Global Entrepreneurship Week at Syracuse University (GEW@SU) launches today, with more than two-dozen events featuring famous entrepreneurs, founders and funders, along with panel discussions, films, meetups and more.  Many events feature well-known alumni and aspiring Syracuse University student entrepreneurs from around the world. 

Coordinated by the Blackstone LaunchPad at Syracuse University, in collaboration with the School of Information Studies (iSchool) and other campus partners, GEW@SU is part of a 160-country festival that empowers entrepreneurs at all stages – from start-up to scale-up – and inspires innovators to take their first step.

Activities across campus this week will engage all parts of Syracuse’s entrepreneurship ecosystem – entrepreneurs, educators, researchers, resource providers, and more – to help faculty, staff and students explore and unleash their ideas, be self-starters and become innovators through start-up thinking.

The weeklong celebration is intended to inspire and educate nascent entrepreneurs about opportunities to advance their ideas and connect with campus and global leaders.  A complete description of events is available at:

All events are open to the community free of charge.  Participants are encouraged to use social media to share their ideas and experiences this week using the hashtags #GEW2016, #GEWSyracuse, and #LaunchPadSYR, or @GEW2016, @GEWSyracuse, and @LaunchPadSYR. 

Featured events include:

Monday, November 14

Grand opening Kick-off Keynote Presentation, Carl Schramm

Founder of GEW, former President of the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation, author, economist, and entrepreneur, University Professor at Syracuse University

“The History of Innovation”

12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.  PGSC, Bird Library

1:30 to 2 p.m., Reception, Blackstone LaunchPad

SXSW Student Startup Madness

Hands-on workshop for student ventures

2 p.m. to 3 p.m., Blackstone LaunchPad, Bird Library

U.S. SBA Business Assistance Workshop

Dan Rickman, U.S. Small Business Administration

3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m., Blackstone LaunchPad, Bird Library

Featured event:  Funders and Founders Speed Networking

With prominent investors and funders.  Pitch, find mentors and team members.

4:30 p.m. to 6 p.m., Whitman School of Management, Flaum Grand Hall

Sponsored by the Whitman School, EEE and the Falcone Center

An International Perspective on Entrepreneurship

Discussion panel with SU students from six regions of the world

6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., PGSC, Bird Library

Sponsored by Blackstone LaunchPad Global Fellows

Featured Entrepreneur: Ed Mitzen, Founder and CEO of Fingerpaint Marketing

Sponsored by the College of Arts and Sciences

7 p.m. to 8 p.m., Room 202, Hall of Languages


Workshop and Student Roundtable Discussion

“How to Get Engaged in Student Entrepreneurship” Led by VISION, a cross campus entrepreneurial network of innovative students

7 p.m. to 8 p.m., Blackstone LaunchPad, Bird Library


Entrepreneurship Club Meeting

Learn more about the E Club, a dynamic group that brings students, faculty and local businesses together to spread entrepreneurship

8 p.m. to 9 p.m., Whitman 004

Tuesday, November 15


Featured Entrepreneur:  Wiley Cerilli, Co-Founder and Co-CEO of Good Uncle

Sponsored by the Blackstone LaunchPad

11 a.m. to noon, PGSC, Bird Library

Noon reception, Blackstone LaunchPad

Moynihan Transitional NGO Initiative

Sponsored by the Maxwell School

Noon to 1 p.m., Eggers Hall, Room 341

The Maker Movement: Meet the Makers

John Mangicaro, Dr. Mark Povinelli, Michael Giannattasio and Brendan Rose

1 p.m. to 2 p.m., SU MakerSpace at Kimmel Computer Lab

Meetup and Focus Group

Patrick Ambron ’09, Founder and CEO of BrandYourself

Sponsored by VISION

3 p.m. to 4 p.m., Blackstone LaunchPad

From Idea to Market:  Perspectives from Student, Faculty and Industry Entrepreneurs

Sponsored by the Syracuse Center of Excellence for Environmental and Energy Systems

3:30 p.m. to 5 p.m., SyracuseCoE. 727 E Washington St

5 p.m. to 5:30 p.m., Reception, SyracuseCoE

Featured Entrepreneur:  Julien DeSmedt, Founder and Director, JDS Architects

Sponsored by the School of Architecture

5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m., Slocum Auditorium

Entrepreneur Movie Night:  Screening and Discussion of “Joy”

Sponsored by Blackstone LaunchPad venture, Savofair

7 p.m. to 9 p.m., Newhouse 3 – Screening Room 141 

Wednesday, November 16


Commercializing Your Invention:  The Path from Lab to Market

Presented by the New York State Science and Law Technology Center

With M. Jack Rudnick and students from Syracuse University’s Law School

9 a.m. to 10 a.m., Falcone Center for Entrepreneurship / Couri Hatchery, Whitman

Social Impact Investing and Civic Entrepreneurship

Peter Dunn, President and CEO of the Central New York Community Foundation; Dennis DeLeo, President and Director, Venture Jobs Foundation and Co-Founder of Trillium Group, LLC, a Rochester-based venture capital and private equity firm; Christine Woodcock Dettor, Bousquet Holstein PLLC and Director and Legal Advisor, Venture Jobs Foundation

10 a.m. to 11 a.m., Peter Graham Scholarly Commons, Bird Library

What Gen Z Wants.  What You Need to Know.

Featuring Kate Beckham, Founder, Fresh U, Coordinated by Sean Branagan, Center for Digital Media Entrepreneurship, Newhouse

2:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m., I-3 Center on the 4th floor of Newhouse 3

Crowdfunding Your Creative Venture

Samuel Harlan Krall, Performing & Creative Careers Advocate

4:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m., Setnor School of Music, Crouse College, Room 308

Featured Entrepreneur:  Chris Mumford, EVP and managing director, Martin Agency

Presented by Eric Mower Advertising Forum

6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., Newhouse 3, Joyce Hergenhan Auditorium

Student Ventures:  Both Sides of the Table

AJ Damiano, Founder of Power-Spike and James Ransom, Founder of Walnut Street Ventures and Senior Analyst, Orange Value Fund

7 p.m. to 8 p.m., Blackstone LaunchPad, Bird Library

Thursday, November 17


Featured Entrepreneur:  Rob Englert, Founder and CEO of RAM ID

Sponsored by VPA – School of Design

11 a.m. to noon, Peter Graham Scholarly Commons, Bird Library

Business Research Assistance:  Tips and Tools for Better Market and Industry Intelligence

With Syracuse University’s Business, Management and Entrepreneurship Librarian Stephanie McReynolds

2 p.m. to 3 p.m., Blackstone LaunchPad, Bird Library

Global Entrepreneurship Meetup

An opportunity for faculty, staff and student entrepreneurs to mix, mingle and learn about innovative ventures being developed across campus

3:30 p.m. to 5 p.m., iSchool ICE Box

Featured Entrepreneur:  Sean Keeley ‘00, SB Nation’s “Nuns Magician”

Presented by the iSchool’s Hindsight’s Alumni Speaker Series

5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m., Katzer Room, iSchool

Featured Entrepreneur:  Jacqueline Saturn, President, Harvest Records

Presented by the Bandier Program

6:30 to 7:30 p.m., Whitman 007

Friday, November 18

Blackstone LaunchPad Open House

Haven’t stopped in yet?  Come by and drop in!

10 a.m. to 1 p.m., Blackstone LaunchPad, Bird Library

Founder’s Forum

Working on something and need some insight from other founders?  Stop in!

1 p.m., Falcone Center for Entrepreneurship / Couri Hatchery, Whitman

GEW Wrap-up — Movie Screening and Discussion:  “Something Ventured”

How Companies Innovate

2 p.m. to 4 p.m., Blackstone LaunchPad, Bird Library


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