Entrepreneurship at Cornell Celebration Preview

On Thursday, April 19 and Friday, April 20, Entrepreneurship at Cornell will welcome more than 700 alumni, parents, faculty, and staff as part of Celebration: a two-day on-campus showcase of entrepreneurial ventures and topics.

Widely recognized as the most significant on-campus entrepreneurship event for Cornell, this year’s Celebration features over 30 events on topics ranging from blockchain to networking events. Given that registration has opened, here is a preview of some of the most exciting events to look out for:

1) Big Red Startup Moments: A Student View

Hosted by Entrepreneurship@Dyson, the event is designed to showcase the important moments in a startup’s life and how student founders addressed them. In line with Entrepreneurship@Dyson’s vision of sharing the student story, panelists include Daniel Abaraoha ’18, Vita Shoes; Peter Cetale ’19, Religio; Jamie Kim ’19, Bumble and Butter; and Colby Triolo ’19, The World Wide Travel Network.

2) Q&A with Steve Conine ’95 and Niraj Shah ’95, Co-founders of Wayfair

Conine and Shah were recently named the 2018 Cornell Entrepreneurs of the Year, and their successes make it clear why. Wayfair is the largest retailer of home furnishings, housewares, and home improvement goods in the U.S., and it employs nearly 7,000 people. Conine and Shah also founded Simplify Mobile and Spinners, which was sold to the technology consulting firm iXL in 1998. Shah had also been named to the Fortune 40 Under 40 along with accomplished names like Joe Gebbia, Marissa Mayer, and Mark Zuckerberg.

3) eLab Demo Day

At Demo Day, the eLab teams present their progress and pitch to the audience. After 11 pitches last year, there are 15 eLab teams that will hope to wow audience members with ideas spanning from blockchain to granola.

4) Big Idea Competition Finals

As Cornell’s largest undergraduate student competition for entrepreneurship, the Big Idea Competition allows students to gain valuable experience pitching an audience for a chance to win funding and other opportunities to develop their businesses. Non-profit category finalist Shen Lee ’20 explains, “My team and I are super excited to pitch our social enterprise at the Big Idea competition! Our idea seeks to power the mobile revolution. We’ve been working with several mentors from the E-ship at Cornell community to perfect our pitch and we can’t wait for the Entrepreneurship at Cornell Celebration weekend.”

For more on Celebration, check out the information page to register here.