Why can’t a fresh cut vegetable last longer? Can we offer an alternative to frozen vegetables that provides comparable shelf-life yet still retains the fresh qualities of vegetables in the natural produce aisle? These questions led to the research for a solution and after months of hard work, Vipul Saran (Masters in Food Science, ‘17) and his Advisor, Dr. Syed Rizvi, discovered a new innovative process to achieve this with fresh cut peeled potato French fries. This novel processing methodology extends the shelf-life of fresh cut potato for at least 60 days, without refrigeration, something never achieved before in the space. They believe for this to potentially work on other vegetables and fruits too and are constantly working to prove it.
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.
How can you make something that hasn’t been made better in a long time, better? For Jeffrey Ly (’16) and Eric Berg (’19), this question was a challenge; however, it wasn’t an insurmountable one. Since first pondering that question, the duo has created and developed the XBoard: the world’s first “trickable” electric skateboard. For more on XBoard, read below:
Kavin Lam (’18) and Eddy Medina (’17) talk about their community-driven financial impact start-up Edi. Read more to learn how they’re using algorithms to work with low income households to develop investment ideas for them.
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.
Have you ever thought about starting your own company? Have you ever thought about being an entrepreneur or adding entrepreneurial values to anything you do? If so, you probably have also been afraid and nervous. To promote more entrepreneurship and business for girls, Beverly Wallenstein (ILR’16) started Girls Mean Business. In an exciting business camp, girls can participate, engage and prepare to be next-gen leaders. We at Entrepreneurship@Dyson recently caught up with Beverly to learn more about Girls Mean Business:
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.
Dirk is the Founder of Wicked Device LLC, an engineering startup proudly based in Ithaca, New York. Dirk started Wicked Device as a place to let all of his ideas come to life, and he and his team have had a lot of successes over the past few years. To name a few, Wicked Device’s Air Quality Egg earned a “Best of Kickstarter 2012” distinction, and the company has several new products in the electronics space being released to Barnes and Noble this Christmas.
Dirk recently took some time to speak with Entrepreneurship@Dyson about Wicked Device, his love of Ithaca, and his enduring entrepreneurial spirit.
Chartering private planes is difficult for established professionals, let alone a group of college freshmen. This spring break, MilesAhead did just that. The company chartered a private plane from Ithaca to Westchester and trimmed eight passengers’ commute home from eight hours on a bus to forty-two minutes on a plane.
Have you ever had a tough time finding a good restaurant? Instead of sifting through thousands of online reviews on traditional platforms like Yelp or Google, you may want to start your next search at Phoodieur: a visual media platform that turns your mobile device or web browser into a fly on the wall at the best restaurants in the world. Phoodieur helps users to evaluate restaurants by showcasing photos of the different dishes offered on the menu and the ambiance they can expect when dining there. With Phoodieur, you can also access traditional user reviews, pricing data, restaurant operating information, and much more. All information is uploaded by customers or restaurants to give you a full understanding of which restaurants look the most appetizing!
Last year, three freshman in Court Hall decided to create a address the lack of transportation options they faced as freshmen on a large college campus. They did not come to Cornell planning to be entrepreneurs, but their problem-solving nature inspired them to seek a solution; this led to RedRoute.
A key metric used in evaluating a university is what its students go on to do once they graduate, and when it comes to literature, Cornell is known as being among the best in the world. Among Cornell’s alumni are many accomplished writers, with big names like Junot Diaz, Toni Morrison, and Kurt Vonnegut still echoing through the libraries that they once roamed during their time at Cornell. With such a strong literary tradition, it’s no wonder that so many great writers flock to Cornell to hone their craft. Avirook Upmanyu (’19) wants nothing more than to be a part of this tradition.
Say hello to Hyphen Connect: an app described simply as “networking revolutionized.” Hyphen Connect uses location-based technology to pair you with people in your area who have experiences similar to your own based on college attended, job, and clubs. Once you select someone you’d like to chat with, you can message that person within the app to set up a time and place to chat. Hyphen Connect was founded by Alastair Chang (’17), David He (’16), Zhongyuan (Ma) Ma (’17), and Guandao Yang (’18) to help aspiring professionals take a simpler approach to networking.
Wellington & Cromwell defied the typical startup timeline. In January 2015, Rachel Chang (Johnson ‘16) and Edward Chang, her husband, imagined developing a high quality leather goods company. They wasted no time – after many drafts and negotiating with manufacturers, they had their first bag produced in April with sales beginning last September.
Far above its namesake’s waters, Cayuga Crunch has turned what was once a few friends baking granola in Donlon D3 into a successful business opportunity. Cayuga Crunch makes all-natural granola using healthy and locally-sourced ingredients. Self-described as “Ithaca’s OG soulfood,” Cayuga Crunch prides itself on maintaining a fun atmosphere and, above all else, energizing people to pursue their passions.
Meetings. They’re a nuisance before you even show up. Why? Following an endless stream of emails, text messages, and Doodle Polls, you’ve spent so much time figuring out when to meet, you’ve forgotten what you were supposed to talk about. Having lost so much time, you start to think, “Somebody needs to hold a meeting to discuss how to plan meetings.”
Better put that conversation on hold, as there’s finally a better way. Introducing Calmeet: a revolutionary app that helps you and the people you care about find the ideal time to get together.
MacroFuel, a nutritionally complete meal in drinkable form, was founded Spring 2015 on Cornell’s campus. As explained by CIO Alex Meyers, the mission of the company is to “fuel your life when you are too busy for a well-balanced meal with a quick and affordable alternative”. From the start, MacroFuel has had strong connections to Cornell.…
Below are comments from Moonyoung (Mark) Lee ECE ’15, Co-Founder of inTouch: inTouch Technologies Inc develops hardware solutions that provide decentralized communication to provide connectivity in places where there are no cellular coverage. InTouch was co-founded by Moonyoung Lee (ECE’15) and Dong Ki Kim (ECE ’16). inTouch began as part of the Life Changing Labs…
Who is on the executive team and how many other students are on the whole team? Because we’re still less than a year old, our executive team is small. It consists of my partner, Eliot Kim, and me. I am a 2nd year PhD candidate at Weill Cornell Medical College. Though S.A.L.T. is not my…
Below are the comments of Bryan Dunn ’14 and Willie Mendelson ’15: What is the mission/business of Arctyc? Arctyc is developing a connected kitchen appliance that will elevate the wine-drinking experience by enabling consumers to enjoy their wine at the optimal temperature without the need to plan ahead. Our compact device is capable of chilling any bottle…