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Kennedy Patlan named first LaunchPad Engagement Scholar

September 11, 2017

Kennedy Patlan (‘18), a triple major in Advertising, Citizenship and Civic Engagement, and Women’s and Gender Studies, has been named the first Blackstone LaunchPad Engagement Scholar at Syracuse University. The Engagement Scholar position was created as a part of the LaunchPad’s goal to grow social enterprise ventures across the campus. Through her time at Syracuse…

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Idea Jam with David Edelstein, September 14

September 11, 2017

Looking for a good idea?  Want to brainstorm and get your creative juices flowing? Come to an “Idea Jam” on Thursday, September 14 from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. at Bird Library with David Edelstein ’78, Vice Chair of the Syracuse University Board of Trustees.  The event will be held in Peter Graham Scholarly Commons,…

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The Impact Prize: Win $5,000 for an idea that can change the world

September 1, 2017

       Syracuse University’s first student prize competition for social entrepreneurship debuts this fall.  The 2017 application is now on line and open through 11:59 p.m., October 27.  Click here to apply. The Impact Prize will support student entrepreneurs who are engaged in solving some of the world’s most pressing problems through innovation and human-centered design.…

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The Funding Roadmap

August 21, 2017

The Blackstone LaunchPad is pleased to join The Innovation Connectors (www.uvc.org/syracuse) to present a two part series on Startup and Growth Capital. Explore funding opportunities from startup to acceleration stages with experts who can introduce you to various funding resources, loan programs offered by the U.S. SBA, alternative financing such as the Excelsior Growth Fund,…

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2017 SyracuseCoE Innovation Fund now open

August 21, 2017

Round 2 of the 2017 SyracuseCoE Innovation Fund, a fund supported by Partners for Partners, is now open! The SyracuseCoE Innovation Fund is designed to help Partner companies – large and small – bridge barriers to commercialization of potentially transformative innovations in environmental and energy technology and its application. Applications requesting up to $10,000 are invited from current…

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Empowering the Startup Dream: September 8

August 19, 2017

Join us for “Empowering the Startup Dream,” a workshop for international students and others interested global entrepreneurship, Friday, September 8, 2017, from 8:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at the Blackstone LaunchPad in Bird Library. Immigrants launch more than a quarter of all U.S. based businesses and are twice as likely to launch a successful business. …

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Syracuse University student venture picked for prestigious Medical Device Innovation Challenge

July 24, 2017

ModoScript, founded by Syracuse University undergraduate David Zuleta ’18, Arts and Sciences, is the only student startup selected as a winner in the statewide Medical Device Innovation Challenge (MDIC). Seven ventures, including ModoScript, were selected for the prestigious MDIC acceleration program. Sponsored by Upstate MIND (Medical Innovation and Novel Discovery Center) at the Central New…

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FreshU Founder Kate Beckman joins the LaunchPad as Global Media Fellow

July 10, 2017

S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications alum (’17) and current Newhouse graduate student Kate Beckman is joining the Blackstone Launchpad as a Global Media Fellow for summer 2017. As founder and CEO of Fresh U, a national online publication for college freshmen that also connects companies with Gen Z, Beckman brings considerable experience to herrole…

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Adam Johnson joins the Blackstone LaunchPad as a summer design intern

July 10, 2017

Adam Johnson, a junior in Syracuse University’s School of Design, based in the College of Visual and Performing Arts, has joined the Blackstone LaunchPad at Syracuse University as a summer design intern. Growing up in North Carolina, Johnson started his design career in early high school doing design work for his school’s FIRST Robotics team.…

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