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LaunchPad Student Teams Sweep Award Competitions, Winning Nearly $80,000 in Fall 2019

LaunchPad Student Teams Sweep Award Competitions, Winning Nearly $80,000 in Fall 2019

Numerous student startup teams from the Blackstone LaunchPad powered by Techstars in Bird Library (LaunchPad) have won business competitions and prizes totaling $79,500 this past fall 2019. The LaunchPad is Syracuse University’s innovation hub, connecting the entire University’s resource-rich ecosystem with a global net­work that provides support for aspiring innovators, entrepreneurs, inventors, and creators. “The LaunchPad remains a library service supporting all aspects of entrepreneurship, innovation, and invention, but it has also evolved into a community of innovators who have found their campus home in the SU Libraries,” said David Seaman, Dean of Libraries, University Librarian, and interim Dean of the School of Information Studies (iSchool).  “It has been a delight to watch teams of students learn a range of skills as they develop business ideas and support each other in their endeavors, even when they are competing.”

A recap of the fall 2019 competitions and top winners included:

Techstars LaunchPad Startup Weekend (sponsored by the LaunchPad and SU Libraries in September):

-Qingkun Zhu G’20 (iSchool) and Gokul Beed ’21 (VPA) from HAUS won 1st place ($750) for their Internet of Things smart humidifier de­vice; 

-Justin Diaz ’23 (Engineering and Computer Science) from EcoBamboo Living won 2nd place ($250) for their energy-efficient, sustainable bamboo buildings.

’Cuse Tank (sponsored by the LaunchPad and SU Libraries in October): 

-Brianna Howard ’20 (Falk College) and Nikita Chatterjee ’20 (Arts & Sciences) from PAANI won 1st place ($7,000), for their clean water filtration system; 

-Justin Diaz ’23 (Engineering and Computer Science) from EcoBamboo Living won 2nd place ($3,000) for their energy-efficient, sustainable bamboo buildings;

-Patrick Prioletti ’21 (iSchool) of Thinc-Hub, a platform to connect startup ventures with innovations ecosystems, and Clinton Garrahan ’21 (Engineering and Computer Science)  and Davis Mutware (Engineering and Computer Science – Science and Technology Entrance Program STEP) from FreeSwing Power Source, a portable device to produce electricity, each won $500 in a wild card round.

Orange Tank (sponsored by Whitman School of Manage­ment in November): 

-Kelsey Davis ’19 (Newhouse) G’20 (Whitman) and Brendan O’Keeffe ’21 (iSchool) from CLLCTVE won the grand prize ($25,000) for their digital platform connect­ing college creatives and brands; 

-Other top cash prizes went to Matt Shumer ’22 (Whitman) from Visos, 1stplace ($4,000) for their enterprise virtual reality system; 

-Nicholas Barba ’20 (Whitman) and David Fox ’22 (College of Law) from Modern Systems won 2ndplace ($2,500) for their smart home network.  

-Top alumni cash prizes went to LaunchPad alumni Jose Javier Garcia Rovira ’19 (Whitman) and Quentin Rosso ’18 (Whitman), who won 1stprize ($4,000) for Gamercraft, their performance training ecosystem for collegiate and professional eSports; 

-Alumni Daniel Fridliand ’18 (Whitman) and Dylan Sen from Awning won 2ndplace ($2,500) for their app that uses biometric data to administer stress relief through the form of guided meditation and breathing exercises. 

Regional Qualifier for Entrepreneurs’ Organization’s Global Student Entrepreneur Awards (held in Buffalo, NY in November): 

-Quinn King ’20 (VPA) from MedUX won 1stplace ($7,500) with their innovative medical products through user-centered design. Quinn King will be advancing to the national competition for Global Student Entrepreneur Awards in the Silicon Valley February 10-12, 2020.

-Nikita Chatterjee ’20 (Arts & Sciences) from PAANI won 2ndplace ($2,000) for their clean water filtration systems. 

Impact Prize Pitch Competition (sponsored by Syracuse University Libraries in November): 

-Brianna Howard ’20 (Falk College) and Nikita Chatterjee ’20 (Arts & Sciences), co-founders of PAANI, won 1st place ($5,000) for their clean water filtration system; 

-Caleb Obiagwu ’20 (Engineering and Computer Science) and Zachariah Reid ’21 (Engineering and Computer Science) from AttendPro, a device that improves maintenance work-flow, won 2ndplace ($2,500); 

-Daniel Green ’21 (Information Studies) from DreamConnect,a platform that optimizes the college experience for underrepresented students of color by facilitating culture, collaboration, and connectivity for student organizations across campuses; and Clinton Garrahan ’21 (Engineering and Computer Science)   and Davis Mutware (Engineering and Computer Science – Science and Technology Entrance Program STEP) from FreeSwing Power Source, a portable device to produce electricity, tied for 3rdplace, each winning $1,250.

Hult Prize (sponsored by the LaunchPad and Syracuse University Libraries in November):  

-Justin Diaz ’23 (Engineering and Computer Science) from EcoBamboo Living won 1st place and a trip to the global regionals for their energy-efficient, sustainable bamboo buildings; 

-Clinton Garrahan ’21 (Engineering and Computer Science) and Davis Mutware (Engineering and Computer Science – Science and Technology Entrance Program STEP) from FreeSwing Power Source won 2ndplace and an alternate trip to the global regionals for their portable device to produce electricity.

Blackstone LaunchPad Techstars PROPEL (global competition held in New York City in November): 

-Kelsey Davis ’19 (Newhouse) G’20 (Whitman) and Brendan O’Keeffe ’21 (iSchool) from CLLCTVE won 2ndplace ($10,000) for their digital platform connect­ing college creatives and brands.

Cristina Hatem