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Startup Spotlights

Discover incredible student entrepreneur stories.

Jacob deHahn

Jacob deHahn, making the world accessible by design

May 17, 2018

Jacob deHahn, an energetic and bubbly New England native with a never-ending Netflix queue, is determined to make the world a more accessible place. Through his freshman year project, Jake designed a wooden phone case stimulating hand holding to assist a friend with epilepsy get through seizures. With the phone case, he realized that industrial…

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Ibnul Rafi on becoming a public health entrepreneur

May 10, 2018

Most students take at least a couple of days off after graduation, but Ibnul Rafi ’18 won’t be one of them. Instead, Ibnul, a Blackstone LaunchPad participant, will immediately launch into Invent@SU in New York City, where he will work with other SU students and alumni to build a prototype of a device to solve…

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Victoria Lawson

Victoria Lawson, a light of her own

May 9, 2018

Victoria Lawson, or as she’s known by the baristas at Starbucks, “VPositivity,” is a light of her own.  She is a third year Industrial and Interaction Design major in the College of Visual and Performing Arts, from Norwalk, California. Victoria is a designer, creative, and a major boss woman. She works in the LaunchPad as…

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Peter Hartsock

The avant-garde entrepreneur, Peter Hartsock

May 9, 2018

Have you ever watched a movie so strange, unique and avant-garde that it became an unforgettable experience? Peter Hartsock ’19 produces these films. Not one but already 30 of them. A rising filmmaker in the Syracuse University community, Peter is an artist with a creative mind beyond words. Movie production is his passion and the…

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Nikita Kuckian

Meet Nikita Kuckian, startup enthusiast and global thinker

May 9, 2018

When Nikita Kuckian decided to fly thousands of miles away from Mumbai to New York, she was uncertain of what industry she wanted to be and what she wanted to do professionally. But she knew she wanted to eventually go back to India, equipped with experience and skills to make a real difference in her…

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Michael Leffler

Get organized with Michael Leffler and The Paint Crate

May 9, 2018

An entrepreneur is someone who finds an opportunity in the market and creates a solution for it through innovation, passion and design. Not many people stop to think about organizing the paint they use in their homes, but Michael Leffler G’17 sure did. He noticed that lots of people around him, including himself, tended to…

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Justin Lee

Justin Lee creates welcoming environment for international entrepreneurs

April 26, 2018

Justin Lee is taking the entrepreneurial space at Syracuse University to another level. In many ways, Lee is a triple threat of an entrepreneur: he is a multilingual industrial designer, a well-known connector of fellow international students and a lover of creating new and exciting experiences for his fellow entrepreneurs. After arriving in the United…

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Jay Williams

Jay Williams on the passion to learn

April 26, 2018

Jay Williams ’19, born and raised in Brooklyn, New York, is a junior at Syracuse University pursuing a double degree in the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs, and the Martin J. Whitman School of Management majoring in Finance and Economics. He is a seasoned young business professional who is multifaceted in a range…

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Janet Flores

Janet Berenice Flores, a trailblazing Mujer

April 19, 2018

Janet  Berenice Flores is an expert at building community and creating connections. After three years on this campus, Flores, has undeniably left an imprint of inspiration and a network of connections for the years to come. Not your typical undergraduate student, she is currently working towards receiving her third undergraduate degree in geography this May.…

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