On August 31, Cornell students, alumni, and staff gathered to celebrate the future of university entrepreneurship with the grand opening of eHub. eHub’s Kennedy Hall location offers 15,000 square feet for students and community members passionate about entrepreneurship to learn and collaborate.
Entrepreneurship organizations on campus were invited to set up tables to interact with students, which provided an exciting environment for meeting new people. The exhibition also featured several rising startups founded by Cornell students, including InvestMend, Vispio, XBoard, and more.
“I liked how we got a chance to have conversations with the people that make entrepreneurship at Cornell so amazing,” explained Alan Lee ’19. “Entrepreneurship is very people-based, and I learned a lot from talking to the student startups.”
In addition to housing the Entrepreneurship at Cornell staff, eHub also features the Blackstone LaunchPad mentorship and support program. With a formal space on campus in eHub, the Blackstone team is looking forward to furthering its impact on campus.
“As a proud alumnus, I couldn’t be more excited that the Blackstone LaunchPad program is now available at Cornell,” said Viral Patel ’01, who is currently Managing Director at Blackstone Tactical Opportunities. “Its flexible design will easily integrate with existing academic programs and campus activities, and we anticipate the same success here that we’ve seen at the other 19 campuses where the program is active in the U.S. and internationally.”
Having such simple access to so many accomplished mentors will certainly help Cornell students, as it already has for recent Cornell graduate and XBoard co-founder, Jeffrey Ly. Ly suggests, “If you’re a student, and you have some cool ideas, whether you want to bring them to market or not, use all the resources that you have here.”
The opening continued on the morning of September 24th with the grand opening and ribbon cutting of the eHub space in Collegetown. Cornell invited students, faculty, staff, and alumni to celebrate the occasion. Located next to Collegetown Bagels, the new office consists of two floors of collaborative work space filled with glass conference rooms, whiteboards, and red, comfortable seating.
Startup Tree founder Peter Cortle opened the event by welcoming attendees and explaining the space is open for business for the Cornell community. It will host classes and the eLab incubator, but it is also open to any student who is entrepreneurially-minded and wants to be around similar people. 24-hour key access for Cornell students should begin in early October.
Ithaca Mayor Svante Myrick lauded the project as “the beginning of the new Collegetown.” He looks forward to seeing the creation of great projects that engage the Ithaca community.
Watch for E@D’s comprehensive coverage of eLab’s program, staff, and companies coming soon!