Student entrepreneurs from Case Western Reserve University will pitch their startup businesses to a panel of investors in a national competition in New York City Oct. 27-28.
The first-ever Blackstone LaunchPad National Demo Day will pit 20 student startups from across the country—including three from Case Western Reserve—in a contest for $50,000 in prizes. Case Western Reserve is sending the second-most teams to the event.
“It’s a great showing for our students and school,” said Bob Sopko, director of Case Western Reserve’s Blackstone LaunchPad, an on-campus business incubator that helps students and alumni launch new businesses. “Each company has impressive, sophisticated ideas and will compete well in New York.”
Case Western Reserve University undergraduate students can present their research at the Intersections: SOURCE Symposium and Poster Session.
Intersections will take place Friday, Dec. 5 from noon to 2:45 p.m. in the Tinkham Veale University Center Ballroom. The event is an opportunity for the university community and others to see the broad and diverse work that is being done by undergraduates across campus.
Students can register online to participate, and the deadline for registration is Wednesday, Nov. 5.
Case Western Reserve’s think[box] project has always been a little different. From its lower-case name to its basement “startup” space, the innovation hub has consistently defied convention as it sought to become a full-sized reality.
Little wonder, then, that when it came time for construction to start, the kickoff was anything but a traditional groundbreaking with hard hats and shovels. Instead university leaders and the project’s leading supporters each flipped a large switch Thursday night, sending a video version of a think[box] rocket toward the sky—complete with rumbling engines and actual plumes of smoke filling the tent on Toby’s Plaza.
Liming Dai, the Kent Hale Smith Professor in the Department of Macromolecular Science and Engineering, was featured in Chemistry World, the magazine of the Royal Society of Chemistry.
The article discusses Dai’s role as director of the university’s Center of Advanced Science and Engineering for Carbon and features his research on 3-D carbon nanomaterials.
Read the full Q&A.
The Case Western Reserve University community is invited to attend the fall 2014 Ford Distinguished Lecture on Nov. 13 featuring Michael J. Coyle, executive vice president and group president of Medtronic’s Cardiac and Vascular Group.
Coyle was named executive vice president and group president in December 2009. In this role, he oversees three Medtronic businesses, providing strategic direction and ensuring cross-functional synergies including integrated growth plans and alignment.
He will present his lecture, “The Engineering of Invention and the Evolving Health Care Environment: Tying Innovation to Economic Value,” at 4:30 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 13 in the Kelvin + Eleanor Smith Foundation Ballroom at the Tinkham Veale University Center.