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Syracuse University Libraries Sponsors Impact Prize
Blackstone LaunchPad powered by Techstars at Syracuse University Libraries (LaunchPad) is accepting applications now through Nov. 1 for the Impact Prize, a competition for social entrepreneurship. The Impact Prize is open to Syracuse University and State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry students taking entrepreneurship classes at the University and working on ventures that create a social impact.
Campus faculty and staff with expertise in civic engagement or social entrepreneurship will select teams to pitch their venture at a pitch competition event on Nov. 14 from 3 to 6 p.m. at Bird Library.
The Impact Prize of $10,000 will be awarded at this pitch competition, culminating “The Republic of Innovation” events being held throughout Global Entrepreneurship Week, Nov. 8 to 15. The prize is supported through generous gifts to Syracuse University Libraries from Gisela M. vonDran, director emerita of the School of Information Science’s MSLIS program, and Todd B. Rubin ’04, minister of evolution and president of The Republic of Tea.
The Impact Prize is a gateway to the iPrize competition and other global competitions, such as the Hult Prize. The competition is being managed by Emma Rothman ’21, Hunter Brooks Watson Scholar at the LaunchPad.
The Blackstone 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.