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 16th, Leigh Gallagher (A&S ‘94) chatted with about twelve students over lunch about career paths and the media industry. Gallagher is the Senior Editor at Large of Fortune and the author of The Airbnb Story and The End of the Suburbs. After studying English at Cornell, she has had a terrific career in the business news industry, working at Fortune and appearing regularly on MSNBC’s Morning Joe, CBS This Morning, Face the Nation, and more.
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!
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.
December 1st marked a significant milestone for participants in the 2017-2018 Cornell eLab program. eLab provides teams of students with an intensive environment to grow their early-stage startups, all while gaining access to various mentorship and financial resources at Cornell. The fifteen teams this year are now about one-third of the way through the program, and have spent the past semester focusing on market research and finding their target customer. This focus on research is reflective of Cornell’s evidence-based entrepreneurship style, taught at eLab.
The Burns Group is a branding and advertising agency in NY founded by the former chairman of Saatchi and Saatchi – one of the world’s largest global advertising agencies. The Burns group houses, BGiN, a small start-up that is approximately a year and a half old. BGiN is intended to provide affordable and accelerated in-depth brand building resources that young brands need. A core part of BGiN is the BGiN internship program. The program provides Cornell start-ups the opportunity to spend three weeks in New York working with branding field experts to solve a branding problem their product is facing.
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:
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.
Friday, October 13th may seem like the beginning of a horror story, but it was anything but one at Rev Ithaca’s Mindset for an Investible Company workshop. Entity formation, how to deal with real boards of directors, the critical aspects of founder relationships, and the basics of raising dilutive financing from VCs and other investors were the main topics of the three-hour workshop.
The Cornell Engineering World Health Symposium engages the community with project team investigations using entrepreneurship and engineering design thinking strategies to help address critical health issues. Their innovations have manifested in large steps towards sustainable and low cost solutions with the potential to be implemented in the real world.
On April 27, 11 of the 15 eLab teams gathered at the Statler Auditorium at Cornell for the event that cemented their hard work over the past year: eLab Demo Day. Demo Day isn’t any ordinary pitch—all the teams have done pitches of their startups countless times. At Demo Day, the teams pitch what problem they are looking to solve, how their idea meets that problem, and how their business turns that idea into reality. But this time, it’s a pitch in front of a crowd that includes students, faculty, and alumni passionate about entrepreneurship along with investors and venture capitalists who can provide key funding to take these startups to the next level.
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.
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.
Do you have an idea that could help make the world a better place? Impact entrepreneurs Selina Ang, Jillian Gedeon and Lisa Ann Pinkerton draw upon their experiences to discuss how making a difference fuels start-up ventures in a unique way at the Cornell Business Impact Symposium.
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.
A few weeks ago, I participated in SBC x Adobe x Medium’s Creative Consulting Workshop. The goal of the event was to have students work through a case about maximizing social impact on Cornell’s campus using personal experiences to come up with a solution. Read more to learn about my team’s proposed idea to teach work-life balance skills for the Cornell community!
Listed as one of Forbes’ 30 under 30 and founder of Slope Media, Caitlin Strandberg ‘10, has worked her way up in the venture capital industry since graduating from Cornell University. Recently the 28-year-old spoke at Forte Campus at Cornell’s Speaker series and highlighted her startup experiences at Cornell and beyond.
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.
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.
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.