Sign up for Startup Weekend and get your innovation game going

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Join us for Startup Weekend sponsored by Blackstone LaunchPad & Techstars with the LaunchPads at Syracuse University, University at Buffalo, and Cornell University.  The high-energy virtual event October 23 – 25 is for students who want to have fun working on ideas with like-minded student innovators. Participation is limited to 25 per school and we still have space for Syracuse students to be part of it.  More info about the weekend is here and you can easily sign up here.

“Last fall we ran an incredible sold-out Startup Weekend at Syracuse University,” said Syracuse LaunchPad executive director Linda Dickerson Hartsock. “This year we are expanding it as a virtual event working with our Techstars friends and our colleagues from the Cornell and University at Buffalo LaunchPads.  “The weekend is designed to be very interactive and engaging, and help students meet each other, launch ideas, and forge friendships. We also hope that some great new venture ideas come out of the weekend.”

Over the course of the weekend, participants come up with ideas, forge teams, learn customer discover, and lean startup methodology to create solutions they pitch to expert judges on Sunday afternoon. 

LaunchPad Startup Weekends are 54-hour events designed to provide an introductory entrepreneurship educational experience to students.

Designed for students early in their journey with no prior training or existing venture, great startup ideas can come from anyone, anywhere, and diverse teams perform better. LaunchPad Startup Weekends challenge students to think creatively, communicate effectively, and work in a team, all with the end goal of solving a self-identified problem.  Beginning with team brainstorming around problems and solutions, continuing to work on business plan development, and basic prototyping, LaunchPad Startup Weekends culminate in Sunday pitch presentations.

Participants create working startups during the event and have the opportunity to collaborate with like-minded individuals outside of their daily networks. All teams hear talks by industry leaders and receive valuable feedback from local entrepreneurs. The weekend is centered around action, innovation, and education – and fun!

It’s not too late to sign up on the Eventbrite page here.