Tag: Student Launch Pad

Mark Your Calendar for These Fall Events

Fall is in the air! For the Division of Innovation and Applied Research, that means gearing up for a busy line-up of events. Providing a platform for critical discussions and dialogues for the TU community and the professional community is an important initiative for both the Division and Towson University. Here are a few upcoming events that may be of interest to you. BTU Community Conversation Tuesday, September 13, 2016 | 4:30–6:30 PM| Minnegan Room at Unitas Stadium | Register Learn more about BTU and how TU is building partnerships that work. This networking event will feature facilitated conversations...

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Student Launch Pad Partnership Brings New Programs

Last May, TU Student Launch Pad wrapped up its second academic year of operation. As we enter a new academic year, TU Student Launch Pad has partnered with the College of Business and Economics (CBE) to expand our entrepreneurship programming. This partnership has been founded with the goal of providing better services for student entrepreneurs as well as expanding the community of entrepreneurship in Towson. With this partnership, comes a lot of exciting programming. Fireside Chats and Innovation Calisthenics were piloted by CBE last spring, and this fall, the Student Launch Pad will be helping to run these new...

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Connect With Us On Social Media

Last year, when I was new to my job, I wrote about getting to know the Division of Innovation and Applied Research at Towson University. A main focus of my job is to manage and edit this blog. Another focus is overseeing the management of the Division’s social media accounts. With a goal of connecting Towson University to the greater Baltimore region, our social media presence helps to tell our story and highlight the work of my colleagues. Have a look and connect with us. And if you have any feedback, let us know!     Division of Innovation and...

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Student Launch Pad: Three Cheers for Two Years

The Student Launch Pad (SLP) has just finished its second academic year of operation at Towson University. After a pilot year that served to experiment and discover where Student Launch Pad fit in the TU ecosystem, the 2015–2016 academic year was SLP’s first “full” year. With two years under our belt, it is finally time to take a breath, look back, and see how we did. Student Launch Pad activities are divided into six categories: In-class workshops, Tabling, Entrepreneur U, Speaker Series, Entrepreneur Fair, Advising, and Partnership Activities. If you want to find more information about any of these,...

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Student Startup Weekend: Day 2

On April 8–10, Towson University Student Launch Pad held its first ever Student Startup Weekend. I wrote about the first 24 hours of it in my last blog post. I wrote the following blog post after 48 hours working with students…. Sunday kicked off with a crash course in pitching presented by the Frank Bonsal, Director of Entrepreneurship. After hours of work, the participants are beginning to refine their pitches. They have been spread out throughout TU Incubator’s flex space pitching ideas to our coaches and their peers, or walking up and down our halls mulling it over and...

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Student Startup Weekend: Day 1

This past weekend, Towson University Student Launch Pad held its first ever Student Startup Weekend, which I wrote about in my last blog post. I wrote the following blog post near the end of the first day of this weekend-long event. I’m sitting in the TU Incubator flexspace, Bleachers’s I Wanna Get Better is playing over the tech cart speakers, as five student startups are grinding through hour 22 of the Student Startup Weekend. To the right, you can see exactly what I’m looking at right now. These students have pitched three times already. They have uncovered their riskiest...

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Student Startup Weekend

The Student Launch Pad at Towson University is preparing students for its first Student Startup Weekend. Over three days, students from any Maryland college or university will develop their business ideas, build and validate them through customer development, and then pitch to a panel of judges. The judges will decide the startup with the best pitch, and that team will win membership into the new Student Launch Pad “Launch Program” as well as $500 to put toward their startup. Sounds exciting right! Let’s take a closer look at what Student Startup Weekend participants will be doing. Student Startup Weekend...

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Etsy, Freelancing, and Entrepreneurship

Towson University’s Student Launch Pad will host its last program of the fall semester on December 1 that allows students a peak into the Etsy economy. The Etsy Economy Etsy is an online marketplace where artists and collectors sell their handmade and vintage goods. Founded in 2005, Etsy now includes more than 20 million products and over one million sellers worldwide. In the last year alone, they generated over $895 million in sales. Entrepreneurs are able to easily build businesses that allow them flexibility and independence. Across the globe, millions of people are able to support their families in what is known as the ‘Etsy Economy.’ “An Etsy economy is a people-powered economy with person-to-person commerce. It’s the feel of a farmer’s market instead of a supermarket,” said Etsy CEO Chad Dickerson. Student Launch Pad Speaker Series The Speaker Series event will feature Sarah Morrison, founder, Paper Built, an Etsy shop delivering unique printable paper crafts and party supplies. Paper Built was established in Baltimore three short years ago and has since collected over 3,000 admirers, a 5 star rating, and 10,000+ sales on Etsy. Students will have the unique opportunity to learn firsthand how to create a successful Etsy store and what it means to be a freelancer. Sarah will share her Etsy tips as well as freelance experience as an architect and how those lessons can be...

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Student Launch Pad Kick-Off Event

Student Launch Pad is excited to partner with Towson University’s Career Center and College of Business & Economics for our Student Launch Pad Kick-Off Event. This free event offers students a unique opportunity to engage with leaders from three of the largest companies in the area and get a glimpse of the innovative environment their companies offer and the types of candidates they are seeking. During the event, Why Innovation & Entrepreneurship Matter to Fortune 500 Companies, Towson University and other local college and university students will be able to grow their networks and gain valuable insight into the company values and offerings. Student Launch Pad Kick-Off Event Panelists The evening’s panel will feature: Kevin Culley, Sr. Director – Business Development, Innovation at Under Armour Founded in 1996 by former University of Maryland football player Kevin Plank, Under Armour is the originator of performance apparel – gear engineered to keep athletes cool, dry and light throughout the course of a game, practice or workout. Kevin Culley has worked at Under Armour since 1999. Aashish Tripathi, Head of Business Development, Amazon Launchpad Amazon Launchpad, based in Seattle, WA, is a unique program of Amazon that showcases cutting-edge products from startups. Tony Battaglia, Bel Air Store Team Leader, Target Target, based in Minneapolis, MN, has a long history of innovation from its award-winning app, to customized store layouts, and creative design...

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‘Push for Pizza’ Tours Towson with Student Launch Pad

Student Launch Pad had the unique opportunity to welcome ‘Push for Pizza’ to Towson University on September 1. Push for Pizza is an app built to simplify the pizza ordering process for college students and was founded and built just one short year ago by a mix of college student entrepreneurs hailing from New York. With their recent seed funding closed, cofounders Cyrus Summerlin and Max Hellerstein decided to take their app on the road and tour 70+ college and university campuses across the country, with Towson University being their first stop. During the five hour event held outdoors...

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