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News from the LaunchPad and across campus on ideation, innovation and entrepreneurship at Syracuse University

Chris Sekerak on TEDxSyracuseUniversity

February 8, 2018

If you have ever seen a TED talk, a nonprofit organization devoted to “ideas worth spreading,” you have definitely felt inspired.  If you ever attended a TEDx event, featuring multiple speakers around a thought-provoking theme, you can only imagine all the work that goes into making for a successful and seamless production.  Meet Christopher Sekerak,…

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EEE named National Model Program

February 8, 2018

The Entrepreneurship and Emerging Enterprises (EEE) program at the Whitman School of Management was recently named the National Model Program by the United States Association for Small Business and Entrepreneurship (USASBE) at its annual conference in Los Angeles, California Jan. 10 – 14. According to the organization’s website the award “recognizes colleges and universities that…

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76West competition now open

February 8, 2018

Take advantage of $20 million in potential prize money and business development support such as training and mentoring, as well as available tax incentives. And connect and collaborate with innovators from all walks of life—from Fortune 500 and industry thought-leaders and innovators, to leading researchers and investors. Annual Awards Breakdown Each year for four years,…

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Build Upstate through entrepreneurship

February 8, 2018

Are you ready to build Upstate NY through entrepreneurship? Upstate Venture Connect has an opportunity for you. Join this fast-paced entrepreneur-led nonprofit, and help connect founders to the resources they need to create great companies. Our marketing department promotes Upstate NY entrepreneurs, investors and service organizations transforming our region’s venture economy. Interns will gain broad…

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StartFast and UVC seeking students

February 6, 2018

StartFast is looking for unpaid Associates for its summer accelerator program.  Associates will work with portfolio companies to help them scale their business, build their resume and gain experience working in a startup.  Associates will also have the opportunity to meet the StartFast network of entrepreneurs, investors, corporate executives, and subject matter experts. StartFast is…

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Luz Perez named Engagement Scholar

February 5, 2018

Luz Perez (‘20), a triple major in Entrepreneurship, Accounting, and Citizenship and Civic Engagement will be this spring’s Blackstone Launchpad Engagement Scholar at Syracuse University. The Engagement Scholar position was created as a part of the LaunchPad’s goal to increase social enterprise ventures across the campus. Through her time at Syracuse, Perez has become interested in merging…

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Why We #Thrive: An Interview with the Co-Founders of Thrive Projects

January 31, 2018

One year after they graduated from Syracuse University in December 2016,  Blackstone LaunchPad Global Media Fellow Amanda Chou sat down with Thrive co-founders Brian Kam, Ryan Brinkerhoff and Joshua Moon to talk about Thrive’s core values, current programs, and the journey to where they are today. With mentions of some personal favorite milestones and inspiring…

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Blackstone LaunchPad names two new Global Media Fellows

January 31, 2018

The Blackstone LaunchPad welcomes Michael McCormack ’20 and Audrey Miller ’20 to the Global Media Fellows team for 2018. Audrey Miller is a sophomore Political Science and International Relations major.  Her engagement with the LaunchPad began in the fall semester of her freshman year. She spent her time working in the LaunchPad through Thrive Projects,…

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Register for free hackathon

January 29, 2018

It’s that time of year again! Hack Upstate XI is right around the corner (April 14th and 15th).  It’s time to:  This is the eleventh installment in a series of weekend hackathons that happen twice a year (i.e., Fall & Spring) in which engineers, developers, designers and innovators from across Upstate New York come to Syracuse, NY, share ideas,…

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