Win a LaunchPad scholarship to the WISE Symposium.

Five scholarships open to women student entrepreneurs who would like to attend the WISE Symposium.  Be inspired, network and connect with mentors for your ideas.  April 25, Sky Armory, Downtown Syracuse


Blackstone LaunchPad Syracuse University will award five women student entrepreneurs a scholarship to the WISE Symposium.  Scholarships will be awarded to Syracuse University women who are engaged in entrepreneurship – either as a founder or team member of a venture, or in a leadership role in a student entrepreneurship organization.

Scholarship are for emerging and engaged young women leaders on campus who would benefit from being at the conference and networking with professional women and successful women entrepreneurs. If selected to receive this scholarship, you must agree to be at the WISE Symposium, 8:00am-6:00pm on April 25, 2017 at SKY Armory in downtown Syracuse, NY.

The application deadline will be Thursday, April 20, 2017 11:59PM. Scholarship recipients will be notified by Friday, April 21, 2017.


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Win a student entrepreneur scholarship to the WISE Symposium

More about the WISE Symposium here:

On April 25, 2017, the Women Igniting the Spirit of Entrepreneurship (WISE) Symposium is hosting its 15th annual event at SKY Armory in downtown Syracuse. WISE has been synonymous with entrepreneurial excellence and has grown to become the premier event not only for up-and-coming entrepreneurs, but for anyone active in the business community — from corporate to aspiring entrepreneurs, intrapreneurs, start-ups and growth business owners, and anyone interested in networking with smart, savvy women in business. The WISE Symposium is presented by AXA Advisors, Whitman School of Management at Syracuse University, The Events Company, SKY Armory and National Grid.

A full-day conference ticket includes breakfast, lunch, networking reception and access to all keynote and breakout sessions and the business expo! The 2017 keynote speaker is Kathrine Switzer, the first woman to run in the Boston Marathon who will be talking about Breaking Barriers: Yours, Theirs, Ours.

Take a look at the schedule and speaker lineup for the 2017 WISE Symposium:

8:00 a.m.   Registration and Continental Breakfast at SKY Armory

  • Registration inside SKY Armory
  • Breakfast bar, coffee and tea available on the business expo floor

9:00 a.m.   Welcome to WISE Symposium 2017

  • Women Changing the World, One Venture at a Time
  • Social media shoutout! Join the conversation at #WISE2017
  • Celebrating 10+ Years of the WISE Women’s Business Center
  • Ann Michel Award Presentation

9:15 a.m.   Morning plenary session

  • “Igniting the Spirit of Intention” presented by Lisa Baker and Melissa O’Mara, The Leaders Co-Lab

10:00 a.m.   BREAK

10:15 a.m.   Morning breakout session one (choose one)

  • “Bigger Game Leadership” presented by Rick Tamlyn
  • “Breaking Out of Your Comfort Zone” presented by Theresa VanderMeer, WORK+SHELTER
  • Meet the WISE Women’s Business Center

11:15 a.m.   BREAK

11:30 a.m.   Morning breakout session two (choose one)

  • “Dream, Believe, Pursue: Stories of Successful Women Entrepreneurs” featuring panelists Dr. Zina Berry (Berry Good Dental Care); Annie Dean (Werk); Heather Lane (Purity Ice Cream); moderated by Kathryn Cartini (Chloe Capital)
  • “Playing All Out from Within” presented by Helen Marie Fox, HMF Performance & Coaching
  • Meet the WISE Women’s Business Center

12:30 p.m.   Luncheon, Networking on the Expo Floor, WISE Latina Session

  • Lunch and networking on the business expo floor
  • Enjoy a fabulous menu created for WISE Symposium
  • WISE Latina session (Betts on 1; translations to Spanish and English are available!)

2:00 p.m.   Keynote Presentation

  • “Breaking Barriers: Yours, Theirs, Ours” presented by Kathrine Switzer

3:00 p.m.   BREAK

3:15 p.m.   Afternoon breakout session (choose one)

  • “Sales Sharks & Rainmakers” moderated by Kathy Adams and featuring panelists Jackie Wilson (American Fashion Design); Ingrid Macher (Burn 20); Elin Barton (White Knight Productions)
  • “The 90-Day Success Plan” presented by Jamila Payne
  • Meet the WISE Women’s Business Center: individual counseling sessions

4:00 p.m.   Award presentation

  • WISE Faces of Success; presented by iHeartMedia and Y94

4:15 p.m.   Closing session

  • “Believe in You, Believe in Your Business” presented by Isisara Bey

5:00 p.m.  to 6 p.m.  Networking Reception and Expo

  • Network and reflect on an amazing day of inspiration and leadership lessons!
  • Enjoy a fabulous menu created for WISE Symposium