eShip News – May 2021

eShip News – May 2021

Director’s Note: Springing into emergence

We hope that you all are having a wonderful spring, particularly as we emerge from the pandemic.  While we all face a bunch of uncertainty in how we emerge, it is great to see people on campus again and actually gathering in person! With Celebration 2021 behind us, we are now gearing up for the upcoming 2021-2022 academic year.  We have lots of great programming on the schedule already, some for students only (like our Eship Kickoff event on September 9th) and some for the broader community (like our Eclectic Convergence event in NYC on November 12th).  The breadth of programming across the campus is incredible as well! And, by the way, we plan on keeping our “monthly” webinar series going post-pandemic.  They are very popular and informative.  We have two set for June.  Enjoy!

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

Info sci student’s startup seeks to elevate Black businesses

Founding and building a startup company into a sustainable, profit-generating business takes guts, determination and resilience.

New Moms Can Fix the Entrepreneurship Gender Diversity Gap, If We Help Them

W.E. Cornell Program Lead, Andrea Ippolito, shares insight into how to increase the number of female entrepreneurs and the support needed for women and mothers.

Break it down: CR0WD task force forges zero waste goals

Circularity, Reuse, and Zero Waste Development (CR0WD) is a newly formed collaboration that brings projects and research from AAP faculty-led labs together with experts across both the campus and the City of Ithaca to address sustainable development practices.

Pollen-sized technology protects bees from deadly insecticides

A Cornell-developed technology provides beekeepers, consumers and farmers with an antidote for deadly pesticides, which kill wild bees and cause beekeepers to lose around a third of their hives every year on average.

Virtual portal creates access to food security solutions

Meeting the nutritional needs of current and future generations requires innovations to ensure access to healthy and nutritious food while creating equitable value chains and supporting climate and environmental sustainability.

ProducePay scores $43m Series C funding from VCs, development banks

Online ag marketplace ProducePay has raised $43 million in a Series C round co-led by Silicon Valley-based firm G2VP, the World Bank‘s International Finance Corporation (IFC), and the Inter-American Development Bank‘s IDB Invest.

Investment ideas take center stage at inaugural forum

Students and faculty from across campus and alumni from around the country gathered for the first time with one topic in mind: investing.

From Telehealth to Restaurants: Cornell Alum Launches Support Program for Startups by Asian Students

In late March, Jeffrey Zhang ’20 launched SpeakUp Ventures, a program that provides mentorship, workshops and a $300 stipend for Asian entrepreneurs to develop their business ideas.

Feeney ’56 honored for ‘transformative’ contributions to Cornell

Charles F. “Chuck” Feeney ’56, founding chairman of The Atlantic Philanthropies and Cornell’s most generous donor, was honored with the inaugural Charles F. Feeney ’56 Lifetime Achievement Award for Entrepreneurship and Humanity on April 30 during Entrepreneurship at Cornell’s annual Celebration conference.

Green cemetery wins hospitality business pitch contest

A monetization platform connecting consumers to restaurants through influencers’ content and an algorithm-based trip-planning concierge were among the pitches presented during the 11th Cornell Hospitality Business Plan Competition, an annual entrepreneurship event that presents cash prizes for the top three finishers.

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.