LaunchPad Announces 2021 ’Cuse Tank Winners

Oct. 12, 2021, midnight

Selim Dangoor
Selim Dangoor

Syracuse University Libraries’ Blackstone LaunchPad (LaunchPad) hosted  its annual ’Cuse Tank entrepreneurial competition on Friday, October 8 at Bird Library. Twenty-four student teams from various schools and colleges across campus competed in a “Shark-Tank” style business pitch in front of a panel of judges consisting of Syracuse University parents and successful entrepreneurs. Families were invited to attend this event as part of Family Weekend to experience the entrepreneurial spirit of University innovators. This year’s winning teams were:

“After more than a year of virtual competitions, the energy and creativity that the student teams brought to ’CuseTank this year was so welcome,” said David Seaman, Dean of Syracuse University Libraries and University Librarian. “Parents and guests were equally excited to witness first-hand the creativity, business acumen and professionalism of the student teams. We started the day with $22,500 for the judges to award as they saw fit, raised from generous SU Libraries supporters; however, the judges were so impressed with our student entrepreneurs that they added an additional $10,000 to the prize money during their deliberations!  We are so grateful for their investment in our students.”

Other venture teams, led by idea champions, who presented during the competition included:

This year’s judges included the following Syracuse University parents and alumni:

Dean David Seaman announcing ‘Cuse Tank prize winners, including Wild Card winner Julia Gomez, founder of Shop All Yours

Dean David Seaman announcing ‘Cuse Tank prize winners, including Wild Card winner Julia Gomez, founder of Shop All Yours

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