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.

This link tells you more:  https://nyproductconference.com/

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 ams345@cornell.edu for information.

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: https://news.cornell.edu/stories/2020/10/cornell-startup-combplex-wins-500k-76west-competition

New App debuts for use in the Zoom era

This semester is the beginning of an unprecedented period. For the first time, we’re expected to struggle through the rigorous Cornell CIS curriculum while cut off from the support we all gained from each others’ presence. In addition, we were tossed into a completely unfamiliar, asynchronous, online system of learning. ReLearn is going to help make The New Normal easier.

https://relearn.fyi

ReLearn is an app that will make you more effective and social in your CS classes. It applies the latest in on-device ML to transcribe in-person and Zoom lectures so you can search for any topic by keyword. Also, the app automatically creates class groups based on matching Zoom meeting IDs and/or BLE proximity (hybrid classes are covered!). Now every class can have its own instant group chat and single, collaborative, Google Docs-style set of notes to which everyone can contribute. 

I’m excited to give Cornell CS majors the chance to become the first to experience how much easier classes can be thanks to the power of collaboration and ML. Together, Cornell CS majors will have the opportunity to shape this app into a transformative, essential college tool in two ways. First, you get beta software. I bet CS majors will give some of the most effective feedback on our Github issues page (https://rb.gy/otir5h , link is also in the app). Second, people with React Native experience are invited to apply to join the team here: https://rb.gy/j9cjig

Try the app out in your online and in-person classes tomorrow! Spread the word in your CS classes! 

An Invitation from the Stanford Graduate School of Business

I’m writing to share a program with you in the hopes that you will share it with students and other entrepreneurs/innovators in your network who you think would benefit from it, and would act on it.  We recently announced Stanford Rebuild —  a global 8-week innovation sprint focused on bringing together problem solvers from all over the world to accelerate solutions for the challenges and opportunities we will face as we emerge from the worst of the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Stanford Rebuild is open to anyone who wants to focus their creativity and innovative spirit to help the world bounce back from the disruptions caused by the novel coronavirus and build a better future.  There is no cost to participate and teams will have access to Stanford Embark, an online entrepreneurial toolkit, to develop, test and refine their solutions. The sprint will conclude with a global online event to highlight a range of projects that show promise to meaningfully accelerate economic, societal and individual recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic.

For more information:  https://gsb-sites.stanford.edu/rebuildsprint/

Deb Whitman

Director, Center for Entrepreneurial Studies

Stanford Graduate School of Business

Webinar: IP Do’s and Don’ts: How and Why to Safeguard Your Inventions and Technology

Join this webinar to learn how to build a proper IP strategy. You will get the tools to assess whether you need to protect your IP, discover the most common types of IP protection, explore different patent filing strategies, and more.

Hosted by the Commercialization Fellowship and Cornell Engineering, this webinar will be led Frank DeCosta ’85, M. Eng.’86, an international IP Law expert with over 30 years of experience commercializing technologies. A panel of Cornell researchers and entrepreneurs will join DeCosta for the final portion of the webinar to share their experiences and participate in a Q&A session.

Watch Online:

This is a webinar that will be held on Zoom. You can join the Zoom meeting using this link: https://cornell.zoom.us/j/97322070981?pwd=UkU5V0N2TXFDRkxJNkFCZnNwNGVYdz09

A recording will be sent to all attendees.

Accessibility:

Closed Captioning will be available. If you need additional assistance, please contact Monika Crosby (mlc258@cornell.edu)

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.

CREA hosting COVID-focused webinar: “Remote Leadership in Startups and Small Business”

CREA is hosting a COVID-focused webinar on April 9 titled “Remote Leadership in Startups and Small Business”

Thursday, April 9, 10-11 a.m.

Entrepreneur in Residence Steve Sauer will lead an interactive webinar focused on leading remote teams and how the theories and science apply to startups and small businesses. Further discussions with panelists will include insight from CEOs on leading companies while working from home and hiring new employees in a virtual world. Participants will have the opportunity to as questions at the end of the season. Please RSVP.

Entrepreneurs in Residence Available to Meet Online

During the COVID-19 crisis, Cornell Engineering’s Entrepreneurs-in-Residence are still available to meet online with faculty, postdocs, and Ph.D. candidates who are interested in learning more about commercialization and entrepreneurship.

Not sure if commercialization or entrepreneurship are right for you? Schedule an online meeting with one of the experienced entrepreneurs on our team to learn more. Our Entrepreneurs-in-Residence can help you explore the entrepreneurship landscape, put you in touch with like-minded alumni, and connect you to programs to help you get started—no matter where you are on your journey.

Visit the Entrepreneurs-in-Residence page to schedule an online appointment.

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