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Without the incredible support of our donors, Syracuse University would not be where it is today. But a number of exciting initiatives still need your support. Learn more about them below, then make your gift—and help change lives for generations to come!

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The Orange Girl is an honored Syracuse University tradition dating back to the late 1940s. The featured baton twirler–part of the Syracuse University’s “Pride of the Orange” Marching Band (SUMB)–is part of every energizing performance, whether the band is playing on the Quad, in the Carrier Dome during a half-time show, or at any one of dozens of other events.

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The College of Visual and Performing Arts (VPA) has launched a $2.5 million campaign to help its Rose, Jules R., and Stanford S. Setnor School of Music become an All-Steinway School, one of only 160 such schools in the world. The elite designation means the Setnor School will exclusively use pianos designed or built by Steinway & Sons, the maker of the world’s finest pianos.

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For generations of students, Hendricks Chapel has been a place of refuge, sustaining the soul life of the University. Chapel programs reach across disciplines to encourage critical thinking about the religious, moral, and ethical issues of our time, creating soulful citizens prepared to grapple with the human complexity of modern decision-making. 

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For many students, going to college is a chance to explore academic interests, build social networks, and develop their sense of self. Nationwide, lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people are disproportionately denied these opportunities. Syracuse University is committed to bucking this trend. (more…)

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CitrusTV—the successor to Synapse, UUTV, and HillTV—and WJPZ Z89 Radio are operated and managed exclusively by SU students. For them, it’s more than just extracurricular fun, it’s their ticket to a future in one of the most competitive industries in the world. Z89 and CitrusTV alumni have been hired immediately after graduation by stations and networks coast to coast. (more…)

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Starting this fall, SU students will be able to take a course in giving back. Led by the Maxwell School’s Department of Public Affairs, PAF 410: Philanthropy and You will be taught in conjunction with the Central New York Community Foundation, and will enable students to learn the ethics and values of charitable giving in their own lives and in their community. (more…)

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In June 2011, SU and JPMorgan Chase & Co. announced the creation of the Institute for Veterans and Military Families (IVMF). The first of its kind in the United States, the institute will serve all 25 million U.S. veterans, focusing on the social, economic, education, and policy issues affecting them and their families post-service. (more…)

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Say Yes to Education is a landmark collaboration–one that brings Syracuse University together with dozens of governmental, philanthropic and corporate organizations to ensure that all Syracuse public school students can afford, and succeed in, college. (more…)

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Syracuse University is a global leader in inclusion, advocating for and welcoming all qualified students, faculty, and staff. The Inclusive Campus Initiative for people with disabilities involves all aspects of SU’s operations, every school and college, and 10 campuses across four continents. (more…)

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For more than 100 years, Syracuse University College of Law has had a proud tradition of ensuring that students have the resources needed to fund their education. Today, 90 percent of Syracuse Law students receive scholarship or financial aid. To meet this challenge, the College has launched the Syracuse Law Scholarship Initiative. (more…)

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Helping Student Entrepreneurs Bring Business Ideas to Life

For aspiring entrepreneurs, the college years are the perfect time to start a business. If the venture is successful, the market potential is limitless. If it fails, the lessons learned are incredibly valuable, and help make a future venture a success. (more…)

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The number of SU students who require additional aid to stay in school has increased dramatically in today’s uncertain economic times. In response to this need, a new scholarship fund has been created to provide a safety net for undergraduate students with unexpected financial hardship. (more…)

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Syracuse University is committed to helping students from all walks of life have the most successful college experience possible. But we can’t do it alone. Parents and other family members play a critical role in helping students cope with the social and academic challenges of college life.

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Student Start-up Accelerator

Helping Student Entrepreneurs Bring Business Ideas to Life

For aspiring entrepreneurs, the college years are the perfect time to start a business. If the venture is successful, the market potential is limitless. If it fails, the lessons learned are incredibly valuable, and help make a future venture a success.

Skill Addiction co-founder Taylor Louie ’10The Student Start-up Accelerator is an interdisciplinary program that brings together students and faculty from the Whitman School of Management, the School of Information Studies (iSchool), and the College of Visual and Performing Arts. It provides student entrepreneurs from across campus with all of the tools they need to develop business ideas and turn them into reality.

  • Academic Courses
    The first stage of the Accelerator program is a series of two one-semester courses. “What’s the Big Idea?” focuses on selecting a problem that can be solved through a new product or service, developing a solution, and identifying potential markets. In “Idea2Startup,” ideas with the most potential are selected for intensive business development. Students develop prototype business plans, conduct competitive analyses, create financial models, and come up with strategies to get the ideas to market.

 

  • The Student Sandbox
    Students with the most viable business models are invited to join the Student Sandbox–a special incubator hosted by the Syracuse Technology Garden–which has been approved as an academic course. Student companies are provided with office and product development space, mentorship by an Entrepreneur in Residence—a professional entrepreneur who helps the students navigate the risky waters of new ventures—and access to free or discounted support from IT specialists, accountants, lawyers, marketing and public relations professionals, and financial advisors.

 

  • Monetary Awards
    An important aspect of the Accelerator is financial support. Monetary awards from the Raymond von Dran Innovative and Disruptive Entrepreneurship Accelerator (IDEA) Fund provide funding for earlyseed-stage needs, including technology testing, business planning activities, market analysis, and proof-of-concept development, as well as summer stipends that enable the entrepreneurs to devote their downtime to building their businesses.

 

  • Spring Break in Silicon Valley
    A week-long immersion in California’s Silicon Valley provides students with the opportunity to observe and participate in a mature entrepreneurial ecosystem. Students visit major companies, incubators, and venture capital firms, as well as a student start-up program at Stanford University.

 

  • Inspiration and Advice
    Throughout the Accelerator program, alumni and other entrepreneurs serve as voices of experience, offering technical expertise, inspiration, mentorship, and advice. Students connect with these “experts” through classroom lectures as well as informal interactions.

Jerrell Perry ’10, chief project manager of student start-up JamLynxImmersed in gamer culture, Taylor Louie ’10 (pictured above) and Ray Williams ’10 poured their understanding of the optimal gaming experience into the creation of the gaming site Skill Addiction. Jerrell Perry ’10 (right), chief project manager of student start-up JamLynx, demonstrates a revolutionary online platform that allows musicians to connect, collaborate, and compete with other musicians.

 

How You Can Help: Connect, Energize, Ignite

Syracuse University alumni and friends have important roles to play in the Student Start-up Accelerator, whether providing personal involvement or financial support. Here are some of the ways you can help create the next generation of successful entrepreneurs:

  • Volunteer mentors make a significant difference in the success of a student venture. Budding entrepreneurs need help understanding the markets they’re in, legal requirements, marketing, sales, and the best ways to approach potential investors. Just having someone to discuss their business with and bounce ideas off of is a huge help.
  • The participation of alumni is an important aspect of the Accelerator’s academic courses. By bringing a wealth of expertise and experience into the classroom, alumni can energize and inspire students to pursue their dreams in a way that gives them every chance for success.
  • To continue funding promising student ventures, we need the financial support of SU alumni and friends. Gifts can be directed to the Raymond von Dran IDEA Fund to support student ventures in general or those from a specific school or college.

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Entrepreneurism is a vital force in today’s global economy. By supporting the Student Start-up Accelerator, you can help students who have vision and drive—and need only the right environment and tools to make their ideas a reality.

For more information about the Accelerator and how you can be a part of it, contact Karen Spear at 315.443.2410 or ksspear@syr.edu.