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Thank you to our LaunchPad Experts for fall 2018 “Launch Hours”

December 5, 2018

The Blackstone LaunchPad is powered by volunteer experts who give their time each month for “Ask the Experts Launch Hours” with students.  CPAs (such as the Gardner & Capparelli team of Katelyn Allen, Matt Gardner and Jim Capparelli pictured here back left, with LaunchPad ventures), and other professional service providers, industry experts and mentors have…

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Ryan Williams, co-founder of CLLCTVE Agency, Inc., on holistic entrepreneurship and the wisdom of experience

December 5, 2018

Story by Jalen Nash “No discipline seems pleasant at the time, but painful. Later on, however, it produces a harvest of righteousness and peace for those who have been trained by it.”- Matthew 12:11 Whether it’s in casual sayings like, “no pain no gain,” or verses of a biblical proportion, one of the life’s biggest…

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Jalen Nash

Jalen Nash, chief storyteller for Blackstone LaunchPad, and new Global Media Fellow at Syracuse University

December 5, 2018

Jalen Nash has joined the Blackstone LaunchPad powered by Techstars at Syracuse University as a Global Media Fellow for Spring 2019.  In that role, he will become our chief storyteller, collecting, curating and publishing profiles of our entrepreneurs and their journey.  His first story is this one.  It’s his own. “Life is a collection of…

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Holiday Gift Guide

LaunchPadSYR Ventures Holiday Gift Guide

December 5, 2018

From hand-crafted up-cycled custom bow ties, to sweets and savories that make perfect stocking stuffers, to backpacks that can take you around the world, here’s a sampling of unique gifts made by a SU entrepreneurs.  All links take you to websites where you can browse on-line.  You can even make a donation to a non-profit…

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PanGEA winners

PanGEA Innovation Challenge winners

December 5, 2018

PanGEA has announced the winners of its Global Innovation Challenge, which kicked off earlier this month as part of Global Entrepreneurship Week.  The Pan Global Challenge was a call to help bridge cultural and communication barriers faced by international students, with a focus on the theme “Language” and ideas for products, services or technologies that…

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Hult Prize finalists and judges

Hult Prize Syracuse winners announced

December 5, 2018

Student startups CLLCTVE Agency, LLC, Forum Foods and US won first, second and third place respectively in the Syracuse campus qualifier for the prestigious Hult Prize, hosted by the Blackstone LaunchPad at Bird Library this past week.  Other campus finalists included Favor and LTWFC. CLLCVTVE Agency, Inc. will now advance to one of 25 regional…

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TEDx Syracuse team

TEDx Syracuse University speaker application open through Friday, December 7

December 4, 2018

TEDx Syracuse University hosted a pop up this week at the Blackstone LaunchPad powered by Techstars at Bird Library to actively seek speakers for the upcoming TEDx event this spring.  Applications are open through Friday, December 7 for this independently organized event in the spirit of TED, featuring ideas worth spreading.  The link to apply…

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Ross McConnell

Ross McConnell talks about building a global influencer network at LaunchPad Fireside Chat, Friday, December 7

December 4, 2018

Join Ross McConnell, co-founder and CEO of Blinder, for a Fireside Chat at the Blackstone LaunchPad on Friday, December 7 at 3 pm.  Fireside Chats are in-depth intimate conversations with top entrepreneurs and Syracuse student founders that dive deep into the startup landscape. They are also open to the community.  McConnell’s topics will be his…

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Nikita and Brianna

Syracuse students selected for Women Entrepreneurs Make a Difference in Communities program

December 4, 2018

Brianna Howard and Nikita Chatterjee, co-founders of PAANI, are working to bring clean water to a slum neighborhood in the heart of Mumbi, India.  Their concept is for a water filter made from resources that are readily available in Dharavi, the largest slum complex in all of Asia, as well as an educational program to…

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