Andrew Farah G’11, Shay Colson G’10 and Justin Breese ’08, G’10, all students in the SyracuseUniversitySchool of Information Studies’ (iSchool) M.S. in Information Management program, come from varied backgrounds. Theyenrolled atSU to polish their resumes with a graduate degree, not to start a business. Butthey allhad ideas.
"I have a writing and communications background,” Farah says. "Shay Colson has an undergraduate degree in the comparative history of ideas. Justin Breese is a technical guru and the only one who has a finance background. I didn’t study to own a business. I just realized that in a perfect world I would spend the days exploring my curiosities. Who can’t relate to that?”
It was dissatisfaction that brought Farah, Colson and Breese together, like-minded students frustrated with sitting in class, literally throwing out great ideas. Capesquared, the company they formed, grew out of their desire to put ideas into action in the real world.
Now Farah, with input from entrepreneurs in the community and from six college campuses, is helping to organize Emerging Talk, an event that will help entrepreneurs find resources in the community and other entrepreneurs who have started a business and have lessons to share. Emerging Talk offers opportunity for creative individuals to meet others with great ideas and the knowledge to put their thoughts into action.
"When we began planning this event, we held a cross-campus, cross-disciplinary meeting with both students and administrators,” Farah says. "During the meeting, we struggled to answer the question, ‘What’s valuable to a student with an idea?’”
But once the formal meeting concluded, "We looked down the long meeting table, and there at the end were the student entreps … making deals,” Farah says. "Emerging Talk is recreating that atmosphere–a place where students, investors and business owners can meet on a more level playing field and simply have a conversation.”
Emerging Talk will be held on Wednesday, April 28, from 6-8 p.m. at the Syracuse Technology Garden. Students from SU, Le Moyne College, the SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry, Onondaga Community College, Cayuga Community College and Morrisville State College will converge to gather information and resources to help them act on their ideas. The event is open to the public. Anyone with a business idea, a current business oran interest in the entrepreneurial scene in Central New York,or who is a resource to businesses is welcome. Attendeesare asked toregister at http://emergingtalk.com/. Along with discussion, the event will include food, cash prizes and iPad giveaways.