See the Top Clean Energy Startups Compete for a top prize of $1 Million

 

RSVP to attend the virtual 76West Clean Energy Competition on August 18 – 19!

 

The 76West Clean Energy Competition is an unparalleled business competition focused on growing entrepreneurs and attracting resources from the U.S. and around the world to build clean energy businesses and jobs in New York State’s Southern Tier region.

You are invited to attend this year’s virtual 76West competition 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 from the Southern Tier.
Mark your calendar for the 76West Clean Energy Competition:

Pitch Day 1:
Tuesday, August 18, 2020
10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. EDT

Pitch Day 2:
Wednesday, August 19, 2020
10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. EDT

Administered by NYSERDA, the 76West Competition  was launched in 2016 as a $20 million four-year initiative to grow the clean energy ecosystem in the Southern Tier. In recognition of its positive impact on the region during these challenging times, Empire State Development is funding the competition this yearthrough the Southern Tier Soaring Upstate Revitalization Initiative.

Entrepreneurship Activities and Information for April 20–26

Entrepreneurship at Cornell Summer Internship Program 2020

Historically, as many as 70 paid internship placements are awarded each year. Each Cornell student brings the latest in entrepreneurial thinking from their classroom and applies it during their internship. Eligibility is open to Cornell juniors, seniors and graduate students who have an interest in small to mid-sized businesses. Sophomores are allowed to apply by invitation only through the Internship Director Deb Moesch (dlm8@cornell.edu).

Interested companies and students are encouraged to apply here: 

Entrepreneurship at Cornell Summer Internship Program 2020

 

Blackstone LaunchPad at Cornell powered by Techstars at Cornell

We hope everyone’s first days of virtual classes went well. Despite these unprecedented times, Blackstone LaunchPad at Cornell powered by Techstars at Cornell is open!!! If you are looking to become involved in the entrepreneurship community or seeking mentorship, guidance, or venture creation support, Blackstone LaunchPad is a resource for you. You can schedule mentorship appointments (now online only) through ScheduleOnce or StartupTree.  

We understand this is a challenging time for startups, but we are here to help! Connect with a mentor today.

 

Global COVID-19 Relief Coalition (GCRC)

SIGN UP HERE at http://hackathon.gogcrc.org

Medical practitioners, scientists, software developers, supply chain professionals and others collaborate during the weekend sprints.  The hackathon started on March 27 and continues for a few months, as such, people may sign up at any time to begin participating. 

 New participants are accepted every Friday.  New Projects and challenges  are accepted on Thursdays. The hackathon has a kick-off every Friday at 11am and 8pm to welcome new participants.

 

Lunch Specials: Food & Ag Innovation Chats

Each Thursday at noon, break for our Lunch Special! We will be serving up a series of short, informal chats with movers and shakers in the food and ag industry. A Cornell University student will pepper our guest innovators with questions as we get to know what motivates and challenges them and how they are adapting to uncertainties in our economic climate. View the full series.

 

Johnson Summer Startup Accelerator Applications Open
Apply now.
The Johnson Summer Startup Accelerator is a 10-week summer intensive that will continue the momentum for 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 EiRs. The Kadiyali Fund will support students participation in the summer Accelerator. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis.

 

Grow-NY Startup Competition – Applications Due July 15
Grow-NY, a food and agriculture startup business competition, is now accepting applications through July 15. Entrants will compete to win up to $1 million and receive mentorship through training, and business development support. For more information and to apply, visit grow-ny.com.

 Entrepreneurship at Cornell has been collaborating with the Global COVID-19 Relief Coalition (GCRC) hosting an open-source hackathon designed to expedite solutions to the current crisis. 

 

Connected Conversations 

April 22nd, 12:00pm – 1:00pm ET

Holly Isdale, Founder, Wealthaven

Managing the Future of Uncertainty / Embracing the Uncertainty of the Future

The Smith Family Business Initiative introduces Connected Conversations, an on-going and evolving webinar series highlighting current issues in family, business, and leadership. Allow yourself time to connect, learn and engage. These conversations are free and open to all. Registration is required.

 

CREA Webinar Series: Dealing with Labor & Employment Issues During the Pandemic

When: Thursday, April 23 at 10:00 a.m.

Register

Entrepreneur in Residence and Attorney at Law, Nate Cook, will lead a panel discussion on legal and practical issues business owners should consider when creating recovery plans to re-engage the workforce. Nate will be joined by panelists Harry Katz, Paul Wagner, and Ken Rother. Please register if you plan to attend.

 

eLab Virtual Demo Day

Tuesday, April 28, 3-4:00 p.m. ET

Register for Demo Day

 Join this year’s virtual Demo Day to watch and engage with five startups from Cornell’s 2020 eLab program as they present their businesses and respond to your questions live. eLab is a student accelerator that empowers and trains student 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.

 

IBM Call for Code: COVID-19  — Initial submission deadline is April 27th.

For details, go to: https://developer.ibm.com/callforcode/getstarted/covid-19/

IBM invites all Cornell students to use open source technology in the cloud to build solutions that can provide crisis communication, remote education, and community cooperation during the COVID-19 crisis. At the IBM Think Conference on May 5th, top submissions will vie for $200,000 award to be used for further development and deployment by a global partnership network.

TEC Announces Graduate Pitch Competition

TEC is announcing its annual Graduate Pitch Competition for May 2020 (date TBD). Cash prizes of $750 and $150 will be awarded to the first and second place teams respectively. The pitch is a two-part event: Ken Rother, one of our judges, will first host a workshop via zoom on how to give a pitch. Even if you don’t have an idea/startup in mind, you are welcome to join this workshop.

Date and time: April 8th, 5 – 6 PM.

Zoom linkhttps://zoom.us/j/705007880

RSVP: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/101646286780

Ken’s bio: Ken is a career entrepreneur with decades of experience in tech entrepreneurship (CV). In addition to teaching appointments in both Cornell’s College of Business and College of Engineering, he is the Managing Director at eLab and the Director of Hardware Entrepreneurship at REV, among several other active engagements. He shares his expertise with us via an interactive, nuts and bolts lesson on how to prepare and deliver a pitch to investors.

Pitch competition eligibility: Startups/ideas can be in any area with a focus on technology, and teams must be composed primarily of grad students. Teams selected to pitch will be notified, with preference given to early-stage ideas and submissions from non-MBA students. More details will be provided later.

Please reach out to Alec Ernst, (aue2@cornell.edu) with any questions.

Upcoming Entrepreneurship Opportunities

Entrepreneurship at Cornell Summer Internship Program 2020

Historically, as many as 70 paid internship placements are awarded each year. Each Cornell student brings the latest in entrepreneurial thinking from their classroom and applies it during their internship. Eligibility is open to Cornell juniors, seniors and graduate students who have an interest in small to mid-sized businesses. Sophomores are allowed to apply by invitation only through the Internship Director Deb Moesch (dlm8@cornell.edu).

Interested companies and students are encouraged to apply here: 

Entrepreneurship at Cornell Summer Internship Program 2020

 

 

Applications Now Open for the Napkin-to-Prototype Hardware Accelerator

The Napkin-to-Prototype Hardware Accelerator, offered in partnership with the College of Engineering at Cornell University, is a deep dive into exploring hardware entrepreneurship through an intensive 11-week summer program. 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, ring on partners, work with contract manufacturers, and pitch to investors. Apply now.

 

 

Johnson Summer Startup Accelerator Applications Open
Apply now.
The Johnson Summer Startup Accelerator is a 10-week summer intensive that will continue the momentum for 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 EiRs. The Kadiyali Fund will support students participation in the summer Accelerator. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis.

 

 

Improving Organizations & Outcomes in Healthcare and Community Organizations- Lessons from a Social and Business Entrepreneur

PAM 5900 Lecture: 006 Class number: 19516 (0.5 CR) Friday, April 17, 9:05am-6:00pm. 

All lectures will be delivered remotely—ONE DAY ONLY

Course Description: The purpose of this course is to introduce health-related, hospitality, design entrepreneurship and other students to examples and techniques that have been successfully used by the Quint Studer and the Studer Group across the country to improve organizational performance and outcomes.  Among the specific areas we expect to cover include a) providing an overview of approaches used by the Studer Group clients to improve management/ leadership accountability to increase organization performance and specifically HCAHPS results and b) to review selected techniques around identifying and counseling/taking other actions with high, middle and low performers in organizations, and particularly around the first 90 days.  The course also plans to discuss additional successes Mr Studer and his foundation/Institute have had in revitalizing communities.

 

For Information contact: Brooke Hollis at brooke.hollis@cornell.edu. Shannon Lupo Sloan Program in Health Administration sl2836@cornell.edu

 

Cleantech Open invitation for Cornellians

We’re accepting applications to the 2020 Cleantech Open startup accelerator through April 19. Especially for early stage cleantech startups. Startups apply here.

Join us at AWS Loft on Tuesday, March 3 in NYC! Startups are invited to pitch. The crowd favorite will win a discount off of the application fee. Register here: Cleantech Open NY Launch Party.

Check out our 2019 Cleantech Open Northeast Impact Report. Cornellians should be featured in the 2020 report!

Cornell undergraduates encouraged to participate in BIG IDEA Competition

2020  RULES

Cornell undergraduate students from all disciplines are encouraged to participate in the BIG IDEA Competition.

February 16, 2020 at 11:59 pm is the Deadline for Submission!

An idea may be submitted by an individual or a  team consisting of multiple people, but all team members must be current Cornell undergraduate students.

An idea may be submitted to either the traditional general track or to the new “World on the Move” track.

“Perhaps no issue today is more pressing and more complex than the movement of humans, plants, animals and resources across a planet that is increasingly fragile – environmentally, economically and socio-politically.” – Provost Michael Kotlikoff.

Students are encouraged to use entrepreneurial skills and the mindset of change-makers to  present BIG IDEAS which address the complex challenges expressed by a “World on the Move.” Examples include, but are not limited to ideas which would deliver:

  • Affordable, reliable, renewable alternative energy accessible to all
  • Clean water & sanitation solutions
  • Health care for all – e.g. Immunizations, child care, elder care
  • Agriculture best practices
  • More efficient food supply chain resulting in good nutrition for all
  • Access to social justice & gender equality in employment and sustainable economic development practices
  • Poverty alleviation solutions such as education equity, providing better housing and sustainable transportation
  • Innovations which build resilient infrastructure, sustainable industrialization
  • Solutions addressing the challenges and complexities of human and nonhuman migration.
  • Expedited response to climate change disasters including tsumani, hurricanes, extreme fires, etc.

In either track, ALL 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 currently 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

TIMETABLE

February 16, 2020 at 11:59pm is the Deadline for Submission! Once submitted the idea is considered final for Round One.

March 1st  – Round One – 24 semi-finalists will be notified and provided basic presentation coaching from Life Changing Lab. Although an amendment to the BIG IDEA may be made, the fundamental idea cannot change from round to round.

March  11th Finalists Selected. The field will be narrowed down to 12 finalists who will be assigned a subject matter mentor/coach to help the applicant improve their submission.

April 17th  BIG IDEA Competition (during Celebration )  – The  12 finalists will have three minutes to present before a live audience of peers, faculty and distinguished guests.  The BIG IDEAS from each track will be judged by a group of experienced entrepreneurs, innovators and change-makers whose experience spans both social and traditional business enterprises.

PRIZES

A total of $9000 in cash awards are supported by the Vijay (MEng ’75) and Sita Vashee Promising Entrepreneur Award Endowment Fund.

  • 1st Place  – $3000
  • 2nd Place  – $1000
  • 3rd Place  – $500

 

Click here to Apply

For more information contact Debra Moesch dlm8@cornell.edu

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.

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.

https://www.eranyc.com/apply/

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