Life Changing Labs Hosts First Fall Pitch Competition

Open for less than one full semester, the Entrepreneurship@Cornell eHub in Kennedy Hall is already housing the best and brightest student innovators that Cornell has to offer. On Monday, September 26th, eHub hosted the academic year’s first pitch competition. Three Cornell undergraduate students had one minute to sell three discerning judges on their startup idea.

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:

eHub Launches at Cornell

On August 31, Cornell students, alumni, and staff gathered to celebrate the future of university entrepreneurship with the grand opening of eHub. eHub’s Kennedy Hall location offers 15,000 square feet for students and community members passionate about entrepreneurship to learn and collaborate. The opening continued on the morning of September 24th with the grand opening and ribbon cutting of the eHub space in Collegetown. Cornell invited students, faculty, staff, and alumni to celebrate the occasion. Located next to Collegetown Bagels, the new office consists of two floors of collaborative work space filled with glass conference rooms, whiteboards, and red, comfortable seating.

Startup Stories

Last Wednesday, Entrepreneurship@Dyson held Startup Stories: a panel of distinguished student entrepreneurs! Each student gave valuable insight into their companies from how they got started to where they will be going next!

Entrepreneurship Celebration: The Physical Product Panel

Last week, the Entrepreneurship Celebration at Cornell University featured various panels and discussions regarding the challenges and rewards of entrepreneurial paths. Here’s a look at the Physical Product panel, moderated by Ken Rother, Managing Director, eLab and Robert Shepherd, Assistant Professor of Mechanical and Aerospece Engineering, Cornell University. Student panelists included Nandita Bal MEN ’15, Founder, Meditrust; Steven Dourmashkin ’15, MEN ’16, Founder, Specdrums; Micah Green ’18, Founder, Maidbot; and Caitlin Parrucci MEng ’16, Founder, Equine Design.

Startup Lessons Learned from Wanderu CEO Polina Raygorodskaya

Polina Raygorodskaya was recently named one of Forbes’ “30 Under 30” to watch in Consumer Technology, and is currently the CEO of Wanderu: a mobile and web-based platform that strives to be the simplest way for you to find and book bus and train travel. Wanderu has served more than 20 million users across North America, and has grown 400% quarter over quarter since its launch in August 2013. At the same time, Raygorodskaya recognizes that she would not have found as much success as she has with Wanderu without having learned from the failures she encountered with other businesses. Her best pieces of advice for aspiring entrepreneurs are shared below:

Cornell Sees She Started It

Last Wednesday night, Entrepreneurship@Dyson and Blackstone Launchpad co-sponsored a screening of She Started It, a film telling the stories of five remarkable female founders. The women vary in race, background, and geographic location, and the film captures their diverse struggles – from securing funding to communicating with their teams, navigating Venture Capitalists, and speaking English as a second language.

Entrepreneurship Celebration Begins at Cornell

Have you ever dreamed about what it would be like to be in a room filled with something that you love? For the writers at Entrepreneurship@Dyson, that thing is entrepreneurs, and that dream is about to come true. Later this evening, Cornell will kick off its annual Entrepreneurship at Cornell Celebration in Kennedy Hall before transitioning to a two-day conference that will take place in the Statler Hotel on Thursday and Friday. Nearly 400 students, alumni, faculty, and more have already registered for the event, excited to get in-depth looks at entrepreneurship through the eyes of the Cornell community.

A Day at Facebook

Last Friday, Dys ID and Forte co-sponsored the Day in the Industries trip, providing fifty students inside looks at Goldman Sachs and Facebook’s New York offices. The trip offered students insight into diversity within the financial and technology sectors.

Hospitality In Culture with Nick Bayer (’00)

Saxbys Coffee Company founding CEO Nick Bayer (’00) presents, “The Importance of Hospitality in Culture.” Bayer showcases his commitment to changing customers’ lives through hospitality and how Saxbys Coffee is giving young entrepreneurs an unprecedented opportunity to hone their passion for innovation.

Silicon Valley Tech Trek: Seeing the Ecosystem

Over the past few years, Tech Treks have been growing in popularity. Perhaps you have heard of these trips to areas like Boston, but what exactly are they? And what value do they have for young entrepreneurs? Recently, Professor Michael Roach took a group of Ph.D. students to Silicon Valley to explore the ecosystem.

Stephanie Santoso and Makers at the White House

Much of the entrepreneurship in the United States is driven by the Maker Movement, where builders and tinkerers are using 3D printing and electronics to create the nation’s future. At Cornell, LCL’s first Make-A-Thon brought dozens of innovators together to build in this way. Maker communities have become so powerful that the White House decided to welcome them to their doors. A current Cornell student was at the forefront of executing this large pursuit.

Apply Now: LCL’s Summer Incubator

When Forbes released its list of the fifteen most innovative college startups earlier this year, two startups from Cornell made the list: Yorango and Maidbot. What else do these two businesses share besides the university where their teammates met? They both are graduates from Life Changing Labs’ summer incubator.

Blackstone LaunchPad Opens at Cornell

Does your roommate insist you are crazy when you say you are interested in entrepreneurship? Do you hear about a different workshop, incubator, or event for entrepreneurship every day at Cornell and don’t know where to start? Joining Blackstone LaunchPad is a great first step.

Female Entrepreneurs on Leading Teams

On Saturday, February 6, Cornell hosted its Women Redefining Entrepreneurship Conference in Stocking Hall. The sold-out all day event hosted college students from across the state, business people, and government officials. The event included an opening keynote from Laura Danckwerth, a panel on biases women face, small business administration matchmaking with local mentors, networking meals, and more.

Launch Party Recap

On December 2, Entrepreneurship@Dyson held a launch party in the Collaboration Zone of Warren Hall to celebrate our new website and student entrepreneurs. The event allowed visitors to chat with student entrepreneurs and meet the E@D staff. Members of Vita Shoes, Anabel’s Grocery, Campus Exposure, and Macrofuel shared some insights about their businesses over coffee and donuts.

Lessons from Lauren Kay

On October 29th, Lauren Kay visited campus to share her startup stories with Professor Streeter’s class. Kay launched two companies: SmartSitting, an online platform to find babysitters in NYC, and Dating Ring, a matchmaking website. Kay started SmartSitting while attending Brown University. The morning before class, she shared some advice over breakfast for any college…

New Ideas Bubble at Pitch Competition

Do you ever wonder how products like the Snuggie and Colorama you see on television come about? On Tuesday, October 20th, Cornell invited ten finalists to pitch their inventive consumer products for a shot at a prize package valued at $50,000 courtesy of Will it Launch, As Seen on TV. The winner will receive a…