Engineering lecturer raises $500,000 in pre-seed funding

SimpliFed, an Ithaca-based startup specializing in providing new parents with lactation and baby-feeding support, recently announced that it raised $500,000 in pre-seed funding.

The startup, which offers easy accAndrea Ippolito has a lactation start-up that is raising pre-seed fundsess to virtual lactation consulting appointments, is on a mission to increase the rates of breastfeeding initiation and duration for those that can and want to breastfeed. As a mother herself, founder and CEO Andrea Ippoltio was inspired to start SimpliFed following the struggles she faced breastfeeding after she had her first daughter.  

Through SimpliFed, Ippolito, who is also a lecturer in Cornell University’s College of Engineering and SC Johnson College of Business, has synergized her background in biomedical engineering and telehealth expertise to create a business that empowers parents with the information and support they need during the first months of their infant’s life.

The funding in this pre-seed round, led by Third Culture Capital, will be used to continue to grow the company’s footprint. Immediate priorities include hiring additional lactation consultants and launching a clinical study with 1,000 new parents.

“The U.S. culture has evolved over the years, and millennials are the next-generation moms who have a different ask, and SimpliFed is here at the right time,” Julien Pham, managing partner at Third Culture Capital in a statement to TechCrunch. “Andrea is just a dynamo. We love her energy and how she is at the front line of this as a mother herself — she is most qualified to do this, and we support her.”

Read more about the startup’s funding milestone in TechCrunch.

BECOMING AN ENTREPRENEUR The Different Paths to Founder and CEO

Your journey to becoming an entrepreneur could take many paths. You could build a family business, take advantage of a successful franchise opportunity, or launch your own startup with high-growth potential. Another side of entrepreneurship is launching a non-profit or business focused on social good. The creative side of you could bring inspiration to a family business, or the business skills you possess may be invaluable to an innovator already focused on a new product/service. Or, if you are the technologist, do you license your technology or identify partners to take your innovation to market?

Join this webinar co-hosted by the Johnson eClub at Cornell and Cornell SC Johnson College of Business to examine the pros and cons of the various types of entrepreneurship. You will get insider insight from successful founders and CEOs managing companies representing a variety of business models.

Registration.

Women Entrepreneurs Cornell (WE Cornell) – Phase 1 Application – Fall 2021

The W.E. Cornell (Women Entrepreneurs 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.

Timeline (students will be accepted on a rolling basis)
Application due: Thursday, October 7, 11:59pm
Application decisions will be sent out by: Friday, October 8, 5pm

Phase 1 Cohort Events

October 22 – WE Cornell Kickoff

October 29 – Ideation Workshop
November 5 – STEM Founder Series #1
November 19 – Women’s Entrepreneurship Day (optional dinner social)
December 3 – STEM Founder Series #2
December 7 – Entrepreneurial Readiness Workshop

Questions?
Contact the program team by emailing we-cornell@cornell.edu

Black Entrepreneurs in Training Kickoff Community Gathering

Join us on Friday, October 1st for a community gathering and roundtable discussion led by Cornell alumnus and founder of BET, Jehron Petty (’20).

Due to current COVID safety guidelines at Cornell , food will no longer be served to attendees. This is subject to change in conjunction with evolving COVID guidelines.

As the CEO of ColorStack, a nonprofit focused on helping Black and Latinx computer science students across the country, Petty has cultivated an expansive online community of BIPOC students.

Enjoy an engaging conversation with like-minded students interested in entrepreneurship and discover what the BET community will offer throughout the fall semester, while learning from the BET founder himself.

Spaces are limited. Reserve your spot for this engaging, inspiring event today.

A Call to Action: New Climate Tech Track

Black student entrepreneurs with innovations in ALL FIELDS are encouraged join BET. Yet, as we review the recent Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change report and its more precise forecasts for the 21st Century warning of increased severe weather devastation, we strongly encourage diverse leaders to respond to this “call to action” and apply their innovations to help solve our local, national, and global climate challenges. Tied to this, we are excited to announce a climate tech “track” focused on empowering founders in this arena with additional mentorship, coaching, and resources.

Accessibility:

Please contact Monika Crosby (mlc258@cornell.edu) at least three days prior to the event with any accessibility needs.

Cornell Engineering Intellectual Property (IP) Workshop

Attend this virtual workshop on Thursday, October 7 (12:00 p.m. ET) to learn how to build a proper intellectual property (IP) strategy. Participants will receive the knowledge and tools to assess whether their IP needs to be protected, discover the most common types of IP protection, explore different patent filing strategies, and much more.

Hosted by Cornell Engineering, this virtual workshop will be moderated by Zach Zaremba the Entrepreneurship Law Clinic at the Cornell Law School. Panelists include: Aleksandar Nikolic, Klausner Cook; and Jack Rudnick, Syracuse Innovation Law Center.

Accessibility:

Closed Captioning will be available. If you need additional assistance, please contact Monika Crosby (mlc258@cornell.edu)

Cornell Engineering Entrepreneurship Information Session

Friday, September 17 from Noon to 1:30 in Upson 116.

Interested in learning more about Cornell entrepreneurship opportunities in Engineering and beyond? This event is for you! Stop by this tabling showcase to learn about a variety of programs and ask questions all in one place. The following programs will be in attendance:

UNY NSF I-Corps

UNY I-Corps offers local and national training courses with NSF funding to help researchers get out of the lab and explore the market potential of their discoveries. The Upstate New York I-Corps Node combines the experience of the nation’s top university R&D region with the entrepreneurial knowledge of experienced mentors and faculty. Our teams work together to connect skilled researchers to valuable resources through national and regional I-Corps programming.

BioEntrepreneurship Initiative

Cornell’s BioEntrepreneurship initiative offers Johnson MBA students and doctoral life scientists from across Cornell’s campuses the opportunity to immerse themselves in real-world startup creation. Participants receive the tools, training, and connections they need to launch their own life science startups through a certificate program offered by the Samuel Curtis Johnson Graduate School of Management.

Black Entrepreneurs in Training (BET)

BET is dedicated to inspiring, informing, and initiating the next wave of Black student entrepreneurs. It was found that Black students either weren’t aware of the entrepreneurship resources at Cornell, or they were aware but not confident enough to participate. BET empowers Black students to take advantage of the vast portfolio of entrepreneurial resources Cornell has to offer with a year-long introduction to entrepreneurship, a close-knit community, and tailored support.

eLab Student Accelerator

eLab is a student accelerator that launches 10-15 real businesses each year. Teams spend one year evolving their business plan, speaking with potential customers, pitching to investors, and preparing for launch. The cohort graduates with the experience, skills, and connections to launch a successful business.

Kessler Fellows

The Kessler Fellows program is open to all juniors at Cornell University that have a strong interest in entrepreneurship. Students engage in a semester-long immersion aimed to help them cultivate their entrepreneurial readiness before their fully-funded summer experience with a startup.

Rev Hardware Accelerators

Rev supports three hardware programs, Prototyping Hardware Accelerator, Manufacturing Hardware Accelerator, and the ClimateTech Prototyping Hardware Accelerator. Rev hosts a series of speakers and workshops for entrepreneurs to grow their network with thought leaders, industry experts, and successful startups. The incubator also has a state-of-the-art prototyping lab that is open to all hardware program participants as well as Rev member companies.

W.E. Cornell

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.

 

Accessibility:

Please contact Monika Crosby (mlc258@cornell.edu) at least three days prior to the event with any accessibility needs.

Black Entrepreneurs in Training Recruitment Event

Did you know that Black startup founders receive less than 1% of venture capital funding annually and less than 30 Black women have ever raised more than $1 million dollars in venture capital funding?

Space is limited , so please RSVP to attend.

Black Entrepreneurs in Training (BET) at Cornell University, a community dedicated to inspiring, informing, and initiating the next wave of Black entrepreneurs at Cornell University, is working to change that narrative. Through a series of community events, BET aims to connect Black student entrepreneurs and introduce them to Cornell’s robust portfolio of entrepreneurship programs, opportunities, and resources.

BET is currently recruiting for Fall 2021 and invites you to join them for a Recruitment Event on September 10 (6:00 p.m. ET) at Upson Lounge (Room 116) to learn more about BET and to connect with like-minded Black entrepreneurs.

A Call to Action: New Climate Tech Track

Black student entrepreneurs with innovations in ALL FIELDS are encouraged join BET. Yet, as we review the recent Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change report and its more precise forecasts for the 21st Century warning of increased severe weather devastation, we strongly encourage diverse leaders to respond to this “call to action” and apply their innovations to help solve our local, national, and global climate challenges. Tied to this, we are excited to announce a climate tech “track” focused on empowering founders in this arena with additional mentorship, coaching, and resources.

Register here.

Accessibility:

Please contact Monika Crosby (mlc258@cornell.edu) at least three days prior to the event with any accessibility needs.

Entrepreneurship events week of September 6-10

Wednesday, September 8 (1:00 p.m. ET) – Scientist to CEO: Turning Life Science Innovations into Startup Success
Register for the virtual keynote.

Most of our modern life science innovations are born from the efforts of talented research scientists. The journey these innovations take to get into the hands of the public is quite complex. Meanwhile, the researchers behind the innovations also undergo a significant journey to adopt new skills and transition from biologist to businessperson. In this webcast, hosted by the SC Johnson College of Business’ BioEntrepreneurship Initiative and the Cornell Engineering, you’ll gain hard-earned advice from leading scientists who overcame industry challenges and who have collectively raised over $275M to launch and scale successful health tech startups.

 

 

Thursday, September 9 (11:00 a.m. ET) – SBIR Workshop: Application Funding Process & Funding for Startups
Register for the virtual information session.

Join Kirk Macolini, President of InteliSpark, LLC for this workshop as he shares insight on the SBIR application process and how to find other non-dilutive funding sources. Macolini will discuss and answer questions related to strategies for writing and submitting a successful proposal and the SBIR/STTR Assistance Program, which can help eligible companies, based in upstate New York, hire a qualified grant writing consultant to help them develop a proposal. After you register, you will receive access to the SBIR / STTR video series, a set of short videos that we encourage you to view prior to the workshop with valuable background information.

Entrepreneurship Kickoff this Thursday

4:30pm at eHub Collegetown

An event open to all members of the Cornell community during which you will:

  • Receive an overview of the rapidly growing Entrepreneurship at Cornell ecosystem
  • Watch select eLab applicants’ pitches
  • Interact with live representatives from over 20 academic and entrepreneurship programs
  • Connect with other students interested in developing entrepreneurial skills and doing eship
  • Registration for this event is optional but encouraged if you’re interested in connecting with other attendees pre and post event.

September 2021 Entrepreneurship events

September is jam-packed with events and opportunities for Cornell entrepreneurs!

 

Tuesday, September 7 (11:00 a.m. ET) – Manufacturing Hardware Accelerator Information Session

Register for the virtual information session.

Tune in to a virtual information session to learn more about Rev: Ithaca Startup Works’ Manufacturing Hardware Accelerator. The Manufacturing Hardware Accelerator is a cohort-based program open to startups based anywhere in the U.S. that have a fully functional prototype and have identified their customer market. The second cohort of the 60-week program will begin in October 2021. Applications are being accepted through September 20.

Wednesday, September 8 (1:00 p.m. ET) – Scientist to CEO: Turning Life Science Innovations into Startup Success
Register for the virtual keynote.

Most of our modern life science innovations are born from the efforts of talented research scientists. The journey these innovations take to get into the hands of the public is quite complex. Meanwhile, the researchers behind the innovations also undergo a significant journey to adopt new skills and transition from biologist to businessperson. In this webcast, hosted by the SC Johnson College of Business’ BioEntrepreneurship Initiative and the Cornell Engineering, you’ll gain hard-earned advice from leading scientists who overcame industry challenges and who have collectively raised over $275M to launch and scale successful health tech startups.

 

 

Thursday, September 9 (11:00 a.m. ET) – SBIR Workshop: Application Funding Process & Funding for Startups
Register for the virtual information session.

Join Kirk Macolini, President of InteliSpark, LLC for this workshop as he shares insight on the SBIR application process and how to find other non-dilutive funding sources. Macolini will discuss and answer questions related to strategies for writing and submitting a successful proposal and the SBIR/STTR Assistance Program, which can help eligible companies, based in upstate New York, hire a qualified grant writing consultant to help them develop a proposal. After you register, you will receive access to the SBIR / STTR video series, a set of short videos that we encourage you to view prior to the workshop with valuable background information.

 

 

Friday, September 17 (12:00 p.m. ET), Upson Lounge (Room 116) – Cornell Engineering Entrepreneurship Information Session

Register for this in-person event.

Drop into the Upson Lounge (Room 116) on Friday, September 17 (12 – 1:30 p.m. ET) to learn more about entrepreneurship opportunities at Cornell Engineering and beyond. Representatives from the following programs will be on hand to share information and answer questions: Black Entrepreneurs in Training (BET)Cornell Engineering Commercialization FellowshipeLabKessler FellowsRev: Ithaca Startup Works’ Hardware AcceleratorsW.E. Cornell, and more.

 

 

Wednesday, September 22 (4:30 p.m. ET), Sage Hall – BioEntrepreneurship Information Session
Register for this in-person event.

Cornell’s BioEntrepreneurship Fellowship offers Johnson MBA students and life science researchers from across Cornell’s campuses the opportunity to immerse themselves in real-world startup creation. Participants receive the tools, training, and connections they need to launch their own life science startups through a certificate program offered by the Samuel Curtis Johnson Graduate School of Management.

Attend an information session on Wednesday, September 22 (4:30 p.m. ET) at Sage Hall to learn more about the program and hear from Cornell alumna, Marla Beyer MBA/MHA ’20.

Beyer is the CEO and Founder of Hopscotch, a software company designed to support the unique needs of pediatric behavioral health professionals. Hopscotch competed against over more than 60 student teams from the U.S. and Ireland to win the $25,000 first prize at this year’s Blackstone LaunchPad’s Startup Grind Pitch Competition and a week after launching the company, Beyer garnered over a thousand active users.

 

 

Thursday, September 23 (12:00 p.m. ET), Upson Lounge (Room 116) – Cornell Engineering Faculty and Graduate Student Luncheon: Lessons Learned from SBIR Awardees
Register for this in-person event.
 

Interested in learning more about Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) funding? Join us on Thursday, September 23 (12:00 p.m. ET) at Upson Lounge (Room 116) for a complimentary luncheon (take-away lunches will be provided) hosted by Cornell Engineering’s Entrepreneurs in Residence. A panel of successful Cornell Engineering alumni and SBIR awardees will be present to share their experiences with SBIR funding, including best practices for applying and challenges faced during the application process, as well as updates on the progress they have been able to make on their innovations since being awarded an SBIR grant.

 

 

Thursday, September 23 (6:00 – 8:30 p.m. ET) – Networking@Rev: Former Student Startups Take Flight
Register for this in-person event.

Based in a college town, Rev: Ithaca Startup Works has been a touchpoint for many student startups over the years. Some of those students stepped away from their original pursuits, some pivoted and changed directions, and others took flight. Join Rev: Ithaca Startup Works on Thursday, September 23 (6:00 – 8:30 p.m. ET) to catch up with several former students about their startup journeys and see where they have landed. All are welcome and admission is free. Because space is limited, you must RSVP in advance to attend.