W.E. Cornell program helps women in STEM overcome entrepreneurship challenges

The W.E. Cornell program helps STEM women commercialize their innovations and overcome the challenges of leading a growing technology-based business. Combining a proven entrepreneurship curriculum with a focus on leadership development and empowerment, participants will finish the program prepared to take the next steps in their entrepreneurship journey.

The Kauffman Foundation, a nonprofit that focuses on researching the entrepreneurial climate in the United States and supporting entrepreneurship programs, identifies some of the key barriers facing women entrepreneurs:

  • Mentors are in short supply
  • Implicit biases exist against women entrepreneurs
  • Lack of access to venture capital 1

The W.E. Cornell program is a guided entrepreneurship and leadership program that helps women in STEM overcome these challenges. Participants will have the opportunity to:

  • Meet experienced mentors and STEM entrepreneurs to grow their network
  • Build leadership skills to commercialize their innovations through a proven program
  • Hone their market fit and customer base with a travel stipend of up to $3,000
  • Launch their innovations and pitch investors and community members

The program will require an estimated time commitment of two hours per week during the school year, with a 10 hour intensive during a week in mid-January. Participants will be expected to:

  • Participate in 6-7 interactive workshops
  • Network with 5-10 potential mentors
  • Participate in an National Science Foundation I-Corps Short Course
  • Present at a closing celebration and demo day

At the end of the program, participants will work with mentors to identify subsequent entrepreneurship resources at Cornell and in the community. They will graduate with a clear focus on next steps and a strong support network of fellow entrepreneurs.

The program is open to all STEM women, including women-identified and non-binary students at Cornell.


1 “Women Entrepreneurs are Key to Accelerating Growth.” Entrepreneurship Policy Digest, Kauffman Foundation. 20 July 2015.

Photo by Sasha Israel, courtesy of Cornell CALS

 

Epperson Entrepreneurship Fund

The Epperson Entrepreneurship Fund provides summer funding for STEM women entrepreneurs working to advance their innovations. The program is designed for Cornell students who wish to spend the summer pursuing their entrepreneurial ideas free from the concern of supporting themselves in a traditional paid job setting. Funding up to $5,000 is provided to STEM women-identified and non-binary students who present ideas through the application process. Applications for 2020 are now closed.

About the Program Director: Andrea Ippolito

Andrea IppolitoAndrea Ippolito is a Lecturer in the College of Engineering and College of Business at Cornell University. She recently completed her role as the Director of the Innovators Network at the Department of Veterans Affairs and she previously served as a Presidential Innovation Fellow at the VA Center for Innovation based out of the White House Office of Science Technology Policy and General Services Administration. She previously was a Ph.D. student in the Engineering Systems Division at MIT, co-founder of Smart Scheduling, Innovation Specialist at the Brigham & Women’s Hospital Innovation Hub, and Co-Director of MIT’s Hacking Medicine. She also served as a Product Innovation Manager at athenaHealth and completed her M.S. in Engineering and Management at MIT. Prior to MIT, Ippolito worked as a Research Scientist within the Corporate Technology Development group at Boston Scientific. She obtained both her B.S. in Biological Engineering in 2006 and Master of Engineering in Biomedical Engineering in 2007 from Cornell University.

Tax Advice for Start-ups and Entrepreneurs Webinar May 21

Join eCornell and the Center for Regional Economic Advancement at Cornell University on May 21, at 10:00 a.m. EST for the webinar, Tax Advice for Startups and Entrepreneurs. 

Tax issues create some of the biggest headaches for startups and entrepreneurs even in the best of times. But with the COVID-19 factor, tackling your taxes could now be all the more challenging. As part of the government response to the pandemic’s economic impact, there are new filing dates, different loan stipulations, changes to benefit policies, and a host of other measure that can impact your business.  

The panel of tax and legal experts will cut through the clutter and address some of the most important COVID-related changes that will impact business decisions over the next few months.  

Moderator: 

·         Nate Cook, Cornell SC Johnson College of Business and Cornell Engineering Lecturer 

Panelists: 

·         Rick Rienhold, Visiting Professor of the Practice at the Cornell Law School 

·         Renata Dabrowska, Head, Outsourced Accounting at Sciarabba Walker 

·         Robert Green, Professor at the Cornell Law School 

 Watch online:  

This interactive webinar will be held on the eCornell platform. Please register for the webinar here. 

TEC hosting annual Graduate Pitch Competition

TEC is hosting its annual cash-prize Graduate Pitch Competition on May 14th (time: TBD, duration: ~1.5 hours, location: Zoom).

$750 will be awarded to the winning team, and $250 will be awarded to the runner up.

How to participate: Please reply to this email (cornelltec@gmail.com) with (1) a slide deck, (2) team bios, including degree and department affiliation, and (3) the location/time zone you intend to present from before 5 PM on Friday, May 8th. RSVP here to receive event updates. Teams selected to pitch will be notified via email.

Eligibility: Startups or ideas can be in any area with a focus on science or technology. Teams must be comprised primarily of graduate students. There are no restrictions on size, though teams will be limited to two presenters. Preference given to early-stage ideas and submissions from non-MBA students. Teams will have 7 minutes to pitch, followed by a 6 minute Q&A session with our judges.

Please email me (aue2@cornell.edu) with any questions.

Entrepreneurship updates from eShip@Cornell

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 powered by Techstars at Cornell

We hope everyone’s first days of virtual classes went well. Despite these unprecedented times, Blackstone LaunchPad 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.

 

CREA Webinar Series: Equity Crowdfunding– Skipping VCs and Connecting with Passionate Investors

When: May 7, 10:00 a.m. EST

Register now.

With the economy upended by COVID-19, venture capitalists are most risk=averse than ever. To raise money in this new environment, startups in need of initial backing and businesses seeking funding for a new venture will have to get creative. Crowdfunding can be a successful alternative for attracting capital. By seeking out a group of consumers who are passionate about your company’s vision, you can connect with a larger group of smaller investors who are willing to help fund a product of service they want. A panel of startup and crowdfunding experts will discuss the best ways to plan and execute a crowdfunding campaign in our current economic climate.

 

What you’ll learn:

•What equity crowdfunding is, how it works, and why you should use it

•How much funding startups can realistically plan to raise through a crowdfunding campaign in today’s economic climate

•How to best persuade the public to invest in your startup or business venture

•Strategies for leveraging your first successful crowdfunding campaign for additional future investments

Episode No. 4: Expanding to a Second Sphere of Activity 
Thursday May 7 at 12pm EDT

Grow-NY applicants will have to consider their presence in our region, whether they are headquartered elsewhere. Nordetect has a user-friendly portable device for analysing biochemicals that has applications for agriculture and beyond. They are based in Copenhagen, but are following a path that will put them in Rochester, too. Learn about what it is like to operate in a second geographical sphere of activity.

With founder of Nordetect Keenan Pinto, Jim Senall the executive director of NextCorps, and engineering student Shiang-Wan Chin.
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/lunch-specials-food-ag-innovation-chats-tickets-102373158874?fbclid=IwAR1-r5vdzByN2BupdSbckMFHEsM8fXVtAf0eXQeSFhxYmIY3mqx_dl7NoTE

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.

 

Connected Conversations 

May 6th, 12:00pm – 1:00pm ET

John Engels, Engels Leadership Coaching

Managing Anxiety: At Home, In Business

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.

 

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. 

Social Enterprise at Cornell to host Social Enterprise Entrepreneurship panel May 6

This Wednesday, May 6th, Social Enterprise at Cornell will be hosting a Social Enterprise Entrepreneurship panel called How To Become A Student Entrepreneur from 8:00PM to 9:00PM ET. This event will be a conversation with several Cornell entrepreneurs who currently run their own organizations that make an impact. You will have the chance to learn about the impetus for their organization, current work, and their vision for the future, as well as the journey of building your own organization.

The organizations/speakers at the panel will be:

  • GreenClub(Alex Li): A non-profit that makes it easy for anyone to act on climate change. To date, we have offset over 500 tons or 1 million pounds of Carbon dioxide emissions.
  • Pedicure(Jessica Tao): A toenail trimmer designed for those who can’t reach their feet. We know that nail care is a hard problem to solve alone. PediCure hopes to empower those unable to reach their feet ranging from the injured, elderly, to anyone who can’t reach their feet.
  • Makers for COVID-19(Karina Popovich): A coalition of individual hobbyists and 3D-printer owners all around the United States and the world. Together, we are supporting medical professionals on the frontlines with 3D-printed PPE along with other medical shortages
  • Millions Meal Foundation(Samay Bansal): “My vision is for us to provide at least 1,000,000 meals to communities around the world who are battling food insecurity. One major strategy is to partner with organizations that are doing great work in a similar field.”
  • Interwoven Bracelet(Alexa Torres): A beaded jewelry company that aims to support local artisans in the Huichol community in Northern Mexico to improve the lives of the Huichol people through sharing their talents and crafts.
  • Moroccan Youth Social Entrepreneurs Group(Ghali Jorio): An organization that aims to empower Moroccan Youth to start social enterprises and contribute through an online program, a summer camp, a national conference and an online platform for Moroccan Youth to Serve, Educate, and Connect.

Please use this Zoom link to attend the event: https://cornell.zoom.us/j/93163674846?status=success

In the midst of everything that is going on, we are striving for a return to normalcy by hosting events, discussions, and panels that allow for continued engagement. We look forward to your attendance!

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.

Register

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.

CREA hosting COVID-focused webinar: “Remote Leadership in Startups and Small Business”

CREA is hosting a COVID-focused webinar on April 9 titled “Remote Leadership in Startups and Small Business”

Thursday, April 9, 10-11 a.m.

Entrepreneur in Residence Steve Sauer will lead an interactive webinar focused on leading remote teams and how the theories and science apply to startups and small businesses. Further discussions with panelists will include insight from CEOs on leading companies while working from home and hiring new employees in a virtual world. Participants will have the opportunity to as questions at the end of the season. Please RSVP.

TEC Announces Graduate Pitch Competition

TEC is announcing its annual Graduate Pitch Competition for May 2020 (date TBD). Cash prizes of $750 and $150 will be awarded to the first and second place teams respectively. The pitch is a two-part event: Ken Rother, one of our judges, will first host a workshop via zoom on how to give a pitch. Even if you don’t have an idea/startup in mind, you are welcome to join this workshop.

Date and time: April 8th, 5 – 6 PM.

Zoom linkhttps://zoom.us/j/705007880

RSVP: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/101646286780

Ken’s bio: Ken is a career entrepreneur with decades of experience in tech entrepreneurship (CV). In addition to teaching appointments in both Cornell’s College of Business and College of Engineering, he is the Managing Director at eLab and the Director of Hardware Entrepreneurship at REV, among several other active engagements. He shares his expertise with us via an interactive, nuts and bolts lesson on how to prepare and deliver a pitch to investors.

Pitch competition eligibility: Startups/ideas can be in any area with a focus on technology, and teams must be composed primarily of grad students. Teams selected to pitch will be notified, with preference given to early-stage ideas and submissions from non-MBA students. More details will be provided later.

Please reach out to Alec Ernst, (aue2@cornell.edu) with any questions.

Entrepreneurs in Residence Available to Meet Online

During the COVID-19 crisis, Cornell Engineering’s Entrepreneurs-in-Residence are still available to meet online with faculty, postdocs, and Ph.D. candidates who are interested in learning more about commercialization and entrepreneurship.

Not sure if commercialization or entrepreneurship are right for you? Schedule an online meeting with one of the experienced entrepreneurs on our team to learn more. Our Entrepreneurs-in-Residence can help you explore the entrepreneurship landscape, put you in touch with like-minded alumni, and connect you to programs to help you get started—no matter where you are on your journey.

Visit the Entrepreneurs-in-Residence page to schedule an online appointment.