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Celebrate Global Entrepreneurship Week Nov. 13-17
Global Entrepreneurship Week (GEW) launches Monday, Nov. 13, with Syracuse University and community networking events, workshops, lectures and competitions. The celebration, from Nov. 13-17, 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.
Monday, Nov. 13—Kick-off day
Noon-1 p.m., Bird Library, Peter Graham Scholarly Commons
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-1 p.m. The Tech Garden, 235 Harrison St., 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.
5-7 p.m., Flaum Hall, Whitman School of Management
Funder-Founder Forum speed networking event for top student ventures and potential funders
Sponsored by the Whitman School’s entrepreneurship and emerging enterprises program 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- 8 p.m., Café Kubal, University Avenue
E-Club Coffee Happy Hour
8-9:30 p.m., Whitman Room 007
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 to 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, Nov. 14—Social Entrepreneurship Day
8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. each day, first floor lobby, Nancy Cantor Warehouse, 350 W. Fayette St.
Through the process of design thinking, communications design majors in the College of Visual and Performing Arts’ 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
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.”
3-4:30 p.m., Check in at Blackstone LaunchPad, Bird Library, Syracuse University
Impact Prize Competition
Finalists pitch from 3-4 p.m. for the inaugural Impact Prize, a student social entrepreneurship competition to 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 Gisela von Dran, awards ceremony and reception at 4:30 p.m. in Room 114 Bird Library.
6:30-8 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. Preregistration was required through Career Services.
8-9 p.m., The IceBox, School of Information Studies (iSchool)
Explore blockchain technology, which 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, Nov. 15—Women in Entrepreneurship Day
All Day: WISE WBC, The Tech Garden, 235 Harrison St.
WISE Women’s networking, coaching and special events
10-11 a.m., Blackstone LaunchPad, Bird Library
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.
1-2 p.m., Blackstone LaunchPad, Bird Library
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.
3-4:30 p.m., CNY Biotechnology Accelerator, 841 E. Fayette St.
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.
3:30-5 p.m., SyracuseCoE, 727 E. Washington St.
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 e nergy 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
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: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thursday, Nov. 16—Founder’s Day
Noon-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).
3-4 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 gives students a voice to start conversations about global issues and express their perspectives on various subjects.
4-5:30 p.m., The Tech Garden, 235 Harrison St.
Entrepreneur Throwdown at the TechGarden
Join community entrepreneurs for a fun-filled Pitch Throwdown, ’Cuse Style. Lighthearted 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, Nov. 17—Tech Commercialization Day
8 a.m.-5 p.m., Sheraton Syracuse University Hotel & Conference Center
NEXT 2017 Conference
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.
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.