Entrepreneurs Roundtable Accelerator Accepting Applications for ERA Summer ‘21 Accelerator Program

Entrepreneurs Roundtable Accelerator (ERA) is 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 226+ companies who have gone on to raise $1B in investor capital and have a combined enterprise value of $4B.

Details:  Applications Open for ERA Summer ‘21 Accelerator Program
Apply Today: https://www.eranyc.com/apply/
$100K in seed money with potential follow-on funding from NYC’s leading accelerator and support from NYC’s largest mentor network (500+). Work daily w/ dedicated team + venture partners and join the largest founder community of 226+ companies.

Deadline: April 26th; Program Start: June 21st
Meet us at one of our events or sign up for office hours: https://www.eranyc.com/apply/


Direct all questions to Emily at emily@eranyc.com

Cornell DTI to run an incubator this semester

Cornell Design and Tech Initiative is a project team that builds websites & apps used by thousands of students. This semester we’re running Propel, an incubator for ideas or projects that Cornell students or people in the Ithaca community would use.

At Propel, we will provide $250 in funding, resources, networking opportunities, and mentorship for Cornell undergrads to build and scale their projects, whether it’s just an idea or already a prototype. To learn more and apply, check out propel.cornelldti.org.

Applications are due February 19th.

W.E. Cornell program helps women in STEM overcome entrepreneurship challenges

The W.E. Cornell program helps STEM women commercialize their innovations and overcome the challenges of leading a growing technology-based business. Combining a proven entrepreneurship curriculum with a focus on leadership development and empowerment, participants will finish the program prepared to take the next steps in their entrepreneurship journey.

The Kauffman Foundation, a nonprofit that focuses on researching the entrepreneurial climate in the United States and supporting entrepreneurship programs, identifies some of the key barriers facing women entrepreneurs:

  • Mentors are in short supply
  • Implicit biases exist against women entrepreneurs
  • Lack of access to venture capital 1

The W.E. Cornell program is a guided entrepreneurship and leadership program that helps women in STEM overcome these challenges. 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

The program will require an estimated time commitment of two hours per week during the school year, with a 10 hour intensive during a week in mid-January. Participants will be expected to:

  • Participate in 6-7 interactive workshops
  • Network with 5-10 potential mentors
  • Participate in an National Science Foundation I-Corps Short Course
  • Present at a closing celebration and demo day

At the end of the program, participants will work with mentors to identify subsequent entrepreneurship resources at Cornell and in the community. They will graduate with a clear focus on next steps and a strong support network of fellow entrepreneurs.

The program is open to all STEM women, including women-identified and non-binary students at Cornell.

1 “Women Entrepreneurs are Key to Accelerating Growth.” Entrepreneurship Policy Digest, Kauffman Foundation. 20 July 2015.

Photo by Sasha Israel, courtesy of Cornell CALS


Epperson Entrepreneurship Fund

The Epperson Entrepreneurship Fund provides summer funding for STEM women entrepreneurs working to advance their innovations. The program is designed for Cornell students who wish to spend the summer pursuing their entrepreneurial ideas free from the concern of supporting themselves in a traditional paid job setting. Funding up to $5,000 is provided to STEM women-identified and non-binary students who present ideas through the application process. Applications for 2020 are now closed.

About the Program Director: Andrea Ippolito

Andrea IppolitoAndrea Ippolito is a Lecturer in the College of Engineering and College of Business at Cornell University. She recently completed her role as the Director of the Innovators Network at the Department of Veterans Affairs and she previously served as a Presidential Innovation Fellow at the VA Center for Innovation based out of the White House Office of Science Technology Policy and General Services Administration. She previously was a Ph.D. student in the Engineering Systems Division at MIT, co-founder of Smart Scheduling, Innovation Specialist at the Brigham & Women’s Hospital Innovation Hub, and Co-Director of MIT’s Hacking Medicine. She also served as a Product Innovation Manager at athenaHealth and completed her M.S. in Engineering and Management at MIT. Prior to MIT, Ippolito worked as a Research Scientist within the Corporate Technology Development group at Boston Scientific. She obtained both her B.S. in Biological Engineering in 2006 and Master of Engineering in Biomedical Engineering in 2007 from Cornell University.

Tax Advice for Start-ups and Entrepreneurs Webinar May 21

Join eCornell and the Center for Regional Economic Advancement at Cornell University on May 21, at 10:00 a.m. EST for the webinar, Tax Advice for Startups and Entrepreneurs. 

Tax issues create some of the biggest headaches for startups and entrepreneurs even in the best of times. But with the COVID-19 factor, tackling your taxes could now be all the more challenging. As part of the government response to the pandemic’s economic impact, there are new filing dates, different loan stipulations, changes to benefit policies, and a host of other measure that can impact your business.  

The panel of tax and legal experts will cut through the clutter and address some of the most important COVID-related changes that will impact business decisions over the next few months.  


·         Nate Cook, Cornell SC Johnson College of Business and Cornell Engineering Lecturer 


·         Rick Rienhold, Visiting Professor of the Practice at the Cornell Law School 

·         Renata Dabrowska, Head, Outsourced Accounting at Sciarabba Walker 

·         Robert Green, Professor at the Cornell Law School 

 Watch online:  

This interactive webinar will be held on the eCornell platform. Please register for the webinar here. 

TEC hosting annual Graduate Pitch Competition

TEC is hosting its annual cash-prize Graduate Pitch Competition on May 14th (time: TBD, duration: ~1.5 hours, location: Zoom).

$750 will be awarded to the winning team, and $250 will be awarded to the runner up.

How to participate: Please reply to this email (cornelltec@gmail.com) with (1) a slide deck, (2) team bios, including degree and department affiliation, and (3) the location/time zone you intend to present from before 5 PM on Friday, May 8th. RSVP here to receive event updates. Teams selected to pitch will be notified via email.

Eligibility: Startups or ideas can be in any area with a focus on science or technology. Teams must be comprised primarily of graduate students. There are no restrictions on size, though teams will be limited to two presenters. Preference given to early-stage ideas and submissions from non-MBA students. Teams will have 7 minutes to pitch, followed by a 6 minute Q&A session with our judges.

Please email me (aue2@cornell.edu) with any questions.

Entrepreneurship updates from eShip@Cornell

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 powered by Techstars at Cornell

We hope everyone’s first days of virtual classes went well. Despite these unprecedented times, Blackstone LaunchPad 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.


CREA Webinar Series: Equity Crowdfunding– Skipping VCs and Connecting with Passionate Investors

When: May 7, 10:00 a.m. EST

Register now.

With the economy upended by COVID-19, venture capitalists are most risk=averse than ever. To raise money in this new environment, startups in need of initial backing and businesses seeking funding for a new venture will have to get creative. Crowdfunding can be a successful alternative for attracting capital. By seeking out a group of consumers who are passionate about your company’s vision, you can connect with a larger group of smaller investors who are willing to help fund a product of service they want. A panel of startup and crowdfunding experts will discuss the best ways to plan and execute a crowdfunding campaign in our current economic climate.


What you’ll learn:

•What equity crowdfunding is, how it works, and why you should use it

•How much funding startups can realistically plan to raise through a crowdfunding campaign in today’s economic climate

•How to best persuade the public to invest in your startup or business venture

•Strategies for leveraging your first successful crowdfunding campaign for additional future investments

Episode No. 4: Expanding to a Second Sphere of Activity 
Thursday May 7 at 12pm EDT

Grow-NY applicants will have to consider their presence in our region, whether they are headquartered elsewhere. Nordetect has a user-friendly portable device for analysing biochemicals that has applications for agriculture and beyond. They are based in Copenhagen, but are following a path that will put them in Rochester, too. Learn about what it is like to operate in a second geographical sphere of activity.

With founder of Nordetect Keenan Pinto, Jim Senall the executive director of NextCorps, and engineering student Shiang-Wan Chin.

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.


Connected Conversations 

May 6th, 12:00pm – 1:00pm ET

John Engels, Engels Leadership Coaching

Managing Anxiety: At Home, In Business

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.


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. 

Social Enterprise at Cornell to host Social Enterprise Entrepreneurship panel May 6

This Wednesday, May 6th, Social Enterprise at Cornell will be hosting a Social Enterprise Entrepreneurship panel called How To Become A Student Entrepreneur from 8:00PM to 9:00PM ET. This event will be a conversation with several Cornell entrepreneurs who currently run their own organizations that make an impact. You will have the chance to learn about the impetus for their organization, current work, and their vision for the future, as well as the journey of building your own organization.

The organizations/speakers at the panel will be:

  • GreenClub(Alex Li): A non-profit that makes it easy for anyone to act on climate change. To date, we have offset over 500 tons or 1 million pounds of Carbon dioxide emissions.
  • Pedicure(Jessica Tao): A toenail trimmer designed for those who can’t reach their feet. We know that nail care is a hard problem to solve alone. PediCure hopes to empower those unable to reach their feet ranging from the injured, elderly, to anyone who can’t reach their feet.
  • Makers for COVID-19(Karina Popovich): A coalition of individual hobbyists and 3D-printer owners all around the United States and the world. Together, we are supporting medical professionals on the frontlines with 3D-printed PPE along with other medical shortages
  • Millions Meal Foundation(Samay Bansal): “My vision is for us to provide at least 1,000,000 meals to communities around the world who are battling food insecurity. One major strategy is to partner with organizations that are doing great work in a similar field.”
  • Interwoven Bracelet(Alexa Torres): A beaded jewelry company that aims to support local artisans in the Huichol community in Northern Mexico to improve the lives of the Huichol people through sharing their talents and crafts.
  • Moroccan Youth Social Entrepreneurs Group(Ghali Jorio): An organization that aims to empower Moroccan Youth to start social enterprises and contribute through an online program, a summer camp, a national conference and an online platform for Moroccan Youth to Serve, Educate, and Connect.

Please use this Zoom link to attend the event: https://cornell.zoom.us/j/93163674846?status=success

In the midst of everything that is going on, we are striving for a return to normalcy by hosting events, discussions, and panels that allow for continued engagement. We look forward to your attendance!

Applications open for New York State Business Plan Competition

The New York Business Plan Competition is the only leading collegiate business plan competition that is a regionally coordinated, collaborative, statewide program. With thousands in prizes, it is one of the largest collegiate business plan competitions in the world.

To learn more about the competition, visit the Southern Tier Regional Competition website


2/1/20 – Applications Open

3/7/20- Applications Due

3/18/20 – Presentations Due

3/21/20 – Regional Competition in Binghamton

5/1/20 – State Competition in Albany

120 Hawley Street, Binghamton New York 607-777-5085 | emmab@binghamton.edu

Free biotechnology focused version of the NSF I-Corps Short Course offered at Cornell

Cornell University’s Center for Advanced Technology (CAT) offers a free biotechnology focused version of the NSF I-Corps Short Course to help fortify your plans for a life science startup. The major emphasis of the Short Course is NOT on your technology, but rather on the problem in the marketplace. Your job in the Short Course is to cast aside your assumptions about what you perceive the problem to be, and perform a minimum of 30 interviews of your potential customers. Later, you’ll assess whether your technology truly fills the needs they seek, and if not, you have the option to pivot.

This Short Course is a component of a campus-based biotechnology startup pipeline that includes the Kevin M. McGovern Family Center for Venture Development in the Life Sciences, and features a special segment on regulatory hurdles and reimbursements. You may apply with a team of 1-3 people.

Learn more and apply:  https://www.unyicorps.org/shortcourse/

Dates and times:

  • Session 1: Fri. March 13 (1pm- 5pm)- In-person
  • Session 2: Sat. March 14 (9am- 1pm)- In-person
  • Session 3: Wed. March 18 (2pm- 3pm)- Online
  • Session 4: Wed. March 25 (2pm- 3pm)- Online
  • Session 5: Fri. March 27 (1pm-5pm)- In-person

All in-person sessions will be held at the Breazzano Family Center for Business Education, 209-215 Dryden Rd., Ithaca, NY. Light meals will be provided.

Cornell Computer Science Alum Featured on Podcast

Euwyn Poon was born in Singapore and moved to Canada as a young lad. His entrepreneurial tendencies and drive were evident at a young age. He entered Cornell University at the age of 15. After graduating with a degree in computer science, he went to Cornell Law School. It was during a sabbatical from Simpson Thacher, a top NYC law firm, he got the entrepreneurial bug and joined Y-Combinator. Euwyn is a great observer of the inefficiencies that surround us and turning them into business opportunities. He started Spin after a trip to China. Less than two years later, he sold it to Ford Motor Company.

Hear the full episode here.