Applications open for cash awards at Syracuse LaunchPad Ideas Competition

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Applications are open through October 23 for the LaunchPad’s simplest, easiest and most fun way to earn a chance at four $1,000 prizes. This virtual competition is for students who have very early-stage ideas and who have not won funding in a business plan competition.  It’s open to Syracuse University students from any major.  Submit your application and video before 10 a.m. as part of “Startup in A Day” being held in conjunction with the IDEAS Competition.

The short application asks you to briefly describe your idea, your target customer, a plan to generate revenue, your passion and your leadership potential.

The top winners in four tracks will each take home $1,000. Then, four finalists from each campus will advance to the network round to compete against students at LaunchPads across the global network for an additional $10,000 and coaching by experts to develop branding, technology and product strategy.

Eligibility guidelines:

  • Must be a current student (undergraduate or graduate-level) ​ 
  • Must be a “founder/co-founder” (i.e., the person with the original idea) 
  • Must be in the earliest stages, meaning just at the idea stage and have just started thinking about it
  • Must apply as an individual or in teams of two​

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