September 30, 2018
Interview with MMH Grad Christina Suriadjaja – Travelio’s co-founder and Chief Strategy Officer
Travelio actively manages retail owners and property developers’ vacant units in Indonesia.
May 19, 2018
1TakeInterview Brings a New Approach to Coding Interview Prep
Sean Viswanathan, a graduating senior at Cornell University, is the founder of 1TakeInterview: a software engineering interview prep website that helps users learn how to tackle coding questions they’re likely to see in their job interviews. After trying a lot of different resources to help him earn internship and full-time opportunities, Viswanathan grew frustrated with the resources on the market and sought out to create something better.
Entrepreneurship@Dyson recently spoke to Viswanathan about his journey with 1TakeInterview. Check out the interview below:
May 7, 2018
Arpit Sheth (MEng ‘18) Builds the Future of Local News
Crater is an emerging app that allows anyone to shoot footage on their phones of local news events and post stories for their communities. Crater assists community members in posting stories through the app’s video editing tools and story templates. E@D spoke with Arpit to learn more about this crowdsourcing approach to local news.
April 26, 2018
Big Red Startup Moments Captures Student Entrepreneurship Experience
Last week for Entrepreneurship Celebration, Entrepreneurship@Dyson hosted their panel, Big Red Startup Moments, to capture the student entrepreneurship experience. The panel featured Daniel Abaraola ’18, founder of Vita Shoes, Colby Triolo ’19, founder of The Worldwide Travel Network, Jamie Kim ’19, founder of bumble & butter, Albert Caldarelli ’19, CTO of Religio.
April 25, 2018
Ride Smarter with Cornell AppDev’s Ithaca Transit
Ithaca Transit is an end-to-end navigation app combining the best features of available transit apps into one simple design. The app prominently features live tracking and updates, an immensely useful feature for anyone who has waited in the cold for a bus.
April 16, 2018
Christopher Rodriguez (‘18) Embodies the Entrepreneurial Spirit
Chris is working on a project called Liquify, a “personal financial management platform that helps users track their spending and create budgets.” His first conception of the idea came as a freshman at Cornell while riding the TCAT, where he saw riders fumble with cash and coins to pay for their fares. “There has be be a better way to pay,” Chris thought.
March 29, 2018
Entrepreneurship at Cornell Celebration Preview
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:
March 28, 2018
Leigh Gallagher (A&S ‘94) Encourages Women to Lead with their Strengths
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.
March 27, 2018
First Round Capital Co-Founder Howard Morgan
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!
March 26, 2018
Agnes: Finding Your Community
When college students aren’t busy with their classes, clubs and extracurricular activities take up most of their time and shape their college experience. At Cornell, students are bombarded from the start of their freshmen year with ClubFest, quarter cards, e-mails, and Facebook notifications as they begin exploring what organizations are a right fit for them. Even after they settle in, promotion of campus events, club-sponsored workshops, networking opportunities, etc. is a never-ending cycle of mass information.
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.
March 15, 2018
mannUfactory Launches Cornell’s Creativity
Last month, a new makerspace came to Cornell’s campus to promote a diverse approach to creativity and ideation. mannUfactory – located on the right side of the first floor of Mann Library – offers the Cornell community tools and assistance to bring ideas to reality. When you enter the makerspace, you will find several 3D printers, sewing machines, an industrial printer, and more.
March 13, 2018
Measuring Success: Important Startup Metrics Explained
Many entrepreneurs are often reminded of the importance of knowing their numbers, but what numbers are important, and what do they mean. For more on important metrics and their implications, click below!
March 8, 2018
Interview with Rewardzzz Founder Hunter Friedland
E@D sat down with Rewardzzz founder, Hunter Friedland, to learn more about his startup.
March 8, 2018
Introducing the Minor in Entrepreneurship and Innovation (MEI)
This semester, the SC Johnson College of Business is launching their newest program, a Minor in Entrepreneurship and Innovation (MEI). The mission of the University-Wide Minor in Entrepreneurship and Innovation is to prepare Cornell students to be agents of change in careers that require the application of entrepreneurial thinking and action to economic and social challenges. Underlying the minor is the premise that the value of entrepreneurship education is to create an innovative, creative mindset and to add a set of entrepreneurial tools and experiences that will prepare students from across Cornell as citizens and professionals.
March 1, 2018
Course Spotlight: Entrepreneurship in the Life Sciences
I took Entrepreneurship in the Life Sciences with Professor Robert Karpman during the fall 2017 semester, as I was looking for a one credit course that furthered my interest in entrepreneurship.
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.
February 21, 2018
Travel the World with Brynne Merkley (‘20) and Colby Triolo (‘19)
In the summer of 2017, both Brynne Merkley (‘20) and Colby Triolo (‘19) wanted to travel the world. Brynne was excited to bike across Canada, and Colby wanted to backpack through Europe. Not wanting to travel solo, they each reached out to their friends, asking if anyone wanted to join. The responses they received were defeating: people had internships and jobs or only wanted to travel for a week, not the whole summer. As a result, Brynne and Colby cancelled their travel plans and got tech internships in Boston, where they ended up meeting and sharing their problem of wanting to travel. Both bonded over not being able to find like-minded travel partners with similar schedules and compatible styles. Together, they wanted to bring travelers together and help people explore the world, which inspired them to launch their company, The Worldwide Travel Network.
February 13, 2018
Cornell Startups Present to Alumni at CALC
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.
February 8, 2018
Peter Cetale (‘19) Brings Technology and Charity Together
No twenty year old college student could be described as a serial entrepreneur, but Peter Cetale (ILR ‘19) comes close. After founding three businesses and two active campus organizations, Peter has become an expert at putting ideas into action.
February 6, 2018
Interview with Deanna Deyhim (’18) – Founder of Spect
E@D recently sat down with Spect founder Deanna Deyhim to better understand SpectTM technology and the motivation behind her vision.
December 11, 2017
eLab Pitch Night NYC – A Focus On Market Research
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.
November 29, 2017
Jenna Martinez’s (‘19) Açaísy Dishes out Sales
This past summer, Jenna Martinez ‘19 lived in her hometown of Miami, FL, interning and soaking up the warm weather. During that time, she realized that açaí bowls were really popular in Miami and after trying them, she was in love. As the summer was coming to an end, she thought about how she would get açaí bowls in Ithaca, NY and quickly found that there was a gap in the market. With her determination and initiative, Martinez launched Açaísy, the first service that allows people to order açaí right to their door in 10 minutes or less!
November 27, 2017
Moving from Product to Brand – A Rev Ithaca Workshop
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.
November 21, 2017
Cornell Entrepreneurs Gather for Yearly Summit
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:
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 16, 2017
My Africa, Your Trip: Ghali Jorio (’21) and MyAfriTrip
In 2014, a total of 65.3 million international tourists visited Africa. While that may seem like a lot, the figure represents only 5.8% of the world’s tourists.
For Ghali Jorio (’21), these numbers were more than statistics. They were his motivation for starting a company.
Jorio is the co-founder of MyAfriTrip: an online platform that offers tour packages designed to increase tourism to African countries. Driven by a mission of economic development in Africa, he has already helped facilitate 30 trips including ranging from two to ten people.
While Jorio is focusing on building his knowledge and entrepreneurial resources as a student at Cornell, he commits himself fully to MyAfriTrip on school breaks when he is in Africa with his co-founder. For more on Ghali’s experiences, see our interview below:
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.
October 31, 2017
Cornell Entrepreneurship Kicks Off the Year with a Bang
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.
October 26, 2017
Planting the Seed for Petal with Michael Eaton (‘18) and Santi Alegria (‘18)
Home of Cornell University, Ithaca, NY has been known for growing rich intellectual experiences for students, but when it comes to growing plants, the cold and dark weather is not conducive. After growing up in Botswana, Michael Eaton (‘18) yearned for the big garden he used to have; in junior year, he decided to use his love for making things to discover how to grow herbs given the poor Ithacan weather and his limited apartment space. He reached out to this friend, Santiago “Santi” Alegria (‘18), shared his goal, and shortly after, Petal was planted.
October 25, 2017
Summers in Startups: Differentiating Growth Opportunities for Undergraduates
Are you curious about how to build professional experience as an underclassman? Learn how sophomore Eric Hu developed his business acumen and worked on impactful projects while interning at two startups in NYC during the Summer of 2017.
October 24, 2017
RevIthaca Workshop: Mindset for an Investible Company
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.
October 2, 2017
Meet the Entrepreneurial Interior Designer
Kevin O’Gara (Design and Environmental Analysis 20’) is the brain behind ‘Thou Swell,’ an Atlanta lifestyle blog which has accrued almost twelve thousand followers on Instagram in approximately four years. O’Gara describes the blog as a place for those with an eye for design and ‘entertaining enthusiasts.’ O’Gara’s interests lie in forming a world where social and environmental impact overlap. The Cornell sophomore has worked with national companies such as Fab.com, Home Depot, Target, Trulia, and Jonathan Alder. With O’Gara’s sophisticated eye, many of his followers have been surprised to learn that he is only a college student.
May 10, 2017
Cornell Engineering World Health Symposium Showcases Intersection of Engineering and Entrepreneurship
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.
May 9, 2017
eLab Demo Day
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.
May 5, 2017
Tiffany Anne St. Bernard Builds Mentorship Communities
It is difficult to find a student entrepreneur with such varied experience as Tiffany Anne St. Bernard. In addition to mentoring several startups, Tiffany serves as a Blackstone Launchpad Senior Fellow and as a Fund Manager at Big Red Ventures. As a Ph.D. student in biomedical engineering, Tiffany’s initiatives both build on her technical experiences and challenge her to explore new fields.
May 2, 2017
Big Idea Competition Finals Concludes Entrepreneurship at Cornell Celebration
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.
April 28, 2017
Half-Baked: Third Batch Focuses on the Cornell Experience
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.
April 26, 2017
AEM 4380: Entrepreneurial Strategy for Tech Ventures
AEM 4380: Entrepreneurial Strategy for Tech Ventures explores the application of strategy on high growth startups. Taught by Professor Michael Roach in Spring every year, the class has become a student favorite for students across all disciplines. Currently you can attend AEM 4390 on Tue/Thursday between 11:40 and 2:40 to take a glimpse of what the class offers!
April 26, 2017
The Social Enterprise Paving the Way in Education
What started off as a club composed of five friends at Cornell has now reached thousands of students across New York City, preparing them for success inside and outside of the classroom. Karim Abouelnaga […]
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 21, 2017
Crunching Down on a Simpler, Sweet, and Savory Granola with Kim (’19)
Jamie Kim ‘19 has been baking since high school, but it tastes like she’s been doing it for several lives. At least, that’s what hordes of students, Manndibles cafe, successful chefs, and her friends and family might tell you.
In high school, Kim baked granola as gifts, experimenting with different spices and herbs unique to granola, like lavender and rosemary, which would soon become her signature touch on what seemed to be a saturated market.
The idea for bumble & butter started in October 2016, originally intended to be a breakfast company–selling pastries, as well as granola. As a student in the School of Hotel Administration, Kim pitched the company in her marketing class. The idea started to gain traction, but the taste of the granola spoke for itself.
April 20, 2017
The Shift to Renewable Energy – InvestMend and Sam Kramer (’18)
If you were to think of an entrepreneur’s qualities as tools in a builder’s toolbox, flexibility would likely be the level; just as a good builder needs a level to adjust measurements and designs, every serious entrepreneur needs flexibility to adapt his or her business. Cornell Environmental and Sustainability Studies student Sam Kramer (’18) recognizes this; in fact, he has lived it through his renewable energy investment company, InvestMend. From an online marketplace highlighting renewable energy investments, InvestMend has evolved to focus on more personal intereactions with investors. For more on Sam and InvestMend, click below:
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.
April 18, 2017
Kaitlyn Wright (‘14) Launches La Vie en Raw
Imagine if you ate breakfast cereal your entire life. According to Kaitlyn Wright (Cornell Law School, ‘14), feeding your dog just commercial kibble is very similar. Wright is the founder of La Vie en Raw, a business that sells organic, grass-fed raw dog food in Colorado. She started the business just four months ago and left her position as an attorney to pursue her startup full-time with cousin, Jessica.
March 31, 2017
Affecting Global Change via Impact Entrepreneurship
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.
March 29, 2017
Dorm Room Fund Grows at Cornell
Have you ever felt like the world of startup investment is unreachable outside your weekly episode of Shark Tank? Mike Annunziata, a student at Cornell’s Johnson Graduate School of Management, hopes to change that. Annunziata is Cornell’s new partner for Dorm Room Fund: a student venture fund backed by First Round Capital. Click below for more:
March 28, 2017
The Hidden Power of Female Entrepreneurship, With Lisa Ann Pinkerton
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.
March 22, 2017
Pivots and Why They Matter
No 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.