Entrepreneurs in Residence (EIRs)


An EIR is an accomplished executive who helps provides insight to promising portfolio ventures, bringing both subject matter expertise and functional skills to help commercialize an idea.  An EIR helps guide a startup through discovery, market research, value proposition, and investment thesis.  An EIR typically has had a founding role as part of a high-growth company and has experience with new-product development, raising capital, building and managing a team and scaling a company.  EIRs graciously volunteer their time on a regular basis to the LaunchPad to help coach startups and make connections.

LaunchPad members have free access to our Entrepreneurs in Residence.  If you are not a LaunchPad member, join here.

Student startups who would like to meet with an EIR can make an appointment by e-mailing LaunchPad@syr.edu

Meet our EIRs

Steven VonDeak
Steven VonDeakAlumni Entrepreneur in Residence

Steven VonDeak, Alumni Entrepreneur in Residence, is a 2008 graduate of the Syracuse University College of Law. He is co-founder and chief of staff at Density, a high-tech company that uses powerful sensors, combined with state-of-the-art depth data, computer vision and deep learning to measure space density in real time. Founded in 2014 in The Tech Garden, Density now has offices in San Francisco, New York City, and Syracuse, employing more than 50 people. The venture has closed on more than $30 million in external funding. VonDeak became an entrepreneur in the Tech Garden shortly after graduating from SU Law School.  Along with partners, he created App Fury, which launched early iOS apps that were noticed by Apple.  He then joined forces with another team to create Rounded, a digital product team that went on to create Density. VonDeak holds weekly office hours (typically late Friday afternoons) to mentor students on product development and business model creation. He is also available by e-mail and phone consultation.

Corey Lieblein
Corey LiebleinAlumni Entrepreneur in Residence

Corey Lieblein, Alumni Entrepreneur in Residence, is a 1993 graduate of the Syracuse University School of Human Development (now Falk College). He is founder and CEO of CP8 Capital, a dynamic, extreme value-add private equity firm that focuses on acquiring and growing early-stage consumer products companies. Through its vast resources, CP8 helps its portfolio companies scale rapidly. He founded Innovative Technology/Victrola in 2004 and served as CEO for 16 years, overseeing Victrola’s growth from concept to the worldwide market leader in record players and nostalgic electronics. During that time, Corey built Innovative Technology/Victrola into a nationally recognized brand whose products have found their way into tens of millions of homes throughout North America. His mission is to help founders of early stage consumer products companies realize their personal and financial dreams by scaling sales and profits exponentially. He has a deep passion for entrepreneurship, product development and sales and loves working with early-stage entrepreneurs to help them scale from obscurity to national recognition. He will be available for virtual mentoring and coaching for high-value fast-growth ventures, and will also participate in-person sessions and workshops.

Dennis Taussig
Dennis TaussigEntrepreneur in Residence

Steven VonDeak, Alumni Entrepreneur in Residence, is a 2008 graduate of the Syracuse University College of Law. He is co-founder and chief of staff at Density, a high-tech company that uses powerful sensors, combined with state-of-the-art depth data, computer vision and deep learning to measure space density in real time. Founded in 2014 in The Tech Garden, Density now has offices in San Francisco, New York City, and Syracuse, employing more than 50 people. The venture has closed on more than $30 million in external funding. VonDeak became an entrepreneur in the Tech Garden shortly after graduating from SU Law School.  Along with partners, he created App Fury, which launched early iOS apps that were noticed by Apple.  He then joined forces with another team to create Rounded, a digital product team that went on to create Density. VonDeak holds weekly office hours (typically late Friday afternoons) to mentor students on product development and business model creation. He is also available by e-mail and phone consultation.


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