‘Cuse Tank kicks off 2018 Family Weekend with student innovation competition at Bird Library

Oct. 21, 2018, 8 p.m.

Cuse Tank

The “Elite Eight” finalists for the first ever ‘Cuse Tank will vie in a Shark Tank style prize competition on Friday, October 26 from 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. in the Peter Graham Scholarly Commons, Bird Library.  The event is co-sponsored by the Blackstone LaunchPad and Syracuse University Libraries, and all are invited to watch the pitches and show support for the teams.

A distinguished panel of judges who are SU parents and successful entrepreneurs from a wide variety of industry sectors voted on “Sweet Sixteen” semi-finalists from scores of applications, narrowing the field down to the “Elite Eight” who will pitch for $10,000 in prizes this Friday.

The event is the kick-off to SU Family Weekend, and an opportunity for families who are visiting from around the country, and around the world, to experience the entrepreneurial spirit of SU innovators.

In Family Weekend spirit, two brothers are competing in ‘Cuse Tank.  Will McKnight, founder of Farm to Flame, will face off against Phil McKnight, co-founder of Promptous in the finals.

“The library is delighted to showcase innovative student ideas from across campus,” said David Seaman, Dean of Libraries and University Librarian, “and to bring to bear the services of the Blackstone LaunchPad to help these designers and inventors develop their services and products.  We are particularly grateful to SU parents for their willingness to participate in this exciting event!”

The contestants come from across campus, including the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications, the David B. Falk College of Sport & Human Dynamics, the College of Arts & Sciences, the College of Engineering & Computer Science, the College of Visual & Performing Arts, the Martin J. Whitman School of Management, and the School of Information Studies.  In alphabetical order, they are:

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