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Marla and Barry ILR ’90 Beck Entrepreneurship Fellows Program

BarryandMarlaBeck_webThe Marla and Barry ILR ’90 Beck Entrepreneurship Fellows Program is for Cornell students who wish to spend a summer pursuing their entrepreneurial ideas free from the concern of supporting themselves in a traditional paid job setting. Beck Fellowships are not available for students graduating prior to the summer that the stipend would fund.

The Beck Fellows Program is administered by the Entrepreneurship at Cornell Program and the ILR School. Successful applicants will show a demonstrated interest and involvement in entrepreneurship activity at Cornell. Along with their entrepreneurial activities, selected Beck Fellows will exhibit academic excellence. Preference may be given to those students who are pursuing an entrepreneurship minor, involved with Cornell’s eLab program, the Blackstone LaunchPad, Life Changing Labs, Student Agencies, Inc., and/or currently working with other mentors. By encouraging and supporting the growth of entrepreneurial pursuits, selected Beck Fellows not only enrich the Cornell community but also lay the foundation for Beck Fellows to excel as entrepreneurs well beyond their college years.

The Program is generously funded by Marla and Barry ILR ’90 Beck. Marla and Barry are co-founders of Bluemercury, Inc. and M-61 Laboratories. The Becks have built Bluemercury into a highly-regarded brand and a destination location since its inception in 1999 with a single storefront in Georgetown. There are 173 stores in 26 states around the country (55 to be opened in 2019). Marla and Barry also co-founded M-61 Laboratories, makers of M-61 Skincare, the first highly technical, natural cosmeceutical brand.

Summer funding up to $5,000 is provided to a student/group of students who present a startup company, idea or other entrepreneurial pursuits through the application process. Funding can be used to support the startup/idea/pursuit (compensation, prototypes, web development, etc.). Applications for summer 2019 funding are due by September 30, 2018 and link to the application can be found here.

Timeline & Requirements

Application Deadline: September 30, 2018

Application Status Notification: November 1, 2018

Funding Amount: $5,000 per person or company team

Funding Requirements:

  • Confirmation of use of funds by April 15, 2019
  • Mid-summer status check with Entrepreneurship at Cornell: July 15, 2019
  • End of summer progress report (3-5 pages): September 1, 2019
  • Thank you letter to Marla and Barry Beck: September 1, 2019