Katy Arons Wins 2024 ACC InVenture Campus Qualifier, Advances to National Competition

Feb. 12, 2024, 2 p.m.

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Katy Arons ’24 (School of Information Studies), founder of Continual Consent LLC, holding oversize boarding pass for flight to ACC InVenture competition in Florida. Photo by Renee Giselle Kurie ’25 (S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications).

Katy Arons ’24 (School of Information Studies), founder of Continual Consent LLC, won first place at the Syracuse University 2024 campus qualifier competition for the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) InVenture Prize on February 1 held at Syracuse University Libraries’ Blackstone LaunchPad. She and her team will now advance to the national competition being held March 26-27 at Florida State University and televised on PBS.

Continual Consent is a health and safety mobile application designed to revolutionize conversations about consent and intimacy. As the winner of the Syracuse University competition, Arons will receive an expense paid trip to compete in the ACC InVenture Prize finals from March 26-28 in Tallahassee, FL. The televised finals feature one team from each of the 15 colleges and universities in the ACC Academic Consortium who compete for $30,000 in prizes.

ACC InVenture campus qualifier runners up included Justin Diaz ’24 (Martin J. Whitman School of Management), founder of EcoBamboo; and Brendan Murty ’24, Ryan Mussaw ’24 and Ian Storrs ’24 (College of Engineering and Computer Science), founders of Concurrent.

The Syracuse University ACC InVenture Prize is supported by the Provost’s Office and is hosted by Syracuse University Libraries and the Blackstone LaunchPad.

About Syracuse University Libraries’ Blackstone LaunchPad

The Blackstone LaunchPad is Syracuse University’s innovation hub, connecting the campus resource-rich ecosystem with a global network that provides support for aspiring entrepreneurs, inventors and creators. The program serves faculty, staff, students and recent alumni across all disciplines who are interested in entrepreneurship, venture creation and innovation careers. The program supports a key pillar of Syracuse University’s academic strategic plan to give students experiential opportunities that help prepare them to be trailblazers in an entrepreneurial world.

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