LaunchPad hosts Orange Central Breakfast of Champtions

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The Blackstone LaunchPad powered by Techstars will host an Innovation Breakfast of Champions, 10a.m., Friday, September 13 as part of Orange Central Weekend.  The event will be at Bird Library, Blackstone LaunchPad, 1st Floor, Suite 120.  It is designed for alumni, faculty and student who have worked on an innovation or venture, or launched something since graduation.  It will be an opportunity to meet in SU’s Innovation Hub in Bird Library to catch up and to get a sneak preview of the next crop of SU innovators.

We are pleased that the event will also feature a book launch by SU LaunchPad entrepreneur, Randy Ginsburg ‘19, who has just published “Adversity to Advantage: How to Overcome Bullying & Find Entrepreneurial Success.”  A graduate of the Whitman School of Management, Ginsburg earned a double major in Entrepreneurship and Marketing and is also an alumnus of the Blackstone LaunchPad powered by Techstars (LaunchPad) at Syracuse University Libraries program. The book was written to inspire those who were bullied with wisdom and advice from a diverse group of successful entrepreneurs who have overcome that negative experience and used it as a stepping stone for personal and entrepreneurial growth.

According to research cited in Ginsburg’s book, every seven minutes a child is bullied and one out of every three students in the United States have been targeted at school. Although conventional wisdom says that bullying is exclusively detrimental to one’s health, studies show that 47% of victims report a positive effect on their adult lives. The book shares stories of successful entrepreneurs’ bullying experiences, including: Tom Ford, who beat bullying to launch one of the world’s largest fashion houses and reinvent himself as an award-winning filmmaker; Elon Musk, whose familiarity with pain helped him to start PayPal, Tesla, and SpaceX; and Andrew Nikou who defeated bullies and went on to found OpenGate Capital, a multi-billion dollar global private equity firm.

We are delighted that Ginsburg is returning to Syracuse University as part of Orange Central to speak with alumni and current students about his experiences and the book.

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