Startup Thinking

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

Invent@SU Students Design, Prototype, Pitch New Products in Invention Accelerator Competition

July 5, 2017

For Niall Shannon ’20 and Mina Diamantis ’19, Invent@SU was hands-on engineering at its best. They saw a problem in how many traditional wheelchairs can tip over and believed they could come up with a solution. Shannon and Diamantis work on their non-tippable wheelchair. “This is what I always wanted to do. I’ve had ideas in…

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Jordan Van Ryn joins the LaunchPad as a summer intern

June 19, 2017

Jordan Van Ryn is joining the Blackstone LaunchPad team at Syracuse University as an intern this summer. Jordan will be using her skills in public relations and communications to help support and promote student entrepreneurship. Jordan is a native of New Jersey and moved to Camillus, New York, where she attended school at BOCES in…

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The LaunchPad: “Through the Looking Glass”

May 17, 2017

    Blackstone LaunchPad celebrates one-year anniversary At Syracuse University, E.S. Bird Library is one of the busiest buildings on campus. As people stroll through the doors, they often pass a glass cube on the first floor. Inside, white tables, green and gray swivel chairs and rolling whiteboards lay scattered throughout the room. This is…

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SyracuseCoE Faculty Fellow Program accepting proposals

May 8, 2017

The deadline for proposals for SyracuseCoE 2017-2018 Faculty Fellow Program is this Thursday, May 11, 2017. Seed funding of up to $10,000 for a single investigator and up to $25,000 for a multi-investigator team is available. SyracuseCoE invites applications for its 2017-2018 Faculty Fellows Program to strengthen faculty scholarship in SyracuseCoE research areas, support SyracuseCoE…

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April 30, 2017 Stewardship Council Meeting

April 30, 2017

Please find the agenda here of the Blackstone Stewardship Council Meeting on April 30, 2017: Blackstone Launchpad Stewardship Council Meeting Agenda 04.20.2017

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Syracuse teams sweep the NYS Business Plan Competition; Spark Charge wins grand prize

April 29, 2017

Syracuse University student entrepreneurship teams dominated the eighth annual New York Business Plan Competition (NYBPC) on Friday, April 28, 2017 in Albany, NY, capturing the grand prize as well as taking first place honors in four out of the six main categories.  No institution in the history of the competition has achieved anything like this…

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Blackstone LaunchPad at SU: First year at a glance

April 25, 2017

A year after the Blackstone LaunchPad at SU’s opened its doors on April 19, 2016, the mysterious glass box situated in the heart of Bird Library is no longer uncharted territory. It has transformed into a home for a community of entrepreneurial creativity and innovation on campus. Over the course of a couple of months,…

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Eleven Syracuse University student teams advance to NYS Business Plan Competition finals this week

April 25, 2017

SUNY Polytechnic Institute (SUNY Poly), University at Albany’s School of Business, and Syracuse University will host the eighth annual New York Business Plan Competition (NYBPC) on Friday, April 28, 2017 in Albany, NY.  Eleven Syracuse University student venture teams will be among the finalists competing for top state prizes. The NYBPC is a venture creation…

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Schwarzman Scholars info session at the LaunchPad, April 19

April 17, 2017

Applications for Schwarzman Scholars open this week and Syracuse University seeking outstanding high-potential young leaders from around the world to apply to the program.  The Syracuse University Center for Fellowship and Scholarship Advising (CFSA) and Blackstone LaunchPad will be hosting a session with a representative from the Schwarzman program  for students considering applying to the…

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