Startup Spotlights

Discover incredible student entrepreneur stories


January 3, 2022News, Startup Spotlights

Jacob Hewlett ’24 creates a premier digital marketing agency

Like many of us when the pandemic arrived Jacob Howlett was left contemplating “What’s next?” After graduating from high school in the spring of 2020, Howlett—now a sophomore computer science
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Yaoxu Zong ’22 is making independent travel possible for everyone
December 11, 2021News, Startup Spotlights

Yaoxu Zong ’22 is making independent travel possible for everyone

Being stunned by the Great Pyramids of Giza, getting the best sushi in Japan and tanning on the beaches of Pattaya are on a lot of people’s bucket lists. In
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Emmeline Perkins ’22 creates an inclusive travel app
December 8, 2021News, Startup Spotlights

Emmeline Perkins ’22 creates an inclusive travel app

When you think of design, you normally picture fashion, fancy clothes, and creativity. Emmeline Perkins, a fifth year VPA Industrial and Interactive Design major with a minor in fashion design,
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Josh Alter ’22 helps startups focus on their finances for growth
December 8, 2021News, Startup Spotlights

Josh Alter ’22 helps startups focus on their finances for growth

Personal finances are tricky enough. But managing finances for a business, particularly a new startup business, is an entirely different domain of stress and complexity. At the Blackstone LaunchPad at
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Eunice Boateng ’22 should be your new favorite hair stylist
December 2, 2021News, Startup Spotlights

Eunice Boateng ’22 should be your new favorite hair stylist

For many, one of their favorite personal experiences is having a great conversation with their hair stylist. This experience is not new to Eunice Boateng’s clients at The Hair Thairapist.
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Alex Rolinski ’24 on entrepreneurship as a path to independence
December 2, 2021News, Startup Spotlights

Alex Rolinski ’24 on entrepreneurship as a path to independence

Alexander Rolinski didn’t exactly align with the typical “hustler-esque” image of a young entrepreneur. He says, “I didn’t have a lot of lemonade stands growing up, but I was very
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Matt Keenan ’22 is the marketing talent you need
December 2, 2021News, Startup Spotlights

Matt Keenan ’22 is the marketing talent you need

Matt Keenan ’22 always makes a great first impression. He usually approaches you with a warm smile and a friendly hello. His kindness is only matched by admirable work ethic
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Mike Young ’22 applies his entrepreneurial spirit to finance and real estate
December 2, 2021News, Startup Spotlights

Mike Young ’22 applies his entrepreneurial spirit to finance and real estate

Entrepreneurship runs in Mike Young’s blood. The senior, studying real estate and finance with minors in data analytics and economics, grew up in Huntington, NY where he saw his father,
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Sebastian Gonzalez ’22 curates his wellness brand Ataraxia
December 2, 2021Startup Spotlights

Sebastian Gonzalez ’22 curates his wellness brand Ataraxia

Stress is perhaps the most well-understood word in the modern individual’s dictionary. The burden of managing a multitude of responsibilities in an increasingly fast-paced modern world has left individuals burnt
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Light Group is building future leaders through impact entrepreneurship
November 30, 2021News, Startup Spotlights

Light Group is building future leaders through impact entrepreneurship

Ever wondered where you can find the talent of the future generations? The Light Group showcases exactly this as an innovative nonprofit organization, built by students for students.  The group
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Murray Lebovitz ’23 is championing the craft of artisanal coffee
November 30, 2021Startup Spotlights

Murray Lebovitz ’23 is championing the craft of artisanal coffee

Each morning, a cup of coffee.  That is the daily ritual for 70% of Americans.  From Keurig machines on nightstands to drip coffee pots in kitchens that keep caffeine coming
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Rich Jiang G’21 is working on a Venmo for cryptocurrency
November 16, 2021Startup Spotlights

Rich Jiang G’21 is working on a Venmo for cryptocurrency

Rich Jiang G’21 has come up with quite a few business ideas throughout his time in Syracuse as a Computer Science student (both undergraduate and graduate) at the College of
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