Ideation Workshop with Andrea Ippolito: Aligning Your Passion & Expertise with an Unmet Market Need

When: Friday, October 4th from 9:00-10:30am

Where: Upson Lounge, Upson Hall, Cornell University

 What: This isn’t the same old ideation workshop. One of the challenges with getting started on your entrepreneurial journey is identifying an unmet need in the market aligned with your passion and your expertise. In this workshop, we will walk through a series of activities to help you tackle all three of these: customer needs, your strengths, and your domain areas of interest to you!

 RSVP: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/aligning-your-passion-expertise-with-an-unmet-market-need-tickets-73439364115?aff=affiliate1

Two opportunities from EMRG – a talent showcase and pitch competition in NYC.

EMRG – a talent showcase and pitch competition in NYC – has announced two exciting opportunities.

EMRG Pitch Off: 15 ambitious student founders competing for up to $30K worth of prizes and the attention of NYC’s investors, mentors and media. Sign up to compete here and attend here: https://ramenworks.typeform.com/to/NNejth

EMRG Talent Showcase: We’re connecting top student talent with exciting internships and jobs at NYC-based technology companies and startups. Sign up to attend here: https://ramenworks.typeform.com/to/UZg22y

Please contact them directly if you have any questions.

ERA Winter 2020 Accelerator Applications Open

Entrepreneurs Roundtable Accelerator (ERA) has opened applications for it Winter 2020 cohort.  In the past, several Cornell teams have gone through ERA.  Please direct any questions to Emily Bell, emily@eranyc.com at ERA.

ERA holds itself out as NYC’s leading tech accelerator. They invest $100K in selected startups and work closely with founders to help them build their businesses. To date, ERA has invested in 190+ companies who have gone on to raise $450M in investor capital and have a combined enterprise value of $2B.

https://www.eranyc.com/apply/

ERA invests $100K in seed funding with potential follow-on funding and gives entrepreneurs access to NYC’s largest mentor network of 500+ industry leaders and the strongest alumni network of 190+ companies. Application Deadline: Oct 28, 2019; Program Start Date: Jan 13, 2020

You’re Invited to the 76West Pitch Competition

 

  • When: August 7-8
  • Where: Binghamton University Smart Energy Building, 25 Murray Hill Road Binghamton NY 13902
  • RSVP now

76West is a $20 million competition designed to build clean energy businesses and grow jobs in New York’s Southern Tier region. The participating companies are vying for $2.5 million in prize money, including a $1 million top prize.

You are invited to attend the 76West Pitch Competition at Binghamton University to hear business pitches from some of the world’s most innovative clean energy startups. Learn about the latest in clean energy technologies as the competing startups pitch their plans to a panel of esteemed judges and wow the crowd. Please RSVP.

 

Networking@Rev: Hardware Accelerator Demo Day

Rev’s Hardware Accelerator is a 10-week summer program that leads product teams through a process for determining if their ideas are commercially desirable, technologically viable, and economically feasible.

On Thursday, August 1 hear the 2019 teams pitch the results of their journey to create a prototype and launch a company.

All are welcome. Complimentary food and drink will be served. Please RSVP.  Event website: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/networkingrev-hardware-accelerator-demo-day-tickets-63119331620

 

Center for Technology Licensing (CTL) Office Hours at Weill Hall June 18

Dear Cornell Entrepreneurs and High-Tech Innovators,

Do you have questions about the intellectual property associated with your science? Do you need guidance on what steps to take to protect your idea?

If so, this is the perfect opportunity for you:
Center for Technology Licensing (CTL) Office Hours at Weill Hall

Location: Weill Hall 404A (within McGovern Center on 4th floor of Weill)
Date: Tuesday, June 18, 2019
Time: 1:00 – 3:00 pm

A CTL licensing staff member will be on hand to assist walk-in inventors with their questions about the patentability of their technology.
No appointment needed! Just come in! Free!

Open to: All
Want to know more about the Center for Technology Licensing? Visit: https://ctl.cornell.edu

Intellectual property workshop, June 25

Cornell Engineering alum and international intellectual property law expert, Frank DeCosta ’85, will lead a workshop for those interested in safeguarding their inventions and technology. The workshop is hosted by Cornell Engineering’s Commercialization Fellowship.

Tuesday, June 25, 2019

10 a.m – noon

Upson Hall Room 102

For more information or to register, visit the workshop website.

Cornell to administer Grow-NY contest for food, ag startups

Say the words “New York” to people from outside the state, and more than likely their first thought will have something to do with the Big Apple – New York City. But the Empire State is known for its little apples, as well.

Graduate student Ananda Fontoura conducts dairy research at the Cornell University Dairy Science facility.

According to the state Department of Agriculture and Markets, more than 7 million acres of New York – or about 20% of the state’s land – is farmland. Nearly 36,000 family farms have helped the state rank No. 2 nationally in the production of apples, snap beans and maple syrup, and in the top 10 in 30 commodities overall.

New York is a leader and an innovator in both agriculture and food production, and Cornell is partnering with the state to foster more growth in those spaces.

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced May 31 that entries are being accepted for Grow-NY, a business competition and support program for innovative, high-growth startups in food and agriculture.

“New York’s agricultural industry is one of the best in world, and the Grow-NY competition will attract innovative startups focused on this industry to put down roots in upstate New York,” Cuomo said in a statement. “By bringing in new companies to find new ways to transform our state’s food and agricultural industry, we are continuing to bolster these regional economies and foster growth in this critical industry statewide.”

“New York has among the best food products in the world, and the agricultural industry is an important part of our upstate economy,” said Lt. Gov. Kathy Hochul, who made the announcement May 31 in Rochester. “Continuing to build on our investments in agriculture, we’ve launched the Grow-NY competition to fund and support startups in the industry. We are committed to fostering innovative ideas, boosting job growth, and promoting our farms and agricultural products that will further strengthen the economy.”

Scheduled for 2019, 2020 and 2021, Grow-NY will distribute $3 million in awards each year, including a $1 million award, two $500,000 awards and four $250,000 awards. Mentorship, incubator space and other services will be provided to support the startups.

Cornell impacting New York State

Grow-NY, expected to be one of the largest food and agriculture business competitions in the nation, will leverage existing resources in the rapidly growing food and agriculture innovation cluster in the Finger Lakes, central New York and Southern Tier regions of the state. Winning companies will be required to operate in these regions for at least one year and execute bold plans to grow jobs, connect with local partners, and contribute to a thriving upstate economy.

“Grow-NY is a tremendous opportunity to fuel growth in New York’s farm and food economy through spurring innovation across our local food systems,” said Kathryn J. Boor ’80, the Ronald P. Lynch Dean of Cornell’s College of Agriculture and Life Sciences. “By supporting entrepreneurship, the Finger Lakes, central and Southern Tier regions of New York can drive creation and sale of delicious and healthy local food products to meet the changing tastes of consumers and help New York lead the way as an innovation hub in the local food movement.”

Cornell’s Center for Regional Economic Advancement (CREA) will leverage its experience managing the state’s 76West Clean Energy Competition to administer the competition, with support from organizations across the state including Cornell AgriTech, its New York State Center of Excellence for Food and Agriculture, and Cornell Cooperative Extension programs.

Tom Schryver, executive director of CREA, speaks at the Grow-NY contest announcement May 31.

“As a top-10 national institution for entrepreneurship with a top-five global agriculture school, Cornell is passionate about fostering startup growth and advancing breakthrough innovations in food and agriculture,” said Tom Schryver, executive director of CREA.

Funding for Grow-NY will be provided through Empire State Development and the Upstate Revitalization Initiative organization connected with each of the three regions – Finger Lakes Forward, CNY Rising and Southern Tier Soaring.

Applications for the 2019 competition opened May 31 and will be accepted through July 15. A panel of industry judges will trim the applications down to a group of up to 20 finalists, who will receive mentorship and a curated, complimentary business development trip spanning the three regions this summer.

Finalists will pitch their business ideas at the Grow-NY Food and Ag Summit, to be held Nov. 12-13 at the Rochester Riverside Convention Center. The summit will include the live pitch competition, an awards ceremony announcing the winners, a symposium hosted by the Center of Excellence for Food and Agriculture, and an exhibition featuring more than 100 innovative food and ag businesses and industry resources.

Visit the Grow-NY website to learn more.

Molly Israel is a marketing strategist at the Center for Regional Economic Advancement.

Commercialization Fellows Set Sights on Tech Solutions

Five students will examine the business prospects for a diverse array of Cornell technologies – including a cryptocurrency model, spine treatment, computer vision algorithm, and materials for high-powered electronics and microfluidic devices – as the newest class of commercialization fellows.

The fellows, all engineering doctoral students, will spend a fully funded semester and summer exploring the commercial viability of their respective technologies. From intellectual property management to supply chains, the fellowship offers a deep and personalized experience in learning what’s needed to bring products to market.

Engineering doctoral student Jen-Yu Huang, M.S. ’18, one of this year’s cohort of Commercialization Fellows, is exploring the commercial viability of a light processing technique to create programmable mesoporous materials for microfluidic devices.
Engineering doctoral student Jen-Yu Huang, M.S. ’18, one of this year’s cohort of Commercialization Fellows, is exploring the commercial viability of a light processing technique to create programmable mesoporous materials for microfluidic devices.

The 2019 fellows and their technologies are:

Jake Gemerek, M.S. ’19, sensor control for autonomous perception – a control algorithm for camera networks that can be used to autonomously gather information, such as tracking a person through a crowd, detecting dangerous situations on a construction site, discovering optimal locations to place advertisements and monitoring animal migrations to protect endangered species.

Austin Hickman, aluminum nitride-based power transistor – a transistor that can amplify signals above 100 gigahertz, which is critical for fast data transmission in next-generation (6G) wireless communication systems, as well as in self-driving cars that must map their surroundings in real time. This new level of performance is enabled by the thermal and electrical advantages of aluminum nitride over other materials, such as silicon and gallium nitride.

Jen-Yu Huang, M.S. ’18, light-patternable porous material in microfluidic devices – a light processing technique to create programmable mesoporous materials – materials with precise patterns of pores – that can be integrated into medical devices for bioseparation and point-of-care diagnostics. Potential applications include creating a device to purify drugs and a device to detect rare cells.

Ariah Klages-Mundt, designing decentralized finance – a platform to test, simulate and design stablecoins – digital cryptocurrencies designed to hold stable trading value. In addition, Klages-Mundt has developed a fundamentally new stablecoin design that involves buffered responses to extreme events such as market fluctuations.

Stephen Sloan, M.S. ’18, injectable intervertebral disc treatment – a high-density collagen gel that can be injected into a patient with spinal cord and nerve root compression due to intervertebral disc degeneration. The gel is engineered to prevent reherniation and promote tissue healing following a procedure that often causes complications after the removal of diseased tissue.

David Erickson, associate dean for research and graduate studies at Cornell Engineering, said it’s been exciting to see the visibility of the program – now in its fourth year – grow along with the college’s entrepreneurial ecosystem.

“What we’ve seen over the course of the fellowship is a greater breadth in both the types of technologies that are being explored and the students that are engaging in the program,” Erickson said.

Fellowship lead instructor Tom Schryver ’93, MBA ’02, executive director of the Center for Regional Economic Advancement and a visiting lecturer at the Samuel Curtis Johnson Graduate School of Management, said the program has been “a great catalyst for growing awareness and education around commercialization across campus – not just for the fellows each year, but for teams of MBAs and other students they interact with as they undertake their market assessments.”

A new feature of the fellowship is the incorporation of the National Science Foundation’s Innovation Corps (NSF I-Corps), which has the same goal of exploring the market potential of new technologies and connects university faculty and students with resources for pursuing the next step toward commercialization. NSF I-Corps provides the fellows with training to do customer discovery interviews that test hypotheses about the market potential of their technologies, as well as funding to conduct those interviews across the U.S.

Syl Kacapyr is public relations and content manager for the College of Engineering.

Networking@Rev: True Confessions From Our Entrepreneurs-In-Residence

Join Rev: Ithaca Startup Works and their entrepreneurs-in-residence for Networking@Rev: True Confessions on June 13 from 6-8:30 p.m. at Rev’s headquarters in downtown Ithaca.
The event will feature confessions from Rev’s entrepreneurs-in- residence about their biggest regrets, missed opportunities, and what they learned from it all.
For more information or to RSVP, visit the event website.