Vengo Labs Launches High-Tech Vending Machines at Cornell

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.

Ezra Box: Any Person, Any Storage

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.

Most Likely to Succeed: How Cornell Helps Grow Its Entrepreneurs

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:

People People: How Entrepreneurs Build Support Structures

Merriam-Webster defines an entrepreneur as “one who organizes, manages, and assumes the risks of a business or enterprise.” While entrepreneurs are often lauded for their achievements as “one” individual, most would assure you that they could not achieve what they did without a strong community of support. Click below to read how entrepreneurs go about building it:

Maidbot Revolutionizes Hotel Housekeeping

Have you ever dreamed about what it would be like to live life in a television show? A team led by Cornell students Micah Green and Alex Levy is trying to bring that dream one step closer with Maidbot: a robotics company revolutionizing the way humans clean. Growing up as an avid fan of The Jetsons, Green developed the idea for an autonomous cleaning robot like “Rosie” that could be used clean hotel rooms while working in the Cornell School of Hotel Administration.

A Real World Education – Shaan Franchi and Stuart Wang Discuss Vispio

Have you ever felt a disconnect between what you were learning in school and the “real world”? Students rejoice; teachers have felt it, too. The downside, however, is that most teachers don’t know how to fix it. Teachers, especially at the middle school and high school level, are consistently evaluated on how well their students perform on tests designed for a set curriculum. In other words, teachers don’t have much incentive to distract their students from that set curriculum by spending class time each week discussing news and other world events.

While educators have struggled with this problem, a group of students from Cornell has found the solution: Vispio.

Finding Funding

Money. Many people would argue it makes the world go ‘round. In a more practical sense, money is essential to entrepreneurship. A lot of great entrepreneurs say that they’re driven more by helping people through their product than they are by money; however, even those entrepreneurs would likely concede that they wouldn’t be able to have as big of an impact as they do without a little bit of capital to help them along the way. For these reasons and more, knowing where funding will come from is a key question that every entrepreneur has to answer.

Make Your Files Count

Have you ever found yourself trying to find the right piece of information from a file on your computer? One Cornell-based startup has the solution. Comake is an online platform designed to help users access and understand their files. Simply put, Comake understands how a file or a piece of information has been previously used and creates a preview of its past to help you determine if and how it can be leveraged in the present. In creating a new sort of social productivity network around files, Comake has formed with a goal of making files more intuitive and collaborative.

The Importance of Being Fearless

Never Eat Alone co-founders Marie Schneegans and Paul Dupuy recently came to Cornell to speak about the importance of being fearless as a part of the Dyson Undergraduate Speaker Series. Their top pieces of advice for aspiring entrepreneurs are shared below:

Branching Out with StartupTree

Introducing StartupTree: an exciting platform for students to explore the entrepreneurship ecosystem at Cornell. After creating a profile, a user enters a community fueled by a passion for entrepreneurship. StartupTree also has a strong presence at other entrepreneurial universities, like Babson and Michigan State, giving the platform a network guaranteed to help any student succeed.