Blackstone LaunchPad - Techstars StartUp Weekend, Syracuse University

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Blackstone LaunchPad and Whitman School of Management

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The hardest part of starting up is starting out.

SU's Blackstone LaunchPad powered by Techstars can help with that. We are collaborating with Techstars on a Blackstone LaunchPad Startup Weekend in partnership with Google for Startups on September 20-21 at Syracuse University.

This first-ever, fast-paced, food-fueled event is open to all Syracuse student entrepreneurs. It is an opportunity to learn more about innovation and entrepreneurship, test some ideas, meet new people, and engage with an amazing campus and global network that provides support for aspiring entrepreneurs.

Whether you want to take the first steps towards learning how to launch a startup, or would just love to be part of an amazing experiential learning experience, you are invited to network, compete for $1,000 in cash prizes provided by our event co-sponsor, the Martin J. Whitman School of Management, and meet other prize-winning SU student entrepreneurs who have founded successful student startups.

In two action-packed days, participants will experience the highs, lows, and thrilling roller-coaster ride that is the life of a startup. Friday evening you’ll network over delicious food, kick around ideas, and form teams. Throughout the day on Saturday, you’ll work in teams to create a solution, and meet with great mentors who are ready to give you the ultimate entrepreneurial experience. Saturday evening, teams will pitch to student entrepreneur judges who will award $1,000 in cash prizes for the best ideas.

Blackstone LaunchPad Startup Weekend is geared towards students who want to gain entrepreneurial experience, even if they have little to no previous background in starting a company.

This event is open to all Syracuse University students.

Friday, September 20, 2019

Martin J. Whitman School of Management, University Avenue

4 p.m. to 4:30 p.m., Registration and networking, Flaum Grand Hall (lobby atrium)

4:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Refreshments and Startup Village, Flaum Grand Hall

5:45 p.m., Welcome, Auditorium, Room 007

6:15 p.m., Rockstar launch, Auditorium, Room 007

6:45 p.m., Pitches start, Auditorium, Room 007

7:45 p.m. Vote for best ideas and team formation, Auditorium, Room 007

Saturday, September 21, 2019

Blackstone LaunchPad powered by Techstars and workspaces at Bird Library, Waverly Avenue

10 a.m., Light breakfast and check in, LaunchPad, Room 120

10:30 a.m. Morning momentum, Peter Graham Scholarly Commons, Room 114

11 a.m., Teamwork makes the dream work, workspaces, Bird Library

1 p.m., Lunch, LaunchPad

2 p.m., Mentor magic, workspaces, Bird Library

3:45 p.m., Challenger, Peter Graham Scholarly Commons

4:20 p.m., Team mania, workspaces, Bird Library

6 p.m., Dinner, LaunchPad

7 p.m., Mentor check-in, workspaces, Bird Library

7:30 p.m., Pitch practice, Peter Graham Scholarly Commons

8:00 p.m., Compete, Peter Graham Scholarly Commons

9:00 p.m., Judges deliberate, secret location, Bird Library

9:30 p.m., Closing ceremony, Peter Graham Scholarly Commons

Featured speaker: Jackie Ros, Techstars Regional Director of the Americas

Jackie Ros will kick off the event with inspiration. She is the dynamic Techstars Regional Director of the Americas, from Alaska all the way down to Tierra del Fuego, including Brazil. Ros has seen the world of entrepreneurship close up. She was born in Miami, and has lived in Mexico City, Boulder, and Switzerland. An alum of the Techstars accelerator program where she led her company, Revolar, as CEO, she raised over $5 million from investors such as Foundry Group. Now based in NYC, she is well known entrepreneur, mentor and author. Revolar is the personal safety device industry leader, providing user status updates based on GPS location via both text and email.

Rockstar MC:

AJ Damiano, LaunchPad and Techstars alumnus, founder of PowerSpike, will event MC, and infuse it with energy, motivation, momentum and wit. AJ is a 2018 SU grad, and has raised about $1.3 million from investors such as The Sixers Innovation Lab Crafted by Kimball, Techstars Atlanta – in partnership with Cox Enterprises, Dorm Room Fund, and other outside investors. PowerSpike utilizes innovative marketplace and AI technology to help livestreaming influencers find and develop relationships with potential sponsors and allow brands to sponsor streamers to accelerate business growth with live streaming influencer marketing. The platform allows streamers to apply to sponsorships from their favorite brands and provides them with a secure method of receiving payment for their work. For brands and marketers, the platform serves as a tool they can use to discover and hire new influencers and save time when communicating and managing existing talent.

Want to know more?

Read the news story about the event, which includes more details, FAQ's and info about the sponsors.

If you still have questions, e-mail us, or drop in the LaunchPad, first floor of Bird Library!

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Blackstone LaunchPad and Whitman School of Management

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