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Friday, April 9, 2010

John on the Quad

Syracuse University’s first Entrepreneur in Residence, John Liddy, was "John on the Quad" this week, handing out checks for great ideas pitched by student entrepreneurs.  The catch:  The checks are redeemable at Emerging Talk, a regional entrepreneurial network for student start-ups and the donors who support them.  Emerging Talk will award $100,000 in monetary and non-monetary prizes on April 28 to registered, attending students.  Awards range from free legal advice to thousands of dollars in seed funding to Apple iPads.

Emerging Talk is being held on April 28 from 6-8 p.m. at the Syracuse Technology Garden. It’s free and open to anyone interested in attending.

John on the Quad is still ready to hear ideas.  To register for Emerging Talk, visit

Several entrepreneurial resources are available to SU students:
  • The Accelerator has three main components, all aligned to maximize the success of student start-ups: courses, iVenture and the Student Sandbox at the Syracuse Technology Garden. The courses are designed to 1) assemble innovative students across the SU campus, 2) organize teams around viable student business ideas and 3) coach students toward a business launch.
  • iVenture is a student-run organization focused on finding and matching student talent across the SU campus. Students who need help creating the appropriate team for their start-up can find the necessary skill sets at
  • The Syracuse Student Sandbox is an incubator for student-run businesses. It provides an experiential environment with access to professional resources, investors, business mentoring, legal advice, and technical and subject matter support.
  • The Orange Tree Fund provides seed funding to facilitate student ventures at SU. Funding is awarded to student companies to cover start-up expenses.