The Syracuse Student Sandbox is a unique business accelerator that gives aspiring student entrepreneurs from all over Upstate NY the resources to make their visions a reality. The objective of the Sandbox is to accelerate the process of ideation, development and deployment through mentoring and coaching. The twelve-week experiential based program has an end-goal of producing revenue generating entities or investment ready firms. Culminating in “Demo Day”, the program provides coaching, mentoring, educational programming, physical space, access to subject matter experts and investors.
John Liddy was brought in as the founding entrepreneur in residence (EIR) and has been responsible for the creation of all Sandbox development and programming. Liddy Enterprises holds the contract for management of the Sandbox, with Liddy as Director and Braden Croy as associate Entrepreneur in Residence. Since 2009 the Sandbox has launched over 100 companies, worked with over 150 mentors, spurred @ $550,00 in competition winnings and have had member companies raise over $3,000,000 of outside capital.