Entrepreneurship Activities and Information for April 20–26

Entrepreneurship at Cornell Summer Internship Program 2020

Historically, as many as 70 paid internship placements are awarded each year. Each Cornell student brings the latest in entrepreneurial thinking from their classroom and applies it during their internship. Eligibility is open to Cornell juniors, seniors and graduate students who have an interest in small to mid-sized businesses. Sophomores are allowed to apply by invitation only through the Internship Director Deb Moesch (dlm8@cornell.edu).

Interested companies and students are encouraged to apply here: 

Entrepreneurship at Cornell Summer Internship Program 2020


Blackstone LaunchPad at Cornell powered by Techstars at Cornell

We hope everyone’s first days of virtual classes went well. Despite these unprecedented times, Blackstone LaunchPad at Cornell powered by Techstars at Cornell is open!!! If you are looking to become involved in the entrepreneurship community or seeking mentorship, guidance, or venture creation support, Blackstone LaunchPad is a resource for you. You can schedule mentorship appointments (now online only) through ScheduleOnce or StartupTree.  

We understand this is a challenging time for startups, but we are here to help! Connect with a mentor today.


Global COVID-19 Relief Coalition (GCRC)

SIGN UP HERE at http://hackathon.gogcrc.org

Medical practitioners, scientists, software developers, supply chain professionals and others collaborate during the weekend sprints.  The hackathon started on March 27 and continues for a few months, as such, people may sign up at any time to begin participating. 

 New participants are accepted every Friday.  New Projects and challenges  are accepted on Thursdays. The hackathon has a kick-off every Friday at 11am and 8pm to welcome new participants.


Lunch Specials: Food & Ag Innovation Chats

Each Thursday at noon, break for our Lunch Special! We will be serving up a series of short, informal chats with movers and shakers in the food and ag industry. A Cornell University student will pepper our guest innovators with questions as we get to know what motivates and challenges them and how they are adapting to uncertainties in our economic climate. View the full series.


Johnson Summer Startup Accelerator Applications Open
Apply now.
The Johnson Summer Startup Accelerator is a 10-week summer intensive that will continue the momentum for student startups finishing their spring semester. Supported by the numerous Cornell and Ithaca entrepreneurial resources, teams will participate in weekly workshops and regularly meet with EiRs. The Kadiyali Fund will support students participation in the summer Accelerator. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis.


Grow-NY Startup Competition – Applications Due July 15
Grow-NY, a food and agriculture startup business competition, is now accepting applications through July 15. Entrants will compete to win up to $1 million and receive mentorship through training, and business development support. For more information and to apply, visit grow-ny.com.

 Entrepreneurship at Cornell has been collaborating with the Global COVID-19 Relief Coalition (GCRC) hosting an open-source hackathon designed to expedite solutions to the current crisis. 


Connected Conversations 

April 22nd, 12:00pm – 1:00pm ET

Holly Isdale, Founder, Wealthaven

Managing the Future of Uncertainty / Embracing the Uncertainty of the Future

The Smith Family Business Initiative introduces Connected Conversations, an on-going and evolving webinar series highlighting current issues in family, business, and leadership. Allow yourself time to connect, learn and engage. These conversations are free and open to all. Registration is required.


CREA Webinar Series: Dealing with Labor & Employment Issues During the Pandemic

When: Thursday, April 23 at 10:00 a.m.


Entrepreneur in Residence and Attorney at Law, Nate Cook, will lead a panel discussion on legal and practical issues business owners should consider when creating recovery plans to re-engage the workforce. Nate will be joined by panelists Harry Katz, Paul Wagner, and Ken Rother. Please register if you plan to attend.


eLab Virtual Demo Day

Tuesday, April 28, 3-4:00 p.m. ET

Register for Demo Day

 Join this year’s virtual Demo Day to watch and engage with five startups from Cornell’s 2020 eLab program as they present their businesses and respond to your questions live. eLab is a student accelerator that empowers and trains student participants to launch scalable businesses. Student teams spend one year evolving their business plans, speaking with potential customers, pitching to investors, and preparing for launch.


IBM Call for Code: COVID-19  — Initial submission deadline is April 27th.

For details, go to: https://developer.ibm.com/callforcode/getstarted/covid-19/

IBM invites all Cornell students to use open source technology in the cloud to build solutions that can provide crisis communication, remote education, and community cooperation during the COVID-19 crisis. At the IBM Think Conference on May 5th, top submissions will vie for $200,000 award to be used for further development and deployment by a global partnership network.