Idea that could change the world: 33 student teams compete Friday, November 11 for Syracuse University’s annual Impact Prize.

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One of the largest cohorts ever – 33 student teams – will compete November 11 for $15,000 in prizes in this year’s Syracuse LaunchPad’s Impact Prize. The event, designed to catalyze social impact entrepreneurship, will be held in Bird Library from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. and will feature student startups from across all majors who applied to compete. It is open to members of the campus community who want to attend and observe students presenting business models for products, projects, services, or technologies that are practical, innovative, and sustainable solutions to societal problems anywhere around the globe. Students from 134 countries are part of the LaunchPad.

The event opens with a 2 p.m. welcome by David Seaman, Dean of Syracuse University Libraries in Peter Graham Scholarly Commons, Room 114, Bird Library. Following remarks, students will pitch in this tentative order:

Room One – Bird 004
TimeTeam CaptainTeam Name
2:20Ben FordFundwurx
2:30Zirui WangPublic Opinion
2:40Payton DunnAbsurdist
2:50Adya Parida and Oliver RaycroftScale Sense
3:00Bowen MacLennanUVT
3:10Siraj DahalPrivate Route Aggregator
3:20Nicolas CourbageReceipts
3:30Jeremy ShinderJere Bear Films
Room Two – Bird 606
2:20Jared AndersonThe Emergency Preparedness Project
2:30Ud JosephMentorship for Young Immigrants
2:40Cem TavilogluVanir Meads
2:50Sajjad Al-HashamiEye-N
3:00Manya Gadhok (virtual)Period.
3:10Dylan Palmer and Alan JosCitron Solutions
3:20Mauricio LunaLuna College Consulting
3:30Noah Mechnig-GiordanoHappy Loose Leaf Tea
Room Three – Bird 608
TimePresenter NameTeam Name
2:20Lexi CianfaraniClubMATCH
2:30Ryan PetersPolititag
2:40Sai Krishna BollaTelMeNot
2:50Frank MarinMarhold Space Systems
3:00Katy AronsContinual
3:10Natasha AbrolArt X Ecology
3:20Claire ChevalierCMC
3:30Frederick PollardOasis
3:40Motolani OladitanE-vend
Room Four – Bird 120
2:20Emma LuedersMoody Mag
2:30Eric Hong and Franky ZhangScout
2:40Brandon HenryBeyond the Box
2:50Drew BartelsteinPurescan
3:00Cherry KimConformabelt
3:10Ian StorrsConCurrent
3:20Anand BenegalSpatika: 4D News
3:30Ethan TyoThe AlterNative Project
Final Round – Bird 004
4:00Winner of Room One
4:05Winner of Room One
4:10Winner of Room Two
4:15Winner of Room Two
4:20Winner of Room Three
4:25Winner of Room Three
4:30Winner of Room Four
4:35Winner of Room Four

Judges will announce the winners at 5 p.m. during a closing reception at the LaunchPad.

Examples of impact ventures include business models or projects around:

  • Agriculture
  • Arts and culture
  • Community revitalization
  • Disability and accessibility
  • Diversity, equity, and inclusion
  • Employment and training
  • Energy and climate change
  • Environmental sustainability
  • Food access and nutrition
  • Health and mental health
  • Historic preservation
  • Literacy and education
  • Poverty
  • Sustainability
  • Transportation and mobility
  • Underserved populations
  • Youth leadership and empowerment
  • Other public policy challenges

This year’s competition is supported through a $15,000 gift from SU Libraries Advisory Board Member Carl Armani and his wife Marcy, in honor of Linda Dickerson-Hartsock, retiring LaunchPad executive director, who created the Impact Prize. This is the sixth annual competition, designed to help see the greater good and make a difference in the lives of people around them. Social impact is a mission that Linda personally and professionally championed through her career and at the LaunchPad.

The Impact Prize is also a gateway to spring competitions like the ACC InVenture Prize, RvD iPrize, Hunter Brooks Watson Spirit of Entrepreneurship Award and the Panasci Business Plan Competition.