Through a generous donation from Dan Cane ’98 founder of Blackboard and Modernizing Medicine, the Cane Entrepreneurial Scholars program is designed to encourage the development and growth of young entrepreneurs at Cornell through financial support, mentoring, and experiential learning as the student explores an entrepreneurial path.

The program will allow the Scholars some degree of freedom from financial burden in order to devote their time to pursuing the necessary steps of getting their start-up off the ground.

The award is up to $5,000 per scholar per year, depending on application, to use as he/she sees fit to develop their business, and may be renewed for an 2 additional years if approved by the program director. In addition, the program will make every effort to provide mentorship for the selected recipients and advise on methods to leverage the funds in order to raise additional financial or in-kind support.

Preference will be given to students who are enrolled in the Dyson School, pursing either a concentration or minor in Entrepreneurship and have already applied to a summer accelerator program such as Rev or Life Changing Labs.

During the program, Scholars will be required to provide quarterly updates regarding their progress.

Reach out to Professor Robert Karpman MD, MBA with questions at

The deadline for applications is mid-February and awards will be announced in March.

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