eShip News – October 2021

eShip News – October 2021

Director’s Note: Fall Festivities

Happy Halloween!! And almost Happy Thanksgiving!!  We are all geared up for Eclectic Convergence, which will be held live at Cornell Tech on November 12th.  We will be live streaming as usual, but we are so looking forward to having a “large” live event in NYC.  And the night prior to the conference we are delighted to be back in person for the eLab pitch night, also at Cornell Tech. And our Big Ideas Competition has just about 70 applicants across 4 tracks!  Winners will be judged and announced in December.


On a very somber note, we lost one of our dear friends this month.  Eric Young ‘78, a co-founder of Canaan Partners, passed away unexpectedly on October 24th.  Eric was an active member of the EaC Advisory Council.  Our hearts are heavy and our sympathy and thoughts are with his family.  We will miss Eric incredibly.

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

Entrepreneur of the Year to be honored at NYC entrepreneurship conference

Jessica Rolph ’97 MBA ‘04, the 2021 Cornell Entrepreneur of the Year, will be one of the featured speakers for the 2021 Eclectic Convergence conference Nov. 12 at Cornell Tech in New York City.

Inside Farther Farms’ mission: Using french fries to make the food system more sustainable

The New York startup is pioneering a unique method of making fresh food shelf stable, hoping to reduce the industry’s reliance on the cold chain.

Gene editing, brand acquisition, neural dust: Kessler Fellows devote summer to startups

While some returning students left behind long days at the beach and summer barbecues, the student entrepreneurs in the 2021 cohort of the Kessler Fellows program returned to Ithaca this fall equipped with new entrepreneurial skills and ready to tackle their senior years after completing 10-week internships with startups around the nation.

eLab introduces newest cohort of student startups

Following a competitive application process, eLab, Cornell’s student startup accelerator, announced the 20 student teams selected for participation in the 2021-22 cohort.

Bitcoin is back above $50,000 again, but its rate of growth will be eclipsed by other tokens, eventually rendering it obsolete, the founder of Avalanche says

Bitcoin will eventually be outpaced by other coins as their faster, cheaper networks digitize more and more of everyday life, according to the founder of Avalanche, Emin Gün Sirer.

Ex-Morgan Stanley Banker Cleaned Houses Before Startup Took Off

John Lee cleaned houses in South Korea for six months after leaving his job at Morgan Stanley in 2014.

Women indirectly hurt more by noncompete pacts

Nine out of 10 startups fail, and even among venture-backed fledgling companies, the success rate is only about 25%.

Cornell Tech, Google and Tech:NYC launch NYC startup competition

The Jacobs Urban Tech Hub Cornell Tech has teamed with Google and the nonprofit Tech:NYC to give entrepreneurs in New York City a chance of winning $100,000 for their startups, as well as other business opportunities.

Want to get ahead in the tech world? Give these 4 executive MBA programs a look

Elon Musk made waves in December 2020 when he criticized what he called “the MBA-ization of America,” saying that hiring people with the degree clouds a company’s ability to think outside the box and meet its customers’ needs.

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.