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Finalists Announced for Inaugural Impact Competition

November 7, 2017

A panel of Syracuse University judges has announced the finalists for the inaugural Impact Prize competition. The student ventures were selected from 36 applicant teams by a panel of Syracuse University faculty and staff who are engaged in entrepreneurship and civic engagement.  The finalist teams proposed the most innovative and implementable ideas to help solve…

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Richard Branson to Open Global Entrepreneurship Week

November 6, 2017

Sir Richard Branson, Virgin Group founder, will officially open the 10th anniversary celebration of Global Entrepreneurship Week in Johannesburg, South Africa next week.  And while he won’t be coming to Syracuse, there is still a buzz happening around events here to celebrate Global Entrepreneurship Week across campus and in the community from November 13-17. “Entrepreneurs…

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SparkCharge is Finalist for FuzeHub 2017 Commercialization Competition

November 6, 2017

SparkCharge founder, Josh Aviv, is gearing up for FuzeHub’s 2017 Commercialization Competition, a showcase for New York’s innovative entrepreneurs to pitch their ideas in person before a live audience. Up to five companies will be awarded up to $50,000 each at the event, November 15-16 in Albany, NY. Finalists span a wide variety of industries,…

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Build your BAIL Team Workshop, November 10

November 1, 2017

  The startup game is a team sport.  No successful startup can go it alone.  A venture starts with an idea champion identifying a need and building a team to work on a solution.  Along the way, every venture needs to build a professional support team.  In the startup world, that group of professionals is…

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Call for Top Innovators to present to Leading Investors

October 24, 2017

Blackstone Launchpad is pleased to announce its sponsorship and invite you to attend The New England Venture Summit presented by youngStartup Ventures. Special discount:  Use promo code “BLVIP” and receive an extra 10% off the “early bird” rates. New England Venture Summit: Where Innovation Meets Capital, December 6th, 2017 | Lombardo’s Conference Center| Boston Randolph, MA…

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Gearing up for Global Entrepreneurship Week

October 24, 2017

The second annual campus wide Global Entrepreneurship Week celebration is gearing up at Syracuse University from November 13 – 17.   This year’s event also celebrates 10 years of the festival celebrating entrepreneurship in 170 countries around the globe. The SU event will kickoff with an opening keynote address Monday, November 13 at noon in the…

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Blackstone LaunchPad and Techstars Award Prize Funding To Student Entrepreneurs’ Ventures at Training Camp Demo Day

October 23, 2017

     Recent Syracuse University Graduate Josh Aviv of SparkCharge Wins First-place Award Blackstone LaunchPad and Techstars today announced that they have completed their first joint Training Camp to support top college entrepreneurs from around the globe, concluding the event with a Demo Day, where seven student finalists pitched their companies and products for prize money and continued…

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Syracuse University student venture captures top prize in international innovation competition

October 19, 2017

  Josh Aviv, co-founder and CEO of SparkCharge, won the grand prize at the Blackstone/Techstars global venture pitch competition in New York City on October 18. The competition came at the conclusion of a two-day Blackstone/Techstars Training Camp, an innovative new program for collegiate entrepreneurs that featured a keynote on October 16 by Stephen A.…

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Amanda Chou selected for Clinton Global Initiative University

October 12, 2017

Amanda Chou, CMO of Thrive Projects, has been selected to participate in the Clinton Global Initiative University in Boston this weekend.  Clinton Global Initiative University (CGI U) was established in 2007 to engage the next generation of leaders on college campuses around the world. A founding member of Thrive Projects Inc., Chou is also president…

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