eShip News – April 2021

eShip News – April 2021

Director’s Note: Spring has sprung

As we wind down the semester, we typically expect a slow down on a number of fronts.  But, honestly, that is just not happening!  We just held our big Entrepreneurship at Cornell Celebration event with almost 1,000 registered.  Celebration included our eLab Demo Day, the BenDaniel Venture Challenge, Student Business of Year finals, a number of great panel discussions and the conferring of our first ever Lifetime Achievement Award in Entrepreneurship and Humanity to Charles Feeney ’56.  Overall, a fabulous virtual event – and hopefully the last time for that!  Similarly, the eship related news is flowing endlessly.  Keep up with all the news on our new website at, and enjoy this monthly summary.

-Zach Shulman ’87, JD’90
Director, Entrepreneurship at Cornell

Research Universities and the Innovation Economy

America’s dominance is currently at risk, and a new model is needed now more than ever, argue Michael I. Kotlikoff, Emmanuel P. Giannelis and Glenn C. Altschuler.

Student entrepreneurs to exhibit startups at eLab Demo Day

Student startup founders who participated in eLab, Cornell’s accelerator for student businesses, will showcase the companies they have been working on all year during the program’s virtual Demo Day, April 29 from 1 to 3 p.m.

‘Feeney Way’ officially unveiled on donor’s 90th birthday

Today, April 23, 2021, marks both the 90th birthday of Charles F. “Chuck” Feeney ’56 and the official unveiling of Feeney Way on Cornell’s Ithaca campus, honoring the man who has been called the university’s “third founder.”

This tech makes perishable food last months without a fridge

Uncooked french fries are usually frozen, but when they’re pasteurized using the Farther Farms method of pressurized CO2, they can sit on the shelf for 90 days before going bad.

Program will support diverse founders of climate tech startups

As the cleantech industry continues to expand and evolve, a new program and partnership based in New York’s Southern Tier region aims to advance diversity and inclusivity in the growing green economy.

Report guides food, ag entrepreneurs; $1M contest opens

A first-of-its kind report intends to guide innovators and investors toward urgent technology needs in New York’s robust farming and food processing industries, as identified by dozens of farmers, manufacturers, retailers, researchers and other key stakeholders.

Cloud-optimization company secures $5M to offer cloud savings

Exotanium, a cloud resource optimization and management company, announced today that it has completed a $5 million seed funding round led by Walden International and Nepenthe Capital LLC.

ILR alumni sell storage business for seven figures

When Nick Huber ’12 and Dan Hagberg ’12 started a storage business out of their Collegetown basement, they didn’t realize it would change their lives.

A new gym climbs over COVID obstacles

With vaccines steadily making their way into peoples’ arms, businesses in Ithaca and Tompkins County are slowly climbing out of their COVID-driven doldrums.

Timur Ozekcin, CEO, Eng ‘14, MEng ’15, and Paul Bakoyiannis, CTO, Eng ’15, MEng ’16, fuel Cylera Healthcare with $17 million in funding

Cylera, a leading healthcare IoT (HIoT) cybersecurity and intelligence company, today announced the company secured $10 million in Series A funding, led by Concord Health Partners and Maverick Ventures

Special thanks to our corporate sponsor partnerships

Entrepreneurship at Cornell is delighted to receive support from a wonderful group of Corporate Sponsor Partners who help make our work possible.