eLab to Hold Fall Demo Day

You’re invited to eLab Fall Demo Day!

When: November 21, 5-7 pm

Where: Rev: Ithaca Startup Works

RSVP now.


The 2019-20 eLab cohort and Cornell Engineering’s Commercialization Fellows will pitch their business ideas and progress made during through the program to C-suite entrepreneurs and investors. Please RSVP.

Two Upcoming Entrepreneurship Workshops

You are invited to two entrepreneurship workshops focused on licensing technology & funding opportunities for startups!

The Fast Track to Licensing University Technology

October 25, 10 – 11:30 a.m.

eHub Collegetown – Multipurpose Room

RSVP here

Pat Govang and Nate Cook will lead this workshop discussion focused on how to fast-track licensing of university technology.

SBIR Application Process and Funding for Startups

October 28, 5:30 – 7 pm

Rev: Ithaca Startup Works

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Kirk Macolini, President of InteliSpark, LLC, will lead a discussion focused on the SBIR application process and how to find other non-dilutive funding opportunities for startups.

Ideation Workshop with Andrea Ippolito: Aligning Your Passion & Expertise with an Unmet Market Need

When: Friday, October 4th from 9:00-10:30am

Where: Upson Lounge, Upson Hall, Cornell University

 What: This isn’t the same old ideation workshop. One of the challenges with getting started on your entrepreneurial journey is identifying an unmet need in the market aligned with your passion and your expertise. In this workshop, we will walk through a series of activities to help you tackle all three of these: customer needs, your strengths, and your domain areas of interest to you!

 RSVP: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/aligning-your-passion-expertise-with-an-unmet-market-need-tickets-73439364115?aff=affiliate1

Two opportunities from EMRG – a talent showcase and pitch competition in NYC.

EMRG – a talent showcase and pitch competition in NYC – has announced two exciting opportunities.

EMRG Pitch Off: 15 ambitious student founders competing for up to $30K worth of prizes and the attention of NYC’s investors, mentors and media. Sign up to compete here and attend here: https://ramenworks.typeform.com/to/NNejth

EMRG Talent Showcase: We’re connecting top student talent with exciting internships and jobs at NYC-based technology companies and startups. Sign up to attend here: https://ramenworks.typeform.com/to/UZg22y

Please contact them directly if you have any questions.

ERA Winter 2020 Accelerator Applications Open

Entrepreneurs Roundtable Accelerator (ERA) has opened applications for it Winter 2020 cohort.  In the past, several Cornell teams have gone through ERA.  Please direct any questions to Emily Bell, emily@eranyc.com at ERA.

ERA holds itself out as NYC’s leading tech accelerator. They invest $100K in selected startups and work closely with founders to help them build their businesses. To date, ERA has invested in 190+ companies who have gone on to raise $450M in investor capital and have a combined enterprise value of $2B.


ERA invests $100K in seed funding with potential follow-on funding and gives entrepreneurs access to NYC’s largest mentor network of 500+ industry leaders and the strongest alumni network of 190+ companies. Application Deadline: Oct 28, 2019; Program Start Date: Jan 13, 2020

You’re Invited to the 76West Pitch Competition


  • When: August 7-8
  • Where: Binghamton University Smart Energy Building, 25 Murray Hill Road Binghamton NY 13902
  • RSVP now

76West is a $20 million competition designed to build clean energy businesses and grow jobs in New York’s Southern Tier region. The participating companies are vying for $2.5 million in prize money, including a $1 million top prize.

You are invited to attend the 76West Pitch Competition at Binghamton University to hear business pitches from some of the world’s most innovative clean energy startups. Learn about the latest in clean energy technologies as the competing startups pitch their plans to a panel of esteemed judges and wow the crowd. Please RSVP.


Networking@Rev: Hardware Accelerator Demo Day

Rev’s Hardware Accelerator is a 10-week summer program that leads product teams through a process for determining if their ideas are commercially desirable, technologically viable, and economically feasible.

On Thursday, August 1 hear the 2019 teams pitch the results of their journey to create a prototype and launch a company.

All are welcome. Complimentary food and drink will be served. Please RSVP.  Event website: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/networkingrev-hardware-accelerator-demo-day-tickets-63119331620


Center for Technology Licensing (CTL) Office Hours at Weill Hall June 18

Dear Cornell Entrepreneurs and High-Tech Innovators,

Do you have questions about the intellectual property associated with your science? Do you need guidance on what steps to take to protect your idea?

If so, this is the perfect opportunity for you:
Center for Technology Licensing (CTL) Office Hours at Weill Hall

Location: Weill Hall 404A (within McGovern Center on 4th floor of Weill)
Date: Tuesday, June 18, 2019
Time: 1:00 – 3:00 pm

A CTL licensing staff member will be on hand to assist walk-in inventors with their questions about the patentability of their technology.
No appointment needed! Just come in! Free!

Open to: All
Want to know more about the Center for Technology Licensing? Visit: https://ctl.cornell.edu

Intellectual property workshop, June 25

Cornell Engineering alum and international intellectual property law expert, Frank DeCosta ’85, will lead a workshop for those interested in safeguarding their inventions and technology. The workshop is hosted by Cornell Engineering’s Commercialization Fellowship.

Tuesday, June 25, 2019

10 a.m – noon

Upson Hall Room 102

For more information or to register, visit the workshop website.

Cornell to administer Grow-NY contest for food, ag startups

Say the words “New York” to people from outside the state, and more than likely their first thought will have something to do with the Big Apple – New York City. But the Empire State is known for its little apples, as well.

Graduate student Ananda Fontoura conducts dairy research at the Cornell University Dairy Science facility.

According to the state Department of Agriculture and Markets, more than 7 million acres of New York – or about 20% of the state’s land – is farmland. Nearly 36,000 family farms have helped the state rank No. 2 nationally in the production of apples, snap beans and maple syrup, and in the top 10 in 30 commodities overall.

New York is a leader and an innovator in both agriculture and food production, and Cornell is partnering with the state to foster more growth in those spaces.

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced May 31 that entries are being accepted for Grow-NY, a business competition and support program for innovative, high-growth startups in food and agriculture.

“New York’s agricultural industry is one of the best in world, and the Grow-NY competition will attract innovative startups focused on this industry to put down roots in upstate New York,” Cuomo said in a statement. “By bringing in new companies to find new ways to transform our state’s food and agricultural industry, we are continuing to bolster these regional economies and foster growth in this critical industry statewide.”

“New York has among the best food products in the world, and the agricultural industry is an important part of our upstate economy,” said Lt. Gov. Kathy Hochul, who made the announcement May 31 in Rochester. “Continuing to build on our investments in agriculture, we’ve launched the Grow-NY competition to fund and support startups in the industry. We are committed to fostering innovative ideas, boosting job growth, and promoting our farms and agricultural products that will further strengthen the economy.”

Scheduled for 2019, 2020 and 2021, Grow-NY will distribute $3 million in awards each year, including a $1 million award, two $500,000 awards and four $250,000 awards. Mentorship, incubator space and other services will be provided to support the startups.

Cornell impacting New York State

Grow-NY, expected to be one of the largest food and agriculture business competitions in the nation, will leverage existing resources in the rapidly growing food and agriculture innovation cluster in the Finger Lakes, central New York and Southern Tier regions of the state. Winning companies will be required to operate in these regions for at least one year and execute bold plans to grow jobs, connect with local partners, and contribute to a thriving upstate economy.

“Grow-NY is a tremendous opportunity to fuel growth in New York’s farm and food economy through spurring innovation across our local food systems,” said Kathryn J. Boor ’80, the Ronald P. Lynch Dean of Cornell’s College of Agriculture and Life Sciences. “By supporting entrepreneurship, the Finger Lakes, central and Southern Tier regions of New York can drive creation and sale of delicious and healthy local food products to meet the changing tastes of consumers and help New York lead the way as an innovation hub in the local food movement.”

Cornell’s Center for Regional Economic Advancement (CREA) will leverage its experience managing the state’s 76West Clean Energy Competition to administer the competition, with support from organizations across the state including Cornell AgriTech, its New York State Center of Excellence for Food and Agriculture, and Cornell Cooperative Extension programs.

Tom Schryver, executive director of CREA, speaks at the Grow-NY contest announcement May 31.

“As a top-10 national institution for entrepreneurship with a top-five global agriculture school, Cornell is passionate about fostering startup growth and advancing breakthrough innovations in food and agriculture,” said Tom Schryver, executive director of CREA.

Funding for Grow-NY will be provided through Empire State Development and the Upstate Revitalization Initiative organization connected with each of the three regions – Finger Lakes Forward, CNY Rising and Southern Tier Soaring.

Applications for the 2019 competition opened May 31 and will be accepted through July 15. A panel of industry judges will trim the applications down to a group of up to 20 finalists, who will receive mentorship and a curated, complimentary business development trip spanning the three regions this summer.

Finalists will pitch their business ideas at the Grow-NY Food and Ag Summit, to be held Nov. 12-13 at the Rochester Riverside Convention Center. The summit will include the live pitch competition, an awards ceremony announcing the winners, a symposium hosted by the Center of Excellence for Food and Agriculture, and an exhibition featuring more than 100 innovative food and ag businesses and industry resources.

Visit the Grow-NY website to learn more.

Molly Israel is a marketing strategist at the Center for Regional Economic Advancement.