Celebrate Syracuse Global Entrepreneurship Week, November 13 – 17

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Global Entrepreneurship Week (GEW) launches this Monday with Syracuse University and Syracuse community networking events, workshops, lectures and competitions.  The celebration, from November 13 to 17, is intended to inspire and educate ideators and innovators, and help them advance their ideas by connecting with campus, community and global leaders.

Coordinated on campus by the Blackstone LaunchPad at Syracuse University, in collaboration with many partners, #GEW2017Syracuse is part of a 165-country festival that empowers innovators at all stages – from start-up to scale-up.  This year marks the 10th anniversary of Global Entrepreneurship Week, which is the world’s largest celebration of entrepreneurship. With global activities ranging from large-scale competitions to roundtable discussions, pitch competitions and meetups, GEW is an avenue for aspiring entrepreneurs to discover possibilities and exciting opportunities.

Activities throughout the week will engage all parts of Syracuse’s entrepreneurship ecosystem – entrepreneurs, educators, researchers, resource providers, community members and more – to help entrepreneurs to unleash their ideas, become self-starters, and engage in start-up thinking.

All events are open to the community free of charge, unless otherwise noted.  Participants are encouraged to use social media to share their ideas and experiences this week using the hashtags #GEW2017, #GEW2017Syracuse, or @GEW2017, @GEW2017Syracuse.

Watch the #GEW17Syracuse promo video here.

Featured events include:

Monday, November 13, Kick-off day

Noon to 1 p.m., Bird Library, Peter Graham Scholarly Commons, Syracuse University

Campus Kick-off event, Invent@SU, with founders of the Invention Factory and the Invent@SU team

Welcome by Dean David Seaman, Syracuse University Libraries, remarks by Dean Teresa Abi-Nader Dahlberg, College of Engineering and Computer Science, featured presentation by the founders of the Invention Factory at Cooper Union who also helped collaborate to launch Invent@SU, Eric Lima and Alan N. Wolf.  Featuring Invent@SU students.  Opening reception.

Noon to 1 p.m. The Tech Garden, 235 Harrison Street, Syracuse

Community Kick-off event, Money Monday Luncheon

Join the Tech Garden team and guest speakers for a lively luncheon on how to learn and leverage tools and techniques to help grow your bottom line.

5 p.m. to 7 p.m., Flaum Hall, Whitman School of Management, Syracuse University

Funder-Founder Forum speed networking event for top student ventures and potential funders

Sponsored by Whitman School of Management EEE with the Falcone Center and Couri Hatchery, this popular event gives student entrepreneurs the opportunity to pitch their ideas, one-on-one to a variety of funders, and get instant feedback on how to become investment ready.

7 p.m.  To 8 p.m., Café Kubal, University Avenue

E-Club Coffee Happy Hour

8 p.m. to 9:30 p.m., Whitman Room 007, Syracuse University

E-Club Guest Speaker, Joshua Anton, CEO of X-Mode Social

Joshua Anton co-founded his student venture at the McIntire School of Commerce at the University of Virginia, and quickly grew it more than 1.5 million installs at more than 200 colleges, and raised more than $1.3 million in seed funding.  How did he do it? Learn his secrets to “start and scale.”

Tuesday, November 14, Social Entrepreneurship Day

8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day, first floor Lobby, Nancy Cantor Warehouse, 350 W. Fayette Street


Through the process of design thinking, communications design majors in VPA’s School of Design are confronting some of the social and political problems of our time through “CONFRONTED.EDU,” an education in social consciousness.  Come see the multimedia solutions, including an interconnected exhibition scale model, posters and digital experiences.

11 a.m., Whitman Room 004, Syracuse University

Global Social Skype with SU EEE entrepreneurs in Syracuse and EEE entrepreneurs in London

A global idea jam to share tips, techniques, tools and practices from “across the pond.”

3 p.m. to 4:30 p.m., Check in at Blackstone LaunchPad, Bird Library, Syracuse University

Impact Prize Competition


Finalists pitch from 3 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. for the inaugural Impact Prize, a student social entrepreneurship competition to ideate identify new products, services and technologies that can produce cultural, economic, environmental or civic impact.  More than 36 teams applied, with 13 finalists selected to compete for $5,000 in prize funding.  Prize announcement by Dr. Gisela von Dran, awards ceremony and reception at 4:30 p.m. in PGSC, Room 114, Bird Library.

6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m., Sheraton Syracuse University Hotel and Conference Center

Dining for Dollars

Sponsored by Syracuse University Career Services as part of #GEW2017Syracuse, this reservation only three-course meal features professionals coaching students through navigating dinner etiquette and strategically asking for money for your venture.  Pre-registration was required through Career Services.

8 p.m. to 9 p.m., The IceBox, iSchool, Syracuse University

Blockchain E-Meetup

Explore blockchain technology that is currently underlying the cryptocurrency industry. The new SU Blockchain Club, based in the Blackstone LaunchPad, explores the inner workings of blockchain, what it is, how it works, its applications in business and even start to work on projects relating to blockchain. Learn more about who has made millions in cryptocurrency investments, expert researchers in the field and people who are starting companies with a blockchain focus. Want to join the club?  Learn More: https://www.facebook.com/groups/1771857979778698/

Wednesday, November 15, Women in Entrepreneurship Day

All Day:  WISE WBC, The Tech Garden, 235 Harrison Street

WISE Women’s networking, coaching and special events


10 a.m. to 11 a.m., Blackstone LaunchPad, Bird Library, Syracuse University

F3Force:  Entrepreneurship Fueled by Female Faculty

Join iSchool Dean Liz Liddy and Barbara E. Jones, Professor of Practice, Television/Radio/Film S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications/Founder of StayBillety for a roundtable on the challenges and opportunities of being a female founder. The world needs more women-led companies.  One way to make that happen is by building a community where successful women can share their stories and advice for those who are in earlier stages of building a company. Come be inspired.

1 p.m. to 2 p.m., Blackstone LaunchPad, Bird Library, Syracuse University

Wonder Women Power Hour

Spend a power hour with SU student entrepreneurs who are trailblazers.  Growth hackers, hustlers and hipsters, they are shaking it up and doing it their way.  Be “riveted” by their stories.  Erin Miller, Out There Productions and iSchool IDS connector, Julia Haber, founder of VISION student entrepreneurship club, Jamie Vinick, founder of Women in Leadership student club, and Sarah Grosz, president of the Syracuse University Entrepreneurship Club.  Learn how they connected with top entrepreneurs across the country, and growth hacked their way to success.

3 p.m. to 4:30 p.m., CNY Biotechnology Accelerator, 841 E. Fayette Street, Syracuse

Claudia Campbell-Matland  “The Medical Device Product Journey” — Webinar

From a 25-year career perspective and senior positions in R&D and business development, Campbell-Matland offers insight on mitigating risks as a part of quality management system approach to the medical device product lifecycle.  Interested in biomedical innovation?  Get insight from an expert.

3:30 p.m. to 5 p.m., SyracuseCoE, 727 E. Washington Street, Syracuse

Powered by Women:  Clean Energy Entrepreneurship

SyracuseCoE celebrates Global Entrepreneurship Week with a Research and Technology Forum that features three women who have worked to commercialize innovations in energy and environmental systems.  Presenters will offer personal insights on opportunities and challenges along their unique path of entrepreneurship and innovation.  Featured speakers:  Amy Casper, Eaton (Ephesus Lighting), Karen Livingston, SBDC advisor, EEE faculty and energy entrepreneur, and Amanda Chou, Thrive.  Moderated by Cindy Oehmigen, Director of Energy and Corporate Services at the Manufacturers Association of Central New York (MACNY). Reception follows presentation and discussion.  Register on Eventbrite here.

7 p.m., Newhouse Innovation Lab, Syracuse University

5th Medium

Come explore the 5th Medium, SU’s student virtual/augmented reality club. Don’t have experience with VR? No problem! 5th Medium provides access to various technologies and offers hands-on experiential learning.  Learn more:  5thmedium@gmail.com

Thursday, November 16, Founder’s Day

Noon to 1 p.m., Blackstone LaunchPad, Bird Library

Founders Brown Bag Luncheon

New to entrepreneurship?  Just exploring?  Get your questions answered by some of the top award-winning student entrepreneurs at SU. They have collectively raised $2.5 million in seed funding through crowdsourcing, business plan competitions and early stage funds.  Here is your chance to meet them and pick their brains on your big idea.  Learn from the best and get some best-in-class peer mentoring.  Get a warm welcome, witty wisdom and solid advice from the winners who have walked the road.  BYOB (Bring Your Own Brownbag).

3 p.m. to 4 p.m., Room 608, Bird Library, Syracuse University

Global Entrepreneurship, an International Student Perspective

Organized by Blackstone LaunchPad Global Fellows, this event features students from six countries sharing perspectives on entrepreneurship from their global perspective.  The event will be moderated by the founders of SUGlobalists.com.  Established in 2017 at Syracuse University, Globalists is a student organization and media outlet that give students a voice to start conversations about global issues and express their perspectives on various subjects.

4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m., The Tech Garden, 235 Harrison Street, Syracuse

Entrepreneur Throwdown at the TechGarden

Join community entrepreneurs for a fun-filled Pitch Throwdown, ‘Cuse Style.  Light-hearted lighting pitches will pit entrepreneurs from The Tech Garden, WISE Women’s Business Center, CoWorks and InSourcing for “global bragging rights” as the top dog in town.  Winner gets the coveted prize globe, and everyone gets a “Get Happy” reception to wrap up #GEW2017Syracuse in style.

Friday, November 17, Tech Commercialization Day

8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Sheraton Syracuse University Hotel & Conference Center

NEXT 2017 Conference


Now in its fourth edition, NEXT is a conference focused on innovation in technology, manufacturing, and biotech. The event brings together fast-track companies, managers, researchers, medical professionals, investors, and entrepreneurs to meet and learn from each other and from international thought leaders and industry experts. The dynamic full-day program boasts two world-class keynotes: artificial intelligence and robotics guru Hod Lipson and internationally renowned neuroscientist and medical intelligence expert Dave Warner, as well as interactive educational workshops in three concurrent tracks. A Technology Showcase features breakthrough science from university and industry research teams and displays from businesses developing cutting-edge products, giving attendees a unique first-hand look at NEXT generation opportunities, tools, and discoveries.

The conference is sponsored by the Central New York Biotech Accelerator, Center for Advanced Systems and Engineering (CASE) at Syracuse University and CNY Technology Development Organization (TDO) and the NYS Science and Technology Law Center at Syracuse University.

The dynamic, full-day program features panels on “Biotech Innovation” and “Manufacturing Excellence,” along with the NYSSTLC-organized track on “Legal Issues in Technology Commercialization.” The conference also brings to Syracuse two world-class keynote speakers: artificial intelligence and robotics guru Hod Lipson and internationally renowned neuroscientist and medical intelligence expert Dave Warner. Parallel to the conference, a Technology Showcase will feature breakthrough science from university and industry research teams and displays from businesses developing cutting-edge products, giving attendees a unique first-hand look at “NEXT generation” opportunities, tools and discoveries.

To learn more about the event and to register, click here

All week

VISION Wall Pop-up at the Blackstone LaunchPad, Bird Library, Syracuse University

Vision for Entrepreneurs organization is located SU’s Blackstone LaunchPad. It is an Adobe-sponsored club that focuses on academic diversity within entrepreneurship, working with students across campus on various product initiatives and events. Activities have ranged from using technology tools to build an interactive design lab, to creating and promoting pop-up events across campus.  Watch for a pop up at the Blackstone LaunchPad.

Follow events and see photos all week @LaunchPadSYR as well as by the many program partners.