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Syracuse University student venture captures top prize in international innovation competition

October 19, 2017

  Josh Aviv, co-founder and CEO of SparkCharge, won the grand prize at the Blackstone/Techstars global venture pitch competition in New York City on October 18. The competition came at the conclusion of a two-day Blackstone/Techstars Training Camp, an innovative new program for collegiate entrepreneurs that featured a keynote on October 16 by Stephen A.…

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Amanda Chou selected for Clinton Global Initiative University

October 12, 2017

Amanda Chou, CMO of Thrive Projects, has been selected to participate in the Clinton Global Initiative University in Boston this weekend.  Clinton Global Initiative University (CGI U) was established in 2007 to engage the next generation of leaders on college campuses around the world. A founding member of Thrive Projects Inc., Chou is also president…

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Show your creation at “Cuse Market, October 20

October 6, 2017

The Blackstone LaunchPad is looking for innovators, makers and creatives for ‘Cuse Market.  The annual “pop-up shop” and product showcase will be held Friday, October 20, from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. in the Learning Commons, first floor of Bird Library. Each semester the LaunchPad invites faculty, staff, students and alumni to display their creative…

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David Fox joins the Blackstone LaunchPad as a Global Media Fellow

October 4, 2017

David Fox ’19 is joining the Blackstone LaunchPad this fall as a Global Media Fellow.  A junior in the iSchool, majoring in Information Management and Technology, David is also pursuing a minor in the Entrepreneurship and Emerging Enterprises program in Whitman. He began working with the Blackstone LaunchPad as an intern in Spring ’17, developing…

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Hack Upstate this weekend

October 2, 2017

Hack Upstate is organizing a free weekend hackathon, open to students and practitioners, October 7 and 8 at the Tech Garden in downtown Syracuse.  The event is open to student and community entrepreneurs, developers, engineers and innovators from across Upstate New York. Teams will come together to pitch and share ideas, form teams and build…

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Award winning author, VP of Mozilla, speaks at the Blackstone LaunchPad September 28 at 7 p.m.

September 26, 2017

Experienced marketing executive, futurist and award winning author Alex Salkever will speak about his new book, Driver in the Driverless Car, Thursday evening, September 28 at 7 p.m. in the Blackstone LaunchPad, main floor Bird Library.  The event is co-sponsored by the Newhouse School and the Blackstone LaunchPad. Vice President of Marketing Communications at Mozilla,…

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Apply for the Impact Prize – online application open until October 27

September 21, 2017

Applications are now open for the 2017 Impact Prize.  Apply on-line here. Applications close 11:59 p.m., October 27, 2017. Before applying, please read this fact sheet:  2017 Impact Prize Competition – Fact sheet Read the informational Impact Prize Kickoff Power Point

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Victoria Lawson joins Blackstone LaunchPad as Global Media Fellow

September 19, 2017

Victoria Lawson ’20, has joined the Blackstone LaunchPad as a fall 2017 Global Fellow.  Lawson, is majoring in Industrial and Interaction Design in the College of Visual and Performing Arts, and pursuing a minor in Entrepreneurship and Emerging Enterprises. With strong interests in graphic design, video editing, drawing, and music production, Lawson’s goal is to…

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Blackstone LaunchPad to help more startups through Ideator software platform

September 18, 2017

The Blackstone LaunchPad at Syracuse University is pleased to offer a free new software platform for faculty, staff, alumni and student entrepreneurs.  Ideator is a powerful startup management tool created by the Blackstone Entrepreneurship Initiative (a project of the Blackstone Charitable Foundation), working with Ideator, a software company based in San Francisco. Ideator is now…

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