Euwyn Poon was born in Singapore and moved to Canada as a young lad. His entrepreneurial tendencies and drive were evident at a young age. He entered Cornell University at the age of 15. After graduating with a degree in computer science, he went to Cornell Law School. It was during a sabbatical from Simpson Thacher, a top NYC law firm, he got the entrepreneurial bug and joined Y-Combinator. Euwyn is a great observer of the inefficiencies that surround us and turning them into business opportunities. He started Spin after a trip to China. Less than two years later, he sold it to Ford Motor Company.
The New York Business Plan Competition is the only leading collegiate business plan competition that is a regionally coordinated, collaborative, statewide program. With thousands in prizes, it is one of the largest collegiate business plan competitions in the world.
** THE BUSINESS VENTURE MUST BE AT LEAST 80% OWNED BY A STUDENT
Dates to remember:
- 2/1/19 – Applications Open
- 4/3/19 – Applications Due
- 4/10/19 – Presentations Due
- 4/13/19 – Regional Competition in Binghamton
- 4/26/19 – State Competition in Albany
Technology Entrepreneurship at Cornell (TEC) will be hosting a pitch competition for graduate students on Monday April 22nd. You will have the opportunity to showcase your entrepreneurial spirit and pitch your startup or startup idea in front of judges and win cash prizes.
TEC Graduate Pitch Competition: 1st place prize – $1,000 2nd place prize – $250
Startup/ideas can be in any area and teams must be composed of primarily graduate students (no restrictions on size). To enter, please submit pitch deck and team bio to email@example.com by Friday April 19th 5pm. Teams selected to pitch will be notified, with preference given to early-stage ideas and submissions from non-MBA students. Pitches will be limited to 6 minutes followed by 6 minutes Q&A with judges.
For questions, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
Pitch competition time: Monday, April 22nd 5-7PM
Location: eHub Kennedy Hall
Open to all current Cornell Undergraduate Students. Eight finalists will be determined by a group of experienced entrepreneurs, social entrepreneurs, non-profit, and business professionals. Semi-finalists will also receive consultations with a mentor/coach about their idea and ways to improve their submission.
$9,000 in prizes are supported by the Vijay (M.Eng. ’75) and Sita Vashee Promising Entrepreneur Award Endowment Fund.
- 1st Place Business Category- $3000
- 2nd Place Business Category- $1000
- 3rd Place Business Category- $500
- 1st Place Social Category- $3000
- 2nd Place Social Category- $1000
- 3rd Place Social Category- $500
- March 8, 2019 Application Deadline
- March 22, 2019 Eight Finalists Announced
- April 12, 2019 BIG Idea Competition Finale –Three minutes to present to live audience of peers, faculty, entrepreneurs, distinguished guests, and public audience this year at eHub Collegetown, Third Floor (305 Multipurpose Room). The winners will be selected based upon a combination of rankings by judges and audience popular vote.
An idea can be submitted by a “team” (consisting of multiple people), but all team members must be current Cornell Undergraduate Students. Only one person needs to fill out the form and put their name on it.
If you have previously entered The Big Idea Competition (formerly known as The Undergraduate Business Idea Competition), you can re-enter your exact same idea or a different idea. If you previously won prize money from the competition, you are not allowed to enter your previous winning idea.
Entries must be early-stage ideas, and not developed businesses. As such, an idea that already has a functioning business associated with it will not be accepted. Specifically, the idea:
- Cannot be generating revenues
- Cannot already have received funding or financing of any form
- Must not have previously been accepted into an accelerator or incubator
- Cannot have any legal form of incorporation
Once submitted the idea is finalized for that round, if the team/individuals advance in the competition the idea may be amended based on comments and feedback from mentor/coach. Although amendments can be made, the fundamental idea cannot change from round to round.
The Plant Biology Graduate Student Association is hosting an “alternative” career development event — in reflection on the small percentage of PhDs who are likely to remain in academia after graduating. We are hosting a Q&A panel of leaders in the IP/innovation space with a networking social to follow. The event will take place on Friday March 15th from 3-5PM in Weill Hall 224.
The goals of the event are to give attendees a sense of both what their roles might be if they pursue this type of career and the types of non-science professionals with whom they would be working. We are inviting graduate students in diverse fields to participate to create opportunities to practice sharing our work with non-expert professionals and recognize the power of interdisciplinary dialogue.
Contribute panel questions here
The deadline for the Commercialization Fellows program has been extended by a week to March 7, 2019.
Cornell Engineering is now offering Commercialization Fellowships—a unique opportunity for Ph.D. students to spend a fully-funded semester and summer in an intensive entrepreneurship program with a personal mentor to explore commercializing a product of the student’s choosing. From intellectual property management to supply chains, students will learn the tools, methods and skills for bringing a product or technology to market.
The fellowship experience will enable deep experiential learning in the commercial side of innovation, and one-on-one mentoring assures a deep, personalized educational experience unmatched by traditional entrepreneurship programs.
Learn more about the Commercialization Fellowship curriculum and the expected commitment of participants
New deadline to apply is March 7, 2019. The application and instructions are available through the link below.
By: Kathy Hovis , Cornell Chronicle
January 23, 2019
Entrepreneurship at Cornell has announced that biotech leader Dr. Leonard S. Schleifer ’73 has been named Cornell Entrepreneur of the Year for 2019. He will be honored April 11-12 during Celebration, Entrepreneurship at Cornell’s annual conference in Ithaca.
The universitywide program gives the award annually to a Cornellian who exemplifies entrepreneurial achievement, community service and high ethical standards.
“The Cornell Entrepreneur of the Year honor is Cornell’s highest recognition for our entrepreneurial alumni. Regeneron is a powerhouse in biotech, and we are delighted that Dr. Schleifer has accepted the award,” said Zach Shulman ’87, J.D. ’90, director of Entrepreneurship at Cornell.
Schleifer, who majored in biological sciences in the College of Arts & Sciences with a concentration in neurobiology and behavior, founded Regeneron in 1988 and is currently its president, chief executive officer and a board member. He is also a licensed physician, certified in neurology by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology.
Together with Dr. George Yancopoulos, founding scientist, president and chief scientific officer, Schleifer built Regeneron from a tiny startup into one of the world’s leading biotechnology companies. The company has had seven treatments approved by the Food and Drug Administration and 20 investigational medicines to help patients with eye disease, heart disease, allergic and inflammatory diseases, pain, cancer, infectious diseases and rare diseases.
Schleifer has been named repeatedly to Harvard Business Review’s list of best-performing CEOs in the world, as well as to Yale School of Management’s Legends in Leadership list, and he was honored as an E&Y Life Sciences Entrepreneur of the Year. Under his leadership, Regeneron has earned top honors as the best place to work in the annual Science magazine employer ranking and is consistently ranked among the most innovative companies by Forbes magazine.
The BenDaniel Venture Challenge application is now live. For all details and to apply, please visit: http://www.brventurefund.com/bvc.
The Challenge is an annual innovation contest aimed at providing exposure, support, and funding to entrepreneurial Cornellians/NY local startups. The Challenge will help develop business ideas to actionable and high-impact ventures. Last year, this challenge had high-volume participation and received more than 70 qualified business plan demos.
The Challenge will be a half-day event. A select group of participants will have the chance to pitch their business ideas to the judge panel. Prizes will be awarded to the top three finalists, including non-dilutive cash up to $50,000.
Applications are due by March 1, 2019.
Find the details of the finalists from previous years at http://www.brventurefund.com/bvc.
The Cornell Engineering Innovation Award Competition is an exciting opportunity for entrepreneurial students from across the breadth of engineering majors. The Innovation Competition offers student teams that have been working on developing physical prototypes and more fully demonstrated innovations the chance to compete for prizes to support their next stages in the development of their “real world” ideation and concept demonstration experiences. This competition will support will enable students who win the awards to continue with their goal of bringing new products to market.
The Cornell Engineering Innovation Award Competition is a college-wide competition open to all engineering students. Students who have developed business concepts and prototypes in their own “garages” and outside the formal engineering curriculum are encouraged to apply.
The innovation teams may include a broad range of students from across the entire university (for example students with expertise in user interface design) and from all levels (undergraduate to Ph.D.). However, as an undergraduate focused competition, undergraduate students from the engineering college must constitute a majority of each participating team.
One information session will be held January 24, 2019. Another will be held February 21, 2019. Applications due March 14, 2019. Click Innovation Awards for details.