Startup Spotlights

Discover incredible student entrepreneur stories


Nolan Kagan ’22 is building community through Gather, a venture designed around shared food experiences
January 15, 2021Startup Spotlights

Nolan Kagan ’22 is building community through Gather, a venture designed around shared food experiences

Nolan Kagan ’22 has always been a problem solver. Nolan kept lists of ideas and solutions to everyday problems on his phone for years, only to realize that he had
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Murray Lebovitz ’23 is making coffee more accessible
January 11, 2021Startup Spotlights

Murray Lebovitz ’23 is making coffee more accessible

When COVID-19 sent all Syracuse students packing last March, then freshman Murray Lebovitz started recording and sharing his morning ritual: making a cup of coffee. Using the coffee equipment in
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Jose Arrieta ’21 on tackling climate change through innovative food waste management
December 22, 2020Startup Spotlights

Jose Arrieta ’21 on tackling climate change through innovative food waste management

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change recently reported that by 2030, carbon dioxide emissions need to be cut by 45% to keep the rise in global temperatures in check for
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Renee Yu ‘21 is building social impact through WeMedia Labs
December 18, 2020Startup Spotlights

Renee Yu ‘21 is building social impact through WeMedia Labs

Many of us are starry-eyed dreamers wishing to leave the world better than we found it. However, it’s rare to discover individuals whose starry-eyed dreams are directed towards positive action
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Henry Touma ’20 and Jordan Zwang ’20 are transforming the music industry by developing an artist stock market
December 10, 2020Startup Spotlights

Henry Touma ’20 and Jordan Zwang ’20 are transforming the music industry by developing an artist stock market

Henry and Jordan float into the room as the deafening beat around them thumps in tune with their hearts. Although a cool aura follows them, the two roommates are buzzing
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Selim Dangoor ‘23 creates artisanal beef jerky and shares his passion for food entrepreneurship
December 6, 2020Startup Spotlights

Selim Dangoor ‘23 creates artisanal beef jerky and shares his passion for food entrepreneurship

For some, the word ‘jerky’ may invoke images of a dry, tough snack, but for Selim Dangoor ‘23, founder of MUNCH Jerky, it is the palette to create a scrumptious artisanal food with
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Kaizhao (Zero) Lin ’21 strives for global citizenship and policy reform in China
November 25, 2020Startup Spotlights

Kaizhao (Zero) Lin ’21 strives for global citizenship and policy reform in China

“I am thousands of miles away from home to learn more about the world,” Kaizhao (Zero) Lin wrote on his website portfolio. Zero — who was born in Guangzhou, China
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Ricardo Sanchez ’21 on designing with empathy to make an impact
November 25, 2020Startup Spotlights

Ricardo Sanchez ’21 on designing with empathy to make an impact

Buying new soccer cleats was Ricardo Sanchez’s yearly ritual throughout high school. An avid player, Sanchez started to research the design of the newest footwear models. He remembers watching a
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Maggie Sardino brings authenticity to telling refugee stories
November 22, 2020Startup Spotlights

Maggie Sardino brings authenticity to telling refugee stories

With a population of only 143,000 people, Syracuse has seen the resettlement of nearly 9,500 refugees in the last decade alone. Growing up in Syracuse and attending Corcoran High School
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Aley O’Mara on championing gender identities, diversity and inclusion
November 17, 2020Startup Spotlights

Aley O’Mara on championing gender identities, diversity and inclusion

Freelance writer and Syracuse University English PhD candidate Ashley “Aley” O’Mara is restructuring the conservative systems of academia through their background as a queer, asexual and non-binary individual. With their
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Joseph Dunaway ’12 on food as a tool for wellbeing
November 16, 2020Startup Spotlights

Joseph Dunaway ’12 on food as a tool for wellbeing

How do we balance all the ever-growing responsibilities of a busy life and still preserve sanity? This question, asked by thousands running on sleepless nights and too many coffee cups,
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Patrick Prioletti G’ 21 on relentless curiosity in a perfect dose
November 14, 2020Startup Spotlights

Patrick Prioletti G’ 21 on relentless curiosity in a perfect dose

When Dr. Gary Rodziewicz came to Patrick Prioletti G ’21 with a proposition, he was immediately intrigued. Dr. Rodziewicz, a neurosurgeon who now works for a private practice specializing in
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