Creative Sprint -Nov. 18

Location: eHub Collegetown, Ithaca, NY
Date: November 18, 2018, 11:00  AM – 7:00 PM
About: Join over 100 students from all across Cornell in using the design thinking process to develop a product from start to finish at the 3rd Annual Creative Sprint. Creative Sprint is a public, 8-hour, team based competition to develop products with market viability and solutions for social impact. The event culminates in each team’s final presentation to a panel of industry professionals, local entrepreneurs and Cornell’s experienced professors to determine the winner. Register for the event individually or as a group of up to 5 people. Food will be provided throughout the event, as will all necessary materials. Just bring your experiences and strong skills!.

Open To: ALL


LaunchPad Training Camp Reception – Nov. 7

Blackstone Charitable Foundation and Techstars invite you to a reception to celebrate our 2nd Annual LaunchPad Training Camp, an innovative two-day program aimed to supercharge collegiate entrepreneurs from across the Blackstone LaunchPad powered by Techstars global network.

The reception will take place from 6:30 – 8:30 PM on Wednesday November 7th in New York City, and will give attendees a chance to meet students from across the LaunchPad network .

Register here.

Orphanage aquaponics, CAD keyboard, autonomous bike among 2018 Engineering Innovation Award winners

An advanced portable keyboard for CAD users and an aquaponic greenhouse designed to help orphanages in Latin America are among the winners of the Cornell Engineering Innovation Award Competition, announced Sept. 4. The award ceremony was held in Duffield Hall during a project showcase and celebration of David Duffield ’62, MBA ’64, as recipient of Cornell Engineering’s first Distinguished Alumni Award.

Winners of the 2018 Innovation Awards competition pose with their checks on the steps of the Duffield Atrium.The competition was open to teams of students from across the university; each team had to consist of a majority of undergraduate engineers. Ten Cornell faculty and staff members served as judges for the competition.

“The purpose of the competition is to encourage and recognize independent work done by our engineering undergraduate students on innovative engineering design product concepts,” said Mike Thompson, director of undergraduate engineering programs and competition judge. “This competition really reflects the strength and vitality of the Cornell entrepreneurial spirit.”

More than 30 teams entered the competition, and prizes were awarded in three categories, each coming with a $5,000 to $10,000 award thanks to alumni donors.

The Ron G. Kermisch ’88 Award for implementation of a fully demonstrated physical prototype went to YNot Bikes. YNot Bikes is developing an autonomous electric bicycle that can be summoned to drive itself to the user’s location via smartphone app. The Kermish award comes with a $10,000 cash prize and is funded by a gift from Ron G. Kermisch ’88.

The Ronald ’57 and Frederick ’86 Fichtl Award for most innovative and developed concept was given to two teams. The first was Prometheus, which developed an advanced portable keyboard for use with Computer-Aided Design (CAD) programs. There are many specialized inputs required for CAD work on laptops and tablets and many users would find it especially helpful to have a keyboard designed specifically for this type of work.

The second Ronald ’57 and Frederick ’86 Fichtl Award was given to Titan Analytics. They are creating an advanced image recognition and tracking algorithm that allows coaches to more easily analyze films of the action from football games. Prometheus and Titan Analytics have each received a cash prize of $5,000. The Fichtl award is funded by a generous gift form Burt Kaliski and Michele Kaliski ’85.

The Yunni and Maxine Pao Award for social innovation solving a pressing global challenge was given to SOS Aquaponics. This award comes with a $10,000 prize, which is funded by a gift from Carolyn Wang ’00 and Jeff Pao ’00. SOS Aquaponics is an effort through Cornell’s Office of Engagement Initiatives. The team’s aim is to build aquaponics facilities at orphanages in Latin America. Each aquaponics greenhouse would include equipment to raise rainbow trout and to grow lettuce. Both products could then be eaten or sold for a profit.

Team member Max Chao ’18 says, “The next few steps for SOS Aquaponics will happen in the classroom and in Chile. Students within the BEE 4890 class will work on improving business plans while we work with SOS Villages and Fundacion Chile to secure more funding for the construction of the first greenhouse, hopefully in Puerto Varas.” The $10,000 prize will also be used for greenhouse construction.

The third annual Engineering Innovation Competition will be held in April 2019. “There are so many opportunities for undergraduates at Cornell to explore innovation,” says Thompson. “There are classes and clubs and rapid prototyping facilities. We’ve got REV and the McGovern Center and the new physical sciences incubator in Duffield Hall. There are really too many to list.”

Cornell Datathon: Nov. 10

Students are invited to take part in a Nov. 10 Datathon, hosted by Citadel LLC & Citadel Securities in partnership with Correlation One and the School of Operations Research and Information Engineering at Cornell. The event will take place from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the Statler Hotel and will include the chance to win $25,000 in cash prizes, showcase your skills tackling a real-world problem and possible interviews with Citadel & Citadel Securities. Sign up to complete the questionnaire, assessment and registration.

Cornell Entrepreneurship Summit ’18 NYC: Nov. 9

Original story from the Cornell Chronicle published Oct. 15.

Founders of businesses including the Pink Ceiling, Bluemercury and First Round Capital will speak at the seventh Cornell Entrepreneurship Summit NYC Nov. 9, hosted by Entrepreneurship at Cornell.

The Summit, with the theme of “Eclectic Convergence,” will feature eight business leaders giving TED-style talks about their entrepreneurial journeys. They will share insights about their successes and challenges, and encourage participants to connect with each other for collaborative opportunities.

Audience members will hear pitches from four startup companies spun out of the Cornell Technology Licensing office, with a winner announced at the end of the day.

The event runs from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. at the Times Center in Manhattan, followed by a cocktail reception. More than 500 participants are expected.

“Summit is a wonderful event, and we are always thrilled with its energy and engagement,” said Zach Shulman ’87 J.D. ’90, director of Entrepreneurship at Cornell.

The event will feature a chat between Robert Nardelli, former chairman and CEO of Home Depot and Chrysler and former CEO of GE Power Systems, and Leigh Gallagher ’97, a senior editor at large at Fortune. Featured speakers include Cindy Eckert, founder of The Pink Ceiling; Hayley Barna, partner at First Round Capital; and Barry Beck ’90, co-founder and chief operating officer of Bluemercury.

“Every corner of every industry is in disruption mode. You don’t have to be a Jeff Bezos or Steve Jobs to create revolutionary change,” Beck said. “I am excited to share my eight start-up tips for entrepreneurs about how to start a company, build a brand and revolutionize an industry.”

Other speakers include:

  • Matt McGraw ’95, CEO, The Bureau and Dispatch Labs;
  • Nova Cadamatre ’06, owner, Trestle Thirty One winery;
  • Marlon Nichols, MBA ’11, founding managing partner, Cross Culture Ventures;
  • Cory Johnson, chief market strategist, Ripple, and
  • Scott Belsky ’02, entrepreneur, author, investor and chief product officer of Adobe, who will act as emcee and moderator.

Learn more or register.

The Boeing Innovation Challenge Hackathon

Engineers Needed!

The Boeing Corporation is sponsoring its first Innovation Challenge and has invited Cornell to participate.  The Challenge is a competition created by Boeing to inspire new ideas and advance the way we think about future air travel.   The competition is focused on three areas:  Disruptive Mobility, Passenger Experience, and Operational Efficiency

At Cornell, we will be holding pitch sessions to select and improve ideas to submit to Boeing.  Submitted ideas will be judged based on creativity, technical content, relevance, clarity/organization and potential for diversification. The top entrants will be offered the opportunity to participate in a Boeing-sponsored three-day ‘Hackathon’ event at Boeing Commercial Airplane’s development site in Mukilteo, WA. Students at this event will engage with winners from other participating universities to diversify and mature their prized ideas. The students’ experience will include a networking event to meet Boeing leaders and explore opportunities at Boeing, and culminate with teams making project presentations to senior Boeing leadership. Travel expenses for attendees will be paid by Boeing.

Students from the Johnson School, Human Ecology, the Hotel School, MSE, Eng Management are participating.  We need more engineers.  We will be holding a pitch rules session on Monday October 22nd at 5:30 PM in 216 Upson Hall.  Please consider coming to learn more, form a team, or join a team.


All Students participating as individuals or in teams, must meet the following requirements:

  1. An active student at Cornell University, and
  2. Be willing and able to travel to participate in a three-day follow-on phase* (or agree to release any intellectual property (IP) for usage in the next phase)
    * Note: Boeing is precluded from hosting citizens of Cuba, Iran, North Korean, Sudan, and Syria
  3. Willing and able to sign a student agreement to define IP ownership in a follow-on phase, and be listed as co-inventor on any Boeing disclosures

The timing for the event is fast, submissions are due on Nov 21st.  Here is the schedule for Cornell submissions:


All Meetings at 5:30, Room 216 Upson

Monday Oct 22:                Pitch Rules

Monday Oct 29:               First Pitches and Round One Selection
May pitch alone or with partners, may do multiple pitches
Possible elimination of some ideas
Portal for Reviewing Pitches and joining teams

Thursday Nov 1:                Second Pitches and Final Selection
Second round of refined pitches
Final Selections to move on to development

Thursday Nov 8:                Presentations – First Draft Ready

Thursday Nov 15:              Presentations – Second Draft Ready

Monday Nov 19:                Final Drafts Ready For Review and Submission

~2nd week of January:     Hackathon at BOEING

For more information contact:

Matt Ulinski,

MIT Hacking Medicine NYC GRAND HACK

MIT Hacking Medicine NYC GRAND HACK

Interested in healthcare innovation? Then this is the event for you!

Join MIT Hacking Medicine and the Mt. Sinai Dept. of Rehabilitation and Human Performance in New York City on November 16-18 for the New York City Grand Hack, one of the largest healthcare hackathons in the world! This is the weekend to brainstorm and build innovative solutions with hundreds of like-minded students, engineers, clinicians, designers, developers and business people. Come build a team to tackle your own burning healthcare-related problem or come and find a team working on another problem that ignites your passion!

Apply/register or see more information at

Interested in helping out?

We are looking for experienced professionals across many backgrounds (including engineering, clinical medicine, scientific research, design, business and entrepreneurship, investing/finance, law, and others) to be mentors and judges.

Contact us at or apply to be a mentor at

We also have opportunities for sponsorship available to companies and other interested organizations. We welcome direct funding and in-kind sponsorship and provide access to a unique collection of talent, ideas, and exposure as well as a great model for innovation for those unfamiliar with our hackathon and design thinking process. If you or your employer is interested, or if you know someone else who may be interested, reach out to us at


Women Entrepreneurs Program Applications Due Oct. 16

Women Entrepreneurs, also known as W.E., is Cornell University’s newest program to help graduate STEM women commercialize their innovations and overcome the challenges of leading a technology-based business.

Participants will have the opportunity to:

  • Meet experienced mentors and STEM entrepreneurs to grow their network
  • Build leadership skills to commercialize their innovations through a proven program
  • Hone their market fit and customer base with a travel stipend of up to $3,000
  • Launch their innovations and pitch investors and community members

W.E. is looking to form a first cohort of about 10 participants. Programming will start in November and applications are due Oct. 16. For more information or to apply, visit the Center for Regional Economic Advancement website.