Global Entrepreneurship Week at SU Libraries, November 12-18

This year’s Global Entrepreneurship Week celebrates four themes— women, youth and inclusion in entrepreneurship, and connecting innovators and ecosystems from around the world.

One week each November, thousands of events in 170 countries inspire millions to engage in entrepreneurial activity while connecting them to potential collaborators, mentors and investors.

Syracuse University is joining the celebration, powered by the Kauffman Foundation, with a lineup of campus and community events coordinated by the Blackstone LaunchPad at SU Libraries.

GEW Syracuse will showcase the rich innovation ecosystem on campus, and help connect campus entrepreneurs with local and global resource partners.  The LaunchPad will use the four themes to highlight powerful voices and innovators who promote, encourage and support the development of entrepreneurs within each of these four spaces.

  • GEW Women celebrates female entrepreneurs, ecosystem builders, investors and other startup champions, while offering opportunities to expand their networks, identify resources and share knowledge with other women around the world.
  • GEW Youth inspires and shapes the next generation of innovators, stresses the importance of entrepreneurship education, helps blaze pathways of opportunity for business and civic leaders in an entrepreneurial world.
  • GEW Inclusion highlights the work startup champions are doing around the world to minimize barriers and obstacles for entrepreneurs by maximizing inclusion, valuing diversity and promoting access for all students to enhance equity and provide a platform for innovation and inclusion.
  • GEW Ecosystem Connect supports organizations around the world like the Blackstone LaunchPad powered by Techstars that facilitate collaboration and partnership between startup ecosystems.   Sharing knowledge and connecting local ecosystems with global resources, and bringing different cultural perspective together, is at the heart of building healthy and thriving entrepreneurial communities.

Here is a lineup of Syracuse events.  All are open to the community and free unless otherwise indicated.

Follow activities on social media:  Facebook:  LaunchPadSYR and Twitter:  @LaunchPadSYR, and read more about the events on the Blackstone LaunchPad news page:

Tag posts with the official Global Entrepreneurship Week hashtag — #GEW2018.

Help celebrate the spirit of innovation at SU next week!

A season of cheer with Bob Hupp

Join Syracuse Stage Artistic Director Bob Hupp on Wednesday, November 14 at 5 p.m. in the Peter Graham Scholarly Commons in Bird Library to hear about the exciting Syracuse Stage 2018/19 season of amazing plays and musicals including Elf the Musical — “the best way to spread holiday cheer.”

Please join us for a reception following Bob’s presentation celebrating the upcoming season of cheer as we give thanks for the vital role you play in the lives and success of our students.

This unique lecture and reception is co-produced by the College of Visual and Performing Arts and sponsored by the Syracuse University Libraries.

For additional information or if you need an accommodation to be able to fully participate in this event, please contact Bianca Caiella Breed at by Monday, November 12.

Elf the Musical runs from November 23, 2018 to January 6, 2019 at Syracuse Stage. For more information or to purchase tickets visit or call the Box Office at 315.443.3275.

Libraries, College of Law Host Conversation with James Kreindler

As part of Syracuse University’s Remembrance Week and Pan Am 103 30th Anniversary commemorative activities, Syracuse University Libraries and the College of Law will host “A Conversation with James Kreindler” on Tuesday, October 30 at 4:00 p.m. in the Melanie Gray Ceremonial Courtroom in Dineen Hall.

The event is free and open to the public. Communication Access Realtime Translation will be available. A reception will follow.

Kreindler was the architect of the $2.7 billion settlement against the Libyan government on behalf of the families of the victims of Pan Am Flight 103, which exploded in the skies over Lockerbie, Scotland, on Dec. 21, 1988.

Kreindler is a partner at Kreindler & Kreindler LLP. The firm was founded in 1952 by his father, the late Lee S. Kreindler, and his grandfather, the late Harry E. Kreindler. Lee was a graduate of Harvard Law School and was widely regarded as a founder of disaster law.

Jim Kreindler began his career as an assistant district attorney in the Kings County (Brooklyn) District Attorney’s Office. He joined Kreindler & Kreindler in 1983 and became a partner in 1987. He played a major role in the litigation against Pan Am as a member of the plantiffs’ trial team.

He is a magna cum laude graduate of Dartmouth College and earned his juris doctorate from Columbia University, where he was a Harlan Fiske Scholar.

Questions regarding the event can be directed to Kristen Duggleby, director of alumni relations in the College of Law, at or 315.443.9532 and Ron Thiele, assistant dean for advancement at SU Libraries, at or 315-560-9419.

Come to ‘Cuse Tank, Friday, October 26: Family Weekend kicks off with a lively student innovation competition at Bird Library

The “Elite Eight” finalists for the first ever ‘Cuse Tank will vie in a Shark Tank style prize competition on Friday, October 26 from 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. in the Peter Graham Scholarly Commons, Bird Library.  The event is co-sponsored by the Blackstone LaunchPad and Syracuse University Libraries, and all are invited to watch the pitches and show support for the teams.

A distinguished panel of judges who are SU parents and successful entrepreneurs from a wide variety of industry sectors voted on “Sweet Sixteen” semi-finalists from scores of applications, narrowing the field down to the “Elite Eight” who will pitch for $10,000 in prizes this Friday.

The event is the kick-off to SU Family Weekend, and an opportunity for families who are visiting from around the country, and around the world, to experience the entrepreneurial spirit of SU innovators.

In Family Weekend spirit, two brothers are competing in ‘Cuse Tank.  Will McKnight, founder of Farm to Flame, will face off against Phil McKnight, co-founder of Promptous in the finals.

“The library is delighted to showcase innovative student ideas from across campus,” said David Seaman, Dean of Libraries and University Librarian, “and to bring to bear the services of the Blackstone LaunchPad to help these designers and inventors develop their services and products.  We are particularly grateful to SU parents for their willingness to participate in this exciting event!”

The contestants come from across campus, including the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications, the David B. Falk College of Sport & Human Dynamics, the College of Arts & Sciences, the College of Engineering & Computer Science, the College of Visual & Performing Arts, the Martin J. Whitman School of Management, and the School of Information Studies.  In alphabetical order, they are:

  • Cllctve Agency, LLC, a creative agency that connects brands with strategy content and college creatives who can execute transmedia content. CLLCTVE connects revolutionary strategic concepts with collaborative transmedia content to reposition brands for success, while simultaneously nurturing the freelance community on college campuses across the country.  Clients have included Coca-Cola, Land Rover, PUMA and Syracuse University.  The team is already working with 50 universities and expanding to more.  — Kelsey Davis and Ryan Williams, co-founders.
  •  Farm to Flame Energy, a smokeless, odorless, biomass-powered generator, providing energy to off-the grid communities. Winner of several campus impact competitions, as well as a regional finalist for the prestigious Hult Prize competition, Farm to Flame is a fully patented generator and grinder system that can provide power to off-the grid communities in Africa, Asia, and remote portions of North America.  Farm to Flame generators are smokeless and odorless, and can use any feedstock or agricultural waste.  They can also provide reliability to disaster-prone communities that need secure and resilient backup energy to supplement electricity delivery.  — Will McKnight, founder.
  • FibreFree, a device that traps microfibers shed from synthetic clothing to prevent them from entering oceans and aquifers.  Winner of the campus Impact Prize, and finalist for the Dyson Innovation Competition, FibreFree developed its prototype through the Invent@SU program.  FibreFree traps tiny plastic microfibers that are shed from synthetic clothing before they go into the water system and make their way into the food chain.  FibreFree resembles a conventional laundry ball, but its unique porous shell and novel filter, made of 100% recyclable materials, traps microfibers in the laundry process.   — Charles Keppler and Serena Omo-Lamai, co-founders.
  • In-Spire, a wearable and refillable bracelet style asthma inhaler that can deliver an emergency dose. First place winner of the 2017 Invent@SU program, In-Spire also won first place in SU’s Impact Prize, RvD/iPrize, and Panasci Business Plan Competition, and was the campus nominee to the ACC InVenture competition.  The team, which has filed a non-provisional patent, is working to commercialize its stylish bracelet that integrates a small refillable inhaler and provides on-the-go relief, particularly for exercise- induced asthma.  Technical advisors are helping the team develop a strategy for FDA approval.  — Kayla Simon and Elizabeth Tarangelo, co-founders.
  • MedUX, a wearable, lightweight IV shoulder device. First place winner of the 2018 Invent@SU program, MedUX designed a wearable, portable IV system that allows people who need infusion treatment to receive it without being tethered to a traditional pole-mounted unit. It is particularly suited for stand-alone infusion centers, cancer centers, post-op hospital settings, and palliative care where a patient needs intravenous delivery, but also wants to be more mobile and comfortable. It can also be used in emergency and disaster situations where IV systems mounted on poles are not practical. Using new and pre-existing technologies, the lightweight shoulder-mounted device uses a pressure flow system to control a desired flow rate without the use of electronics or heavy batteries that need to be frequently changed.  — Alec Gillinder and Quinn King, co-founders.
  • OptechVR, a standalone, affordable social VR headset.  For applications from gaming to medicine, to education and enterprise, there is an opportunity to create a better, more affordable all-in-one VR headset that offers a multi-user experience.  OptechVR is a plug-and-play, all-in-one device, eliminating the need for high-powered external computers or game consoles, or wires. It incorporates dual hand and room tracking technology, replacing complicated controllers with the user’s hand movement.  It can connect to other headsets, enabling users to work in teams or experience VR together.  — Matt Shumer and Sam Hollander, co-founders.
  • Prioritage, a platform for triage and real-time patient monitoring in emergencies. In events such as mass casualty situations, disasters, or large crowded ER rooms, a patient’s condition can deteriorate rapidly after initial triage, especially if there is a high ratio of patients to medical professionals.  Prioritage, a first place winner of the NYC Invent@SU program, is a wearable armband that monitors a patient’s vital signs to detect changes after triage, sending wireless alerts if conditions change, and suggesting prioritized treatment based on the rate of change post initial assessment. — Angelica O’Hara and Ibnul Rafi, co-founders.
  • Promptous, an insurance claims processing platform using blockchain technology and smart contracts to create transparency, more predictability, and prompt payment. Promptous eliminates the need for a costly third party benefits administrator, and its streamlined system, targeted for the dental insurance industry, is simpler, easier to understand, and creates secure transactions in a regulatory compliant platform. — Joshua Jackson, Timothy Kelly, Phil McKnight, co-founders.

SU Libraries presents Open Access Week 2018, October 22-28

Open Access Week is an opportunity for the academic and research community to continue to learn about the potential benefits of Open Access — the principle that all research should be freely accessible online, immediately after publication — and to help inspire wider participation in helping to make Open Access a new norm in scholarship and research.

Syracuse University Libraries and Open Publishing Services will host two events for Open Access Week, 2018.

Open Access and Open Scholarship Presentation

Monday, October 22, 2018 |  3:00 P.M.- 4:30 P.M.
Bird Library,  Peter Graham Scholarly Commons, Room 114

Come learn about Open Access, the impact of research and instruction, and tips and tricks to promote your own research and scholarship. The presentation segment of this event will be live streamed through and available later, through SURFACE.  Communication Access Real time Translation (CART) will be provided.

SURFACE Submit-a-Thon Event

Wednesday, October 24, 2018 | 10:00 A.M. – 4:30 P.M.
Bird Library, ETC, 046

Come learn how to deposit, and contribute your articles, book chapters, and other scholarship to the SURFACE OA Institutional Repository. RSVP to this free hands-on workshop will be required- for one or more hours- attend as long as you would like. Instructions will be sent prior, and staff will be available during this hands-on event. Beverages will be available, RSVP required.

For more information about Open Access Week at the SU Libraries, visit

For additional information or to request accommodations for an event, please contact Amanda Page at