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

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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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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