Design, Prototype, Pitch—Introducing the Syracuse University Invention Accelerator

 Design, Prototype, Pitch—Introducing the Syracuse University Invention Accelerator

October 21, 2016

Next summer, a newly launched Invention Accelerator will train undergraduate students to “design, prototype, and pitch” as they develop tangible products. A collaboration between the College of Engineering & Computer Science, the College of Architecture, and VPA’s School of Design, this immersive, six-week program will be held on the Syracuse University campus and at the SU Fisher Center in New York City.

The Accelerator follows a proven method of developing students’ abilities to innovate and communicate. Students will learn about design, ideation and intellectual property, then conceive an original invention, prototype the invention, and refine it in response to weekly feedback from diverse audiences of guest evaluators.

Forty undergraduate students will be accepted into the program—20 for a cohort at the Fisher Center and 20 for a cohort at SU. In addition to a chance to win cash prizes of up to $5,000, students will receive:

  • A $1,000 stipend
  • A $1,000 budget per team for project materials
  • Guidance from expert consultants and evaluators
  • Access to laser cutters, 3D printers, a machine shop, and professional machinists
  • Assistance with a provisional patent application
  • Daily lunch, coffee, and snacks

The Accelerator will take place May 15 – June 23, 2017 at Syracuse University and May 22 – June 30, 2017 at the Fisher Center.

Visit invent.syr.edu, to learn more and apply to the 2017 program.