Entrepreneurship Celebration Begins at Cornell

Have you ever dreamed about what it would be like to be in a room filled with something that you love? For the writers at Entrepreneurship@Dyson, that thing is entrepreneurs, and that dream is about to come true. Later this evening, Cornell will kick off its annual Entrepreneurship at Cornell Celebration in Kennedy Hall before transitioning to a two-day conference that will take place in the Statler Hotel on Thursday and Friday. Nearly 400 students, alumni, faculty, and more have already registered for the event, excited to get in-depth looks at entrepreneurship through the eyes of the Cornell community.

While there are many great events to choose from starting today until the celebration concludes on Friday, here are a few to keep a particular eye on to make the most of your experience:

1) Keynote Speaker and Q&A Session with Adam Slutsky ’85, Co-Founder and Former COO/CFO of Moviefone, and President, Tough Mudder, Inc. 

Celebration 3After graduating from Cornell with a B.S. in Industrial and Labor Relations in 1985, Adam Slutsky returns to Cornell this Thursday from 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM in a talk moderated by Entrepreneurship at Cornell director Zach Shulman ’87, JD ’90 in the Ballroom of the Statler Hotel. In 1989, Slutsky created Moviefone to help consumers find movie show times and tickets. Slutsky eventually became CEO of Mimeo, which features online printing and distribution services, before joining Tough Mudder in 2013. When he took the Tough Mudder job, Slutsky expressed excitement that Tough Mudder represents a lifestyle geared towards “teamwork and overcoming challenges” that should resonate with other entrepreneurs.

2) Networking Events

Throughout the celebration, there will be countless opportunities to meet new people and develop your professional network. In fact, interacting personally with the entrepreneurial community at Cornell is so important to the celebration that Entrepreneurship at Cornell has designated multiple times during each day for students, alumni, and Cornell community members to talk to one another. These informal networking opportunities will be a wonderful chance to gain contacts or simply learn more about the entrepreneurial vision, making them ideal events for both the seasoned and aspiring entrepreneur.

Celebration 13) “BIG Idea” Competition Undergraduate Finals

After months of deliberation and hard work that began in February, a select number of Cornell undergraduates will conclude the celebration by presenting the next ideas that will change the world on Friday at 4:30 PM in the Ballroom of the Statler Hotel. The ideas cannot have generated revenues or be incorporated into a business, so this is a chance to see the idea generation stage of entrepreneurship in its purest form. With a chance to help decide the winner by participating in the popular vote, this is a “must-see” event.

For more information on the Entrepreneurship at Cornell Celebration, visit the events page here