AJ Damiano scores another win with PowerSpike

Angelo (AJ) Damiano ’18, founder of student startup PowerSpike, won the $7,500 top prize in the U.S.-Western NY regionals of the Entrepreneurs’ Organization (EO) Global Student Entrepreneur Awards (GSEA). The competition, held November 8 in Buffalo, was open to student entrepreneurs who actively run a business, are currently pursuing an undergraduate degree and generating revenue or investments. Damiano will now advance to the EO GSEA finals in Dallas, slated for February 2018.

Damiano is a senior in the Whitman School of Management and a member of the Blackstone LaunchPad at SU Libraries and the Couri Hatchery at the Falcone Center for Entrepreneurship.

PowerSpike is an influencer marketing and analytics platform for Twitch.tv, connecting gaming influencers with brands and advertisers for paid promotions and sponsored content. PowerSpike enables streamers to monetize their audience and helps brands to connect with new customers on a platform that reaches over 100 million viewers each month. Damiano has grown his company, recently sealed major brand placement deals, and attracted outside seed investment. Damiano recently participated in TwitchCon2017 and BlizzCon, two of gaming’s biggest venues, growing his status as an industry influencer.

This EO GSEA win follows his recent participation in the global Blackstone LaunchPad/Techstars Training Camp in New York City, a highly competitive program for the top two student entrepreneurs selected from each of the 20 Blackstone LaunchPad programs across the U.S. and United Kingdom. This past April, Damiano also won the top prize in the Software/Information Technology division of the New York State Business Plan Competition. He is a winner of several Syracuse University competitions, including the Panasci Business Plan Competition, the RvD iPrize, and CompeteCNY.

EO GSEA is considered the premier global competition for student entrepreneurs who actively run a business.  With more than 1,700 competitors from over 30 countries, EO GSEA is an exclusive opportunity for student entrepreneurs to make connections, find resources, and grow their businesses.  It is supported by the Entrepreneurs’ Organization (EO), a global business network of more than 12,000 leading entrepreneurs in 160 global chapters.

Founded in 1987 by a group of young entrepreneurs, EO enables business owners to learn from each other, leading to greater business success. EO offers resources in the form of global events, leadership development programs, peer-to-peer learning, an online entrepreneur forum, executive education opportunities, and connections to experts.

Celebrate Global Entrepreneurship Week 2017, November 13-17

Global Entrepreneurship Week (GEW) launches Monday, November 13, with Syracuse University and community networking events, workshops, lectures, and competitions.  The celebration, from November 13 to 17, is the world’s largest celebration of entrepreneurship. Its purpose is to inspire and educate ideators and innovators, and help them advance their ideas by connecting with campus, community, and global leaders.

Coordinated on campus by the Blackstone LaunchPad at Syracuse University, in collaboration with many partners, #GEW2017Syracuse is part of a 165-country festival that empowers innovators at all stages – from start-up to scale-up. This year marks the 10th anniversary of Global Entrepreneurship Week, with global activities ranging from large-scale competitions to roundtable discussions, pitch competitions and meetups. GEW is an avenue for aspiring entrepreneurs to discover possibilities and exciting opportunities.

Activities throughout the week will engage all parts of Syracuse’s entrepreneurship ecosystem – entrepreneurs, educators, researchers, resource providers, community members and more – to help entrepreneurs to unleash their ideas, become self-starters, and engage in start-up thinking.

All events are open to the community free of charge, unless otherwise noted.  Participants are encouraged to use social media to share their ideas and experiences this week using the hashtags #GEW2017, #GEW2017Syracuse, or @GEW2017, @GEW2017Syracuse.

Watch the #GEW17Syracuse promo video here.

Featured events:

Monday, November 13 – Kick-off day

Noon to 1 p.m., Bird Library, Peter Graham Scholarly Commons, Syracuse University

Campus Kick-off event, Invent@SU, with founders of the Invention Factory and the Invent@SU team

Welcome by Dean David Seaman, Syracuse University Libraries, remarks by Dean Teresa Abi-Nader Dahlberg, College of Engineering and Computer Science, featured presentation by the founders of the Invention Factory at Cooper Union, who also helped collaborate to launch Invent@SU, Eric Lima and Alan N. Wolf.  Featuring Invent@SU students.  Opening reception.

Noon to 1 p.m. The Tech Garden, 235 Harrison Street, Syracuse

Community Kick-off event, Money Monday Luncheon

Join the Tech Garden team and guest speakers for a lively luncheon on how to learn and leverage tools and techniques to help grow your bottom line.

5 p.m. to 7 p.m., Flaum Hall, Whitman School of Management, Syracuse University

Funder-Founder Forum speed networking event for top student ventures and potential funders

Sponsored by Whitman School of Management EEE with the Falcone Center and Couri Hatchery, this popular event gives student entrepreneurs the opportunity to pitch their ideas, one-on-one to a variety of funders, and get instant feedback on how to become investment ready.

7 p.m.  To 8 p.m., Café Kubal, University Avenue

E-Club Coffee Happy Hour

8 p.m. to 9:30 p.m., Whitman Room 007, Syracuse University

E-Club Guest Speaker, Joshua Anton, CEO of X-Mode Social

Joshua Anton co-founded his student venture at the McIntire School of Commerce at the University of Virginia, and quickly grew it more than 1.5 million installs at more than 200 colleges, and raised more than $1.3 million in seed funding.  How did he do it? Learn his secrets to “start and scale.”

Tuesday, November 14  – Social Entrepreneurship Day

8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day, first floor Lobby, Nancy Cantor Warehouse, 350 W. Fayette Street

CONFRONTED.EDU

Through the process of design thinking, communications design majors in VPA’s School of Design are confronting some of the social and political problems of our time through “CONFRONTED.EDU,” an education in social consciousness.  Come see the multimedia solutions, including an interconnected exhibition scale model, posters and digital experiences.

11 a.m., Whitman Room 004, Syracuse University

Global Social Skype with SU EEE entrepreneurs in Syracuse and EEE entrepreneurs in London

A global idea jam to share tips, techniques, tools and practices from “across the pond.”

3 p.m. to 4:30 p.m., Check in at Blackstone LaunchPad, Bird Library, Syracuse University

Impact Prize Competition

https://news.syr.edu/2017/11/finalists-announced-for-inaugural-impact-prize-competition/

Finalists pitch from 3 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. for the inaugural Impact Prize, a student social entrepreneurship competition to ideate identify new products, services and technologies that can produce cultural, economic, environmental or civic impact.  More than 36 teams applied, with 13 finalists selected to compete for $5,000 in prize funding.  Prize announcement by Dr. Gisela von Dran, awards ceremony and reception at 4:30 p.m. in PGSC, Room 114, Bird Library.

6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m., Sheraton Syracuse University Hotel and Conference Center

Dining for Dollars

Sponsored by Syracuse University Career Services as part of #GEW2017Syracuse, this reservation only three-course meal features professionals coaching students through navigating dinner etiquette and strategically asking for money for your venture.  Pre-registration was required through Career Services.

8 p.m. to 9 p.m., The IceBox, iSchool, Syracuse University

Blockchain E-Meetup

Explore blockchain technology that is currently underlying the cryptocurrency industry. The new SU Blockchain Club, based in the Blackstone LaunchPad, explores the inner workings of blockchain, what it is, how it works, its applications in business and even start to work on projects relating to blockchain. Learn more about who has made millions in cryptocurrency investments, expert researchers in the field and people who are starting companies with a blockchain focus.  Want to join the club?  Learn More: https://www.facebook.com/groups/1771857979778698/

Wednesday, November 15 – Women in Entrepreneurship Day

All Day:  WISE WBC, The Tech Garden, 235 Harrison Street

WISE Women’s networking, coaching and special events

http://wisecenter.org/

10 a.m. to 11 a.m., Blackstone LaunchPad, Bird Library, Syracuse University

F3Force:  Entrepreneurship Fueled by Female Faculty

Join iSchool Dean Liz Liddy and Barbara E. Jones, Professor of Practice, Television/Radio/Film, S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications/Founder of StayBillety for a roundtable on the challenges and opportunities of being a female founder. The world needs more women-led companies.  One way to make that happen is by building a community where successful women can share their stories and advice for those who are in earlier stages of building a company. Come be inspired.

1 p.m. to 2 p.m., Blackstone LaunchPad, Bird Library, Syracuse University

Wonder Women Power Hour

Spend a power hour with SU student entrepreneurs who are trailblazers.  Growth hackers, hustlers and hipsters, they are shaking it up and doing it their way.  Be “riveted” by their stories.  Erin Miller, Out There Productions and iSchool IDS connector, Julia Haber, founder of VISION student entrepreneurship club, Jamie Vinick, founder of Women in Leadership student club, and Sarah Grosz, president of the Syracuse University Entrepreneurship Club.  Learn how they connected with top entrepreneurs across the country, and growth hacked their way to success.

3 p.m. to 4:30 p.m., CNY Biotechnology Accelerator, 841 E. Fayette Street, Syracuse

Claudia Campbell-Matland  “The Medical Device Product Journey” — Webinar

From a 25-year career perspective and senior positions in R&D and business development, Campbell-Matland offers insight on mitigating risks as a part of quality management system approach to the medical device product lifecycle.  Interested in biomedical innovation?  Get insight from an expert.

3:30 p.m. to 5 p.m., SyracuseCoE, 727 E. Washington Street, Syracuse

Powered by Women:  Clean Energy Entrepreneurship

SyracuseCoE celebrates Global Entrepreneurship Week with a Research and Technology Forum that features three women who have worked to commercialize innovations in energy and environmental systems.  Presenters will offer personal insights on opportunities and challenges along their unique path of entrepreneurship and innovation.  Featured speakers:  Amy Casper, Eaton (Ephesus Lighting), Karen Livingston, SBDC advisor, EEE faculty and energy entrepreneur, and Amanda Chou, Thrive.  Moderated by Cindy Oehmigen, Director of Energy and Corporate Services at the Manufacturers Association of Central New York (MACNY). Reception follows presentation and discussion.  Register on Eventbrite here.

7 p.m., Newhouse Innovation Lab, Syracuse University

5th Medium

Come explore the 5th Medium, SU’s student virtual/augmented reality club. Don’t have experience with VR? No problem! 5th Medium provides access to various technologies and offers hands-on experiential learning.  Learn more:  5thmedium@gmail.com

Thursday, November 16  – Founder’s Day

Noon to 1 p.m., Blackstone LaunchPad, Bird Library

Founders Brown Bag Luncheon

New to entrepreneurship?  Just exploring?  Get your questions answered by some of the top award-winning student entrepreneurs at SU. They have collectively raised $2.5 million in seed funding through crowdsourcing, business plan competitions and early stage funds.  Here is your chance to meet them and pick their brains on your big idea.  Learn from the best and get some best-in-class peer mentoring.  Get a warm welcome, witty wisdom and solid advice from the winners who have walked the road.  BYOB (Bring Your Own Brownbag).

3 p.m. to 4 p.m., Room 608, Bird Library, Syracuse University

Global Entrepreneurship, an International Student Perspective

Organized by Blackstone LaunchPad Global Fellows, this event features students from six countries sharing perspectives on entrepreneurship from their global perspective.  The event will be moderated by the founders of SUGlobalists.com.  Established in 2017 at Syracuse University, Globalists is a student organization and media outlet that give students a voice to start conversations about global issues and express their perspectives on various subjects.

4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m., The Tech Garden, 235 Harrison Street, Syracuse

Entrepreneur Throwdown at the TechGarden

Join community entrepreneurs for a fun-filled Pitch Throwdown, ‘Cuse Style.  Light-hearted lighting pitches will pit entrepreneurs from The Tech Garden, WISE Women’s Business Center, CoWorks and InSourcing for “global bragging rights” as the top dog in town.  Winner gets the coveted prize globe, and everyone gets a “Get Happy” reception to wrap up #GEW2017Syracuse in style.

Friday, November 17 – Tech Commercialization Day

8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Sheraton Syracuse University Hotel & Conference Center

NEXT 2017 Conference

https://news.syr.edu/2017/11/next-conference-to-feature-commercialization-experts/

 NEXT is a conference focused on innovation in technology, manufacturing, and biotech. The event brings together fast-track companies, managers, researchers, medical professionals, investors, and entrepreneurs to meet and learn from each other and from international thought leaders and industry experts. The dynamic full-day program boasts two world-class keynotes: artificial intelligence and robotics guru Hod Lipson and internationally renowned neuroscientist and medical intelligence expert Dave Warner, as well as interactive educational workshops in three concurrent tracks. A Technology Showcase features breakthrough science from university and industry research teams and displays from businesses developing cutting-edge products, giving attendees a unique first-hand look at NEXT generation opportunities, tools, and discoveries.

The conference is sponsored by the Central New York Biotech Accelerator, Center for Advanced Systems and Engineering (CASE) at Syracuse University and CNY Technology Development Organization (TDO) and the NYS Science and Technology Law Center at Syracuse University.

The dynamic, full-day program features panels on “Biotech Innovation” and “Manufacturing Excellence,” along with the NYSSTLC-organized track on “Legal Issues in Technology Commercialization.” The conference also brings to Syracuse two world-class keynote speakers: artificial intelligence and robotics guru Hod Lipson and internationally renowned neuroscientist and medical intelligence expert Dave Warner. Parallel to the conference, a Technology Showcase will feature breakthrough science from university and industry research teams and displays from businesses developing cutting-edge products, giving attendees a unique first-hand look at “NEXT generation” opportunities, tools and discoveries.

To learn more about the event and to register, click here

All week

VISION Wall Pop-up at the Blackstone LaunchPad, Bird Library, Syracuse University

Vision for Entrepreneurs organization is located SU’s Blackstone LaunchPad. It is an Adobe-sponsored club that focuses on academic diversity within entrepreneurship, working with students across campus on various product initiatives and events. Activities have ranged from using technology tools to build an interactive design lab, to creating and promoting pop-up events across campus.  Watch for a pop up at the Blackstone LaunchPad.

Follow events and see photos all week @LaunchPadSYR as well as by the many program partners.

Resource Spotlight: Early European Books (EEB)

As Libraries collections grow in both electronic and print formats, much of what we collect represents the most current materials being released. You may not be aware, however, that we also build collections of historical material that have many applications for research and teaching.

In 2016, the Libraries purchased access to Early European Books from ProQuest, a collection of digitized works printed in Europe between 1450-1700. Materials emanate from the collections of the Danish Royal Library, the National Central Library in Florence, the National Library of France, the National Library of the Netherlands, and the Wellcome Library in London, the largest available collection of this nature.

The collection provides electronic, full-text access to thousands of books, including full page images, illustrations, and bindings.  The collection is also growing, as digitization efforts at other European institutions enable them to participate.

“Each item is captured in its entirety, complete with binding, edges, endpapers, blank pages and any loose inserts. The result is a wealth of information about the physical characteristics and histories of the original.”

EEB offers users a variety of advantages, among them:

  • the ability to locate early printed editions of works in their original languages;
  • opportunities to survey illustration, typography, and design practices in early European publishing, and;
  • access to the larger material aspects of the books included.

The collections can be searched broadly using keywords and bibliographic information, as well as by document features (illustrations, maps, printed marginalia, etc.) and by the library collections within which they appear. Individual books can be downloaded as pdfs or linked to in syllabi or course management systems.

Early European Books offers a continental complement to the hundreds of thousands of books available in Early English Books Online, which covers the same time period for books printed in England.

Reviews:

Magedanz, S. (2013). Early European Books. Choice, 51(1), 52. Retrieved from http://libezproxy.syr.edu/login?url=https://search.proquest.com/docview/1442728483?accountid=14214

LaGuardia, C. (2010, April 1). Early European Books: printed sources to 1700, collection 1. Library Journal, 135(6), 96. Retrieved from http://libezproxy.syr.edu/login?url=http://bi.galegroup.com/essentials/article/GALE|A223749280?u=nysl_ce_syr&sid=summon

 

Contributed by: Patrick Williams, Librarian for Literature, Rhetoric, and Digital Humanities

Finalists announced for inaugural Impact Prize competition

A panel of Syracuse University judges has announced the twelve finalists for the inaugural Impact Prize competition. The student ventures were selected from 36 applicant teams by a panel of Syracuse University faculty and staff who are engaged in entrepreneurship and civic engagement.  The finalist teams proposed the most innovative and implementable ideas to help solve economic or civic challenges.  They will compete in the Impact Prize finals as part of Global Entrepreneurship Week at Syracuse University.

The Syracuse community is invited to the final pitch competition, which will be judged by area business and civic leaders, on November 14 from 3 to 4:30 p.m. in the Peter Graham Scholarly Commons, 114 Bird Library.  The prize announcement by Dr. von Dran, along with a networking reception, will be held at 4:30 p.m.

Coordinated by the Blackstone LaunchPad at Bird Library, the $5,000 Impact Prize competition is supported through a personal gift to SU Libraries from Dr. Gisela M. von Dran.  Director emerita of the iSchool’s MSLIS program, and former assistant professor of management at the Whitman School of Management, Dr. von Dran has a special interest in social entrepreneurship.  She previously established the Raymond F. von Dran Fund in memory of her late husband, who was Dean of the iSchool.

The Impact Prize competition is open to Syracuse University students, as well as SUNY ESF students who are studying entrepreneurship at SU.

Judges selected the following teams to advance to the Impact Prize finals:

  • Biomass Combustion Process: William Lee Mendes McKnight, Ali Goshayeshi for a high efficiency biomass combustion process to power village-scale generators;
  • Comfeet: Francis Marinez, Geri Madangit for eco-friendly, size-adjustable shoes for toddlers;
  • Doorway Energy: Teodoro DeLelllis, Joe Potenza for a solution to capture energy coming from commercial doorways through wind turbine and dam technology, in order to generate electricity and sustainability;
  • Fibrefree: Serena Omo-Lamai, Charles Keppler for a laundry ball that traps microfibers, preventing them from entering aquifers;
  • Food Sustainability: Samantha Guillaume and Patrick Carleton for a not for profit that transports unused food from local schools and takes it to local pantries;
  • GreenStrip: Jose Javier Garcia Rovira for a product that enhances the planting process in more infertile soil around the world;
  • Greenwood Investment Network: Asile Patin for a nonprofit that presents local minority business owners with a pipeline to develop their community economies in a collective, sustainable way;
  • In-Spire: Kayla Simon, Elizabeth Tarangelo for a wearable Albuterol inhaler from asthma patients who may suffer from asthma attacks while on-the-go;
  • Modoscript: David Zuleta, Yunpeng Li for a Pill-Safe Digital Health System to address overdosing and underdosing;
  • Native Women’s E-Mag: Michelle Schenandoah for an interactive E-magazine and brand to serve as a national platform for Native women;
  • Apolitic: Abigail Hamilton, Aaron Sortal, Isabella Lovain, Sally Rubin for an app that connects politically passionate people to engagement opportunities to effectively organize our generation’s movements;
  • Starfruit: Nathan Elequin, Annie Mathis, Mitchell Thomas for an educational technology consulting company dedicated to matching schools with the instructional software best-suited to improve teachers’ experiences or their student’s engagement;
  • Wind Turbine Project: Tyler Vartabedian, Ryan Twombly for a highway-barrier mounted vertical axis wind turbine to provide clean energy.

Judges for this round represented academic units across the Syracuse University campus, with expertise in social entrepreneurship, law, art and design, business, communications, information technologies, education, civic engagement, sustainability, the Honors Program, and more. They included Alejandro Amezcua (Whitman), Chris Cofer (University College), Heather Waters (Education), Jolynn Parker, (Renee Crown University Honors Program), Kate Canada (Maxwell), Marcie Sonnebom (iSchool), Michael Giannattasio (Architecture), Molly Zimmerman (Law School), Rebecca Ortiz (Newhouse), Sam Krall (Arts & Sciences/Career Services), Syeisha Byrd (Hendricks Chapel), and Tammy Rosario (Syracuse CoE).

To learn more about the Impact Prize at Syracuse University, visit: launchpad.syr.edu/impact/.

The event is a highlight of #GEW2017 at SU.  For more information about other events that week, visit launchpad.syr.edu/, or sign up for the weekly Blackstone LaunchPad e-newsletter at LaunchPad@syr.edu.

Charters Adult Education Grants-in-Aid available; applications due March 1, 2018

The Special Collections Research Center (SCRC) at Syracuse University Libraries invites applicants for its Alexander N. and Margaret Charters Adult Education Grants-in-Aid Program, now in its seventh year. Up to $5,000 of grants-in-aid will be awarded to researchers, scholars, and practitioners wishing to use the Charters Library collections. The actual amount of each award will depend upon the scope of the research outlined in the applicant’s proposal. Winners will be encouraged to submit copies of any scholarly output resulting from their work for inclusion in SURFACE, Syracuse University’s institutional repository.

The application deadline is March 1, 2018; winners will be notified by April 15, 2018. Grant funds must be used between July 1, 2018 and June 30, 2019. For information on how to apply, visit the Charters Grants-in-Aid Program website.

The Charters Library of Resources for Educators of Adults is the world’s most comprehensive collection of English-language materials in the field of adult and continuing education, and encompasses manuscript collections, books, professional journals, newsletters, audio and video recordings, photographs, and master’s theses and dissertations. Also included are the papers of individuals such as William Langner, Beverly Cassara, and the Library’s namesake, Alexander Charters, as well as the records of such pivotal organizations as Laubach Literacy International, the National University Continuing Education Association, and the Adult Education Association/American Association for Adult and Continuing Education. More information about the collections is available on the Charters Library page.

The Special Collections Research Center at Syracuse University Libraries, home of the Charters Library, has more than 150,000 printed works and over 2,000 manuscript and archival collections. Its holdings are particularly strong in the 20th century, and include the personal papers and manuscripts of such luminaries as artist Grace Hartigan, inspirational preacher Norman Vincent Peale, author Joyce Carol Oates, photojournalist Margaret Bourke White, and industrial designer Walter Dorwin Teague, as well as the records of organizations such as avant-garde publisher Grove Press. A full list of all SCRC collections is available from our website at scrc.syr.edu.