Syracuse, N.Y. - It takes an entrepreneurial ecosystem to help turn an idea into a venture. And plenty of students are taking on the challenge of executing on their ideas! Students need to connect with entrepreneurs, and students and the Central New York community need to know there's an ecosystem here in CNY. So how do students and community members tap into the ever-growing entrepreneurial ecosystem in Central New York? They come to Emerging Talk on April 11th and 12th! Emerging Talk is where innovative and entrepreneurial students, local business owners, and investors meet. Emerging Talk will focus on university and community leaders who have shaped and continue to shape the CNY startup landscape. April 11th is packed with talks by inspiring entrepreneurs, making the networking ripe for conversation - it's all about connecting people to make things happen. "Emerging Talk has become the annual event that student entrepreneurs talk about and look forward to," says Mike Smith, Kauffman Entrepreneurship Engagement Fellow alum and co-founder of Centscere. "Connections are made at Emerging Talk that lead to new ideas and partnerships." Each year, Emerging Talk has drawn over 250 attendees. This year's event will be even bigger. Revolutions and WonderWorks, at Destiny USA, have donated their event spaces, and Kevin Harrington, one of the original sharks on the TV series, Shark Tank, will keynote. "Destiny USA is thrilled to participate and host Emerging Talk this year," Rob Schoeneck, General Manager of Destiny USA, stated. "It's a great local event and we're excited to have the opportunity for our venues to participate." Friday, April 11th, will kick off with 8 minute talks by local, national, and student entrepreneurs. These pre-event talks are sponsored by 9A and the Gear Factory, local entrepreneurial organizations. Emerging Talk officially starts at 7:30pm with Kevin Harrington's keynote. Check out the schedule on the Emerging Talk website! "As a Syracuse native and representative of Revolutions, I'm excited to be part of an event that showcases how corporations, students, and local businesses can benefit from one another," said Becca Socia, Sales Manager for Revolutions. "WonderWorks is thrilled to participate in the Emerging Talk event this year," Ashlee Trautner, Seniors Sales & Marketing Manager of WonderWorks, stated. "It's a great community event and opportunity to get involved to find out more about the growth, opportunity and innovation in the CNY area. Like WonderWorks, Emerging Talk will spark your imagination and challenge you." On Saturday, April 12th, students compete in the Raymond von Dran (RvD) IDEA Awards, Panasci Business Plan Competition, L.C. Smith Invention and Creativity Competition, and the New York State Business Plan Competition Regionals, and they have the opportunity to show off their venture at Demo Alley. Any student or community entrepreneur with a venture or idea, nonprofit or for profit, should request a table and demo at Demo Alley! This is a great opportunity to network, find potential clients/customers, and attract talent. There will also be a $500 awards at Demo Alley for crowd favorite best display. Day two of Emerging Talk happens at the Whitman School of Management at Syracuse University. Emerging Talk is free and open to the public. Anyone with an idea for a nonprofit or for profit business, a current business, an interest in the entrepreneurial ecosystem in Central NY, or who is a resource to businesses should come. Click here to register. Emerging Talk is built on the belief that when you get the right people in the same place, good things happen. No matter what your background is, come check out the growing startup culture - you're guaranteed to be inspired! For more information or to register to attend Emerging Talk, visit http://emergingtalk.syr.edu/. For more information about the Raymond von Dran (RvD) IDEA, visit http://idea.syr.edu/.