Igniting entrepreneurship through industry collaboration

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  • Igniting entrepreneurship through industry collaboration
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  • A think-tank style event that gives college and university students the chance to solve real- world problems with real-world engineers and scientists working alongside real-world industry representatives 2 Purpose for the competition #solvewithus
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  • 3 Background Key Components Lessons Learned
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  • Why come together? 4 #solvewithus
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  • How SPARK was created 5 Inspiration Leadership Location Innovation and Entrepreneurship #solvewithus
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  • Syracuse University Entrepreneurial thinking Networking opportunities Energize students Hands-on learning with real- world problems Infuse innovation and creativity SPARK Objectives 6 OBrien & Gere Promote intrapreneurship Engagement with universities, clients & communities Energize subject matter experts Get fresh perspective Identify top talent #solvewithus
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  • 7 Background Key Components Lessons Learned
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  • 8 Problem Statements Industry based (real-world, relevant, current challenges) Service focused (Advanced Manufacturing, Energy, Environment, Water) Subject Matter Experts Passion for innovation Experience with the industry problem #solvewithus
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  • 9 Faculty Support Faculty Champion to work with faculty, recruit students, and coordinate with company Faculty Advisors on day of event Student Identification Broad reach of engineering disciplines High performing students #solvewithus
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  • 10 Teambuilding Power in numbers improved output, motivation Nature of consulting Presentations & Awards Industry and academic judges Student pitches Financial Incentives Networking Event run at company offices Built into SPARK Agenda #solvewithus
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  • 11 #solvewithus Before the Competition Thursday Friday
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  • 12 Background Key Components Lessons Learned
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  • 13 University SMEs Generalist vs. specialist Team Building Two different kinds Timing Alignment with internship 1 vs. 2 day event Problem Statements Add industry partners Recruitment Getting the word out Interdisciplinary Student identification Continuous Improvement Student assessments Lessons Learned
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  • 14 #solvewithus
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  • 15 VISIT www.sparkinnovation.us TO LEARN MOREwww.sparkinnovation.us #solvewithus
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