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RvD iPrize

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The Raymond von Dran (RvD) Fund for Student Entrepreneurship at the School of Information Studies is hosting a pitch competition for entrepreneurial students at Syracuse University.

The RvD Fund is named after former iSchool dean Raymond Von Dran. He served from 1995 to 2007, when he passed away. Ray was a long-time academic entrepreneur who started many innovative programs in higher education and supported student innovation and entrepreneurship. His wife, Gisela, ensured that her husband’s infectious spirit for innovation lived on through the creation of the RvD fund after his death.

$40,000 is available for Syracuse students via the RvD iPrize - awarded to top participants in the competition, held on March 23, 2018.

Competition Tracks

Student teams can submit an application for one of the following categories:

  • Information Technology / Software
  • Products
  • Services
  • Sustainable and Social Entrepreneurship

Teams are required to indicate which category they are applying for on the application and provide a one sentence explanation of why they feel they should compete in the category that they are applying in.

Events and Competition Preparation

The iSchool and the Blackstone LaunchPad at Syracuse University have organized two application workshops to help Syracuse students prepare for the competition. Workshops will be held in the LaunchPad space in Bird Library.

  • Thursday, March 1st at 5:15 PM
  • Monday, March 5th at 5:15 PM

Faculty Mentorship

iSchool faculty members in the Information Technology, Design, and Startups program and Blackstone Launchpad staff are available to work with and mentor Syracuse students participating in the competition.

Braden Croy, Program Manager at the Blackstone LaunchPad
Michael D'Eredita, Assistant Professor of Practice
John Liddy, Adjunct Professor, and Director, Syracuse Student Sandbox incubator
Marcene Sonneborn, Assistant Professor of Practice

Questions about the iPrize and Compete CNY can be addressed to Braden Croy.


Applications are due on March 9. 

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