Russell Fearon ’20, a mechanical engineer in the College of Engineering and Computer Science, will present his innovation story on October 17 at the National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington D.C. as a 2019 candidate for the EmPOWERED to Serve Business Accelerator™. He is one nine national finalists in the prestigious competition. A panel of judges will select two candidates for awards of $50,000 and $20,00, and a “fan favorite candidate” will receive a $5,000 grant, based upon votes now through October 17.
Fearon is the co-inventor of Sugex, a wearable device that helps people manage their diabetes. He graduated in the top tier of his class at Chaminade High School on Long Island, where he honed his writing, debate, and business acumen. Since his childhood, he has always strived to make the world a better place, participating in community service and charitable endeavors. In 2015, he achieved the prestigious award and apex of scouting, the Eagle Scout rank. Over the course of his collegiate tenure, Russell has landed coveted summer internship opportunities from Northrop Grumman (aerospace) in Florida to Edwards LifeSciences (medical) in California.
In the summer of 2019, Russell began to pursue his entrepreneurial desire during at the Invent@SU invention accelerator. There, working with co-inventor Ricardo Sanchez, the team synthesized affordable alternatives to help treat the worldwide diabetes epidemic. The team is now working with the Blackstone LaunchPad powered by Techstars at SU Libraries to help bring the idea from concept to commercialization.
About the EmPOWERED to Serve Business Accelerator™
Sponsored by the American Heart Association, the program aims to make a difference in under resourced communities by finding innovative solutions that expand access to healthy living and saves lives. The program recognizes social entrepreneurs or enterprises making a health impact through improving the social determinants of health in their communities.