Applications Open for 2022 ACC InVenture Prize Competition

Jan. 20, 2022, 11 a.m.

Syracuse University Libraries’ Blackstone LaunchPad team who competed in ACC InVenture Prize Competition. Quinn King (VPA, ‘20) and Alec Gillinder (VPA, ‘20) College of Visual and Performing Arts, School of Design students
Quinn King ’20 and Alec Gillinder ‘20, VPA School of Design alumni and co-founders of MedUX. The team won the 2019 campus qualifier competition and the $10,000 second place award in the ACC finals.

Blackstone LaunchPad at SU Libraries (LaunchPad) is currently accepting applications through February 1 for the 2022 Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) InVenture Prize. The ACC InVenture Prize is a televised student start-up pitch competition open to teams from the 15 colleges and universities in the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) Academic Consortium. The ACC InVenture finals feature a $30,000 prize package and is open to undergraduate students or students who have received their undergraduate degree within the past year and who are the original creators, inventors, or owners of the intellectual property underlying their invention. It will be held at Florida State University on April 1 and 2.

Syracuse University student startup teams can submit an online application of a venture idea to participate in the SU campus qualifier, which will be held in Bird Library on February 11 from 2 to 5 p.m. Up to ten teams will be selected to participate in the SU campus qualifier. The winner will receive a cash prize and move on to participate in the PBS-televised event in Florida in April. Campus qualifier finalists will also be invited to apply for LaunchPad Innovation Fund grants available through a gift to SU Libraries.

Past Syracuse contestants who participated in the final five live PBS-broadcast included: Kate Beckman ’17 G’18 (Newhouse) founder of FreshU; Kayla Simon ’19 (Engineering and Computer Science) and Elizabeth Tarangelo ’19 (Engineering and Computer Science), co-founders of In-Spire; Alec Gillinder ’20 (VPA School of Design) and Quinn King ’20 (VPA School of Design), co-founders of MedUX; and Russell Fearon ’20 G’21 (Engineering and Computer Science) and Ricardo Sanchez ’21 (VPA School of Design), co-founders of SugEx.

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