Syracuse University alum Josh Aviv, founder of SparkCharge, was the featured speaker at the White House this month as part of the signing ceremony for the CHIPS and Science Art bill. He introduced another proud Syracuse grad, President Joe Biden, who relished the connection. Aviv spoke passionatelyabout his journey, starting as a child in Washington, DC, inspired by his entrepreneur grandfather, and then as a student at Syracuse University where he first conceived of an EV ultra fast charging solution. He worked with the Syracuse Blackstone LaunchPad on both his product and business roadmap, and secured initial funding to incubate and build his first prototype at the Syracuse Center Excellence. He is now a national leader in the clean tech and EV industry, and has gone on to raise $30 million in funding to support engineering, sales, service and manufacturing locations around the country. He remains deeply engaged as an Alumni Entrepreneur in Residence and mentor for current LaunchPad students and as a Syracuse University Libraries advisory council member. Read the full SU news story here about Aviv and the many Orange connections that were part of the event.