Last month, a new makerspace came to Cornell’s campus to promote a diverse approach to creativity and ideation. mannUfactory – located on the right side of the first floor of Mann Library – offers the Cornell community tools and assistance to bring ideas to reality. When you enter the makerspace, you will find several 3D printers, sewing machines, an industrial printer, and more.
Some of Cornell’s top student entrepreneurs had the chance to present their entrepreneurial pursuits to alumni at the 2018 Cornell Alumni Leadership Conference (CALC) in Philadelphia. A Student Entrepreneurship Showcase was the feature event on the closing day’s lunch.
No twenty year old college student could be described as a serial entrepreneur, but Peter Cetale (ILR ‘19) comes close. After founding three businesses and two active campus organizations, Peter has become an expert at putting ideas into action.
It is difficult to find a student entrepreneur with such varied experience as Tiffany Anne St. Bernard. In addition to mentoring several startups, Tiffany serves as a Blackstone Launchpad Senior Fellow and as a Fund Manager at Big Red Ventures. As a Ph.D. student in biomedical engineering, Tiffany’s initiatives both build on her technical experiences and challenge her to explore new fields.
Last Friday night, about fifty Cornell students gathered in Durland Alternatives Library sitting on yoga maps and couches to hear the ‘raw’ ideas of their peers. Half-Baked is a semesterly event organized by Eco and Medium Design Collective, and it is designed to allow presenters to share their ideas in a comfortable and inquisitive environment.
Imagine if you ate breakfast cereal your entire life. According to Kaitlyn Wright (Cornell Law School, ‘14), feeding your dog just commercial kibble is very similar. Wright is the founder of La Vie en Raw, a business that sells organic, grass-fed raw dog food in Colorado. She started the business just four months ago and left her position as an attorney to pursue her startup full-time with cousin, Jessica.
Have you ever struggled to work in a team where your gender was not well represented? According to Lisa Ann Pinkerton, President of Technica Communications and Founder of Women in Cleantech & Sustainability, this largely has to do with differences between male and female leadership styles.
No entrepreneur starts with her final idea. In fact, often an entrepreneur needs to change her business in dramatic ways throughout the startup process – this could involve changing a product, service, business model, or the plan for growth. These changes are often prompted through customer discovery, and they are called pivots.
Annie Blumenfeld’s thoughts on dogs have varied across her lifetime; although she used to fear dogs, she now owns a business for them. Several years after being attacked by her childhood dog Duncan in elementary school, she started Wags 4 Hope, a nonprofit with a mission of promoting the wellness of pets across the world.
Many Cornellians fear pursuing entrepreneurship after graduation because they believe it may not lead to long term careers. Avner Ronen disproves this myth. So far, he has launched three companies and sold two of them to major firms. For Ronen, entrepreneurship is a lifestyle instead of an ideal.
Located on the East Side of Buffalo, NY, The Foundry is a startup that is a community space and business incubator with a trade-based focus. Through its mentor program, metal shop, woodshop, and fiber arts studio, The Foundry helps people start product-based businesses.
When Justin Selig was in second grade, he folded his first origami figurine. The power of creation inspired him, and he began attending weekly origami lessons at the Museum of Natural History. Years later, Selig’s spirit of making is still alive – so much so that he founded Cornell Make, an organization devoted to furthering Cornellians’ creative spirits.
“This class is a lot different than armchair learning” is the way Professor Wessels explains her new course. She is the Executive Director of the Center for Transformative Action and is launching a new course, AEM 4940, where students learn social entrepreneurship by working with Anabel’s Grocery throughout the course.
On Thursday, December 1, Entrepreneurship@Dyson will host its bi-annual entrepreneurship panel to showcase the voices of student entrepreneurs here at Cornell. The event will take place at 5pm in Warren Hall 175.
One of the first feelings many Cornell students face when coming to campus is the overwhelming desire to step out of their comfort zones and learn new things. Fortunately, there is a startup that facilitates such growth.
On Thursday, November 11, Cornell Thrift and Cornell Organization for Labor Action hosted a movie screening and discussion on The True Cost, a documentary about the dangers of the fashion industry’s overseas production. The event was a reminder that fair trade and ethical sourcing are important steps to making a healthier world.
If you are an ILR student or spend any time in Ives Hall, you probably know Jennifer Mandelblatt. What some people may not know about Jen is she is the Founder and Director of Platform, a convention held this past summer in Washington DC to engage women in politics.
Google. For many students, it sounds like the ideal workplace, especially with movies like The Internship creating Hollywood appeal. When many people think of Google and startup workplaces, they think of free food, ping pong tables juxtaposed between desks, and nap pods. So what does Google truly do to cultivate an environment that fosters results?
If you have ever worked a 9 to 5 job, you know that 2pm is a drag. You check your phone, pour another cup of coffee, and wonder when the day will be done. At college, this is prime nap time in the libraries or, if you’re lucky, in a semi-quiet dorm room. ILR alumnus Jordan Berman (‘95) knows this struggle well and has creatively capitalized on it.
Today, anyone can work for themselves to begin their entrepreneurial journey. Uber, Lyft, Taskrabbit and many other online platforms contribute to the ever present gig economy. These platforms allow people to earn money on their own time and in their own domain, whether it be their cars, homes, or favorite coffee shops. The gig economy allows ambitious service providers to enjoy some of the benefits of being an entrepreneur without the responsibility of owning firms and reporting to stakeholders.