Winners of 2023 Raymond von Dran iPrize and Spirit of Entrepreneurship Award Announced

March 28, 2023, 5 p.m.

three people standing with the one in middle holding oversize check for $2000 to Fundwurx
Scott Warren, Syracuse University Libraries (left) and Bruce Kingma, School of Information Studies (right) present check to Ben Ford ’23 (Martin J. Whitman School of Management), founder of Fundwurx

Winners of the School of Information Studies’ (iSchool) Raymond von Dran (RvD) Fund for Student Entrepreneurship competition, the Hunter Brooks Watson Spirit of Entrepreneurship Award, and the Compete CNY regional qualifier for the New York Business Plan Competition (NYBPC) were announced at the student entrepreneurship competition held on March 24, 2023 at Bird Library. The concurrent competitions were coordinated by the Blackstone LaunchPad at Syracuse University Libraries (LaunchPad).

The following nine student startup teams each won $2,000 in RvD funding:

2023 Hunter Brooks Watson Spirit of Entrepreneurship Award is given to four students who best exemplify “The Spirit of Entrepreneurship.” Prizes honor the memory of Hunter Brooks Watson, an SU student who died tragically in a distracted driving accident. Winners of $2,500 each are:

About the Blackstone LaunchPad at Syracuse University Libraries:

The Blackstone LaunchPad at Syracuse University Libraries is the University’s innovation hub, connecting the entire campus resource-rich ecosystem with a global network that provides support for aspiring entrepreneurs, inventors, and creators. The program serves faculty, staff, students, and alumni across disciplines who are interested in innovation, invention, entrepreneurship, venture creation, careers, entrepreneurial skills, diversity, equity, inclusion, and taking ideas from concept to commercialization. The program supports a key pillar of Syracuse University’s Academic Strategic Plan to create an innovation ecosystem across the institution that prepares participants to be trailblazers in an entrepreneurial world.

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