Cornell’s BioEntrepreneurship initiative offers Johnson MBA students and doctoral life scientists from across Cornell’s campuses the opportunity to immerse themselves in real-world startup creation. Participants receive the tools, training, and connections they need to launch their own life science startups through a certificate program offered by the Samuel Curtis Johnson Graduate School of Management

Who can apply?

Up to 30 participants are selected per annual cohort, of which half are MBA students and half are researchers/innovators/clinicians on the life-sciences. Researchers/innovators/clinicians should be doctoral (PhD, MD, DVM) candidates, post-docs, or junior faculty from across Cornell’s schools such as Weill Cornell Medicine, College of Veterinary Medicine, College of Engineering and College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, as well as Cornell’s Tri-Institutional partners.


Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis, with cut off dates for each semester. View the program structure.

Next application deadline for MBA students: January 24, 2022
Interviews will be conducted: February 2022

Next application review dates for researchers, innovators and clinicians: April 1, 2022
Interviews will be conducted: April 2022


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BioEntrepreneurship Initiative Application


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