh Aviv, co-founder and CEO of SparkCharge, won grand prize at the Blackstone/Techstars global venture pitch competition in New York City on October 18. He was also the grand prizewinner in the 2017 New York State Business Plan Competition.

Aviv received early and continued support at Syracuse University from faculty in the iSchool’s minor in Information Technology, Design, and Startups, and from the professional mentors in the Syracuse Student Sandbox. He has made full use of the services of the Blackstone LaunchPad in Bird Library since it opened last year, and now serves as entrepreneur in residence for the Couri Hatchery in the Falcone Center, Whitman School of Management. His research and development offices are located at the Syracuse Center of Excellence.

Aviv holds two degrees from Syracuse University, a master’s degree in information management from the School of Information Studies (2017) and a bachelor’s degree in economics from the Maxwell School (2015).

Learn more about the FuzeHub competition at: https://fuzehub.com/competition/

 

Build your BAIL Team Workshop, November 10

 

The startup game is a team sport.  No successful startup can go it alone.  A venture starts with an idea champion identifying a need and building a team to work on a solution.  Along the way, every venture needs to build a professional support team.  In the startup world, that group of professionals is called a BAIL team, who bring specialized expertise to help launch and scale.

BAIL stands for Banking, Accounting, Insurance, and Legal.  The best BAIL team works with an entrepreneur in a strategic way to help launch and grow a business. A BAIL team helps new ventures understand the financial, legal, regulatory, governance and compliance needs that startups soon need as they formally organize, make sales, and grow.

The Blackstone LaunchPad is offering a special BAIL workshop, November 10, from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. in the Peter Graham Scholarly Commons, Room 114, Bird Library.  The event is open to the campus and community, free of charge.

The workshop is being moderated by Gardner & Capparelli, a Syracuse-based CPA firm that offers free office hours in the LaunchPad at Bird Library. Co-founders Matt Gardner and Jim Capparelli will moderate a panel of professional service providers, offering thinking that will help startups better understand the critical role that a BAIL team plays in the early stages of a startup.

Joining them will be area professionals who represent the BAIL perspective:

Bank – Startups and small businesses need a trusted relationship with a financial expert, typically from a bank or alternative lender perspective.  From setting up business accounts, understanding lines of credit and working capital, to learning about the capital continuum and sources of seed and growth capital.

Accountant – Startups and small businesses quickly need an accountant.  From setting up payroll and bookkeeping, to understanding tax filing and other compliance needs, as well as general business best practices, an accountant is one of the earliest indispensable advisors to a startup venture.

Insurance – Most startups and small businesses don’t think about insurance as an early need, but it is essential to manage risk, as well as protect both the founding team and the venture they are building. A licensed insurance agent can help ventures understand that landscape and how to mitigate risks and protect corporate assets from a professional perspective.

Lawyer – From thinking through the right form of legal formation from a strategic perspective, to understanding more complex issues around intellectual property, or structuring an investment deal, an attorney brings critical skills as strategists and professional advocates.  Most importantly, professional counsel helps startups prevent legal issues from becoming legal problems.

Other professionals on the program include:  Rina Corigliano-Hart, OneSelect Account Consultant at Onegroup, and Ben Alexander, Commercial Loan Officer, New York Business Development Corporation.

To reserve a spot, e-mail:  LaunchPad@syr.edu

 

Call for Top Innovators to present to Leading Investors

Blackstone Launchpad is pleased to announce its sponsorship and invite you to attend The New England Venture Summit presented by youngStartup Ventures.

Special discount:  Use promo code “BLVIP” and receive an extra 10% off the “early bird” rates.

New England Venture Summit: Where Innovation Meets Capital, December 6th, 2017 | Lombardo’s Conference Center| Boston Randolph, MA

Come meet, interact and network with more than 500 VCs, Corporate VCs, angel investors, investment bankers and CEOs of the hottest early stage and emerging growth companies at the prestigious New England Venture Summit being held on December 6th at Lombardo’s Conference Center in Boston Randolph, MA.

Whether you’re a startup seeking capital and exposure, or an investor seeking new deals, The New England Venture Summit presented by youngStartup Ventures – is the event of the year you won’t want to miss.

A highly productive venture conference, The New England Venture Summit is dedicated to showcasing VCs, Corporate VCs and angel investors committed to funding early stage and emerging companies; will feature more than 80 VCs on interactive panels; presentations from more than 50 Top Innovators and high-level networking opportunities.

Partial list of VCs confirmed to speak at The 2017 New England Venture Summit includes:

Jessica Alston, Associate, F-Prime Capital Partners | Nisa Amoils, Venture Partner, Scout Ventures | Mark Austin, Venture Partner, Bright Capital | Christina Bechhold Russ, Investor, Samsung NEXT Ventures | Alex Beletsky, Investor, SideCar Angels | Carl Berke, Partner, Partners Healthcare Innovation Fund | Maria Berkman, Director, Broadview Ventures | Brandon Blaesser, Investor, NewWorld Capital Group | Vaughn Blake, Managing Director, Autochrome Ventures | Anne Bozik, Associate, Saturn Partners | Sasha Brown, Investor, Ecosystem Integrity Fund | Eveline Buchatskiy, Founding Partner, One Way Ventures | Stanley Buchesky, Founder and Managing Partner, The EdTech Fund | Tracy Chadwell, Founding Partner, 1843 Capital | Sara Chamberlain, Managing Director, Energy Foundry | Mukund Chopra, Investor, The Slack Fund | Elizabeth Wills Chou, Partner, New Markets Venture Partners | Barbara Clarke, Founding Member, Astia Angels NYC | David Coats, Managing Director, Correlation Ventures | Meghan Cross, Managing Director, Red Bear Angels | Sanjit Singh Dang, Partner, Intel Capital | Adam de Sola Pool, Partner, Walnut Ventures | Dixon Doll, Co-Founder & General Partner, Impact Venture Capital | Miriam Eaves, Venture Partner, BP Ventures | Sarah Fay, Managing Director, Glasswing Ventures | Shinichiro Fuse, Principal, MPM Capital | Elizabeth Galbut, Founding Partner, SoGal Ventures | Bard Geesaman, Managing Director, MPM Capital | Brandon Gleklen, Investor, Battery Ventures | Jacqueline Grant, Senior Associate, SV Health Investors | Brandon Greer, Analyst, OpenView | Sven Harmsen, Investment Director, M Ventures | Martin Heidecker, Managing Director, Boehringer Ingelheim Venture Fund | Ruoxi (Rosy) Hu, Venture Associate, Partners Innovation Fund | Dan Hurwitz, Associate, Hyperplane Venture Capital | Alicia Irurzun-Lafitte, Principal, M Ventures | Vinay Iyengar, Investor, Bessemer Venture Partners | Kadir Kadhiresan, Vice President, Johnson and Johnson Innovation | Chris Keller, Managing Partner, NextGen Venture Partners | Deb Kemper, Managing Director, Golden Seeds | David Kereiakes, Principal, River Cities Capital Funds | Luda Kopeikina, Senior Investment Manager, DSM Venturing | Gabriel Kra, Managing Director, Prelude Ventures | Benjamin Kreitman, Associate, Broadview Ventures | Yury Kukushkin, Principal, 4BIO Capital Partners | Michael Letta, General Partner, Human Ventures | Mary Long-Irwin, Executive Director, Northern Ontario Angels | Marissa Lowman, Director, Village Capital | Susan Lyne, Managing Partner, BBG Ventures | Brandon Maier, Founding Partner, Quake Capital | Olga Maslikhova, Managing Partner, Phystech Ventures | David Miller, Managing Director, Clean Energy Venture Group | T.T. Nguyen Duc, Investment Director, Pearson Affordable Learning Fund | Ira Nydick, Partner, Panasonic Venture Group | Sergei Petukhov, Partner, Enso Ventures | Lauren Michelle Pfeifer, Investor, 500 Startups | Gopal Rajaraman, Investment Principal, Motorola Solutions Venture Capital | Jorge Ramirez, Vice President, HIG Capital | Steven Robinette, Associate, Atlas Venture | Kathryn Roy, Investor, Walnut Ventures | Praveen Sahay, Founder & Managing Director, WAVE Equity Partners | Andrew Schoen, Investor, New Enterprise Associates | Rudina Seseri, Founder and Managing Partner, Glasswing Ventures | Lindsay Sharma, Vice President, Industry Ventures | Jeph Shaw, Vice President, New Energy Capital Partners | Abhishek Shukla, Managing Director, GE Ventures | Ishan Sinha, Associate, Point72 Ventures | Claire Elizabeth Smith, Associate, Anterra Capital | Carl Stjernfeldt, North American Venture Manager, Shell Technology Ventures | Charles Svirk, Investor, MassMutual Ventures | Neil Swami, Partner, MVM Life Science Partners | Laura Tadvalkar, Senior Associate, MP Healthcare Venture Management | Sebastian Titz, Manager, 3M Ventures | Mike Troiano, Partner, G20 Ventures | David Verrill, Founder & Managing Director, Hub Angel Investment Group | Graham Walmsley, Investor, Versant Ventures | Kristina Wang, Investor, F-Prime Capital Partners | Pelli Wang, Principal, SeedInvest | Kurt West, Principal, Nexo Capital Partners | Patrick West, Investor, Maine Angels | Troy Williams, Managing Director, University Ventures | Mic Williams, President & Founder, Boston Harbor Angels | Lu Zhang, Founding and Managing Partner, NewGen Capital | Christopher Zock, Managing Director, Sandbox Industries and many more.

Blackstone Launchpad has made special arrangements for our network to receive a special discount of 10% off the existing “early bird” rates.

To Register now and receive the special discount as well as take advantage of the “Early bird” discount rate, use the link below and enter discount code “ BLVIP click here.

In addition to providing access to leading Investors, the conference will feature more than 50 pre-screened early stage companies seeking capital, and hardcore networking.

This conference will be attended by the best people in the industry. Please register early to avoid disappointment.

Call for TOP INNOVATORS!

Get Noticed > Get Funded > Grow Faster

A select group of more than 50 Top Innovators from the Technology, Life Sciences/Healthcare, CleanTech and Edtech sectors will be chosen to present their breakthrough investment opportunities to an exclusive audience of Venture Capitalists, Corporate Investors, Private Investors, Investment Bankers, and Strategic Partners.

Apply to Present / Nominate a company:

For more information or to be considered for one of the Top Innovator slots click here.

Seed Pitchfest:

If you are a seed stage company seeking angel funding of less than $1M (and have raised less than $300,000) click here to apply for the Seed stage track.

REGISTER NOW and Save!!

FEES: “Early bird” registration Savings Available for a limited time!  Use Promotional code “BLVIP” and receive an extra 10% off.

To inquire about group rates, register by phone or for more information contact:

youngStartup Ventures at 212.202.1002

 

Gearing up for Global Entrepreneurship Week

The second annual campus wide Global Entrepreneurship Week celebration is gearing up at Syracuse University from November 13 – 17.   This year’s event also celebrates 10 years of the festival celebrating entrepreneurship in 170 countries around the globe.

The SU event will kickoff with an opening keynote address Monday, November 13 at noon in the Peter Graham Scholarly Commons at Bird Library, followed by a networking reception and Entrepreneurship Meetup in the Learning Commons.

Global Entrepreneurship Week (GEW) is a celebration of innovators who launch startups and bring ideas to life. For one week each November, the world’s largest celebration of entrepreneurship inspires people around the globe to explore their potential as self-starters and innovators.  With activities ranging from large-scale competitions, to intimate networking and meetups, lectures and panel discussions, film screens and meetings with investors, aspiring entrepreneurs are introduced to possibilities and exciting opportunities.

World leaders, local communities and colleges and universities around the world have embraced the campaign as a way to fuel ideas by high-growth startups, making GEW a truly global platform for connection and collaboration.

Representatives from 37 countries were on hand when GEW was announced in 2007 by Jonathan Ortmans, president of GEW, Carl Schramm, former president and CEO of the Kauffman Foundation (and now professor at Syracuse University) and Gordon Brown, former prime minister of the United Kingdom.  The event has now grown to 170 countries, 20,000 partners and 10 million people.

The Blackstone LaunchPad at Syracuse University is once again taking the lead organizing activities at Syracuse University, which include more than a dozen events that week across campus.  The schedule of activities will be available on-line at:  http://launchpad.syr.edu/gew-2107

Global Entrepreneurship Week at Syracuse University will feature famous entrepreneurs, founders and funders, along with panel discussions, films, meetups and more.  Many events feature well-known alumni and aspiring Syracuse University student entrepreneurs from around the world.

Coordinated by the Blackstone LaunchPad at Syracuse University, in collaboration with campus partners across many academic program areas, GEW@SU empowers entrepreneurs at all stages – from start-up to scale-up – and inspires innovators to take their first step.

Activities across campus this week will engage all parts of Syracuse’s entrepreneurship ecosystem – entrepreneurs, educators, researchers, resource providers, and more – to help faculty, staff and students explore and unleash their ideas, be self-starters and become innovators through start-up thinking.

The weeklong celebration is intended to inspire and educate nascent entrepreneurs about opportunities to advance their ideas and connect with campus and global leaders.  All events are open to the community free of charge.  Participants are encouraged to use social media to share their ideas and experiences this week using the hashtags #GEW2017, #GEWSyracuse, and #LaunchPadSYR, or @GEW2017, @GEWSyracuse, and @LaunchPadSYR.

For more information, e-mail LaunchPad@syr.edu