Everything Entrepreneurial at Cornell University

Sarah Ploss named Entrepreneur in Residence

August 19, 2014

Sarah Ploss, a seasoned business development and marketing strategist, was recently named Cornell’s Entrepreneur in Residence for the 2014-15 academic year; she now is accepting appointments with students. Ploss, president of Willet Dairy LLC of Locke, New York, has been involved in a number of high-growth environmental startups, including waste-to-energy, greenhouse gas emissions reduction and environmental cleanup products made from recycled agricultural materials. “The Entrepreneur in Residence serves a vital role within the Cornell entrepreneurship community, mentoring and advising Cornell connected startups and aspiring entrepreneurs, particularly those in the early stages of business development, as well as inventors Continue reading…

Arts and Sciences Career Services, Networking, and My Internship with Penguin Random House

August 1, 2014

I cannot put into words how much stress I felt when I began to think about summer internships as a college freshman. As a history and German major, I was genuinely panicking, thinking that my skills would not measure up in an increasingly competitive job market. It was around this time, just when I thought that I was going to spend an exciting summer at home with my parents in suburban Florida, that someone recommended that I stopped by Arts and Sciences Career Services. This is basically how I learned that Arts and Sciences Career Services existed. I Continue reading…

Silicon Ivy: How Cornell Is Prepping Young Entrepreneurs

July 30, 2014

Jake Reisch, then a junior at Cornell University, sketched out his idea for Audiarchy, a company that would rent headsets for trendy silent discos (DJ shows where people listen to music through wireless headphones instead of a normal speaker system). The panel of VCs and entrepreneurs in his Entrepreneurship & Private Equity class on hand that day in May 2012 thought he was onto something. So Reisch ditched a summer internship and started planning the company with Matt Reiners, his cofounder and childhood friend. That fall the pair was accepted into eLab, an on-campus accelerator program for student Continue reading…

TGIF: Rosie powers through to win SmartCamp Cambridge with mobile and predictive!

July 28, 2014

I’m thrilled to announce that Rosie is the winner of the SmartCamp Cambridge event! Rosie is a leading SaaS provider of predictive online and mobile shopping applications to local merchants. Their solution is aimed at improving the grocery store shopping experience by predicting the grocery items shoppers need before they run out, at the lowest price from local grocers and online retailers. What does their solution do for grocery retailers? Rosie provides e-commerce, delivery opportunities, and deep data services. And for consumers, Rosie enables them to shop online for their favorite local stores for delivery or in-store pickup. Continue reading…

Media offered sneak peek of downtown incubator, ‘Rev’

July 11, 2014

Under construction and slated for a fall grand opening, Ithaca’s downtown business incubator has a new name, a newly launched website and is taking applications for membership. The incubator is called Rev, subtitled “Ithaca Startup Works,” announced Tom Schryver ’93, MBA ’02, executive director of Cornell’s Center for Regional Economic Advancement, during a July 8 media open house of the partially finished space at 314 E. State St. Every aspect of the incubator’s name was purposefully chosen, Schryver said – for example, “works,” because organizers want members to not only have great ideas, but to “turn those ideas Continue reading…

Kristen McClellan ’12 on Power Pitch: Apply sunscreen in seconds

July 10, 2014

In today’s “Power Pitch,” Kristen McClellan pitches her device SnappyScreen, which applies sunscreen at the customers desired SPF level.

Selling Innovation by Going Old School

July 8, 2014

Selling Innovation by Going Old School

Cornell Tech MBAs connect with undergrad entrepreneurs

June 18, 2014

Collegetown is fairly quiet these days, but not at 325 College Ave. or 409 College Ave. In those spaces, a few dozen undergrad and graduate students and young alumni are spending the summer hard at work on their entrepreneurial ventures. Many of them took a break from writing code and sales pitches June 10 to meet with the inaugural class of MBA students from Cornell Tech at PopShop, an open collaborative workspace. The MBA students are in Ithaca, New York, to begin their studies before heading to Cornell Tech in New York City in the fall. Katie Dreier Continue reading…

IBM Watson SmartCamp applications due June 18th

June 17, 2014

Complete this form and click the submit button to request participation in an IBM SmartCamp event.  If you have questions about this application form, contact pwisv@cn.ibm.com.

Alum founded YEXT Scores Huge Financing

June 5, 2014

As each new social network or listings site pops up, it becomes harder for retailers to keep information about their stores up to date and accurate. And that’s a wonderful thing for Yext. The New York City-based company provides what is essentially a content management system for retailers, banks and some small businesses. This system gives the business a central place to log in and update information about individual store locations, hours and featured products. Once updated, Yext’s technology automatically synchronizes that information across social networks such as Foursquare, Facebook and Google+ (which seeds info on Google Maps) Continue reading…

Cornell partners with Incodema3D for START-UP NY

June 4, 2014

Partnering with an Ithaca firm looking to make waves in the 3-D printing industry, Cornell is among those leading the charge for revitalizing the New York state economy through Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s economic development initiative START-UP NY. Incodema3D is a spinoff of Incodema Inc., a rapid metal prototyping firm headquartered in Ithaca since 2001. Expanding Incodema’s business into additive manufacturing – better known as 3-D printing – Incodema3D is among the first companies approved for START-UP NY tax benefits and other incentives, announced by Cuomo June 4. START-UP NY aims to connect university research and innovation with New Continue reading…

Social sciences project to study creativity, entrepreneurship

May 13, 2014

Faculty members from across disciplines recently kicked off Creativity, Innovation and Entrepreneurship, the latest theme project of the Institute for the Social Sciences. Over the next two years, members will explore how novel ideas are created, developed, valued and diffused via research projects, curriculum development and public presentations. “We want to bring creativity, innovation and entrepreneurship together so that we can articulate a sound body of science around these topics,” said M. Diane Burton, professor of human resource studies in the ILR School and team leader for the project. “We realize that innovation and entrepreneurship are important engines Continue reading…

“Go with the CTSC and the NIH Common Fund: A Rap,”

May 12, 2014

Dr. Julianne Imperato-McGinley, Program Director of the Weill Cornell Clinical and Translational Science Center (CTSC), would like to thank you for your support of our video, “Go with the CTSC and the NIH Common Fund: A Rap,” written, performed, and produced by CTSC staff. Due to your votes and encouragement, we were selected as one of the winners of the NIH Common Fund 10-Year Commemoration Video Contest and will be featured in NIH media outlets and a live videocast! If you haven’t had a chance to view the CTSC’s funny, engaging video, check it out here:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k60ZaoafjOY

Students reap rewards in annual business contests

April 15, 2014

Some 17,000 people will undergo kidney transplants this year. York Avenue Diagnostics won this year’s Cornell Venture Challenge with their business plan to use genetic signatures to monitor kidney health in these patients and provide earlier detection of transplant rejection without an invasive biopsy procedure. Awarded $25,000 to push forward their business plan, team members William Mills IV, Kevin O’Rourke, Benjamin Burnett and Michael Boice are students at Weill Cornell Medical College or Weill Cornell Graduate School of Medical Sciences. Earning second place wasTeraPore Technologies, a high performance ultrafiltration solution for biopharmaceutical manufacturing. The team was led by Rachel Dorin, Continue reading…

Galvin Critiques Climate of Upstate Entrepreneurship

April 15, 2014

When Greg Galvin was invited to the stage to be named the 2014Cornell Entrepreneur of the Year, he was dressed in a suit and tie. “This is just not going to work,” said Galvin, M.S. ’82, Ph.D. ’84, MBA ’93, chairman and CEO of Rheonix Inc. and Mezmeriz Inc., who exchanged his coat for a Cornell engineering hoodie and announced, “Now I’m an entrepreneur.” Galvin, who was elected to the Cornell Board of Trustees in 2011 and serves on the advisory councils for the College of Engineering, the Department of Materials Science and Entrepreneurship@Cornell, was honored at an April 10 banquet. Continue reading…

Undergraduates Receive Awards for Innovation at Big Idea Competition

April 14, 2014

Last Friday, the Big Idea Competition gave 10 teams of Cornellian entrepreneurs the chance to make their idea “the next big thing” by awarding several prizes. The annual competition, sponsored by Entrepreneurship@Cornell and RECESS, a music and ideas festival, supports early-stage ideation and offers outlets for the next generation of entrepreneurs, according to the event’s website. Dong Ki Kim ’17 and Moonyoung Lee ’15 won first place in the non-profit or social business category for their idea of Smart Horn, a digital communication system for cars. They received a $2,000 prize, as well as an additional $1,000 via Continue reading…

Women business leaders inspire students, alumni

February 27, 2014

“Whether you choose to marry or not, have children or not, go to grad school, combine work and family or focus on one or the other, you need to know that you don’t need to strive for perfection. Just set your priorities and know what you want.” So advised Barbara Novick ’81, co-founder and vice chairman of Blackrock, an international asset management company, at the Dyson Symposium on Women in Leadership on campus Feb. 21-22. More than 150 Cornell students attended. A College of Arts and Sciences graduate, Novick said she often stretched outside her comfort zone at Continue reading…

Downtown Ithaca Incubator to help entrepreneurs

January 16, 2014

Billed as a hub for economic activity throughout Ithaca and Tompkins County, the new Downtown Ithaca Incubator promises to channel rising entrepreneurs into the region to work, grow and thrive. A collaborative venture among Cornell, Ithaca College and Tompkins Cortland Community College, the incubator was launched at a Jan. 16 media event attended by local government officials, community leaders and friends of all three institutions. It is located at 314 E. State St. in the Carey Building in downtown Ithaca. The incubator is part of the new Southern Tier Innovation Hot Spot, a regional economic development initiative that Continue reading…

Student club wows venture capitalists

December 11, 2013

The 21 students who make up the Cornell Venture Capital Club have made quite a name for themselves in the VC world. Working with clients like Sequoia Capital, New Enterprise Associates, Besemer Venture Partners and First Round Capital, club members have provided services from due diligence to product development consulting. They’ve also co-created a blog, InsideActivityTracking.com, to follow developments in the wearable technology sector – think Fit Band and Jawbone. And they plan to expand their services to help Cornell student startups learn how to be more attractive to venture capitalists. “The VC world is small, and word Continue reading…

Social entrepreneurs share ideas at conference

November 20, 2013

Entrepreneurs whose businesses have a social justice focus gathered at Cornell Nov. 15-17 to network and learn how to move their ideas forward. The Second Finger Lakes Social Entrepreneurship Institute, sponsored by Cornell’s Center for Transformative Action, drew 100 entrepreneurs from across the state and included speakers, networking events and workshops. Two highlights of the event were pitch presentations by 16 participants and a TEDx event featuring messages from alumni social entrepreneurs. “Last year had such an impact in helping me connect with others working in the social space,” said Scott Morris of Ithaca, whose company AmeriQoin offers Continue reading…

Entrepreneurship @ Cornell to honor student business

November 18, 2013

Entrepreneurship@Cornell has announced a new annual Student Business of the Year award that includes a cash prize of $5,000 and recognizes commitment to develop and operate a successful business while pursuing an education. It will be presented at an April 11, 2014, luncheon during the Entrepreneurship@Cornell Celebration. The business must be operated by a current Cornell undergraduate or graduate student or a team of at least 50 percent current Cornell students. Success measures will vary depending on industry and will include revenue generation, customer validation, creativity, uniqueness, intellectual property, grants, awards and scalability of the business model. The Continue reading…

Alumni entrepreneurs share career stories in New York City

October 16, 2013

More than 350 Cornell alumni, students, faculty and entrepreneurs enjoyed a full day of talks by entrepreneurs and venture capitalists at Entrepreneurship @ Cornell’s summit in New York City Oct. 11. Focused on the theme, “The Beginning: From Nothing to Something,” the event featured entrepreneurs including Yahoo’s Kathy Savitt ’85, Shake Shack’s Randy Garutti ’97 and Practice Makes Perfect founder Karim Abouelnaga ’13, who told stories of the ups and downs of running their own enterprises. “We thought this summit should be about entrepreneurship from the lens of Ezra Cornell,” said Scott Belsky ’02, founder of Behance, vice Continue reading…

Challenge yourself, Change.org leader advises students

September 26, 2013

The video that Jennifer Dulski ’93, MBA ’99, showed last week at Cornell about her company Change.org features Julie Bluhm, a 14-year-old reader of Seventeen magazine. With the help of a petition on Change.org, Bluhm convinced the editors of the magazine to stop photoshopping models. “It started as just a petition,” Bluhm says in the video. “But now I think we’ve grown into a whole movement.” Growing businesses or movements through her leadership has been Dulski’s mode of operation since her days at Cornell, when as coxswain she helped the women’s crew teams to national titles and later Continue reading…

eLab entrepreneurs can earn credit for startup work

September 19, 2013

The 900 students dancing to a silent disco during Orientation this year probably had no idea that the headphones making it possible were the brainchild of Cornell entrepreneurs. Jacob Reisch ’13 of Party Headphones is one of many entrepreneurial students whose businesses get their start boosted by the eLab, a student business accelerator in Collegetown. This year, students who earn a spot in eLab may earn academic credit for eLab-only courses. Previously only 1.5 credits could be earned through a lecture series class. Now two new classes offered through the Samuel Curtis Johnson Graduate School of Management carry Continue reading…