LaunchPad powered by Techstars at Syracuse University Libraries (LaunchPad) is
celebrating “The Republic of Innovation” Global Entrepreneurship Week November
11 – 15, 2019. Many of the week’s
activities are being sponsored by Todd B. Rubin ’04 (School of Architecture),
Minister of Evolution and President of The Republic of Tea, through the Rubin
Global Entrepreneurship Week (GEW) started in 2007 with 37
countries committing to support it; within a year it grew to over 77 countries
and 3 million people participating in 25,022 events. Now it is a collection of
thousands of events, activities and competitions around the world. At the
LaunchPad, over 112 countries have been represented since its inception. This
year’s competition at Syracuse is scheduled the week before “Global
Entrepreneurship Week” being held by GEW November 18-24 to better accommodate
the academic year schedule.
are open to the community free of charge. This year’s activities include:
- Monday, November 11, noon to 1 p.m.: Todd B. Rubin ’04 will kick-off the
week with a keynote address in the Peter Graham Scholarly Commons (Room 114) at
Bird Library. Light lunch refreshments and
tea will be served.
- Monday, November 11 and Tuesday,
November 12 from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m.: Impact Prize workshops in the LaunchPad on
“wicked global problems” that lend themselves to global solutions. The twenty-one Impact Prize final teams will
have the opportunity to work with mentors to explore the social impact of their
ventures and shape their solutions.
- Monday, November 11 from 5 p.m. to 6
p.m.: The Hult Power Hour, a workshop in the
LaunchPad on sustainability and global climate change, in advance of the campus
Hult Prize Competition for student impact entrepreneurship. This year’s theme is “Build a Smarter
Business for a Better Planet,” focusing on addressing climate change. Deadline to apply is Friday, November 15.
- Tuesday, November 12 from 4 p.m. to 8
p.m.: Global Design
Studio, a three-part event in the LaunchPad:
- 4 p.m. to 5 p.m.: Vipul Jain, partner
at Baaya Design and co-founder and president of Catalysts for Social Action,
and serial entrepreneur.
- 5 p.m. to 6 p.m.: Shibani Jain, founder
and CEO of Baaya Design, founder of India’s frst e-commerce platform for craft
products, and co-founder and trustee of Catalysts for Social Action.
- 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.: Women in Design
- Wednesday, November 13 from 2:30 p.m.
to 3:30 p.m.: Building an immersive entrepreneurial
experience with Julia Haber, Newhouse ’18, founder of WAYV.
- Wednesday, November 13 from 5 p.m. to 9
p.m.: Qualifier competition for Entrepreneurs’
Organization’s Global Student Entrepreneur Awards, the premier global
competition for student entrepreneurs who run a business. Two teams will represent Syracuse at the
competition — PAANI, the recent first place winner of the ‘Cuse Tank
competition at LaunchPad; and MedUX, a team that won last year’s Impact Prize
Competition and is comprised of Rubin Family Innovation Mentors.
- Thursday, November 14 at 8 a.m. to
Friday, November 15 at 8 p.m.:
the MLB Challenge by the School of Information Studies (iSchool) at Hines Hall
and Manley Field House.
- Thursday, November 14 from noon to 2
Village at the Tech Garden in downtown Syracuse, with a resource fair of
regional innovation ecosystem partners.
- Thursday, November 14 from 3 p.m. to 6
p.m.: Impact Prize
Pitch Competition, coordinated by the LaunchPad, to support student
entrepreneurs who are engaged in solving some of the world’s most pressing
problems through innovation. The competition will be held at Syracuse
University Libraries and is being funded through generous gifts from Dr. Gisela
M. von Dran and Todd Rubin.
- Thursday, November 14 at 7:30 p.m.: University Lecture Series at Hendricks
Chapel featuring “Young Alumni Entrepreneurs: Breaking the Rules, Blazing New
Paths, Not Waiting Their Turn” is being co-sponsored in part by Syracuse
University Libraries and the Blackstone LaunchPad powered by Techstars. The
event features alumni entrepreneurs who launched their businesses as
students: Moderator, Kelsey Davis ’19 G’20,
founder of CLLCVTE; Josh Aviv ’15 G’17, founder of SparkCharge; Julia Haber ’18,
founder of WAYV; Erin Miller ’16, founder of Out There Productions; and Danile
Folkman ’12, VP of Business Development, goPuff.
- Friday, November 15 from 9 a.m. to 3
p.m.: Popcycle fun
popup shop of global student entrepreneurs, makers and creatives in the
- Friday, November 15 from 1:30 p.m. to 3
p.m.: How to pitch
your idea to a global entrepreneurial world, by LaunchPad executive director
Linda Hartsock at the Maxwell Citizenship and Civic Engagement program.
- Friday, November 15 from 3:00 p.m. to
4:30 p.m.: Globalists
Live Musings in the LaunchPad, a panel by international students on How to Be a
Change Agent in a Global World.
About the Blackstone
LaunchPad powered by Techstars at Syracuse University Libraries:
LaunchPad powered by Techstars in Bird Library is Syracuse University’s
innovation hub, connecting the entire University’s resource-rich ecosystem with
a global network that provides support for aspiring entrepreneurs, inventors
and creators. The
program serves faculty, staff, students, and alumni across disciplines who are
interested in innovation, invention, entrepreneurship, venture creation, and
taking ideas from concept to commercialization. The program supports a key
pillar of Syracuse University’s Academic Strategic Plan to create an innovation
ecosystem across the institution that prepares participants to be trailblazers
in an entrepreneurial world.