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

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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Win a LaunchPad scholarship to the WISE Symposium.

April 17, 2017

Five scholarships open to women student entrepreneurs who would like to attend the WISE Symposium.  Be inspired, network and connect with mentors for your ideas.  April 25, Sky Armory, Downtown Syracuse   Blackstone LaunchPad Syracuse University will award five women student entrepreneurs a scholarship to the WISE Symposium.  Scholarships will be awarded to Syracuse University…

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‘Cuse Market today and the LaunchPad’s first birthday celebration in Bird Library

April 14, 2017

April 14 from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. is a chance to see Syracuse University entrepreneurs showing off what they’re working on at a “POP-UP” at the Blackstone LaunchPad and the main floor of Bird Library.  There will also be a first birthday celebration for the LaunchPad with a birthday cake, and ceremonial cake cutting…

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Sustainability virtual reality display at Bird Library

April 10, 2017

   Graduate students in the combined ARC 682 and ECS 600 classes are installing an interactive, sustainability-themed unit on the first floor of Bird Library, not far from the Waverly entrance, and adjacent to the Blackstone LaunchPad. This project is the result of a CALS grant from SU Sustainability Office that was awarded to Amber…

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Meet the Panasci Business Plan Winners

April 10, 2017

The Panasci Business Plan Competition is a campus-wide student business plan competition, hosted by the program in Entrepreneurship and Emerging Enterprises at the Whitman School of Management, Syracuse University. The competition takes place in the spring of every year and includes a semi-final round of 16 teams followed by a final round where the top…

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Learn How to Access Over $2 Billion in Annual SBIR/STTR Grant Opportunities

April 4, 2017

The Blackstone LaunchPad is sponsoring a SBIR/STTR Federal Grant Opportunities Workshop April 21, 2017, 1:00 pm – 3:30 pm, in the Blackstone LaunchPad, Main Floor, Bird Library. Each year, 11 federal agencies set aside more than $2 billion to fund research and development at small businesses, through the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Program and…

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