Deconstructing Conflict: Understanding Family Business, Shared Wealth, and Power

Valuable Vantage Points is a monthly networking symposium, open to all. Learn from Cornell Family Business Faculty and Fellows, connect with alumni, students, and business leaders, and begin to tackle many pressing issues within your family business. Each discussion will be a mix of content, conversation, and collaboration. Topics will range from tactical to strategic and will be specific to family business.

Conflict exists in some form in every family and organization. Yet, it creates discomfort for many and may often be avoided, thereby creating further conflict. Based upon his methodology known as “The Conflict Equation,” Doug Baumoel ’78 will present five foundational concepts to help participants deconstruct conflict into its component parts. This webinar will help you understand the reasons that underline all conflict, what triggers active conflict, and why conflict can be so extreme in family businesses.

You will receive a confirmation email upon registration with the Hopin coordinates. If you did not receive this communication, please reach out to Hannah Barends at

The Entrepreneurship at Cornell Podcast

Ever wonder how a young Cornell entrepreneur got their first idea? Or when they decided to just go after it?

Wonder what they do first thing in the morning? Or if there’s a book they read that changed their life?

Listen to Startup Cornell, the new podcast from Entrepreneurship at Cornell that explores the bold entrepreneurial ideas coming from our students, faculty, staff and young alumni.

In each segment, you’ll hear a Cornell entrepreneur tell their story of success, failure, wins and losses. They’ll also offer actionable advice for building and growing your own business.

Find episodes here:

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.

Entrepreneur-in-Residence Workshop: Growing a Team

As startups gain customers and identify new customer markets, they need to grow their internal teams to keep pace. They also face new challenges: Founders start manage people that are managing others, HR policies are forced to mature, and the company culture evolves quickly.

Join us on Wednesday February 17 (1:30 p.m. EST) for Growing a Team with Entrepreneur in Residence, Steve Sauer, to learn best practices for growing a startup team including how to add team members strategically to create a high-functioning, scalable organization with specialized expertise and distinct areas of responsibility.

Sauer is a senior lecturer of Management and Organizations at the Samuel Curtis Johnson Graduate School of Management at Cornell University. His research and teaching activities focus on issues of leadership, team processes, and status and diversity in management.

This event is hosted by Cornell Engineering, Johnson eClub, and Rev: Ithaca Startup Works.

Prototyping Hardware Accelerator Information Session–Feb. 4

The Prototyping Hardware Accelerator, offered by Rev: Ithaca Startup Works Hardware Accelerator, in partnership with Cornell Engineering, is a deep dive into exploring hardware entrepreneurship through an intensive 11-week summer program.

The program is free and open to the public. Applications for Summer 2021 of the Prototyping Hardware Accelerator are now open and will be reviewed on a rolling basis.

Selected 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, bring on partners, work with contract manufacturers, and pitch to investors.

In addition to an innovative philosophy and methodology designed to help teams move from a “back of the napkin” idea to a testable prototype, Rev also offers use of its state-of-the-art purpose-built prototyping lab and opportunities for participants grow their network of thought leaders, industry experts, and successful startups.

Climate Technology Track Available: New to this year’s Prototyping Hardware Accelerator is a focused climate tech track for hardware entrepreneurs working on innovations that support the decarbonization of the economy.

Interested in learning more? Register for a virtual information session on Thursday, February 4 (1:00 EST) to learn more about the program’s benefits, schedule, and expectations. Attendees will also have the chance to hear from successful hardware program alumni.

Register for the session here

Why is the Time Ripe for Hardware Companies?

Join The Next Startup Wave: Why the Time Is Ripe for Hardware Companies on Wednesday, Feb. 3 (1:00 p.m. EST) for an eCornell keynote featuring a panel of hardware experts from Rev: Ithaca Startup Works Hardware Accelerator and Cornell Engineering. The panelists will examine the unique obstacles faced by hardware startups, identify solutions, and share their thoughts on what traits make for the most successful hardware companies.

I-Corps Regional Course “Health Technology” Hosted by Weill Cornell – January 2021

January 4 – January 28

Course Overview:

In this 3.5 week virtual course, researchers working on a health technology innovation “get out of the lab” and talk with customers (virtually) to identify the best product-market fit. You may apply with a team of 1-3 people.  In additional to entrepreneurial training, this program helps researchers identify new ways to apply their research to solve real-life challenges.

This course is focused on “Health Technology,” so any and all teams working in that space are encouraged to apply.

 The deadline to apply is December 26, 2020.  Learn more and apply for the course.

Johnson Summer Startup Accelerator Information Session

Wednesday, January 27th 4:00 p.m. ET

The Johnson Summer Startup Accelerator is a 10-week summer intensive that will continue on the momentum of 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 Entrepreneurs in Residence. The program is open to all students at Cornell University from rising juniors to Ph.D. students.

Register 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.