Networking for Graduate Students

It takes much more than a great idea to commercialize a technology or start a company. It can be a difficult process and the more help you have available, the better. Any entrepreneur will tell you–connections are essential. It is important to have a network of people you can call on at every step on the path from education to enterprise. It can be just as important to play that some role for others in the same boat.

Student Groups

Tech Entrepreneurship at Cornell

A student organization made up of graduate students and undergraduates in the engineering and sciences at Cornell University. They strive to create an organization of engineers, scientists, technologists, and like-minded individuals interested in entrepreneurship. Their goal is to foster understanding of the entrepreneurial process through interactions with students, professors, business leaders, and alumni.

Student Clubs

At Cornell, entrepreneurship is more than a career path, it is a lifestyle! Join one or more of the student clubs listed in this comprehensive collection to connect with kindred spirits.

Life Changing Labs

A 501 (c)(3) non-profit organization that supports Cornell’s top entrepreneurially-minded students.These programs provide all Cornell students with ongoing access to mentorship and guidance from experienced entrepreneurs, investors, and professionals, as they progress on their entrepreneurship journey.

College of Engineering Programs

Commercialization Fellows

Cornell Engineering is now offering Commercialization Fellowships—a unique opportunity for Ph.D. students to 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.

SC Johnson College of Business Programs

Pillsbury Institute

The Leland C. and Mary M. Pillsbury Institute for Hospitality Entrepreneurship engages leading industry experts and faculty to educate students and provide them with experiential opportunities to learn all aspects of entrepreneurship. To support these critical goals, the Pillsbury Institute offers students, entrepreneurs, and faculty an expanding range of courses, programs, and activities focused on advancing students’ entrepreneurship knowledge and mastery.

University-Wide Programs

Entrepreneurship at Cornell

Entrepreneurship at Cornell is a diverse, university-wide program that finds and fosters the entrepreneurial spirit in participants from every college, every field, and in every stage of life. We are grounded in the belief that individuals who exhibit an entrepreneurial spirit and have acquired entrepreneurial knowledge can add significant value to any working environment from the smallest startup to the largest business, from non-profits to government agencies.

Cornell Silicon Valley

The goal of this alumni group is to build the Cornell business community in the Bay Area and connect Cornellians with industry innovators and technology luminaries.

Cornell StartUp Tree

StartupTree is the leading platform and the fastest growing network for university entrepreneurship. Entrepreneurial participants including students, alumni, staff, and faculty use StartupTree to access the resources they need and to discover, connect, and collaborate with co-founders, team members, and mentors on their journey.

Cornell Entrepreneur Network

The Cornell Entrepreneur Network (CEN) is the university’s alumni business network. CEN produces top-shelp events on both coasts that feature world-class alumni speakers and unique opportunities to meet potential business contacts.

Co-Working Space


An open, flexible and dynamic collaboration and coworking space fostering entrepreneurship for the entire Cornell community. There are more than 15,000 square feet of entrepreneurial space in two locations–Kennedy Hall and 409 College Ave.