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

New Digital Scholarship Space opens at Bird Library. Open house on March 9,

March 7, 2017

Come to the DSS Open House on March 9, 1 p.m. – 2 p.m., fourth floor of Bird Library. Story by Chris Finkle. If you or your students create digital content of any kind, for any purpose, there’s a new University resource to help you bring imaginings and ideas to life. The Syracuse University Digital…

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The artist as entrepreneur: Pop up student art show in Bird Library

March 6, 2017

More than any other profession, students in the creative industries need to be entrepreneur-ready.  They will spend their professional lives pitching themselves and their creative work.  The Blackstone LaunchPad at Syracuse University loves working with creative entrepreneurs, and a collaborative project takes that to new heights this week. Through a unique partnership between the Syracuse…

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AJ Damiano advances to the nationals of the Global Student Entrepreneur Awards

March 2, 2017

Angelo (AJ) Damiano, is headed to Kansas City March 6-7 to compete in the nationals of the Global Student Entrepreneur Awards (GSEA) of the Entrepreneur’s Organization (EO). The U.S. finals are sponsored by the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation, and are a prestigious showcase for collegiate entrepreneurs. Damiano, founder of Syracuse University student startup PowerSpike, previously…

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New venture team building tool on Orange Link

March 1, 2017

Need a venture team member?  Want to join a venture team but don’t have an idea?  A new partnership between the Blackstone LaunchPad and Syracuse University Career Services has developed a tool to bridge those opportunities.  Using the popular posting system, Orange Link, student entrepreneurs at Syracuse University now have an easy new way to…

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Syracuse University’s InVenture Prize winner: Kate Beckman of Fresh U advances to the ACC finals

March 1, 2017

Kate Beckman, founder of Fresh U, will represent Syracuse University at the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) InVenture Prize Competition on March 30-31 at the Georgia Institute of Technology. The ACC is comprised of 15 member universities that compete in the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA)’s Division I. The ACC InVenture Prize brings that spirited collegiate…

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Two Syracuse University Teams Advance to Hult Prize Regional Finals

February 28, 2017

By Emily Dang On March 4, two teams of student entrepreneurs from Syracuse University will compete in the regional finals for the $1 million Hult Prize. The teams will be competing in Boston and San Francisco. The Hult Prize is the world’s largest student competition that focuses on social impact. This annual competition aims to…

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Business Accounting Days at the LaunchPad

February 21, 2017

CPA’s Matt Gardner and James Capparelli of Gardner & Capparelli are once again offering pro bono Business Accounting Days at the Blackstone LaunchPad, starting Friday, February 24 at 11 a.m.  The team can help answer questions on everything from taxes, to tax credits, to structuring your business model. “At Gardner & Capparelli, we are entrepreneurs…

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Compete for the RvD iPrize

February 15, 2017

The Raymond von Dran (RvD) Fund for Student Entrepreneurship at the School of Information Studies and Compete CNY, the Central New York Business Plan Competition regional qualifier, are joining forces to host a pitch competition for entrepreneurial students at Syracuse University. $40,000 is available for Syracuse students via the RvD iPrize – awarded to top participants in the competition,…

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Start Up & Grow!

February 15, 2017

Online registration for the 10th Annual Operation: Start Up & Grow Veteran Business Conference is now open. Are you a veteran interested in starting or growing a business?  Be sure to attend March 16th from 8:15 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at the SRC Arena, Onondaga Community College in Syracuse. REGISTER HERE. Prefer to register by…

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