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Chobani Founder Spreads Wealth to Employees

Successful startup founders are the key to building a sustainable ecosystem in Upstate New York. A great example is the recent new of Chobani founder Hamdi Ulukaya paying it forward by offering 2,000 of his employees shares of the yogurt company. By passing along this wealth, some employees could become millionaires when Chobani is sold or goes public. This creates opportunities for the employees to...

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Get a job after graduation or create your own? That’s the decision students at Syracuse University are exploring as part of a new campus entrepreneurship program, Blackstone LaunchPadLast week SU hosted a LaunchPad grand opening celebration featuring student demonstrations, along with the presentation of $60,000 in CompeteCNY awards to winning SU student ventures in the regional qualifier of...

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StartFast Code Fills Need for Coding Resources in Syracuse

The growth of our development community is essential to the success of our entrepreneurial ecosystem. There is a real need for more coding resources in Syracuse. Individuals need education and mentorship opportunities, while employers need help finding talent. The founders of local venture accelerator, StartFast, have a solution to this problem. They aim to create a sustainable bootcamp called StartFast Code, specifically tailored for the...

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Women in Tech Meetup Group Launches in Upstate NY

The days when technology was a field reserved for men are definitely gone. As the need for diversity in this industry has been growing through the last decades, promising in-field initiatives gradually make it possible for women to access the resources and the support they need to succeed in Tech. The new Meetup Group Women in Tech launched a few weeks ago by Elisa Miller-Out...

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Maidbot, Cornell Student Startup, Wins SXSW's Student Startup Madness

The day when humans never again have to vacuum came another step closer to reality last week as Maidbot, the Cornell University student startup that’s on a mission to transform hotel housekeeping with robots, took first place in Student Startup Madness, a national tournament-style competition for new digital media businesses....

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Hudson Valley Startup Fund Ready to Invest

Some of the coolest and most experienced angel investors have joined forces to launch a new angel investment fund in the Hudson Valley. In a recent roadtrip to New Paltz, I met up with several of these outstanding angel investors, who are ready to support local, scalable startups with capital, mentorship and valuable network resources....

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Startup Weekend 2016: One Common Thought

Startup Weekend 2016: One Common Thought

Here’s a great business idea: a “drink-of-the-month” club. Customers subscribe online and each month you send them all the ingredients they need to make a great cocktail or mixed drink. A Caipirinha, for example. Or a Julieta. Or a Billionaire’s Margarita. This was one of the innovative ideas put in motion at Startup Weekend 2016....

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