Stories

  • Pivots and Why They Matter Julia AllenNo entrepreneur starts with her final idea. In fact, often an entrepreneur needs to change her business in dramatic ways throughout the startup process – this could involve changing a product, service, business model, or the plan for growth. These changes are often prompted through customer discovery, and they are called pivots.
  • Customer Discovery: The First Step to Entrepreneurship Val MackFirst-time entrepreneurs tend to see it as counterproductive; we think we already know who our customer is, and we think the first step should be building our idea (app, website, product, etc.) as quickly and as best as we can. The truth is you’re probably wrong about who your customer is if you haven’t done ...
  • Vengo Labs Launches High-Tech Vending Machines at Cornell Fred KauberHave 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 ...
  • Social Business Consulting and Medium Design Collective: Creative Consulting Workshop Catherine WeiA 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 ...
  • Ezra Box: Any Person, Any Storage Fred KauberLast year, a group of Cornell students started a peer-to-peer storage solution called Ezra Box with a simple mission: provide students, particularly those who traveled long distances to attend Cornell, with a low-cost alternative to storing their belongings with a traditional storage company for the summer. In doing so, they also hoped to offer other ...
  • Startup Metrics Archana ChoudharyWhat are some key metrics a new company should keep in mind as they work their way to being the next big thing? Read more to find out!
  • Annie Blumenfeld (‘20) Uses Business to Advocate for Animals Julia AllenAnnie Blumenfeld’s thoughts on dogs have varied across her lifetime; although she used to fear dogs, she now owns a business for them. Several years after being attacked by her childhood dog Duncan in elementary school, she started Wags 4 Hope, a nonprofit with a mission of promoting the wellness of pets across the world.
  • PureSpinach: Ithaca’s Locally Grown, Nutritious Spinach Kristi ChanCommonly 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. ...
  • Exploring Venture Capital with CVC Fred KauberThe Cornell Venture Capital club offers undergraduates at Cornell an opportunity to work with industry-leading VC firms and their portfolio companies. Find out how CVC does it below:
  • Caitlin Strandberg: From Slope Media to Venture Capital Catherine WeiListed 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.
  • Avner Ronen Visits Cornell Julia AllenMany 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.
  • Investing in the Future: My Experiences with Venture Capital Archana ChoudharyArchana Choudhary, one of the writers for E@D, reflects on what got her passionate about entrepreneurship and venture capital.
  • Hacking the Hackathon Fred KauberAre you considering participating in a hackathon? Click below for our top tips!
  • eCornell WebSeries: Making Entrepreneurship Accessible Sarah BarryThe eCornell Webseries enables the full time student to gain critical knowledge about entrepreneurship. Read on for an exclusive WebSeries promotion for E@D readers and to learn from Chris Wofford about how you could gain insights on this topic from the comfort of your room.
  • Elizabeth Li ’19 Launches Her Campus Cornell Catherine WeiWithin one semester of launching her online publication, Her Campus Cornell, Elizabeth Li ‘19 has watched the club thrive. She explained that Her Campus Cornell involves a collaboration of writing, marketing, and event planning teams focused on featuring relatable and trendy media content for its readers. The Cornell chapter is a subset of the international ...

Student Stories

  • Annie Blumenfeld (‘20) Uses Business to Advocate for Animals Julia AllenAnnie Blumenfeld’s thoughts on dogs have varied across her lifetime; although she used to fear dogs, she now owns a business for them. Several years after being attacked by her childhood dog Duncan in elementary school, she started Wags 4 Hope, a nonprofit with a mission of promoting the wellness of pets across the world.
  • Exploring Venture Capital with CVC Fred KauberThe Cornell Venture Capital club offers undergraduates at Cornell an opportunity to work with industry-leading VC firms and their portfolio companies. Find out how CVC does it below:
  • Investing in the Future: My Experiences with Venture Capital Archana ChoudharyArchana Choudhary, one of the writers for E@D, reflects on what got her passionate about entrepreneurship and venture capital.
  • Elizabeth Li ’19 Launches Her Campus Cornell Catherine WeiWithin one semester of launching her online publication, Her Campus Cornell, Elizabeth Li ‘19 has watched the club thrive. She explained that Her Campus Cornell involves a collaboration of writing, marketing, and event planning teams focused on featuring relatable and trendy media content for its readers. The Cornell chapter is a subset of the international ...
  • The Foundry Builds the Future Julia AllenLocated on the East Side of Buffalo, NY, The Foundry is a startup that is a community space and business incubator with a trade-based focus. Through its mentor program, metal shop, woodshop, and fiber arts studio, The Foundry helps people start product-based businesses.
  • Juliana Bain (’20) Investigates Entrepreneurial Journeys through Film Sarah BarryEntrepreneurs flock towards opportunities for to make their dreams a reality. What does it take to make the cut? Juliana Bain (’20) is currently investigating this critical aspect of an entrepreneur’s journey through her documentary Startup Challengers. She sat down with E@D to discuss her project.
  • Justin Selig (‘17) Inspires Cornell’s Creative Spirit Julia AllenWhen Justin Selig was in second grade, he folded his first origami figurine. The power of creation inspired him, and he began attending weekly origami lessons at the Museum of Natural History. Years later, Selig’s spirit of making is still alive – so much so that he founded Cornell Make, an organization devoted to furthering ...
  • Park (‘18) Builds Inclusive Business Organization Catherine WeiLast semester, Leslie Park ‘18 decided to start something new: a club. After becoming familiar with the current professional organizations on campus, Park realized “that there was a need for a business organization that was more welcoming and offered more flexibility.” With strong determination and passion, Park launched Cornell’s very own Phi Beta Lambda chapter.
  • Chad Fong (’19) Provides Entrepreneurial Students with an Alternative Living Space Sarah BarryChad Fong (Cornell Class of 2019) creates an accelerator/incubator living space for entrepreneurs through his startup IvyStart. Read on to learn about his journey and the unique community he intends to create in the Fall of 2017.
  • Cornell Creates: An Entrepreneurship Panel Julia AllenOn Thursday, December 1, Entrepreneurship@Dyson will host its bi-annual entrepreneurship panel to showcase the voices of student entrepreneurs here at Cornell. The event will take place at 5pm in Warren Hall 175.
  • Aditya Agashe (’17) Redesigns Startup Technology Kristi ChanIn an era where technology is deemed one of the most important channels in which businesses reach and connect to their customers, building the right website and mobile applications is key. Aditya (Adi) Agashe, a senior in the College of Engineering majoring in computer science with a business minor, helps Cornell-affiliated entrepreneurs, startups, and alumni ...
  • Evan Isenstein (’17) Fosters Learning Through Trellis Julia AllenOne of the first feelings many Cornell students face when coming to campus is the overwhelming desire to step out of their comfort zones and learn new things. Fortunately, there is a startup that facilitates such growth.
  • DysID Rolls out the Wardrobe Philip WalshDysID’s most attention-grabbing initiative has been in developing stages for just over a year and is prepared to launch at Cornell as soon as next academic year. This initiative,The Wardrobe, aims to provide free professional attire to students on Cornell’s campus that don’t already have access to it. Through The Wardrobe, DysID hopes to enable ...
  • Reuben St. Marc Aims to Unify the Cornell Community with his Versatile DJ Sound Sarah BarryReuben St. Marc transforms his musical hobby into an profitable entrepreneurial venture. Read more to learn about how St. Marc created his own success through initiative, determination and perseverance.
  • Students Launch First Undergraduate Marketing Club Catherine WeiCornell has 1,200 student organizations and that number continues to grow. Yet, there was no go-to marketing club on Cornell’s undergraduate campus. Six students finally realized this anomaly and took action to create the university’s first premier marketing club. Cornell Marketing Organization (CMO) strives to create value in the marketing sector for both its members ...
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Alumni Stories

  • Finding International Volunteering Opportunities and Creating a Travel Lifestyle Clothing Brand with Cedric Hodgeman ‘04 Archana Choudhary2 Cornellians started a non-profit that can help people volunteer across the globe! Read more to find out
  • SnappyScreen CTO Alex Woloshin (’14) Provides Insights Sarah BarryAlex 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.
  • Specdrums Brings a New Beat to the Music World Julia AllenDo 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 ...
  • Friends Reunited: Jordan Ross and PetsEmpower.org Julia AllenMany 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.
  • Creating Community with Brian Endo (’15) and Chris Davis (’15) Fred KauberFor 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 ...
  • AJ Okereke (’14): Choosing the Entrepreneurial Path Rosie O'Regan“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 their two cents on grad school, large vs. small companies, and the key to success. In search of a new ...
  • Leveling Up with Nintendo’s President Julia Allen 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 dreamed of meeting Fils-Aime for many years, and his leadership inspired them to add a business minor onto their mostly ...
  • Zoe Wong ’13, Co-founder of Revive Foods, Gives Produce a Second Chance Aileen Chang 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 social entrepreneurship since I was first introduced to it during my freshmen year at Cornell. I always knew I wanted to start ...
  • CUSummit Q&A: From Acorn to Cancer Diagnostics, Meet Student Entrepreneur Gabriel Otte ’11! Aileen ChangWhen 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 that it became increasingly hard to leave the conversation! He was so open and candid about his experience that I felt ...
  • CUSummit Q&A: Pointers from Dana Price, MBA ’11 Aileen ChangAt 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 to that of previous years and exchanged our thoughts on what made year’s event different from the others. Even though I didn’t ...
  • CUSummit Q&A: A Taste of Savert and Kristina Francillon, ILR ’11 Aileen ChangKristina 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 few moments into our conversation, I knew I was going to leave the event happy that I had the chance to speak with her. ...
  • Thank you, E@D Connect Mentors! Aileen ChangAs 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 operational realities of a new company, the business planning process, and entrepreneurial leadership. Mentors like those from E@D Connect are ...
  • Just Save One – Kennedy Ogoye ’12 Aileen Chang 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 solutions to the water crisis that has drowned many under privileged communities. Our goal for 2014 is to provide 20 schools in Kenya ...
  • Eric Young (’78) – Open Advice from a VC to Entrepreneurs Rosie O'Regan” 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 entrepreneur and a promising start-up idea. His company makes investments in high growth operating companies, typically in either the technology or healthcare ...
  • E@D Alumna Morgan Beller ’13 Highlighted on Cornell Daily Sun and Offers Advice on Following Your Passions Jennifer ParkMorgan 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 Cornell to being at the right place at the right time and ultimately becoming a partner at Andreessen Horowitz. Check out ...

  • Pivots and Why They Matter Julia AllenNo entrepreneur starts with her final idea. In fact, often an entrepreneur needs to change her business in dramatic ways throughout the startup process – this could involve changing a product, service, business model, or the plan for growth. These changes are often prompted through customer discovery, and they are called pivots.
  • Customer Discovery: The First Step to Entrepreneurship Val MackFirst-time entrepreneurs tend to see it as counterproductive; we think we already know who our customer is, and we think the first step should be building our idea (app, website, product, etc.) as quickly and as best as we can. The truth is you’re probably wrong about who your customer is if you haven’t done ...
  • Vengo Labs Launches High-Tech Vending Machines at Cornell Fred KauberHave 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 ...
  • Social Business Consulting and Medium Design Collective: Creative Consulting Workshop Catherine WeiA 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 ...
  • Ezra Box: Any Person, Any Storage Fred KauberLast year, a group of Cornell students started a peer-to-peer storage solution called Ezra Box with a simple mission: provide students, particularly those who traveled long distances to attend Cornell, with a low-cost alternative to storing their belongings with a traditional storage company for the summer. In doing so, they also hoped to offer other ...
  • Startup Metrics Archana ChoudharyWhat are some key metrics a new company should keep in mind as they work their way to being the next big thing? Read more to find out!
  • Annie Blumenfeld (‘20) Uses Business to Advocate for Animals Julia AllenAnnie Blumenfeld’s thoughts on dogs have varied across her lifetime; although she used to fear dogs, she now owns a business for them. Several years after being attacked by her childhood dog Duncan in elementary school, she started Wags 4 Hope, a nonprofit with a mission of promoting the wellness of pets across the world.
  • PureSpinach: Ithaca’s Locally Grown, Nutritious Spinach Kristi ChanCommonly 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. ...
  • Exploring Venture Capital with CVC Fred KauberThe Cornell Venture Capital club offers undergraduates at Cornell an opportunity to work with industry-leading VC firms and their portfolio companies. Find out how CVC does it below:
  • Caitlin Strandberg: From Slope Media to Venture Capital Catherine WeiListed 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.
  • Avner Ronen Visits Cornell Julia AllenMany 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.
  • Investing in the Future: My Experiences with Venture Capital Archana ChoudharyArchana Choudhary, one of the writers for E@D, reflects on what got her passionate about entrepreneurship and venture capital.
  • Hacking the Hackathon Fred KauberAre you considering participating in a hackathon? Click below for our top tips!
  • eCornell WebSeries: Making Entrepreneurship Accessible Sarah BarryThe eCornell Webseries enables the full time student to gain critical knowledge about entrepreneurship. Read on for an exclusive WebSeries promotion for E@D readers and to learn from Chris Wofford about how you could gain insights on this topic from the comfort of your room.
  • Elizabeth Li ’19 Launches Her Campus Cornell Catherine WeiWithin one semester of launching her online publication, Her Campus Cornell, Elizabeth Li ‘19 has watched the club thrive. She explained that Her Campus Cornell involves a collaboration of writing, marketing, and event planning teams focused on featuring relatable and trendy media content for its readers. The Cornell chapter is a subset of the international ...

Course Spotlight

  • eCornell WebSeries: Making Entrepreneurship Accessible Sarah BarryThe eCornell Webseries enables the full time student to gain critical knowledge about entrepreneurship. Read on for an exclusive WebSeries promotion for E@D readers and to learn from Chris Wofford about how you could gain insights on this topic from the comfort of your room.
  • AEM 4940: Social Entrepreneurship Practicum Anabel’s Grocery Julia Allen“This class is a lot different than armchair learning” is the way Professor Wessels explains her new course. She is the Executive Director of the Center for Transformative Action and is launching a new course, AEM 4940, where students learn social entrepreneurship by working with Anabel’s Grocery throughout the course.
  • AEM 3382: Social Enterprise Development Julia AllenWhat were you doing over winter break? While everyone’s answer varies, fifteen students had the opportunity to help small business leaders in a developing nation. This January, Deborah Streeter launched the first semester of AEM 3382: Social Enterprise Development. Students visited El Rodeito, Honduras for one week over break, met with small businesses, and are ...
  • NBA 5820 – Leadership in Family Enterprise: In Practice and Theory Julia AllenDoes your family own a business? Are you interested in starting a business? If you answered “yes” to either of these questions or are looking for an interesting way to spend Wednesday evenings, join NBA 5820: Leadership in Family Enterprise: In Practice and Theory. It is a new, one-credit course open to undergraduate and graduate ...
  • NEW! Entrepreneurship Concentration within Hotel School Rosie O'ReganThe Leland C. and Mary M. Pillsbury Institute for Hospitality Entrepreneurship just launched an Entrepreneurship Concentration for undergraduate students in the Hotel School. Entrepreneurship is the fourth concentration (along with Human Resources, Law, and Managerial Leadership) within the HOLD, or Hospitality Leadership, area. The concentration requires 12 credits minimum, including: Required Courses (8 credits) HADM 3135/6135: Conversations with Entrepreneurs HADM 4130/6130: Entrepreneurial ...
  • HADM 4211 – Entrepreneurial Finance – Fleming Aileen ChangCourse Description: The aim of this course is to sharpen your skills in all of the activities associated with entrepreneurial finance, including identifying attractive business opportunities; estimating the resources necessary to undertake these opportunities; securing such financial and human resources on favorable terms; and prudently managing them in pursuit of the opportunity. Spring. 3 credits. Letter grades ...
  • AEM 4480 – Executing Firm Strategy – Poczter & Schryver Aileen ChangCourse Description: Designed as a hands-on experience to prepare students for executive-level strategy execution, this class is a culmination of the completion of four years of Dyson courses in managerial economics, finance, accounting, marketing, and macroeconomics, in which students will use real-time strategic decision-making from each topic area to influence the success of virtual companies. Implemented ...
  • AEM 3220 – Digital Business Strategy – Leiponen Aileen ChangCourse Description Explores the impact of new technologies on business processes and industries. Focuses particularly on the effects of information and communication technologies (ICT). The objective is to understand the nature of information as an economic good, business opportunities and challenges created by ICT, and organizational constraints involved in exploiting these opportunities. Fall. 3 credits. Letter grades ...
  • Gain Hands-on Experience in the Green Business Lab ENGRG 3030 Jennifer Park   Last March, Cornell introduced the Green Business Lab in order to promote communication, leadership skills and business ethics among Cornell students. Deborah Mann, on-site facilitator for the Green Business Simulation Lab, said that the lab provided students with hands-on business experience “in real time, under real stressful conditions.” This year, the Green Business Lab allowed ...
  • New Entrepreneurship Course! NBA 5380 – The Business Idea Factory – Treat Rosie O'ReganKnow that you have a passion for entrepreneurship but are just missing that one big idea? Or do you have so many ideas that you can’t seem to choose just one? NBA 5380 – The Business Idea Factory might just be the class for you! This Fall of 2014, Professor Brad Treat will be introducing ...
  • New MPS Program Concentration in Applied Behavioral Economics and Individual Choice! Jamie Kalousdian New! Master of Professional Studies in Agriculture and Life Sciences with concentration in Applied Behavioral Economics and Individual Choice Are you or any of your friends interested in pursuing graduate studies upon graduation? Do you or your friends want to change the way the world thinks about food marketing, public policy, consulting, or consumer research? If so, the ...
  • AEM 3440 – Consumer Behavior – Wansink Aileen Chang1.  Why is the course valuable to entrepreneurial students? Students in AEM 3440 learn how to specifically target consumers, a skill that is essential to building a successful business.  The psychology behind consumer decisions is uncovered and discussed.  Through a variety of class projects, students get several opportunities to actively work through a marketing problem they ...
  • HADM 4130 – Entrepreneurial Management – Flemming Trevor BurnsThe class can be valuable to both entrepreneurial students AND students that are interested in being effective and innovative managers within more established companies.
  • BEE 4890 – Entrepreneurial Management for Engineers – Timmons Rosie O'Regan Why is the course valuable to entrepreneurial students? In BEE 4890 Professor Timmons draws from his own personal, real-world experience of having started multiple companies. He focusses on the engineering student but this class would be valuable for all, especially students from other disciplines who want to work in diverse teams with engineers.    What kind of students ...
  • AEM 4660: Market Dynamics, Computer Simulation and Modeling – Streeter Gabriel PolskyComments from Professor Streeter: Why is this course valuable to an entrepreneurial student? AEM 4660 is a 7-week simulation course that meets for three hours a week. The class gives students the opportunity to make real-life business decisions and see the outcomes of their choices. Every class, students meet with their team of five to decide what ...