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SparkCharge CEO Josh Aviv ’15, G’17 Introduces President Biden L’68 Before Chips, Signs Science Act

The White House’s famed Rose Garden turned orange on Tuesday afternoon as SparkCharge founder and CEO Josh Aviv ’15, G’17, presented President Joseph R. Introduced Biden Jr. L’68.

Aviv, who launched SparkCharge in 2017 to provide portable electric vehicle (EV) chargers, is a respected entrepreneur, innovator and inventor who has been instrumental in developing easy-to-use and easy-to-use charging stations for electric vehicles.

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Josh Aviv ’15, G’17 (right) President Joseph R. Biden Jr. introduces L’68 (left) during a ceremony at the White House before the President signs the bipartisan Chips and Science Act.

Aviv was invited to present to President Biden before the president signed the bipartisan Chips and Science Act, which “promises to boost American semiconductor research, development, and production, ensuring American leadership in technology.” It forms the foundation of everything from automobiles to home equipment to defense systems,” according to a statement issued by the White House.

“I was terrified and yet very happy to have the honor of introducing President Biden. It was such a surreal moment in the White House with two alumni of Syracuse University. It was a huge honor not only for me but for my family. Knowing that the story of my company and the work we are doing will be heard, was absolutely wonderful,” Aviv Biden says of his second visit to the White House during the presidency.

It was during the first visit to the White House, at an event last year, when Aviv discussed with President Biden and his staff the troubling shortages in semiconductor chips and the need to address supply chain issues, which are cost and Growing both. Wait several times to get the chips.

Last Thursday, two weeks after the bill was passed, a White House staffer called Aviv to report that he would make remarks and introduce President Biden.

The CHIPS and SCIENCE Act will increase the country’s production of semiconductors while promoting efforts to reduce dependence on foreign suppliers. While the US made semiconductors, today the country relies on East Asia for 75 percent of its advanced semiconductor chips.

Aviv was the perfect choice to introduce my fellow Orange alumnus. Thanks to the bill’s passage, Aviv says that SparkCharge will double productivity at its Buffalo, New York, factory in the coming months, part of its commitment to creating jobs and opportunities that will “cleanse the transition of our economy.” Electricity will lead to “transportation.”

“I believed in the power of my product, and I believed in the American dream. Over the years, my industry has been at the mercy of supply chains, making the semiconductors that are critical to our chargers, and I wanted to change that, Aviv told the audience. “This is a country where innovation thrives with the most capable and creative workforce on earth.”

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Josh Aviv ’15, G’17 (left) President Joseph R. Biden greets Jr. L’68 (right) during a ceremony at the White House before the president signs the bipartisan Chips and Science Act.

President Biden said the bill would reveal hundreds of billions of dollars in private sector semiconductor investment across the country, including essential production for national defense and critical sectors.

The ceremony was a homecoming of sorts for Aviv, who was born in Washington, D.C., and grew up admiring the entrepreneurial spirit of his grandfather, Hubert Dade, who ran a freight logistics company for more than 20 years. Which closed parts of the airplane between Dulles International. Airport and Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport.

Those days were spent in Aviv giving his grandfather the drive and work ethic he needed to become an entrepreneur, and inspired Aviv to launch the world’s first mobile, ultra-fast EV charger, the SparkCharge, in 2017, when he was still Was a student of Syracuse University.

“This new law gives people like me an opportunity to grow our business, to be proud of what we do, to be proud of our country. I am honored to introduce such a President. President, from one proud Syracuse University alumnus to another, thank you for your leadership,” Aviv said while welcoming President Biden to the podium.

Before handing over the press conference to his Orange counterpart, Aviv asked the President a specific question.

Laughing from the crowd, Aviv said, “If you ever need a charge for your electric Corvette one day, I’ve got your back.”

“Josh, thanks for the introduction,” said President Biden. “Josh loves electric cars, he graduated from Syracuse, he is my kind boy, what more do you need? Syracuse and electric cars.”

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Josh Aviv ’15, G’17 Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, poses with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and US Secretary of Commerce Gina Raimondo at the White House during the signing of the CHIPS and Science Act.

At the press conference, which included Aviv, President Biden, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer and US Commerce Secretary Gina Raimondo, Aviv was hailed by Raimondo as the next generation of American entrepreneurs.

While Aviv says he was nervous about introducing the president, his nerves calmed when two Orange alums reminisced about their alma mater ahead of the press conference. President Biden asked Aviv which residence halls he lived in during his time on campus—Booth Hall and Haven Hall—and President Biden commented on how much he enjoyed his time on campus as a student of the College of Law. took.

“We just had a great conversation, and he was a great, down-to-earth person who was extremely warm and welcoming to me and my family. President Biden bleed Orange as any other alumnus , and it was such a great moment that two Syracuse University alumni on stage were talking about electric vehicles,” Aviv says.

Aviv launched SparkCharge as a Syracuse University student, working closely with Blackstone Launchpad to develop its business roadmap. He incubated after graduating at the Syracuse Center of Excellence (SyracuseCoE), where he built his prototype, and his company is valued at more than $100 million, with operations nationwide.

SparkCharge’s application currently brings EV charging directly to drivers whenever they need a charge, regardless of location. The app is part of the company’s pledge to enable EV drivers, companies and entire cities to become green spaces by providing convenient, easy access to EV charging.

Aviv earned a bachelor’s degree in economics from the College of Arts and Sciences and the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs, and a master’s degree in information management from the School of Information Studies. He is a member of Launchpad’s Founders Circle and works as a Launchpad Entrepreneur in Residence. During Orange Central 2019, Aviv was honored as the recipient of the Generation Orange Award, which recognizes graduates of the past 10 years for their continued commitment to Syracuse University.

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