Global E-Week

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This November, Global Entrepreneurship Network will celebrate 10 years of helping millions of people unleash their ideas to start and scale new businesses through Global Entrepreneurship Week. Roughly 35,000 events and competitions will take place during #GEW2017 – connecting nearly 10 million participants to potential collaborators, mentors and even investors. Dozens of world leaders on every continent and a network of more than 15,000 partner organizations support the initiative every year.

Syracuse University is pleased to partner with #GEW2017 to present a weeklong celebration that spans the campus and the community.

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#GEW2017Syracuse features networking events, workshops, lectures and competitions.  The celebration is intended to inspire and educate ideators and innovators, and help them advance their ideas by connecting with campus, community and global leaders.

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

All events are open to the community.  Click on each day below to reveal that day's program. 

We look forward to seeing you!


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

Peter Graham Scholarly Commons  |  Noon to 1 p.m.

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.

Community Kick-off event, Money Monday Luncheon

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

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.

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

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

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.

E-Club Coffee Happy Hour

Café Kubal, University Avenue |  7 p.m. to 8 p.m.

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

Whitman Room 007 | 8 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.

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.”


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. Meetings consist of open pitch sessions to pool ideas on how we utilize creative new technology platforms and products. Activities have ranged from the process of using technology tools to build an interactive design lab, to creating and promoting pop-up events across campus.  Watch for pops and learn more:




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

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.

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

Whitman Room 004 |  11:00 am

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

Impact Prize Competition

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

Dining for Dollars

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

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.

Blockchain E-Meetup

The IceBox, iSchool |  8 p.m. to 9 p.m.

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:


WISE Women’s networking, coaching and special events

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

F3Force: Entrepreneurship Fueled by Female Faculty

Peter Graham Scholarly Commons, Bird Library  |  10:00 am to 11:00 am

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.

Wonder Women Power Hour

Blackstone LaunchPad, Bird Library |  1 p.m. to 2 p.m.

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.

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

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

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.

Powered by Women: Clean Energy Entrepreneurship

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

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.

5th Medium

Newhouse Innovation Lab |  7 p.m.

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:


Founders Brown Bag Luncheon

Blackstone LaunchPad | Noon to 1 p.m.

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).

Global Entrepreneurship, an International Student Perspective

Room 608, Bird Library |  3 p.m. to 4 p.m.

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  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.

Entrepreneur Throwdown at the TechGarden

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

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.


NEXT 2017 Conference

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


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.


Along with NYSSTLC, 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.” NYSSTLC Director Rudnick will moderate the panel “Protecting IP: Timing, Validity Challenges, International Decisions,” addressing patent filing strategy, international filings, trade secret protection and post-grant review options. Other panelists are John Boger L’95 of Heslin & Rothenberg; George McGuire L’96 of Bond, Schoeneck and King; and Renato Smith of Barclay Damon.


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

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