Stories from Cornell’s student-run startups on campus & beyond
March 26, 2018
Agnes: Finding Your Community
When college students aren’t busy with their classes, clubs and extracurricular activities take up most of their time and shape their college experience. At Cornell, students are bombarded from the start of their freshmen year with ClubFest, quarter cards, e-mails, and Facebook notifications as they begin exploring what organizations are a right fit for them. Even after they settle in, promotion of campus events, club-sponsored workshops, networking opportunities, etc. is a never-ending cycle of mass information.
November 20, 2017
VitaScan – Moving from Cornell Research Labs to Industry
When it comes to medical diagnostic technologies, the focus has always been on disease detection. Having a device to instantly detect the presence of particular diseases in a patient’s body is desirable in a world where early detection is the key to containing the effects of such conditions. Yet, nutrition diagnostics technologies have been much less formulated than these disease diagnostics ones. This is the perfectly niche space in which VitaScan, a Cornell start-up, is taking giant steps.
April 26, 2017
The Social Enterprise Paving the Way in Education
What started off as a club composed of five friends at Cornell has now reached thousands of students across New York City, preparing them for success inside and outside of the classroom. Karim Abouelnaga […]
April 18, 2017
Kaitlyn Wright (‘14) Launches La Vie en Raw
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.
February 23, 2017
Finding International Volunteering Opportunities and Creating a Travel Lifestyle Clothing Brand with Cedric Hodgeman ‘04
2 Cornellians started a non-profit that can help people volunteer across the globe! Read more to find out
October 26, 2016
SnappyScreen CTO Alex Woloshin (’14) Provides Insights
Alex Woloshin weighs in on his experience working for a startup company immediately following his graduation from Cornell in 2014. He provides students interested in entrepreneurship with advice and words of encouragement to pursue their passions.
October 4, 2016
Specdrums Brings a New Beat to the Music World
Do you ever wish you could play the drums but don’t have space to store them or time for lessons? Spectrums is revolutionizing the way you think about playing music. The eLab graduate company has developed a ring that detects the color of objects it touches. The ring sends a signal to your mobile device and plays a corresponding sound for hours of musical exploration. Sounds range from traditional drum sounds to animal calls to your own recordings.
September 27, 2016
Friends Reunited: Jordan Ross and PetsEmpower.org
Many college students miss their pets as much as their families during their time away from home. For alumnus Jordan Ross (Economics ‘05), this bond became especially important as he recovered from domestic violence (DV). Unfortunately, this relationship was threatened when he discovered many recovery shelters would not accept his furry companion.
May 11, 2016
Creating Community with Brian Endo (’15) and Chris Davis (’15)
For most college students, the question of “What am I going to do after graduation?” can appear rather frightening. Outside of the safety bubble of college lie fears surrounding adjusting to a new place, self-sufficiency, and choosing the right career.
For Cornell graduates Brian Endo and Chris Davis, this is the same sense of fear that motivates them to work on their new social media app, Baton. Baton is a video-based collaboration platform where users can start and respond to threads about their experiences on their college campus. Brian and Chris created Baton to help alleviate the growing disconnect between individuals and their broader campus community.
Brian and Chris both graduated from the Dyson School of Applied Economics and Management one year early in 2015 so that they could solely focus on making Baton a success. For more on why Brian and Chris believe Baton is the next big video platform, read more below:
November 2, 2015
AJ Okereke (’14): Choosing the Entrepreneurial Path
“What are you going to do after you graduate?” Any college senior will tell you that they get this question at least once a day. Professors, parents, and other well-meaning adults are eager to give […]
October 16, 2015
Leveling Up with Nintendo’s President
On September 24, the back dining room of Taverna Banfi filled with eleven students anxiously fiddling with place settings and comparing questions. They were waiting for Reggie Fils-Aime, the President of Nintendo North America. Many […]
March 17, 2015
Zoe Wong ’13, Co-founder of Revive Foods, Gives Produce a Second Chance
Below are comments from Zoe Wong ’13, Co-Founder of Revive Foods: Can you speak a little about your business and why you started it? How does Revive Foods fulfill its mission? I’ve been passionate about […]
November 12, 2014
CUSummit Q&A: From Acorn to Cancer Diagnostics, Meet Student Entrepreneur Gabriel Otte ’11!
When I first met Gabriel at the Entrepreneurship Summit, I was first taken aback at how much experience he had, especially as a student. Gabe covered a range of interesting topics and offered a number of valuable advice […]
November 11, 2014
CUSummit Q&A: Pointers from Dana Price, MBA ’11
At this year’s Entrepreneurship Summit, I had the pleasure of sitting next to Dana Price. From the outset, I could tell this was going to be an interesting conversation. We immediately compared and contrasted this year’s event […]
November 11, 2014
CUSummit Q&A: A Taste of Savert and Kristina Francillon, ILR ’11
Kristina Francillon was one of the few social entrepreneurs I met during this year’s Entrepreneurship Summit. Although I was nervous approaching someone whom I had never spoken to before, Kristina immediately put me at ease. Just a […]
May 31, 2014
Thank you, E@D Connect Mentors!
As we wrap up our pilot mentorship program, E@D Connect, we would like to thank our mentors for taking the time to provide insight in their areas of expertise—which includes but is not limited to […]
May 5, 2014
Just Save One – Kennedy Ogoye ’12
The following is an interview with Kennedy Ogoye ’12, CEO of Just Save One: What is the mission of Just Save One? In 2011, I founded “Just Save One” (JSO), a non-profit organization committed to developing sustainable […]
March 5, 2014
Eric Young (’78) – Open Advice from a VC to Entrepreneurs
” I would rather work with a smart, capable entrepreneur with a mediocre idea than vice versa” -Eric Young ’78 Co-founder of venture capital firm, Canaan Partners, Eric Young knows what to look for in a successful […]
February 24, 2014
E@D Alumna Morgan Beller ’13 Highlighted on Cornell Daily Sun and Offers Advice on Following Your Passions
Morgan Beller ’13, recent E@D alumna, co-founder of PopShop, and now partner at Andreessen Horowitz, a $2.5 billion VC firm based in California, was recently featured in the Cornell Daily Sun. In the interview she explains how she went from being an undergraduate at […]
February 19, 2014
Art, Fashion & A Button-Up StartUp
Ideas come to us at different times and different places – you constantly hear about the ‘dorm room entrepreneur’ these days as inspiration may even strike us in our pajamas sitting in Donlon Hall. This […]