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.

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.

Syracuse University student venture captures top prize in international innovation competition

Josh Aviv, co-founder and CEO of SparkCharge, won grand prize at the Blackstone/Techstars global venture pitch competition in New York City on October 18.

The competition came at the conclusion of a two-day Blackstone/Techstars Training Camp, an innovative new program for collegiate entrepreneurs that featured a keynote on October 16 by Stephen A. Schwarzman, chairman, CEO, and co-founder of Blackstone. Schwarzman is an active philanthropist with a history of supporting education and entrepreneurship. This intensive boot camp brought together program staff and the 40 top performing teams from the 20 Blackstone LaunchPads across the U.S. and Ireland for workshops with experts and mentors from Techstars and the Blackstone Group.

Josh Aviv, co-founder and CEO of SparkCharge, and Angelo “AJ” Damiano, founder of PowerSpike, were the two Syracuse University student entrepreneurs selected to attend the two days of workshops and mentoring. David Seaman, dean of libraries, Linda Hartsock (executive director) and Braden Croy (program manager) of the Syracuse University Blackstone LaunchPad were actively involved in the event and were joined by SU alumni based in New York City for the final pitch competition.

Seven finalist companies were selected by Blackstone and Techstars experts to participate in the culminating pitchfest, where each presenter had three minutes to describe their services and business plans, followed by two minutes of questions from the judges.  The winners were selected by audience vote, which included Blackstone LaunchPad teams and staff, Techstar founders and program managers, Blackstone Group mentors and investors, and invited guests from the 20 Blackstone LaunchPad campuses.

Syracuse University’s Aviv won the $15,000 grand prize for SparkCharge’s ultrafast, portable charging stations for electric vehicles that fit in the trunk of a car. He also won an expenses paid trip to Techstars Foundercon in Oakland, CA in October.  Second prize went to ApisProtect of University College Cork, Ireland, and third prize to Zorin OS of Trinity College, Dublin.

“The student entrepreneurs who participated in the Blackstone LaunchPad Techstars Training Camp are inspiring,” said David Cohen, founder and co-CEO of Techstars. “It’s great to see the incredible learning that took place during the two days. These young adults are pursuing entrepreneurship as a life choice – an opportunity that wasn’t available when I was their age. We at Techstars are proud to join forces with Blackstone LaunchPad to support student entrepreneurs from across the globe.”

“Over the course of the Blackstone LaunchPad Techstars Training Camp, I had the opportunity to meet with ventures from over twenty Universities, hear their pitches, and get to know the entrepreneurs.  I was incredibly impressed by these student ventures – the diversity of ideas, the commitment to entrepreneurship, and the potential for scalable impact, was exceptional,” said Amy Stursberg, Executive Director of the Blackstone Charitable Foundation. “A special congratulations to our demo day winner, Spark Charge from Syracuse University. Through the work of Blackstone LaunchPad on campuses, we are proud to be a part of these ventures’ development and continued growth.”

“SparkCharge’s success is testament to the power of the Syracuse University entrepreneurship and innovation ecosystem, and it was a delight to watch the professionalism with which Josh presented his company and represented our university, and the enthusiastic reception he received from an audience of peers and experts,” said David Seaman, dean of the Syracuse University Libraries and PI for the Blackstone LaunchPad program.

Josh received early and continued support from the faculty in the iSchool’s minor in Information Technology, Design, and Startups (IDS), and from the professional mentors in the Syracuse Student Sandbox.  He has made full use of the services of the Blackstone LaunchPad in Bird Library since it opened last year, and now serves as Entrepreneur in Residence for the Couri Hatchery in the Falcone Center, Whitman School of Management.  His research and development offices are located at the Syracuse CoE, where he is creating two Syracuse CoE Fellows positions for students who are interested in exploring renewable technologies and energy systems.  Aviv holds two degrees from Syracuse University, a master’s degree in information management from the iSchool (2017), and a bachelor’s degree in economics from the Maxwell School (2015).

“The opportunity to interact with Techstars founders and program managers was priceless, as was connecting with experts who are part of Blackstone’s unparalleled global network,” said Aviv.  “This opened doors that will accelerate our growth trajectory, and winning this competition will help us more rapidly scale.  It builds on the solid startup foundation we received through Syracuse University’s amazing innovation ecosystem.”

SparkCharge will use the funds toward testing and certification of its EV battery-pack charging unit, to move from prototype to first-run manufacturing.  The company employs five, three of whom are Syracuse University alumni, and one is a Syracuse University student.  Aviv has now raised $135,000 for his venture, and was the recent grand prizewinner of the New York State Business Plan Competition, also winning first place in the clean technology division.  He is also a winner of the Panasci Plan Competition and the RvD iPrize, as well as the Syracuse CoE Innovation Fund.

The Blackstone LaunchPad is a campus-based entrepreneurship program founded by the Blackstone Charitable Foundation.  The program leverages the resources and intellectual capital of Blackstone, empowering entrepreneurs, generating job growth, and supporting local communities.  The Blackstone LaunchPad at Syracuse University is part of SU Libraries, and helps faculty, staff, students and alumni develop entrepreneurial skills to achieve success in whatever venture or career path they pursue.

 Techstars is a worldwide network that inspires, educates and connects entrepreneurs, accelerating innovation and startup activity.  The Techstars accelerator portfolio includes more than 1,000 companies with a market cap of $10.2 billion.

Looking for creators for ‘Cuse Market, October 20 at Bird Library

The Blackstone LaunchPad is looking for innovators, makers, and creatives for ‘Cuse Market. The annual “pop-up shop” and product showcase will be held Friday, October 20, from 3 to 5 p.m. in the Learning Commons, first floor of Bird Library.

Each semester the LaunchPad invites faculty, staff, students and alumni to display their creative work, whether it is a product, service, or technology.  Part “demo alley” and part “market bazaar,” it is an opportunity to browse ideas being invented at Syracuse University. From health and wellness products, to artisan goods, packaged foods, fashion and apparel, jewelry, furniture, 3D printed items, industrial designs, and gadgets, ‘Cuse Market is a chance to “show” and “sell” to new audiences.

This year, ‘Cuse Market is expanding with an emphasis on creative services. Are you a musician, photographer, artist, filmmaker, graphic designer, sound or lighting engineer? Are you a web developer, creator of a new mobile app, software platform, or unique on-line product or service?  The hunt is on for the next big thing. This is your chance to shine the spotlight on what you’re creating.

In addition to showcasing and selling goods and services, there will be “best in show” prizes in various categories, based on real-time audience voting.

‘Cuse Market also provides an opportunity to test your product and get customer feedback, as well as launch ideas. The event will also feature campus and community resource providers, and Maker Spaces to help connect with the local “maker movement.”

The event is presented by the Blackstone LaunchPad, which is part of Syracuse University Libraries. The community is invited to meet campus creators and innovators who are showcasing their new products, services, technologies in Bird Library, the busiest building on campus, with more than 8,000 visitors a day.

This is always a popular annual event, so reserve your free display table early. If interested, please e-mail: LaunchPad@syr.edu.

Weekly Social Entrepreneurship Impact Hour with Syeisha Monquesse Byrd kicks off Thursday at 2 p.m.

A Social Entrepreneurship Impact Hour with Syeisha Monquesse Byrd, Director of Engagement Programs at Hendricks Chapel, will take place on Thursdays from 2 to 3 p.m. in the Blackstone LaunchPad. During weekly office hours in the LaunchPad, Syeisha will mentor students interested in making a social impact through their entrepreneurial work.

Syeisha holds a Master’s Degree in Social Work from Syracuse University and has over 16 years of experience working with youth and youth organizations in Syracuse. She is dedicated to helping students advance the common good and discover ways to make a positive impact in the world.

This fall, the LaunchPad is coordinating a Social Impact Prize to grow the pipeline of students interested in social entrepreneurship and civic ventures.