The Blackstone LaunchPad is looking for innovators, makers and creatives for ’Cuse Market. The annual pop-up shop and product showcase will be held Friday, April 20, from 2- 4 p.m. in the Learning Commons, first floor of Bird Library.
Each semester the LaunchPad invites faculty, staff, students and alumni to display their creative work, whether it is a product, service or technology. Part demo alley and part market bazaar, it is an opportunity to browse ideas being invented at Syracuse University. From health and wellness products to artisan goods, packaged foods, fashion and apparel, jewelry, furniture, 3D printed items, industrial designs and gadgets, ’Cuse Market is a chance to show and sell to new audiences.
’Cuse Market also welcomes creative entrepreneurs. Are you a musician, photographer, artist, filmmaker, graphic designer, sound or lighting engineer? Are you a web developer, creator of a new mobile app, software platform or unique online product or service? The hunt is on for the next big thing. This is your chance to shine the spotlight on what you’re creating.
A new feature this year will be the first ever ‘Cuse Film Showcase, from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m., showcasing the best student made shorts and animations. The festival is being curated by Blackstone LaunchPad Global Media Fellow, Justina Hnatowicz ’19, Newhouse, who is an award-winning animator.
In addition to showcasing and selling goods and services, there will be “best in show” prizes in various categories, based on real-time audience voting.
This is also an opportunity to test your product and get customer feedback, as well as launch ideas. The event will also feature campus and community resource providers and Maker Spaces to help connect with the local maker movement.
The event is presented by the Blackstone LaunchPad, which is part of Syracuse University Libraries. The community is invited to meet campus creators and innovators who are showcasing their new products, services and technologies in Bird Library, the busiest building on campus, with more than 8,000 visitors a day.
This is always a popular annual event, so reserve your free display table early. If interested, please e-mail: LaunchPad@syr.edu