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:
On March 14, Dr. Howard Morgan ’68 visited Cornell to share his knowledge on turning ideas into companies as a part of the Enterprise Engineering Colloquium Seminar Series. Morgan was a co-founder of First Round Capital, a venture capital (VC) firm that specializes in providing early-stage funding to promising companies like Blue Apron, GroupMe, and Uber. Hear his tips for turning ideas into businesses below!
Many entrepreneurs are often reminded of the importance of knowing their numbers, but what numbers are important, and what do they mean. For more on important metrics and their implications, click below!
On Friday, November 3, the Cornell community gathered for the annual Entrepreneurship Summit in New York City. Held at the The New York Times Building, Summit brought together over 500 Cornell community members to celebrate the university’s progress in becoming a top-tier entrepreneurship program. See more below:
In 2014, a total of 65.3 million international tourists visited Africa. While that may seem like a lot, the figure represents only 5.8% of the world’s tourists.
For Ghali Jorio (’21), these numbers were more than statistics. They were his motivation for starting a company.
Jorio is the co-founder of MyAfriTrip: an online platform that offers tour packages designed to increase tourism to African countries. Driven by a mission of economic development in Africa, he has already helped facilitate 30 trips including ranging from two to ten people.
While Jorio is focusing on building his knowledge and entrepreneurial resources as a student at Cornell, he commits himself fully to MyAfriTrip on school breaks when he is in Africa with his co-founder. For more on Ghali’s experiences, see our interview below:
On September 13, Cornell hosted its annual entrepreneurship kickoff event in Kennedy Hall eHub. The event drew current students, alumni, and faculty to explore the different facets of Cornell entrepreneurship.
On Friday, April 28, Cornell students and alumni packed into eHub in Collegetown for the Big Idea Competition Finals. Capping off the two-day Entrepreneurship at Cornell Celebration, the Big Idea Competition gave Cornell students the chance to pitch ambitious business ideas to the community to compete for over $9,000 in prizes and a spot in the Life Changing Labs summer incubator.
If you were to think of an entrepreneur’s qualities as tools in a builder’s toolbox, flexibility would likely be the level; just as a good builder needs a level to adjust measurements and designs, every serious entrepreneur needs flexibility to adapt his or her business. Cornell Environmental and Sustainability Studies student Sam Kramer (’18) recognizes this; in fact, he has lived it through his renewable energy investment company, InvestMend. From an online marketplace highlighting renewable energy investments, InvestMend has evolved to focus on more personal intereactions with investors. For more on Sam and InvestMend, click below:
Have you ever felt like the world of startup investment is unreachable outside your weekly episode of Shark Tank? Mike Annunziata, a student at Cornell’s Johnson Graduate School of Management, hopes to change that. Annunziata is Cornell’s new partner for Dorm Room Fund: a student venture fund backed by First Round Capital. Click below for more:
Have you ever asked a stranger if you could borrow a phone charger? After launching at Cornell this month, Vengo Labs hopes you won’t have to anymore.
Vengo Labs has partnered with Cornell Store to offer phone chargers, Advil, and more to students on the go through new high-tech vending machines. Unlike traditional vending machines, which are large and bulky, Vengo machines have a small, compact design so they can be mounted on the walls of high-traffic locations.
Last year, a group of Cornell students started a peer-to-peer storage solution called Ezra Box with a simple mission: provide students, particularly those who traveled long distances to attend Cornell, with a low-cost alternative to storing their belongings with a traditional storage company for the summer. In doing so, they also hoped to offer other Cornell students a source of supplemental income, making the project a win-win.
Last summer, its first in operation, Ezra Box won bigger than even its founders could have predicted. Ezra Box’s web-based platform, which serves as a marketplace connecting students with things to store for the summer with students who have space to store them, shattered transaction forecasts.
The Cornell Venture Capital club offers undergraduates at Cornell an opportunity to work with industry-leading VC firms and their portfolio companies. Find out how CVC does it below:
Are you considering participating in a hackathon? Click below for our top tips!
On January 25th, Cornell kicked off the first ever Animal Health Hackathon in the world. Presented by Entrepreneurship at Cornell and the Cornell College of Veterinary Medicine, the hackathon brought together students and business leaders to develop ideas and build products in the hopes of making a significant impact in the animal health industry.
How do student entrepreneurs manage the chaos of academics and business? Find out below:
According to Cornell entrepreneur Shaibyaa Rajbhandari (‘18), “College is the best time to take a risk.” Rajbhandari believes this so strongly that she has embraced the risk of starting not one, but two social ventures during her time as a student at Cornell University. The resources that Cornell has provided her and many other entrepreneurs has helped grow businesses and drive the world economy forward. Click below to read about how Cornell’s entrepreneurs have used the school’s resources to help achieve success: