Startup Spotlights

Discover incredible student entrepreneur stories


Edward Shao ’19 is saving ocean ecosystems through his impact venture
July 27, 2021News, Startup Spotlights

Edward Shao ’19 is saving ocean ecosystems through his impact venture

Edward Shao ’19 is an international man. From growing up with immigrant parents from Shanghai, China, to being raised in New York City, to now starting ProjectQRRestore, an environmentally conscious
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Zachary Goldstein ’22 believes blockchain will replace the web
July 26, 2021News, Startup Spotlights

Zachary Goldstein ’22 believes blockchain will replace the web

Zachary Goldstein ’22 an iSchool major in Information Management and Technology with a concentration in cyber security, was always interested in tech since he was young. From being a kid
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Aorui Pi ‘21 encourages international students to share their perspectives through the roundtable program, WeRound
July 2, 2021News, Startup Spotlights

Aorui Pi ‘21 encourages international students to share their perspectives through the roundtable program, WeRound

In light of multiple racial incidents on campus in 2019, WeMedia Lab, an international student-run new media organization that thrived on the WeChat platform, has gained a great deal of
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Catherine Forrest ’22 is using blockchain development to change the world
July 1, 2021News, Startup Spotlights

Catherine Forrest ’22 is using blockchain development to change the world

From cryptocurrency to COVID-19 response technology, Syracuse University student Catherine Forrest ’22 is utilizing the power of blockchain technology to develop lifesaving security solutions. Catherine Forrest is a rising senior
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Ben Ford ’23 is changing philanthropy for good
June 2, 2021News, Startup Spotlights

Ben Ford ’23 is changing philanthropy for good

Many first forays into the frustrating ordeal of fundraising, perhaps for some school project or trip, involve asking scores of people with little success, only to fall back on the
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Jon Templeton ‘23 launches his first application, Skosh!, on the App Store
May 20, 2021News, Startup Spotlights

Jon Templeton ‘23 launches his first application, Skosh!, on the App Store

Python, MATLAB and Swift — For people who are not coding enthusiasts, all these programming languages may sound like something that will never be their cup of tea. For Jon
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Vaishnavi Varma ’21 uses sentiment analysis to improve social media health
April 12, 2021Startup Spotlights

Vaishnavi Varma ’21 uses sentiment analysis to improve social media health

As humans, we are in constant “go mode.” We are continuously transitioning from doing work, to going to class, to checking social media without taking a moment to take a
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Camila Tirado ’23 raises awareness about the Wayúu tribe
April 12, 2021Startup Spotlights

Camila Tirado ’23 raises awareness about the Wayúu tribe

In the small town of La Guajira, Colombia, resides a tribe of the Wayúu people. A woman sits cross-legged with thick, colorful thread in one hand and a weaving needle
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Samuel Chazen ’21 builds a food education venture inspired by idea lists he made as a child
April 1, 2021Startup Spotlights

Samuel Chazen ’21 builds a food education venture inspired by idea lists he made as a child

Sam Chazen was born to be inventive and energetic. When he was a child, he dreamed of jumping eight feet high in the air, as well as many other “outlandish
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Cullen Kavanaugh ’22 is placing his bet on Spread
April 1, 2021Startup Spotlights

Cullen Kavanaugh ’22 is placing his bet on Spread

It’s often said that necessity is the mother of invention. Progress is shaped by identifying problems or responding to crises and developing new technology or systems to adequately address them.
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Alex Don ’22 creates an audio-based social media app
April 1, 2021Startup Spotlights

Alex Don ’22 creates an audio-based social media app

Social media, in principle, is a tool for connection. Regardless of their location, users can connect with anyone across the world and share photos, videos, and a plethora of other
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Max Freund ’21 sees a more sustainable world world through the lens of his camera
March 29, 2021Startup Spotlights

Max Freund ’21 sees a more sustainable world world through the lens of his camera

In the rugged marshes and sultry heat of the Florida Everglades, a young boy named Max Freund takes pictures of everything he sees. In love with the rich beauty of
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