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.

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.  

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.

Hospitality Pitch Deck competition Finals and Awards Announcement–Thursday, November 12th 6pm to 8pm

We invite all students, faculty, and staff to join us for the final presentations of this exciting competition. Four teams will present their final pitches to a panel of industry leaders in hopes of winning the grand prize of $3,000! Presentations and awards will be streamed online from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm. More details about this year’s event can be found here.
View last year’s presentations here.

Hospitality Business Plan Competition Student Networking Session–Wednesday, October 28 at 7:00pm ET

Are you looking to form or finalize a team in order to participate in the Hospitality Business Plan Competition? If so, this session is for you!

Students will have the opportunity to pitch their concepts AND/OR pitch themselves in order to make connections based on interests and skill-sets. This will be an informal activity, but an important one that can help you complete your team.

Please register in advance by using this link. Upon registering, you will receive an automatic follow-up email via Zoom with the URL to join the meeting, as well as options for adding the event to your calendar. Please reach out to Michelle,, with questions!

Cornell startup Combplex wins $500K in 76West competition

The latest achievement by a Cornellian-led startup dedicated to protecting honeybees – a $500,000 runner-up prize at the fifth annual 76West Clean Energy Competition – is creating quite the buzz in New York’s Southern Tier.

Combplex, founded by doctoral students Hailey Scofield and Nathan Oakes, former research fellows with the Cornell Atkinson Center for Sustainability, was among 19 finalists selected from 183 applicants worldwide to compete in the virtual pitch competition in mid-August.

Cornell impacting New York State

The 76West winners – including $1 million grand prize recipient ThermoAI of Montreal, and fellow $500,000 awardees COI Energy Services (New York City) and AGreatE of Carlsbad, California – were announced by Lt. Gov. Kathy Hochul on Oct. 19 at a virtual awards ceremony, co-hosted by Empire State Development and the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA).

Read the rest of Sara Baier’s story from the Cornell Chronicle by following this link:

Cornell Design and Tech Initiative to host incubator

Cornell Design and Tech Initiative (DTI) is a project team that builds websites & apps used by thousands of students. This semester they are running Propel, an incubator for ideas or projects that you may have.

At Propel, DTI will provide $150 in funding, resources, networking opportunities, and mentorship for Cornell undergrads to build and scale their projects, whether it’s just an idea or already a prototype. To learn more, check out our the program website.

Apply here by September 21, 11:59 PM EST.

eLab Now Accepting Applications for the 2020-21 Cohort

Applications are now being accepted for the 2020-2021 cohort of eLab, Cornell’s student accelerator program. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis and the deadline to apply is September 7, 2020. eLab is open to all undergraduate and graduate students at Cornell University. Click here for more information and to apply.

Wondering if your business or idea are a fit for eLab? Join Program Director, Ken Rother, for a virtual information session on Friday, September 4 at 4 p.m. EDT. Rother will detail program requirements, and share tips for making your application competitive. Attendees will have the chance to ask questions at the end of the session. Please register for the information session.

About eLab
Founded in 2008 by Entrepreneurship at Cornell and Student Agencies, eLab is unlike any other entrepreneurship class – it is a student accelerator that launches 8-12 scalable businesses each year. During the intensive course, student teams evolve their business models, speak with potential customers, pitch to investors, and prepare for launch.