The Founders Circle


The Founders Circle is a group of active, dedicated LaunchPad alumni who significantly contributed to the development of the program. This diverse group of entrepreneurs and professionals are trailblazers, role models, and mentors for current student entrepreneurs.  They exemplify Syracuse University’s spirit of entrepreneurship. Learn more about them and connect through their LinkedIn profiles.

2020 Founders

Adam Johnson
Adam JohnsonVPA Industrial and Interaction Design
(Undergrad, 2020)
Aakash Parekh
Aakash ParekhWhitman
(Graduate, 2020)
Alden Morris
Alden MorrisMPS SUNY ESF
(Graduate, 2020)
Alec Gillinder
Alec GillinderVPA Industrial and Interaction Design
(Undergrad, 2020)
Amos Cohen
Amos CohenWhitman and iSchool
(Undergrad, 2020)
Annabelle Lincoln
Annabelle LincolnEngineering and Computer Science
(Undergrad, 2020)
Anthony Obas
Anthony ObasWhitman
(Undergrad, 2020)
Audrey Miller
Audrey MillerMaxwell
(Undergrad, 2020)
Brendan O’Keeffe
Brendan O’KeeffeiSchool
(Undergrad, 2020)
Brianna Howard
Brianna HowardFalk
(Undergrad, 2020)
Caleb Obiagwu
Caleb ObiagwuEngineering and Computer Science
(Undergrad, 2020)
Courtney	Jiggets
Courtney JiggetsVPA Environmental and Interior Design
(Undergrad, 2020)
Daniel Zimmerman
Daniel ZimmermanFalk
(Undergrad, 2020)
Elizabeth	Diaz
Elizabeth DiazWhitman
(Undergrad, 2020)
James Carver
James CarverWhitman
(Undergrad, 2020)
Jane Lee
Jane LeeNewhouse
(Undergrad, 2020)
Jiaman (Maggie) Peng
Jiaman (Maggie) PengNewhouse
(Undergrad, 2020)
Maxwell Boice
Maxwell BoiceiSchool
(Undergrad, 2020)
Nick Barba
Nick BarbaWhitman
(Undergrad, 2020)
Nicole D'Souza
Nicole D'SouzaVPA Film
(Undergrad, 2020)
Nikita Chatterjee
Nikita ChatterjeeMaxwell
(Undergrad, 2020)
Nikita Kuckian
Nikita KuckianWhitman
(Undergrad, 2020)
Oladeji Awe
Oladeji AweVPA Industrial and Interaction Design
(Undergrad, 2020)
Peter Mignacca
Peter MignaccaWhitman
(Undergrad, 2020)
Quinn King
Quinn KingVPA Industrial and Interaction Design
(Undergrad, 2020)
Russell Fearon
Russell FearonEngineering and Computer Science
(Undergrad, 2020)
Ryan Taggart
Ryan TaggartiSchool
(Undergrad, 2020)
Sammy Steiner
Sammy SteinerBandier Program, Newhouse
(Undergrad, 2020)
Sharif King
Sharif KingNewhouse
(Graduate, 2020)
Sophia Jaberi
Sophia JaberiVPA School of Design
(Undergrad, 2020)
Victoria Lawson
Victoria LawsonVPA Industrial and Interaction Design
(Undergrad, 2020)
William DeVito
William DeVitoNewhouse
(Undergrad, 2020)
Wilson Hunsinger
Wilson HunsingeriSchool
(Undergrad, 2020)

2019 Founders

Aja Selbach-Broad
Aja Selbach-BroadVPA Department of Transmedia
(Undergrad, 2019)
Angelica O'Hara
Angelica O'HaraEngineering & Computer Science
(Undergrad, 2019)
Attila Melegh
Attila MeleghEngineering and Computer Science
(Undergrad, 2020)
Bridget McDonough
Bridget McDonoughEngineering and Computer Science
(Undergrad, 2019)
Brooke Walden
Brooke WaldenEngineering & Computer Science
(Undergrad, 2019)
Chris Chomicki
Chris ChomickiiSchool
(Undergrad, 2019)
Chris Sekerak
Chris SekerakiSchool
(Undergrad, 2019)
Daniel McMurray
Daniel McMurrayMaxwell
(Undergrad, 2019)
Daniel Simoni
Daniel SimoniVPA Department of Transmedia
(Undergrad, 2019)
David Fox
David FoxiSchool
(Undergrad, 2019)
Divya Murthy
Divya MurthyNewhouse
(Undergrad, 2019)
Elizabeth Tarangelo
Elizabeth TarangeloEngineering and Computer Science
(Undergrad, 2019)
Geena Matuson
Geena MatusonNewhouse
(Graduate, 2019)
Jaclyn Hingre
Jaclyn HingreEngineering and Computer Science
(Undergrad, 2019)
Jacob deHahn
Jacob deHahnVPA School of Design
(Undergrad, 2019)
Jose Garcia
Jose GarciaWhitman
(Undergrad, 2019)
Josh Jackson
Josh JacksoniSchool
(Graduate, 2019)
Justina Hnatowicz
Justina HnatowiczNewhouse
(Undergrad, 2019)
Kaelan Selbach-Broad
Kaelan Selbach-BroadVPA Department of Transmedia
(Undergrad, 2019)
Kayla Simon
Kayla SimonEngineering and Computer Science
(Undergrad, 2019)
Kelsey Davis
Kelsey DavisNewhouse
(Undergrad, 2019)
Kennedy Rose
Kennedy RoseNewhouse
(Undergrad, 2019)
Kevin Rieck
Kevin RieckUniversity College
(Undergrad, 2019)
Marcus Cook
Marcus CookWhitman
(Undergrad, 2019)
McKenna Murtha
McKenna MurthaNewhouse
(Undergrad, 2019)
Peter Hartsock
Peter HartsockVPA Department of Transmedia
(Undergrad, 2019)
Phil McKnight
Phil McKnightiSchool
(Undergrad, 2019)
Randy Ginsburg
Randy GinsburgWhitman
(Undergrad, 2019)
Ryan Williams
Ryan WilliamsFalk
(Undergrad, 2021)
Samantha Santoni
Samantha SantoniEngineering and Computer Science
(Undergrad, 2019)
Saniya More
Saniya MoreNewhouse
(Undergrad, 2019)
Tay Lotte
Tay LotteUniversity College
(Undergrad, 2019)
Zeus Rocancourt
Zeus RocancourtWhitman
(Undergrad, 2019)

2018 Founders

A Wortz
A WortzNewhouse
(Undergrad, 2018)
AJ Damiano
AJ DamianoWhitman
(Undergrad, 2018)
Amanda Chou
Amanda ChouNewhouse
(Undergrad, 2018)
Angela Kim
Angela KimVPA School of Design
(Undergrad, 2018)
Brandon Eng
Brandon EngWhitman
(Undergrad, 2018)
Brian H.C. Kam
Brian H.C. KamMaxwell
(Undergrad, 2018)
Brittany Berry
Brittany BerryVPA School of Design
(Undergrad, 2018)
Charles Keppler
Charles KepplerEngineering and Computer Science
(Undergrad, 2018)
Chase Guttman
Chase GuttmanNewhouse
(Undergrad, 2018)
David Zuleta
David ZuletaArts and Sciences
(Undergrad, 2018)
Diethard Struelens
Diethard StruelensJanklow Arts Leadership
Dylan Gans
Dylan GansWhitman
(Undergrad, 2018)
Dylan Kim
Dylan KimWhitman
(Undergrad, 2018)
Emily Dang
Emily DangiSchool
(Undergrad, 2018)
Erin Miller
Erin MillerNewhouse
(Undergrad, 2018)
Gabriela Escalante Mejia
Gabriela Escalante MejiaWhitman
(Undergrad, 2018)
Giorgio Parlato
Giorgio ParlatoWhitman
(Graduate, 2018)
Jack Phillips
Jack PhillipsArchitecture
(Undergrad, 2018)
James Ransom
James RansomWhitman
(Undergrad, 2018)
Jason Kuperberg
Jason KuperbergWhitman
(Undergrad, 2018)
Joshua Aviv
Joshua AviviSchool
(Graduate, 2018)
Joshua Moon
Joshua MoonArts and Sciences
(Undergrad, 2018)
Julia Haber
Julia HaberNewhouse
(Undergrad, 2018)
Kate Beckman
Kate BeckmanNewhouse
(Graduate, 2018)
Kennedy Patlan
Kennedy PatlanNewhouse
(Undergrad, 2018)
Lawrence YongZhang Lin
Lawrence YongZhang LinMaxwell
(Undergrad, 2018)
Logan Bonney
Logan BonneyWhitman
(Undergrad, 2018)
Losa Amara Meru
Losa Amara MeruNewhouse
(Undergrad, 2018)
Louis Bookoff
Louis BookoffWhitman
(Undergrad, 2018)
Luka Negoita
Luka NegoitaArts and Sciences
(PhD, 2018)
Matthieu D. Menand
Matthieu D. MenandWhitman
(Undergrad, 2018)
Nathan Elequin
Nathan ElequinSchool of Education
(Undergrad, 2018)
Quentin Rosso
Quentin RossoWhitman
(Undergrad, 2018)
Ryan Brinkerhoff
Ryan BrinkerhoffMaxwell
(Undergrad, 2018)
Thuy Nguyen
Thuy NguyenWhitman
(Graduate, 2018)
Will McKnight
Will McKnightArts and Sciences
(Undergrad, 2018)

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