By: Diane Stirling
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The application process for the 2012 Summer Syracuse Student Sandbox program now is open.

Sandbox Director John Liddy has announced the following application deadlines and program schedule:

•    Applications are being accepted through 8:00 p.m. on Wednesday, April 4.
•    An early acceptance period ends at the close of business on Tuesday, March 27.
•    Names of groups accepted for early admission will be announced on Friday, March 30.

The program begins on May 30, and the course follows a 12-week process. It takes teams through three phases: business; product development; and finances.  According to Liddy, every team is provided up to five mentors to assist in their startup’s acceleration. Each team is provided physical space in the Student Sandbox at the Tech Garden, downtown Syracuse. The program culminates on August 15 with a “Demo Day” exhibition.

Additional program details are included on the Student Sandbox Website: To apply, go the “apply now” tab at  then set up an account in the application management site.  Anyone with questions is welcome to contact Liddy at:

The Student Sandbox is a School of Information Studies (iSchool) supported initiative to accelerate start-up products and businesses. It was developed by iSchool Assistant Professor Mike D’Eredita and is led by Syracuse University Entrepreneur-in-Residence and Sandbox coach Liddy. The Sandbox involves sequential coursework in fall and spring semesters, followed by the Student Sandbox experience over the summer. It also provides incubation support in the form of mentors, professional legal, financial, and marketing services.