AJ Damiano ’18, tech founder, executive, competitive gamer, and startup advisor will be our guest speaker, Tuesday February 8 at 5 p.m. at the LaunchPad. Founder, president, and CEO of PowerSpike, Inc., the world’s first influencer exchange built for the esports space, he built the company as a Whitman student at Syracuse University after previously serving as a shoutcaster for ESL, the world’s largest esports company. Prior to ESL, Damiano was both a competitive gamer and content creator, producing instructional gaming videos on both YouTube and Twitch.tv. He was recently named to the prestigious Forbes 30 Under 30 List. He is also an active LaunchPad Entrepreneur in Residence, advising current Syracuse University student startups.
Damiano built the company while completing a dual Whitman degree in Marketing and Entrepreneurship and Emerging Enterprise. While in college, Damiano won over $46,000 in business plan competitions for PowerSpike, was selected to become part of Techstars Atlanta, and then went on to raise several million dollars in outside equity while scaling the company.
“We created Powerspike with one goal in mind – build amazing tools to empower streamers to do what they love, full time,” says Damiano.
Powerspike is not just a marketing platform. It’s a full-service solution to help brands build effective Twitch influencer marketing campaigns, boost brand awareness, drive sales, create authentic content with Twitch influencers and engage with real viewers – all in one shop. It helps brands develop creative and impactful campaigns connecting brands with Twitch influencers a database of 50,000+ live streamers, and helping brands break into the wildly popular world of video games and Twitch live streaming.
Damiano will visit virtually. E-mail LaunchPad@syr.edu for the Zoom link for the event.