Pre-Seed Workshop - New York
Pre-Seed Workshop - New York
Pre-Seed Workshop - New York
"Creating economic growth in today's Knowledge-Based Economy requires that regions find ways to convert local technology assets and intellectual property into revenue producing businesses.  The Pre-Seed Workshop is a perfect vehicle to accomplish this goal."

Jim Senall
High Technology of Rochester

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Entrepreneur in Residence



John Liddy currently serves as Entrepreneur in Residence for the Tech Garden, Syracuse University, Le Moyne College, Cayuga Community College, and Mohawk Community College helping these institutions advance student entrepreneurial activity and engagement through innovative coursework and hands on activities both on and offcampus. As part of his efforts in helping create and evolve these programs, Liddy directs the Syracuse Student Sandbox – an experiential education program that has launched over 100 student companies and has created a mentor network of over 125 business professionals from the community. He serves as the Director of the thINCubator (a start-up I accelerator) in Utica NY and is the interim Director of the Keenan Center for Entrepreneurship, Innovation and Creativity (at the Madden School of Business at LeMoyne College) . Additionally, Liddy works with experienced community entrepreneurs. Over the last several years he has helped 45 of these companies create strategic growth plans through facilitation of the SBA’s Emerging Leaders program in Syracuse. In addition to helping colleges and communities, Liddy is a frequent advisor to corporations and organizations seeking to improve their innovation process.


Liddy has over 20 years of managerial experience and has been part of 6 startup companies, primarily in operations and finance roles. Immediately preceding his tenure as EIR, Liddy headed a business unit for a publicly traded company where he had full P&L responsibilities for a $300 million dollar business and had over 300 employees reporting to him. Liddy received his undergraduate degree from the University of Vermont and earned his MBA from the Whitman School at Syracuse University in 2003.