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Marla and Barry ILR ’90 Beck Entrepreneurship Fellows Program

BarryMarlaBeck_BluemercuryThe Marla and Barry ILR ’90 Beck Entrepreneurship Fellows Program is for Cornell students who wish to spend a summer pursuing their entrepreneurial ideas (at least 90% of their time) free from the concern of supporting themselves in a traditional paid job setting. Beck Fellowships are not available for students graduating prior to the summer that the stipend would fund.

The Beck Fellows Program is administered by the Entrepreneurship at Cornell Program and the ILR School. Successful applicants will show a demonstrated interest and involvement in entrepreneurship activity at Cornell. Along with their entrepreneurial activities, selected Beck Fellows will exhibit academic excellence. Preference may be given to those students who are pursuing an entrepreneurship minor, involved with Cornell’s eLab program, the Blackstone LaunchPad, Life Changing Labs, Student Agencies, Inc., and/or currently working with other mentors. By encouraging and supporting the growth of entrepreneurial pursuits, selected Beck Fellows not only enrich the Cornell community but also lay the foundation for Beck Fellows to excel as entrepreneurs well beyond their college years.

The Program is generously funded by Marla and Barry ILR ’90 Beck. Marla and Barry are co-founders of Bluemercury, Inc. and M-61 Laboratories. The Becks have built Bluemercury into a highly-regarded brand and a destination location since its inception in 1999 with a single storefront in Georgetown. There are 190 stores in 26 states around the country. Marla and Barry also co-founded M-61 Laboratories, makers of M-61 Skincare, the first highly technical, natural cosmeceutical brand.

Summer funding up to $5,000 is provided to a student/group of students who present a startup company, idea or other entrepreneurial pursuits through the application process. Funding can be used to support the startup/idea/pursuit (compensation, prototypes, web development, etc.). Applications for summer 2021 funding are due by November 20, 2020 and link to the application can be found here.

Timeline & Requirements

Application Deadline: November 20, 2020

Application Status Notification: December 11, 2020

Funding Amount: $5,000 per person or company team

Funding Requirements:

  • Confirmation of use of funds by April 16, 2021
  • Mid-summer status check with Entrepreneurship at Cornell: July 16, 2021
  • End of summer progress report (3-5 pages): September 1, 2021
  • Thank you letter to Marla and Barry Beck: September 1, 2021
  • Tentative Presentation to Marla and Barry Beck: Mid-October 2021