On Oct. 26, 2019, Syracuse University alumni and friends gathered in New York City for the EEE Boot Camp at the Fisher Center. Approximately 20 alumni from several of Syracuse University’s schools and colleges came to learn about entrepreneurship from the Martin J. Whitman School of Management faculty members Todd Moss, chair of the entrepreneurship and emerging enterprises department, associate professor of entrepreneurship, and faculty director of the sustainable enterprise partnership; and John Torrens, professor of entrepreneurial practice and deputy department chair.
Torrens commented on the variety of individuals who participated to learn about entrepreneurship. “There was a wide range of professionals joining us. Some were young alumni interested in starting a business, and a few were near retirement looking to begin one,” he says. “A few of them did have companies and small ventures that they wanted to grow in scale. Some of the individuals were working 9 to 5 and there to think about and evaluate starting their own companies.”
The two professors walked participants through workshops and lectures, such as “How Do I Build Buzz?” presented by Moss and “Knowing Your Numbers” by Torrens. The presentations taught the budding entrepreneurs about marketing, research, economic models and business planning, while also offering plenty of time for questions, answers and idea sharing.
Guests were also able to take part in an entrepreneurship panel discussion hosted by Torrens featuring Daniel Fridliand ’18, entrepreneur and co-founder of the stress management app Awning and Olga Litvenenko, president and founder of Olga and Company.
“The goal of the event was to evaluate if entrepreneurship is a viable pathway for them to try,” says Torrens. “Another outcome was that some realized that they had more work to do first.”
Sean Ryan ’20 MBA says, “The EEE Boot Camp helped me to change my mindset from being too focused on my core idea and allowed me to take a step back and evaluate my concept with a new scope of important entrepreneurship questions.”
This event is a way for the Whitman School to give back and connect with the Syracuse University community by providing an informative experience that can have a meaningful impact on their business ventures.