BUFFALO, N.Y. -- Future entrepreneurs will get the chance to
learn from Western New York's best on Nov. 28, when Synacor
co-founder George Chamoun speaks to students in the University at
Buffalo's new Entrepreneurship Academy.
The lecture, which is free and open to the public, will take
place on Wednesday, Nov. 28 at 6:30 p.m. in 101 Davis Hall, the new
engineering building on UB's North Campus.
The title of Chamoun's talk is "Entrepreneurship From Pitch to
Plan: Learn the Secret." During his presentation, he will discuss
the pressures of starting a business, and how to conquer those
challenges. He will also cover how to pitch a business plan to
investors, partners, employees and customers.
Chamoun's story is of particular interest to UB students because
he attended the university.
Today, he serves as Synacor's executive vice president of sales
and marketing. He has played an integral role in Synacor since the
company's formation in 2000 through the merger of MyPersonal and
Chek.com, a messaging infrastructure provider that Chamoun led and
co-founded. And earlier this year, influenced by Chamoun's
leadership, Synacor, now a company of more than 320 employees, went
public, trading on the Nasdaq under the symbol SYNC.
Synacor is a leading provider of next-generation start pages, TV
Everywhere solutions and cloud-based Identity Management (IDM)
services across multiple devices for cable, satellite, telecom and
consumer electronics companies. Synacor's roster of clients
includes top brands like CenturyLink, Charter, DISH Network,
Toshiba and Verizon, among others.
Chamoun's lecture is one example of how Western New York's
business community is supporting UB's Entrepreneurship Academy, a
living and learning community that enables students with a shared
interest in entrepreneurship to live together and develop
The academy, led by School of Management Associate Professor
Yong Li, debuted this fall with 40 freshmen. Members will study
different styles of entrepreneurship; develop plans for their own
entrepreneurial endeavors; and meet and work with some of the
region's most successful entrepreneurs and business leaders.
Leaders in the Western New York business community will
participate in the academy by giving their time to deliver
lectures, serving as guests at networking events, and sitting on
judging panels for pitch competitions, the first of which is
scheduled for Spring 2013.
Chamoun is an early partner, having agreed to serve on the
academy's advisory board, which helps shape the mission and vision
of the academy.
The Entrepreneurship Academy is one of five Undergraduate
Academies at UB. The others are Civic Engagement, Global
Perspectives, Research Exploration and Sustainability, which
launches in fall 2013. For more information on the academies, visit