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.

Webinar focused on insight into tomorrow’s technologies

“Where’s the Edge? Opportunities in the Future of Computing from the Core to the Moon and Beyond”

November 18, 2020 from 3 pm to 5 pm (ET)

Join an exceptional panel of experts to hear their insight on tomorrow’s technologies followed by rapid pitches from emerging Cornell startups.3:00 – 4:10 pm (ET)

Panel moderated by Rick Bahr, Adjunct Professor at Stanford University and investor at Silicon Catalyst AngelsPanelists:
·     Alex Behfar, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Odyssey Semiconductor Technologies, Inc.
·     Shahin Farshchi, Partner at Lux Capital
·     Veerbhan Kheterpal, CEO, Cofounder,, Inc.
·     Doug Kirkpatrick, General Partner of InnerProduct Partners and CEO, Eridan Communications, Inc.


Click here for more details and to register.

BLACK ENTREPRENEURSHIP Overcoming Adversity and Staying Focused

Tuesday, November 24, 2020, 11am EST

The path from a good idea to a thriving business isn’t easy to navigate for anyone, but there can be additional roadblocks for Black entrepreneurs. Among other obstacles, Black founders often struggle to obtain funding and find customers.

So what’s it really like to be a Black founder today? In this webinar, a panel of Black entrepreneurs in various stages of their startup journeys will share their experiences, the adversities they’ve overcome, and the resources and organizations that have provided them the support, connections, and opportunities they needed. Don’t miss this chance to get inspired by those who have done it and discover their individual stories as well as the common themes and challenges that face all Black-led startups.

Click here for more information and to register.

Cornell Entrepreneurship Summit to be Online next week—and FREE!

This year’s virtual event will be FREE!

We’ve transitioned our 2020 Eclectic Convergence conference to 100% online and have waived the ticket prices. When you register, you will see an option to give to Entrepreneurship at Cornell. We would greatly appreciate any donation to help the entrepreneurship program and students. Thank you in advance for making a gift of any size!

You can register here.

There is an impressive list of speakers, including:

Steve Hindy ’71, MAT ’73


Steve Hindy is co-founder and chairman of The Brooklyn Brewery Corp. He founded Brooklyn Brewery in 1987 with his downstairs neighbor in Brooklyn, Tom Potter, a former lending office at New York’s Chemical Bank. Hindy got interested in home brewing while serving as Middle East Correspondent for The Association Press. From 1979-1984, Hindy lived in Beirut and Cairo and covered the hostage crisis in Iran, the Iran-Iraq War, civil wars in Lebanon and Syria and the Israeli invasion of Lebanon. He was sitting behind President Anwar Sadat of Egypt when Sadat was assassinated in 1981. It was a chance encounter with American diplomats who had been posted in Saudi Arabia that led Hindy to brewing. Hindy is the Chairman of the Board of Transportation Alternatives, a prominent proponent of bicycling and other alternatives to motor vehicles, serves on the board of Brooklyn’s Prospect Park Alliance and Gowanus Canal Conservancy, and is the founder of the North Brooklyn Parks Alliance.

Katia Beauchamp


Katia co-founded Birchbox in 2010, driven by a fascination with the business dynamics of the beauty industry and the massive opportunity to redefine the way people discover and shop for beauty online. Birchbox, which is best known for its monthly subscription of personalized samples, has more than 2.5 million active customers, 500 beauty and grooming brand partners, operations in four countries, and retail experiences in select Walgreens locations across the US.

Katia holds an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School and a B.A. in International Studies & Economics from Vassar College. Prior to graduating business school, she worked in structured finance and commercial real estate. She has been honored with accolades including Advertising Age Women to Watch, CEW Achievers Award, Fortune 40 Under 40, Inc. 30 Under 30, Marie Claire’s New Guard, WWD Digital Innovator of the Year, and YMA Fashion’s Entrepreneur of the Year, among others. She is currently an Entrepreneur-in-Residence at Harvard Business School, meeting with students and faculty as an official advisor on campus.


Ryan Hudson ’02


Ryan Hudson is the co-founder of Honey, the LA-based tech company recently acquired by PayPal. Prior to Honey, he built, launched, (and shut down) several startups. He previously worked in venture capital and in product management roles at venture funded startups.

Ryan studied Operations Research and Computer Science at Cornell University and holds an MBA from the MIT Sloan School of Management.


Michelle Adelman ’89


Michelle Adelman is a seasoned strategist, recognized business leader and fierce mission-driven investor. Her firm Accite is focused on building sustainable food and agriculture technology business in Sub-Saharan Africa and growth markets that spur economic diversification and employment of youth and women. Accite’s flagship, Go Fresh!, is a hydroponic farm that is the premier organic and sustainable vegetable brand in Botswana. Go Fresh! has received numerous awards, includingBotswana’s National Horticulture Grand Champions in 2017.

Accite’s ventures also include: Infinite Foods, a go-to-market platform for plant-based food brands like Beyond Meat and Oatly to reach Africa faster; and Crossover Quality Meats, which is developing environmentally sustainable protein to meet a growing global population’s demand for all-natural blended meat products. Ms. Adelman has 30 years of business experience as a former Global Managing Director for Accenture, CEO of a US-based home health services company, and Group Strategy Executive for the pan-African Econet Group. In 2017, Ms. Adelman was named by CEO Global as Africa’s Most Influential Woman – Business & Professional Services and in 2019, Ms. Adelman was named to the Forbes Africa “20 New Wealth Creators” list.

Ms. Adelman graduated from Cornell University with a degree in Agricultural & Environmental Engineering and serves on the CALS Advisory Board.


Emin Gun Sirer


Emin Gun Sirer is a professor of computer science at Cornell University, founder of Ava Labs, co-founder of bloXroute Inc, and co-director of the Initiative for Cryptocurrencies and Smart Contracts (IC3). Among other things, Sirer is known for having implemented the first currency that used proof of work to mint coins, for selfish mining, for characterizing the scale and centralization of existing cryptocurrencies, as well as having proposed the leading protocols for on-chain and off-chain scaling. Of all his collaborations, he is proudest of his contributions to the John Oliver Show’s segment on cryptocurrencies.


Polina Marinova


Polina Marinova is the founder of The Profile, a weekly newsletter that compiles the best long-form stories on successful people and companies. She launched The Profile in 2017 with a selection of longform articles and has further expanded it with a premium tier of high-quality audio and video recommendations. Previously, she worked at Fortune, CNN, and USA TODAY.


Jeremy Cohen


Jeremy is more than a photographer who lances freely, he’s an artist, traveling the world telling the raw stories of everyday people. His tool, the camera; his gift, capturing the spirit of his subject. Jeremy seeks out a photo-worthy stranger, encourages them to tell their story and shares it with the world as part of his Today I Photographed Portrait series. His current project, ‘Rooftop Culture During Quarantine’ landed him his first ever magazine cover for New York Magazine.

Other clients include Acura, Adobe, American Express, BMW, Citibank, Chipotle, Dropbox, Dunkin Donuts, Everlane, Jordan Brand, Mercedes Benz, New York Knicks, NY Rangers, Red Bull, Starbucks, T-Mobile and Under Armour. Also, he’s a member of the Sony Alpha Collective, a prestigious coalition of photographers/videographers who push the creative limits.

He left his hometown of Bethlehem PA for NYC to study at the School of Visual Arts. His internship for Saturday Night Live was a mixture of assisting with photos of featured guests, weekend updates and behind-the-scenes rehearsals, all while in school. After graduation, Jeremy bet on himself, built his portfolio, gained clients and became a full-time photographer by age 23.


Tiffany Norwood ’89


Tiffany Norwood is a global serial entrepreneur who’s created 7 start-ups and had 2 public offerings with an impact in 50+ countries across her 30 year career. Her achievements include raising $670 million to fund the first ever global digital satellite radio start-up in her twenties, and developing the original digital content licensing deal for Bloomberg News. Tiffany’s translated her passionate belief in the power of the entrepreneurial skill set to her current company, Tribetan. As Founder and CEO, Tiffany has inspired audiences including the European Parliament, Global Entrepreneurship Week, and the Creative Business Cup with her signature Tribetan Method encapsulating the science of turning imagination into reality.


Scott Belsky ’02


Scott Belsky is an executive, entrepreneur, author, investor, and now serves as Adobe’s Chief Product Officer. Scott’s passion is to make the creative world more productive, connected, and adaptive to new technologies. He founded Behance, the leading online platform for the creative industry to showcase and discover creative work, and served as CEO until Adobe acquired Behance in 2012. He is a Venture Partner with Benchmark, and is an early advisor and investor in Pinterest, Uber, sweetgreen, and Periscope as well as several other startups. He is the author of Making Ideas Happen and The Messy Middle, and founded 99U, a publication and annual conference devoted to productivity in the creative world.

W.E. Cornell: Conversations with STEM Founders – Reshma Shetty

W.E. Cornell is hosting a conversation with Reshma Shetty, co-founder of Gingko Bioworks on Friday, November 6 (2-2:30 p.m. EDT). More information is located below for anyone interested in learning more!

Friday, November 6, 2:00 – 2:30 p.m. EDT 

Register for this event on Eventbrite.  

 Co-founded by Reshma Shetty, Ginkgo Bioworks began in a Cambridge, MA apartment in 2008 with the mission of making biology easier to engineer. Since then, the synthetic biology startup has been spun out of MIT, and with Reshma’s guidance has grown to over 200 employees and raised over $450 million in financing.  

 In October 2018, Ginkgo launched Bioworks4, its fourth-generation facility for design, fabrication, and testing of custom designed microbes. Ginkgo is currently engineering more than 50 organisms to spec for customers including Ajinomoto, Cargill, and ADM. Reshma has a B.S. degree in Computer Science from the University of Utah and a Ph.D. in Biological Engineering from MIT. 

Watch Online: To login to the live event on event day, click the “Access the Event” button in Eventbrite (you must be registered via Eventbrite to access the event). 

The Johnson CoLab Kick-off meeting–Thursday November 12th 5:30 PM-6:30 PM ET

Participant Form – During the meeting, those presenting will have 5 minutes to share information about their topic of discussion and then we will have 10-15 minutes of group discussion.
Subsequent CoLab meetings on Dec 4 & Jan 14
An initiative to empower members of the Cornell community to discover, define, and develop entrepreneurial ventures. Through our meetings, we encourage participants to bring their entrepreneurial ideas, plans, and challenges to a diverse group of students to seek support, perspective, and guidance. Two heads are better than one!

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.

NY Product Conference–Thursday, October 29

The virtual format of this year’s conference enables us to bring product executives from across the country to you in the comfort of your home. The schedule includes 5 keynotes, 3 lightning talks, a fireside chat; several networking breaks provide hours of opportunity for attendees, speakers, and sponsors to connect. Many of our sponsors are currently recruiting. Virtual conference software is enabling the experience of networking, further aided by facilitators at these round table networking sessions.

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The conference has always been a way to share best practices, insights, trends, and knowledge of specific value and use to product managers and leaders. Every year over seventy-percent of attendees are in product roles or work alongside product teams. Tickets are priced for significant savings when purchased in bulk- currently 15 companies are each sending 5 -15 members of their product teams.

Discounts are available for underemployed community members seeking PM roles. Please reach out directly to Ami Stuart at for information.