Nominate or Apply for Student Business of the Year

Applications are open for Entrepreneurship at Cornell’s Student Business of the Year Award. Emphasis is on the business and the team behind it, not just on the entrepreneur. The award will recognize commitment to developing and operating a successful business while pursuing an education. The cash prize is $5,000. Apply now.

Applications are open for 2021 Commercialization Fellowships


Please think about applying for a Commercialization Fellowship, an opportunity for Cornell Engineering Ph.D. students to take a deep dive into the commercialization process and potential real-world applications of university technology. The program supports fellows financially so they can focus on the work, instead of dividing their energy between multiple projects. By doing this, Cornell is putting an emphasis on commercialization skills as an academic pursuit, instead of an extracurricular activity. Applications close Feb. 22. Apply now.

Entrepreneur-in-Residence Workshop: Growing a Team

As startups gain customers and identify new customer markets, they need to grow their internal teams to keep pace. They also face new challenges: Founders start manage people that are managing others, HR policies are forced to mature, and the company culture evolves quickly.

Join us on Wednesday February 17 (1:30 p.m. EST) for Growing a Team with Entrepreneur in Residence, Steve Sauer, to learn best practices for growing a startup team including how to add team members strategically to create a high-functioning, scalable organization with specialized expertise and distinct areas of responsibility.

Sauer is a senior lecturer of Management and Organizations at the Samuel Curtis Johnson Graduate School of Management at Cornell University. His research and teaching activities focus on issues of leadership, team processes, and status and diversity in management.

This event is hosted by Cornell Engineering, Johnson eClub, and Rev: Ithaca Startup Works.

Prototyping Hardware Accelerator Information Session–Feb. 4

The Prototyping Hardware Accelerator, offered by Rev: Ithaca Startup Works Hardware Accelerator, in partnership with Cornell Engineering, is a deep dive into exploring hardware entrepreneurship through an intensive 11-week summer program.

The program is free and open to the public. Applications for Summer 2021 of the Prototyping Hardware Accelerator are now open and will be reviewed on a rolling basis.

Selected teams are led through a process for determining if their ideas are commercially desirable, technologically viable, and economically feasible. Upon completion of the program, hardware alums are positioned to recruit team members, bring on partners, work with contract manufacturers, and pitch to investors.

In addition to an innovative philosophy and methodology designed to help teams move from a “back of the napkin” idea to a testable prototype, Rev also offers use of its state-of-the-art purpose-built prototyping lab and opportunities for participants grow their network of thought leaders, industry experts, and successful startups.

Climate Technology Track Available: New to this year’s Prototyping Hardware Accelerator is a focused climate tech track for hardware entrepreneurs working on innovations that support the decarbonization of the economy.

Interested in learning more? Register for a virtual information session on Thursday, February 4 (1:00 EST) to learn more about the program’s benefits, schedule, and expectations. Attendees will also have the chance to hear from successful hardware program alumni.

Register for the session here

Why is the Time Ripe for Hardware Companies?

Join The Next Startup Wave: Why the Time Is Ripe for Hardware Companies on Wednesday, Feb. 3 (1:00 p.m. EST) for an eCornell keynote featuring a panel of hardware experts from Rev: Ithaca Startup Works Hardware Accelerator and Cornell Engineering. The panelists will examine the unique obstacles faced by hardware startups, identify solutions, and share their thoughts on what traits make for the most successful hardware companies.

I-Corps Regional Course “Health Technology” Hosted by Weill Cornell – January 2021

January 4 – January 28

Course Overview:

In this 3.5 week virtual course, researchers working on a health technology innovation “get out of the lab” and talk with customers (virtually) to identify the best product-market fit. You may apply with a team of 1-3 people.  In additional to entrepreneurial training, this program helps researchers identify new ways to apply their research to solve real-life challenges.

This course is focused on “Health Technology,” so any and all teams working in that space are encouraged to apply.

 The deadline to apply is December 26, 2020.  Learn more and apply for the course.

Johnson Summer Startup Accelerator Information Session

Wednesday, January 27th 4:00 p.m. ET

The Johnson Summer Startup Accelerator is a 10-week summer intensive that will continue on the momentum of 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 Entrepreneurs in Residence. The program is open to all students at Cornell University from rising juniors to Ph.D. students.

Register now.

Applications Now Open for Cornell Engineering Commercialization Fellowship 

The Cornell Engineering Commercialization Fellowship is an opportunity for engineering Ph.D. students to take a deep dive into the commercialization process and explore the potential real-world applications of university inventions.  

Commercialization Fellows 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.  

 Applications close February 22, 2021. Apply now.  

Two Techstars events coming December 8

Inside Techstars Event

Meet the Techstars MDs – the leaders in fundraising and startups within fields of sustainability, fintech, energy, longevity, hardtech & more! Together they have invested in 2k+ startups and they are each looking to meet their next cohort! Taking place on Dec 8th from 11am-4pm ET Sign up here


Representation Matters Event hosted by Techstars NYC

The event itself will be divided into two sessions. First, we will kick off with two Techstars Alumni as they share pain points and tactical advice on how to navigate the entrepreneurial ecosystem as an underrepresented founder. Second, we will select several underrepresented founders to participate in 1:1 Mentor Office Hours.Please  Sign Up here to participate! Taking place on Dec 8th from 5pm-6pm ET

eLab Early-Stage Pitches

Wednesday, December 2, 1:00-3:00 p.m. EST

Find out what business ideas and innovations this year’s eLab student startups are working on and help shape their path forward. Student startups have been making progress in this year’s eLab accelerator for only a few months, but you can catch an early glimpse at their business plans when they present their early-stage pitches to Cornell alumni and friends.

After all the pitches are complete, there will be individual virtual meeting rooms to directly share your feedback with the students. Your feedback is incredibly valuable in helping these students progress their startups. You will also be able to share your feedback in the chat tool throughout the pitch sessions.eLab is a student accelerator that empowers and trains 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. eLab is a program of Student Agencies Foundation and Entrepreneurship at Cornell.

Register for the eLab Early-Stage Pitches event.