Stories from Cornell’s student-run startups on campus & beyond
March 21, 2018
Matt Barker (‘19) and Austin Astorga (‘19) Take the ‘Um’ Out of the Forecast with Brella
Brella delivers your personalized daily forecast right to your lock screen in the morning, so you know what to wear, what to expect, and if you need to bring an umbrella.
February 23, 2018
inServe: Volunteering Made Simple
Did you ever experience the troubles of keeping track of your community service hours in high school? With multiple requirements and procedures students must worry about when seeking volunteer opportunities and recording hours, it is often difficult to truly enjoy the meaning behind community service. Emmet Reilly (’21, Communication) looked to create a medium that combines students’ passion for community service and the way students use technology today through inServe: a community service platform that connects student volunteers with opportunities around them and allows them to record their required hours without the hassle of traditional paperwork.
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.
November 15, 2017
SigOpt: Elevating Business Through Optimization
Scott Clark, a Cornell graduate with a PhD in Applied Mathematics and a Masters in Computer Science, views optimization as the key to success in organizations. In fact, he sees many organizational efforts as an […]
November 13, 2017
Defined: Simple, Easy-to-Create Personal Websites
With the technology industry always on the rise, there are plenty of options on the Internet that you can leverage when creating your own brand or website for your job hunt or professional development. Simeon Videnov (’18, Information Science) wanted to bring a new perspective to this area by creating Defined, a website builder that emphasizes two factors that college students love: user-friendliness and convenience.
April 25, 2017
OrthoFit: Ergonomic Solutions
Do you ever find your wrist very sore or in pain because you’ve been in a certain position for too long? There’s no doubt that students at Cornell can get wrapped up in the cycle of work and stress, and with that comes poor habits when it comes down to crunch time. Still, repetitive motion injuries do not stop after college. In fact, these injuries become even more serious in the workplace and result in enormous costs to the workforce (read more here). A team of Cornell students—Jason Guss, Fnu Aporrva, Pankaj Singh, Will Weinlandt, and Pehuen Moure—saw this problem unfold in many industries and created OrthoFit to provide professionals with custom smart wearable solutions that enable posture monitoring and correction. As current CEO of OrthoFit, Jason Guss (PhD. ’18, Biomedical Engineering) recently sat down with E@D to share their story.
April 19, 2017
New Startup, Old Industry: The Creation of The Ithaca Voice
In Ithaca, most of us consume our news online, a trend that has been rapidly increasing over the past 15 years. This trend came to the forefront of conversation in 2016 due to the perpetuation of fake news that has pervaded social media spaces like Facebook. Despite the online news controversy, The Ithaca Voice has been able to flourish as an online-only, local news startup. The Ithaca Voice recently surpassed The Cornell Daily Sun in number of online followers, making it the most read local news outlet in Ithaca.
March 20, 2017
Vengo Labs Launches High-Tech Vending Machines at Cornell
Have you ever asked a stranger if you could borrow a phone charger? After launching at Cornell this month, Vengo Labs hopes you won’t have to anymore.
Vengo Labs has partnered with Cornell Store to offer phone chargers, Advil, and more to students on the go through new high-tech vending machines. Unlike traditional vending machines, which are large and bulky, Vengo machines have a small, compact design so they can be mounted on the walls of high-traffic locations.
March 10, 2017
PureSpinach: Ithaca’s Locally Grown, Nutritious Spinach
Commonly labeled as America’s “favorite leafy green,” spinach has always been very popular; still, many people can only access West Coast grown spinach in the supermarket or purchase the vegetable during the limited months it is available in farmers’ markets. To solve this problem, two MBA Cornell students, Serdar Mizrakci and Ziad Jarjouhi, founded PureSpinach. PureSpinach provides people with the fresh spinach through local, hydroponic growing methods.
February 24, 2017
Dimitri: Giving You the Power to Create
The concept of 3D printing is rapidly growing in the manufacturing industry, but there is still significant room for growth in the consumer market (learn more about industry trends here). To leverage this opportunity, Valerie Mack (Master of Professional Studies, ’17), Khalil Hajji (Master of Engineering, 2017), Mutahir Kazmi (Master of Engineering, ‘17), and Leo Jingyang Liu (Master of Architecture, ‘18) founded Dimitri: a startup that aims to bring autonomy and consumer centricity to the world using 3D printing.
February 9, 2017
Natural Cuts: A Revolutionary Solution to Vegetable Shelf-Life Extension
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.
November 30, 2016
Maidbot Revolutionizes Hotel Housekeeping
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.
November 4, 2016
X Factors: Cornellians Build XBoard to Shake Up Skateboarding Industry
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:
November 1, 2016
Engaging with our community – Kavin Lam (’18) and Eddy Medina (’17) with Edi
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.
October 13, 2016
Make Your Files Count
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.
October 6, 2016
This Girl Means Business: Beverly Wallenstein (ILR ’16) and Girls Mean Business
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:
September 23, 2016
Branching Out with StartupTree
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.
September 19, 2016
Made in Ithaca – Wicked Device LLC
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.
April 25, 2016
MilesAhead: Reinventing Travel, Crafting Experiences
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.
April 6, 2016
Phoodieur: A Picture’s Worth 1,000 Reviews
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!
March 22, 2016
RedRoute Launches at Cornell
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.
March 9, 2016
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.
March 2, 2016
Hyphen Connect: How Networking Will Never Be the Same
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.
February 29, 2016
Adventure Ahead: Edward and Rachel Chang (‘16) and Wellington & Cromwell
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.
February 15, 2016
Crunch-Worthy: Kristin Zak (’18) and Cayuga Crunch
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.
February 10, 2016
Mark Your Calendars: Calmeet Launched by Aditya Rahalkar (’14)
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.
October 5, 2015
MacroFuel: Building a Company at Cornell
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 […]
June 2, 2015
Startup Profile: inTouch
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 […]
March 4, 2015
Shark Tank Profile: S.A.L.T.
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 […]
February 26, 2015
Shark Tank Profile: Arctyc–Willie Mendelson MEng ’15 & Bryan Dunn Hotel ’14
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 […]
February 25, 2015
Shark Tank Winner: FloraPulse – Michael Santiago MechE PhD
Below are comments from Michael Santiago: Who is the executive team of FloraPulse? FloraPulse has one student (myself) and two Cornell faculty who are scientific advisors. Michael Santiago (CEO/CTO) Abraham D. Stroock (scientific advisor) Alan […]
February 20, 2015
Shark Tank Profile: Produce Pay – Pablo Borquez Schwarzbeck, MBA ’15
Below are comments from Pablo Schwarzbeck: 1. Who is on Produce Pay‘s executive team and how many other students are on the whole team? CEO: Pablo Borquez Schwarzbeck, MBA 2015 Additionally, Produce Pay has two […]
February 19, 2015
Shark Tank Profile: NTi Technology – Shane Heil ’16
Below are comments from Shane Heil, CEO of NTi Technology: What is NTi Technology? Our company has developed a coating technology that continuously cleans and disinfects any treated surface. Unlike other disinfection products that evaporate […]
February 1, 2015
Go Digital NY – Edipo Cravo, AEM ’10
What is the mission of Go Digital NY? Edipo is the founder and CEO of Go Digital NY – Brasil, the Brazilian expansion of Go Digital NY, a New York City based search engine optimization […]
April 16, 2014
The Hardy North – Gage Hunt ’14
What is the mission of The Hardy North? The Hardy North reminds college graduates how far they’ve come and inspires confidence in where they’re going. How did you come up with the idea […]
March 22, 2014
Kreyol Essence (KE) Offers Eco Luxury Cosmetic Alternative
Who is the founder of Kreyol Essence? Yve-Car Momperousse MPS’14 Check out her inspirational biography here What is the mission of Kreyol Essence? Kreyol Essence (KE) is an agribusiness that offers an array of eco luxury […]
March 6, 2014
RedHead Wines – Marisa Sergi ’15
What is the mission of RedHead Wins? To create exceptional wines using integrity and innovation. Talk about the Cornell connection to RedHead Wines and how did you come up with the idea? RedHead wines was […]
March 4, 2014
Tunetap: Winning the Johnson Shark Tank, Thoughts on Eship, and Future Plans
For those of you who missed the Johnson Shark Tank, the big startup winner was Tunetap, founded by Feifan Zhou. The mission of the company is to “Create concerts without risk”. It helps musicians find […]
February 24, 2014
Alex Krakoski – Worthy Jerky ’16
What is the mission of Worthy Jerky? The mission of Worthy Jerky is to provide the highest quality snacks to help fuel personal growth and achievement. Our team firmly believes that what you put […]
February 19, 2014
Wool&Prince – Mac Bishop ’11
I knew the benefits of wool so I wore a shirt for 100 days to prove my point.
February 16, 2014
Bora Wear – Mugo Muna ’12
Cornellians on Board: No, it’s just myself. What is Bora Wear? It’s a men’s wear brand that focuses on working with local artisans in Kenya. We seek to provide unique, high quality goods that creates […]
February 11, 2014
CityRaven – Valeri Tsanev
http://www.cityraven.com Cornellians on Board: Unfortunately it is only me [Valeri Tsanev]. My team is composed of 2 developers and a top 2% real estate agent in NYC but none of them are Cornellians. I would […]
February 4, 2014
Shark Tank Profile: Tunetap
Comments from Feifan: Who is on the executive team and how many other students are on the whole team? Executive Team: Feifan Zhou, CEO + dev lead: Cornell University, B.S. CS ’16Bobby Robertson, Marketing lead: […]
February 3, 2014
Shark Tank Profile: inFav
Comments from inFav: Who is on the executive team and how many other students are on the whole team? Executive Team: Ziduan (David) Na, MBA 2015 Howard Zheng, MBA 2015 What is the business? We […]
February 3, 2014
Shark Tank Profile: Lionano
Lionano – Shark Tank Pitch Comments from Lionano: Who is on the executive team and how many other students are on the whole team? Executive Team: Siyu Huang Alex Yu What is the business? […]
February 3, 2014
Shark Tank Profile: Daapr
Daapr – Shark Tank 2014 Pitch Comments from daapr: Who is on the executive team and how many other students are on the whole team? Executive Team: Aaron Schifrin, CEOAlex Meyers, CTO Team: […]
February 3, 2014
Shark Tank Profile: Saund
Saund – Shark Tank Pitch Comments from Saund: Who is on the executive team and how many other students are on the whole team? Founder: Kelsey Kruse BS ECE ’16 Executive Team: Vitchyr Pong […]
February 3, 2014
Shark Tank Profile: Yorango
Yorango Shark Tank 2014 Pitch Comments from Yorango: Who is on the executive team and how many other students are on the whole team? Executive Team: Adam Kirsch, COO Josh Benamram, CFO Yanbin Feng, Executive […]
December 11, 2013
Marianne Dorado’s Unfair Advantage
WHO: Marianne Dorado WHERE: NYC, NY WHAT: FSAD 2014 STARTUP: Unfair Advantage Think the fashion world is dictated by massive conglomerates and uptight Devil Wears Prada designers? […]
November 19, 2013
Speare – Rahul Shah ’16
Speare’s mission is to use Semantic Technologies and Data Analytics to help digital news sites engage, understand, and connect with their audience.