SparkCharge shares top prize in FuzeHub 2017 Commercialization Competition

SparkCharge was among the five companies taking top prize in FuzeHub’s 2017 Commercialization Competition. A field of seventeen entrepreneurs from across New York State, including SparkCharge founder Josh Aviv, came together in the Capital Region In November to compete for the $250,000 in prize money.

Finalists covered a wide variety of industries, including Clean-Tech, IT, Semiconductor, Bio/Life Sciences, and Energy. Other companies taking home the $50,000 prize were Ferric Contrast: non-toxic MRI contrast agents (Buffalo); NanoHydroChem: proprietary nanomaterial capable of generating hydrogen gas from water on demand. (Buffalo); Potsdam Sensors: field-deployable IOT sensor for accurate sensing of airborne particles. (Potsdam); and Praxis Biotechnology: new rosacea cream that blocks a specific change that occurs in rosacea skin without affecting the rest of the body. (Albany).

FuzeHub is a nonprofit organization that assists small to medium manufacturing companies by matching them with technical and business resources. It is an Empire State Development-designated Manufacturing Extension Partnership, and works with innovation organizations to help ensure that New York State companies are competitive and receive world-class technical expertise.

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.  He was also the grand prizewinner in the 2017 New York State Business Plan Competition. He holds two degrees from Syracuse University, a master’s degree in information management from the School of Information Studies (2017) and a bachelor’s degree in economics from the Maxwell School (2015).

Aviv received early and continued support from the faculty in the iSchool’s minor in Information Technology, Design, and Startups, 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 and now serves as entrepreneur in residence at the Couri Hatchery in the Falcone Center, Whitman School of Management. His research and development offices are located at the Syracuse Center of Excellence, where he is creating two Syracuse CoE Fellows positions for students who are interested in exploring renewable technologies and energy systems.

Learn more about the FuzeHub competition at:  fuzehub.com/competition.

Impact Prize winners announced

Kennedy Patlan and Gisella von Dran

A panel of area civic leaders this week announced the winners of the first Impact Prize competition at Syracuse University. Winners were selected for the most innovative and implementable ideas to help solve civic, environmental, economic, or other public challenges, as part of a campus-wide social entrepreneurship challenge. Selected from a field of 36 teams, the finalists competed November 14 in front of a live audience as part of Global Entrepreneurship Week at Syracuse University.

Tied for first place and each receiving a $2,000 team prize were participants in the recent Invention Accelerator at Syracuse University, Invent@SU:

  • In-Spire: Kayla Simon and Elizabeth Tarangelo (Engineering & Computer Science), for a wearable Albuterol inhaler for asthma patients who suffer from asthma attacks while on-the-go;
  • Fibrefree: Serena Omo-Lamai and Charles Keppler (Engineering & Computer Science), for a laundry ball that traps microfibers, preventing them from entering aquifers and the atmosphere.

Second place, receiving a $1,000 team prize was:

  • Food for Community: Samantha Guillaume and Patrick Carleton (SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry), for a not-for-profit that transports unused food from local schools and takes it to local pantries.

Organized by the Blackstone LaunchPad at Bird Library, the $5,000 Impact Prize competition was 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 also served as a judge and presented the awards.

The Impact Prize competition was managed by Kennedy Patlan ’18, a triple major in advertising in the Newhouse School, citizenship and civic engagement in the Maxwell School and women’s and gender studies in the College of Arts and Sciences. As the first Blackstone LaunchPad Engagement Scholar, Patlan organized the competition, conducted outreach across campus, organized Impact Generator workshops, provided peer mentoring of the applicants, and supervised all event logistics.

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

Other finalists competing in the November 14 finals included:

  • Biomass Combustion Process: team leader William Lee Mendes McKnight (Arts and Sciences), for a high efficiency biomass combustion process to power village-scale generators;
  • Comfeet: team leader Francis Marinez (Engineering & Computer Science), for eco-friendly, size-adjustable shoes for toddlers;
  • Doorway Energy: team leader Teodoro DeLelllis (Engineering & Computer Science), for a solution to capture energy coming from commercial doorways through wind turbine technology;
  • GreenStrip: Jose Javier Garcia Rovira (Whitman) for a product that enhances the planting process in infertile soils around the world;
  • Greenwood Investment Network: Asile Patin (Arts and Sciences), for a nonprofit to create an evergreen fund for local minority business owners to access seed funding in a collective, sustainable way;
  • Modoscript: team leader David Zuleta (Arts and Sciences), for a Pill-Safe Digital Health System to address overdosing and underdosing;
  • Native Women’s E-Mag: Michelle Schenandoah (Newhouse), for an interactive E-magazine and brand to serve as a national platform for Native women;
  • Spolitic: team leader Abigail Hamilton (Whitman), for an app that connects politically passionate people to engagement opportunities to effectively organize our generation’s movements;
  • Starfruit: team leader Nathan Elequin (Education), 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: team leaderTyler Vartabedian (Engineering & Computer Science), for a highway-barrier mounted vertical axis wind turbine to provide clean energy.

Judges for the final round were:  Paul Brooks, LaunchNY Venture Development Organization; Eric Ennis, City of Syracuse Neighborhood and Business Development; Robert Herz, In-sourcing Community Incubator; Owen Kerney, City of Syracuse – Onondaga County Planning Agency; Joanne Lenweaver, WISE Women’s Business Center; Karen Livingston, NYS Small Business Development Center; and Caitlin Moriarty, The Tech Garden.

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

In the Biblio Gallery: Tong Zhang

An exhibit by Tong Zhang comprised of watercolor paintings is currently on display in the Biblio Gallery on the 4th floor of Bird Library. Zhang is an MFA candidate in the Painting program at the College of Visual and Performing Arts.

In describing the exhibition, Zhang says:

I am defined by moments. They are like mysterious energies flowing around me, which makes my ordinary life full of potential of being sublime, and opens a new way of looking that triggers a sense of curiosity and wonderment to real life. The daily world to me is saturated with effects. Sometimes it might be sufficient to isolate motifs in the everyday that are so basic that they capture basic emotions. I am curious what has happened and what I was missing at the moments, because I believe there is always a space to realize the emotional potential.

The exhibit will be on display through mid-February 2018.

For more information about exhibiting in the Biblio Gallery, contact Ann Skiold at saskiold@syr.edu or see the Biblio Gallery website.

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.