Young Alumni Entrepreneurs: Breaking The Rules, Blazing New Paths, Not Waiting Their Turn
Thursday, November 14, 2019
Hendricks Chapel, 7:30 PM
Co-sponsored in association with the SU Libraries, Blackstone Launchpad Powered by Techstars, and media sponsor WAER.
Joshua Aviv ’15, G’17
Founder & CEO, SparkCharge
Joshua is a certified Data Scientist and the Founder & CEO of SparkCharge, a company specializing in the portable charging of electric cars. His experience in entrepreneurship and startups spans over 6 years and he is a dynamic figure in the cleantech community. Joshua is also the most recent winner of the worlds largest pitch competition, 43North. He has raised over $5 million. Joshua holds a B.A. in Economics and a Masters Degree in Information Management and Data Science from Syracuse University.
Kelsey Davis ’19
Founder & CEO, CLLCTVE
Kelsey Davis is the Founder and CEO of CLLCTVE, a platform that empowers the next generation of college creatives by connecting creatives with brands looking to reach Generation Z. She has already been featured on the NewYorkTimes and Adweek, and created the column “#AskGenZ” for MediaVillage.com Prior to CLLCTVE, Kelsey worked in production for Conde Nast Entertainment and UniWorld Group. She recently graduated from the SI Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University where she studied “Television, Radio, and Film” and “Innovation Design and Startups”, and she is now pursuing her Masters of Entrepreneurship from the Whitman School of Management.
Daniel Folkman ’12
VP of Business, goPuff
Daniel Folkman is the VP of Business at goPuff, the fastest growing digital convenience retailer, delivering thousands of products – including ice cream, candy, beverages, cleaning products, diapers, pet goods, and in some markets, beer, wine and spirits – to customers directly from centrally located facilities. goPuff is currently operating in over 100 U.S. locations and employs over 1,500 employees. At goPuff, Folkman currently oversees Business Development, Corporate Development, Brand, and Communications, which includes developing strategic partnerships with the world’s largest consumer brands, such as Coca-Cola, Procter & Gamble, and many more.
Before goPuff, Folkman spearheaded Business Development at Sumpto, a marketing and insights platform for the college demographic. At Sumpto, he was the first hire and led user growth and partnership strategy. A thought leader in the tech and CPG space, Folkman has spent time consulting, advising and operating startups with an emphasis on business development, corporate strategy and brand partnerships. Additionally, Folkman serves on the Young Whitman Advisory Council for the Whitman School of Management at Syracuse University, his alma mater.
Julia Haber’ 18
Founder & CEO, WAYV
Julia Haber is a creator, innovator, and go getter. Previously at Snapchat and Spotify, Haber is the founder and CEO of WAYV, Inc. which she began her freshman year of college at Syracuse University. WAYV is the brand of the college market. Unlocking hyper-tailored experiences for college students, WAYV crafts experiential data driven pop up shops on college campuses across the country.
Erin Miller ’16
Co-Founder, Out There Productions
Born and raised in the Bay Area, Erin started making films with her brother by borrowing equipment from their community television center. After an enriching 4 years at Syracuse University, she started her own production company that specialized in making promotional videos for startups and small businesses. Erin pivoted towards producing films after the successful premiere of her first short, “No Nuts,” (now streaming on Amazon Prime) a romantic comedy about two camp counselors that fall in love at a summer camp for kids allergic to peanuts. She values diverse representation on and off set, sharing friends’ films, and honest expression of self. Erin currently helps tech startups reach their full potential at Capital Factory in Austin, TX. There she helps run hackathons, happy hours, and the Virtual Reality Lab.