eShip News – March 2023
Director's Note: Celebrate Spring with entrepreneurship Happy Spring Everyone! I just looked at the 10-day Ithaca forecast, and there are some 60 degree days scheduled for next week! That definitely means “happy spring!”. And it means that literally overnight all the students will start wearing shorts and t-shirts. It also means that you should come [...]
Veterinarian helper wins digital ag hackathon
Large animal veterinarians – who trek to muddy barns and fields each day to work with their patients – face challenges when it comes to keeping records.
Startup Showcase in Silicon Valley to highlight innovation
Teams from eLab, Cornell’s student accelerator, and Cornell Tech’s Runway Startups program will pitch their ideas to the West Coast Cornell community at Cornell Silicon Valley Presents: Student Startup Showcase March 30 at the Autodesk Gallery in San Francisco.
Dyson students tackle societal issues at competition
Students working to support local Indigenous heritage, dairy farmers, formerly incarcerated people and entrepreneurs in Uganda and Ithaca competed for a total of $7,500 in prize money that will fund their community collaborators.
eCornell, nonprofit partners tackle economic mobility
Minister Lyneese Straws responds to a daily rush of requests from congregants, volunteers and community members as the manager of a bustling food pantry and soup kitchen in Harlem.
Kessler Fellows accepts record cohort for 2023
After receiving a historic number of applications, the Kessler Fellows program has welcomed a record 20 students to its 2023 fellowship cohort.
Bank of America, Seneca Women launch Marketplace for Women Entrepreneurs
Bank of America, in partnership with Seneca Women, has launched a new online marketplace for women entrepreneurs, providing them access to new markets and opportunities for consumers to shop and support their businesses.
Cornell Law to open Blassberg-Rice Center for Entrepreneurship Law
A new center for entrepreneurship – operating both in Ithaca and on the Cornell Tech campus in New York City – will deepen Cornell Law School’s commitment to supporting entrepreneurship initiatives through clinical education.
W.E. Cornell Welcomes Fifth Cohort
W.E. Cornell is pleased to welcome 13 new STEM innovators to its Spring 2023 cohort. Now training its fifth cohort, the W.E. Cornell program offers a proven entrepreneurship and leadership-focused curriculum to help PhDs and postdocs bring their technology innovations to market. Participants receive opportunities to meet experienced mentors, build their professional networks, and hone their market fit and customer base before launching their businesses and pitching to investors and community members. “This group is joining a strong network of mentors and founders who share a passion for supporting women in entrepreneurship,” said program director Andrea Ippolito, B.S. ‘06, M.Eng ’07, who also serves as a lecturer in the College of Engineering. “The connections they make will help them throughout their careers, long after they complete the W.E. Cornell program.” The program operates annually in two semester-long phases, with Phase 1 taking place in the Fall and Phase 2 in the Spring. Phase 1 is open to all students at Cornell doing research at the graduate level and higher, including women, female-identified, and non-binary people. Participants attend workshops to learn more about entrepreneurship, leadership, and commercialization and network with potential mentors. A smaller group of participants is selected for Phase […]
eShip News – February 2023
Director's Note: Two Plugs Hi there Cornell eship community! Still looking like winter in Ithaca despite the relatively mild season. Two plugs for this month’s newsletter. Number one: if you are interested in meaningful connections, then you should definitely consider joining Cayuga Forum, our virtual, facilitated peer-to-peer coaching and networking program, exclusively for Cornell alumni. [...]
Startup Cornell Episode 19: Trishala Dessai ’17, MBA ’23
The 19th episode of Startup Cornell features Trishala Dessai ’17 MBA ‘23, founder of Gig-Up, a , a startup that matches gig-economy workers to consumers to complete the consumer’s to-do-lists.
BET Community Day connects students interested in entrepreneurship
A Feb. 11 conference at eHub Collegetown aimed to strengthen the black entrepreneurship community at Cornell with networking, content sessions and a fireside chat featuring Jerry Raphael, CFO of Axonius. Organized by the Black Entrepreneurs in Training (BET) program and student leader Kareem Hill ’23, BET Community Day offered an introduction to the entrepreneurship ecosystem at Cornell and beyond. Hill became involved with BET in 2022 after having the idea to hold an entrepreneurship conference. Hill’s experience founding a clothing company called Rare Concepts in 2020 made him want to bring students together to learn about entrepreneurship. “The values of BET align with the values that I have for myself,” Hill said. “I was trying to host a conference on Cornell’s campus to introduce younger students to entrepreneurship and teach them the necessary skills to be successful, and it turns out the BET community wants to do the same thing.” The goal of the BET program, founded in 2019 by Ansumana Bangura ’20, Jehron Petty ’20 (now the program lead) and Julia Reeves ’20, is to empower black students to pursue entrepreneurship and to take advantage of entrepreneurship opportunities at Cornell. “BET Community Days continue to be a testament to […]
Students to develop their ideas for social change
Alex Herazy ’25, a student in the College of Arts and Sciences, knows what the college application process is like for a first-generation student, so he’s been helping other first-gen friends from his high school with applications and scholarships.
Alum sells breastfeeding device to national neonatal brand
A Cornell alumnus and his wife recently sold their healthtech company to a national neonatal manufacturer, meaning their breastfeeding supplementation device will now be available to new moms around the world.
Bool Street Noods – Cooking up a New Standard
It was a gray April in the spring of 2022. My friends and I, sick of dining hall food and paltry collegetown offerings, were itching for something different. Everyone was raving about this niche noodle shop in collegetown, Bool Street Noods, but no one seemed to be able to get on the list.
Cornell Animal Health Hackathon makes triumphant return to in-person
The College of Veterinary Medicine (CVM) hosted the seventh annual Animal Health Hackathon on Feb 3-5, in-person once again since going virtual during the pandemic.
Forte Protein Joins Center for Life Science Ventures
Forte Protein, a startup that has developed a technology to grow animal proteins inside plants, recently joined Cornell’s Center for Life Science Ventures business incubator. The startup was also in the news last year after being named a finalist in the 2022 Grow-NY Food & Agriculture business competition. Co-founder and CEO Kathleen Hefferon was a member of the first W.E. Cornell cohort in 2019, initially working to develop proteins for biofuels but changing focus to developing proteins for food during the COVID-19 pandemic. Forte Protein’s method can quickly, affordably, and sustainably grow animal proteins like collagen, myoglobin, ovalbumin, or casein in plants. With potential applications in food, beverage, health and wellness, and other industries, the company’s solution provides a low-carbon alternative to raising livestock. Learn more about Forte Protein in the Cornell Chronicle.
New competition seeks dairy entrepreneurs
A new event seeking producers of value-added dairy products is accepting applications.
How Adobe’s Scott Belsky Balances Engineering and Art (Cornell Tech @ Bloomberg)
Scott Belsky has a kaleidoscopic outlook on the tech industry. The creative, entrepreneur, and author has touched nearly every aspect of the ecosystem. He’s been a startup founder and CEO, an executive at a household brand, and an investor and advisor to companies like Pinterest, Uber, Sweetgreen, and Periscope.
Entrepreneurship at Cornell Honors Barry Beck as 2023 Entrepreneur of the Year
Entrepreneurship at Cornell recently announced Barry Beck ’90 as the recipient of the 2023 Entrepreneur of the Year award, which University President Martha Pollack will present to him at the annual Entrepreneurship at Cornell Celebration on April 14.
eShip News – January 2023
Director's Note: Happy Holidays Happy Winter everyone! Students are back, there is snow on the ground (not much), and things are hopping on campus. Check out our new entrepreneurship course listing matrix, which is updated and much more functional, and also consider joining us for our annual entrepreneurship Celebration in April, where we will honor [...]
Any person, any venture: Seeking to diversify entrepreneurial community
The newest member of the Cornell’s entrepreneurial community is already working with students to expand opportunities for involvement.
Startup Cornell Episode 18: Natalie Egan ’02
The 18th episode of a podcast hosted by Entrepreneurship at Cornell, Startup Cornell, features Natalie Egan ’02 (she/her), founder of Translator Inc., a startup that builds diversity, equity and inclusion software for corporations, schools and nonprofits.
Entrepreneurship program emboldens spice startup founder
For Abena Foli, the farm-to-table lifestyle is a birthright. Each day she uses the knowledge she gained from growing up on her father’s farm in Ghana to enrich her career as a food scientist and regulatory affairs leader.
Bluemercury founder Barry J. Beck named Entrepreneur of the Year
Barry J. Beck ’90 has been named the 2023 Cornell Entrepreneur of the Year, Entrepreneurship at Cornell announced Jan. 23.
Venture Capitalist Patrick George is Passionate About Helping Entrepreneurs Succeed
A venture capitalist who relishes helping entrepreneurs and invests in late seed stage companies, a U.S. Marine Corps reservist and Iraq war veteran who commanded a Marine Recon company, and a strong believer in paying it forward for Cornell and Johnson, Patrick George, MBA ’13 (Two-Year MBA), is one of the 2022 10 Under 10 Notable Alumni honored by the Johnson Recent Alumni Council (JRAC).
Cornell startup cultivates animal protein from plants
The future of creating animal protein won’t need a drafty barn, but instead may reside in a toasty greenhouse: Forte Protein – a new startup that grows commercial animal proteins inside agricultural plants – has joined Cornell’s Center for Life Science Ventures business incubator.
Twelve eLab teams advance to spring semester
Of the 28 teams that eLab, Cornell’s student accelerator, welcomed in the fall, 12 student startups will continue on to the spring semester having validated their diverse business ideas.
Cornell to help boost US supply of critical energy minerals
A Cornell professor will play a major role in a new federally funded project to increase the domestic supply of critical minerals needed to boost green energy.
Scholarships offer opportunities for aspiring food and beverage entrepreneurs
The New York State Center of Excellence for Food and Agriculture at Cornell AgriTech (CoE), in collaboration with the Cornell Agriculture and Food Technology Park (Tech Farm), is pleased to offer Food Spark, a scholarship program available to qualified candidates to participate in the virtual eCornell Food Product Development Certificate program.
Amid war, Cornell faculty, staff support Ukrainian startups
In 2014, Charles K. Whitehead ’83, the Myron C. Taylor Alumni Professor of Business Law, was invited to lecture at a premier university in Ukraine – a country that many in the U.S., at that time, might not have been able to locate on a map.
eShip News – December 2022
Director's Note: Happy Holidays We hope that you all have a wonderful holiday season!! We had a large amount of news this month, so take advantage of the time off to read it 😊. One exciting bit of news is that we will be announcing our 2023 Cornell Entrepreneur of the Year in January 2023. [...]
Startup Cornell Episode 17: Jared Karson ’13
The 17th episode of a podcast hosted by Entrepreneurship at Cornell, Startup Cornell, features Jared Karson ’13, co-founder and CFO of Horatio, a business that allows companies to outsource their customer support and back-office support tasks.
Wisner ’16 shares expertise with entrepreneurial community
Entrepreneurship allows biotechnology researchers to help people by bringing their innovations out of the lab and into the market.
Multicollege department to bridge design and technology
Recognizing design’s integral role in the development of technologies reshaping the built environment and how we live and work, Cornell has established the multicollege and transdisciplinary Department of Design Tech.
Mycocycle Founder Speaks to W.E. Cohort
The 2022 W.E. Cornell cohort celebrated the end of the semester on December 2 with a presentation from Joanne Rodriguez, founder and CEO of Mycocycle, a startup developing a process for using mushrooms to recycle waste. Rodriguez shared her experience building a company and offered advice to the cohort. Rodriguez started her presentation by asking the cohort to imagine a world without waste. “Most of the materials in the United States as well as globally are never reused, are never resourced again,” she said. “90% of materials that we manufacture, on average across all the industries globally, end up as trash. They end up in the waste stream. As you can imagine, that’s a very big problem.” Before becoming an entrepreneur, Rodriguez spent 30 years working in the construction industry and noticed problems with disposing of construction waste materials. She founded her startup when she learned that fungi have the power to naturally break down toxins. “What I developed is a company called Mycocycle that would license a patent-pending process to minimize waste, create new materials, and reduce greenhouse gases using mushrooms,” she said. Not only does Mycocycle’s process remediate waste, but the byproduct that results from the process can […]
$20M Gift to Boost Innovation in Health and Technology
A $20 million gift from Andrew H. ’71 and Ann R. Tisch will foster engagement and collaboration between Cornell Tech and Weill Cornell Medicine, catalyzing new discoveries at the intersection of health and technology – ranging from precision, genomics-based medicine to the use of artificial intelligence and machine learning to improve clinical care.
Big Red Ventures Makes First Investment of 2022-23 in ATDev
Big Red Ventures (BRV), Cornell’s early-stage venture capital fund, is excited to announce its investment in Assistive Technology Development, Inc. (ATDev), a medical device company focused on mobility, marking BRV’s first investment of 2022-23. “ATDev is incredibly excited to join Big Red Ventures’ world class portfolio,” said Todd Roberts, ATDev Co-Founder and CEO. “Access to the team’s expertise and Cornell’s vast resources will accelerate our mission of launching scalable physical therapy to patients across the US and globally.” Co-founded by Roberts and Owen Kent, ATDev is reimagining physical therapy through robotics to transform access to care and tracking of patient outcomes. Through their novel knee brace, Rehab Robo, ATDev is on a mission to reduce barriers to physical therapy and improve the quality of care for individuals who have undergone knee surgery. Rehab Robo is the first device that can support the entire rehabilitation pathway in the comfort of a patient’s home. “We are delighted to back Todd and Owen on their exciting journey to disrupt the physical therapy market,” said Sam Evans, BRV Fund Manager. “ATDev has the potential to transform recovery for millions that experience knee surgery each year. Their affordable solution significantly improves access to care, and we […]
Certificate brings Cornell food production expertise to entrepreneurs worldwide
For more than 30 years, the Cornell Food Venture Center (CFVC) has helped entrepreneurs transform family recipes and homemade eats into successful commercial food products.
Students design robot to collect microplastics from beaches
When Angela Loh ’23 was 10 years old, she and her family moved to Shanghai from Michigan. She was immediately struck by how much more pollution she saw in Shanghai.
Startup Cornell Episode 16: Julia and Alexander Littauer MBA ’20
The 16th episode of a podcast hosted by Entrepreneurship at Cornell, Startup Cornell, features Julia and Alexander Littauer both MBA ‘20, co-founders of Sovi Wine, a company that’s created high-quality non-alcoholic wines for times when you want a glass of wine but not the alcohol.
Michael Madon ’94 enlists smart technology to help people battle drug addiction
Michael Madon ’94 likes to say he grew up on an island: the island of Manhattan.
Hot air balloon hotel concept wins international competition
Imagine an eco-friendly hotel room that not only has great views but also brings you to your next destination – by hot-air balloon.
Alum Shares Biotech Expertise with Entrepreneurial Community
Entrepreneurship allows biotechnology researchers to help people by bringing their innovations out of the lab and into the market. However, this process tends to be expensive and lengthy — not to mention the high failure rate of biotech startups. What does it take for a biotech company to succeed in such a challenging market? Stephanie Wisner ’16, cofounder of biotech startup Centivax, answers that question in her new book, “Building Backwards to Biotech: The Power of Entrepreneurship to Drive Cutting Edge Science to Market.” She discussed her findings, as well as her career path and expertise on the biotech industry, with the entrepreneurial community at Cornell on Nov. 18. Originally planning to attend medical school, Wisner noticed a twofold problem in the medical field: Innovations rarely make it out of the lab, yet patients desperately need new innovations to go to market. Identifying this problem led Wisner to complete a National Science Foundation (NSF) I-Corps Regional Course hosted by Cornell in 2017. The course showed her how entrepreneurship in science could bridge the innovation gap she had witnessed. “I always kind of thought the point of business is money, and I’m not really interested in money so I’m going to […]
eShip News – November 2022
Director's Note: Thankful We hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving. Gobble Gobble!! And we hope that your holiday season is fantastic as well. As the semester here winds down, we have much for which to be thankful. Super students chasing all sorts of entrepreneurial pursuits, dedicated faculty teaching and pushing them, and inspired alums [...]
ProAgni awarded $1M Grow-NY top prize
ProAgni, a startup hailing from Lavington, Australia that creates supplements and feeds for livestock to lower methane emissions, has been named the $1 million grand prize winner of the fourth annual Grow-NY Food and Agriculture competition.
Cornell life science incubator graduates three startups
It’s time for the real world: Three brand new robust companies – one turning carbon dioxide into jet fuel, another enabling a green hydrogen economy and a group creating next-generation microbial imaging technology – graduated Nov. 16 from Cornell’s Center for Life Science Ventures business incubator.
Sixth Annual Symposium on Entrepreneurship and Academic Drug Development Highlights Expanding Entrepreneurial Ecosystem
When ophthalmologist Dr. John Pena was a first-year resident, he helped to treat a child with a form of cancer that originates in the back of the eye…
Bringing parity, equity to the court and the boardroom
Cornell alumni with backgrounds in sports and business shared thoughts on diversity, equity and inclusion during a Nov. 10 event in New York City centered on a new movie about the Loyola Ramblers basketball team.
From lost items to athletic equipment, undergrads win for big ideas
A pair of lost tweezers in her dorm helped Caroline Zhu ’26 come up with the idea for her business, LAFT, which helps connect people to things they lost.
Exotanium Raises $12 Million in Series A Round Funding
Exotanium, an Ithaca-based startup offering a cloud resource optimization and management platform, announced today that the company has secured $12 million in series A funding.
NYS Funds Cornell Startups To Combat New Disease Outbreaks
In September, Cornell startup companies Halomine and Inso Biosciences were awarded the New York State Biodefense Commercialization Fund to prevent future outbreaks of disease, such as COVID-19.
Center for Veterinary Business and Entrepreneurship announces certification program
In the fall of 2022, the Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine launched a new Certificate in Veterinary Business and Management, providing veterinary students an opportunity to pursue advanced training in business and management disciplines.
eShip News – October 2022
Director's Note: Happy Halloween! The semester is literally flying by! We just held our annual Eclectic Convergence at Cornell Tech on October 21st. It was a fantastic conference with our guest speakers going into details on their entrepreneurial journeys. If interested, you can view the entire event here: https://live.alumni.cornell.edu/summit. And we also just held our [...]
BioEntrepreneurship Initiative Helps D’Amato Transform Research to Reality
Among the promising group of life science researchers and business students in the inaugural cohort of the BioEntrepreneurship Initiative is Anthony D’Amato, a postdoctoral fellow in biomedical engineering at Cornell. D’Amato is taking advantage of several of Cornell’s resources for entrepreneurs as he translates his research into a new venture that hopes to significantly improve the quality of care in vascular health. D’Amato earned his Ph.D. in biomedical engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in 2018, focusing his research on regenerating the injured spinal cord during his time as a doctoral student. As a postdoc at Cornell, he has shifted his attention to the development of biomaterials to treat vascular disease. D’Amato’s most recent innovation comes in the form of grafts that aid in the regeneration of blood vessels. Instead of using a permanent structure like a stent or having to harvest veins from other parts of the body, the graft is introduced to encourage cells to regrow and rebuild the functional artery. Like dissolvable sutures, it eventually degrades, leaving no foreign material in the body. A portion of the research is being done in conjunction with the College of Veterinary Medicine. “There is just a wealth of knowledge,” D’Amato said […]
Conference features insightful advice, stories from entrepreneurs
Reema Shah MBA/MS ‘24 was inspired by the story of Lara Sullivan ’94 at the Eclectic Convergence conference Oct. 21 in New York City, sponsored and hosted by Entrepreneurship at Cornell.
Startup Cornell Episode 15: Ken Babcock ’13
The 15th episode of a podcast hosted by Entrepreneurship at Cornell, Startup Cornell, features Ken Babcock ‘13, co-founder of Tango, a company that helps you to create beautiful step-by-step how-to guides with screenshots.
eLab companies pitch ideas to NYC audience
An Oct. 20 pitch event in New York City offered a good sampling of the kinds of entrepreneurial ideas brewing among Cornell students
Josh Wolfe ’99 invests in human ambition
“If I told you ten years ago that you’d be swiping, flicking, and zooming your way through the day, you’d have rolled your eyes and dismissed this as nonsense,” observes Josh Wolfe ’99.
Summer startup internships send Kessler Fellows around the world
For 10 weeks over the summer, the 13 students in the 2022 cohort of the Kessler Fellows program spread across the globe to gain firsthand experience working for startups. Now, they have returned to campus for their senior year armed with valuable new skills and connections in the startup world.
eLab announces record cohort of student startups
A record 28 teams were selected in a competitive process to participate in eLab, Cornell’s student startup accelerator, as part of the 2022-23 cohort.
From breakthrough to business: two entrepreneurs find their home as Activate Fellows at Cornell’s Praxis Center
Alexa Schmitz Ph.D ’18, co-founder and CEO of REEgen, and Austin Hickman Ph.D. ’21, co-founder and CEO of Soctera, have turned their Cornell-based research into ventures that could transform sustainable energy infrastructure and next-generation communications, respectively
Johnson Summer Startup Accelerator Celebrates Progress at Demo Day
The 12 teams that made up the 2022 Johnson Summer Startup Accelerator (JSSA) cohort devoted themselves to working on a vast array of startups, but shared one big similarity: the progress they made on their businesses, which was displayed at Demo Day in early September in Ithaca, N.Y. Supported by the Samuel Curtis Johnson Graduate School of Management, the program is designed to help students take the first step toward launching a startup. After spending the summer completing three phases of programming, including customer discovery, developing solutions, and testing, program participants leave with the tools to continue on their entrepreneurial journeys. “JSSA helped take something from an idea, to a more refined idea,” said Steven Zychowski, Executive MBA/MS in Healthcare Leadership ‘23 and founder of CheckOnMe. “I felt like I did a mountain’s-worth of work, but I took only one step, and that’s ok, because up until that point, I had only been thinking about it. It forced me to put that thought into action.” The program, which kicked off in early May and spanned the duration of the summer, included weekly content sessions with industry experts and mentors, matched participants with a dedicated Entrepreneur-in-Residence who provided weekly mentorship and […]
NYC entrepreneurship conference features founders, social entrepreneurs, venture capitalists
This year’s Eclectic Convergence conference in New York City at Cornell Tech will feature six inspiring entrepreneurs and investors involved in fields ranging from women’s health to design software.
eShip News – September 2022
Director's Note: It's Fall- time for Eclectic Convergence! We hope that you all are enjoying your fall semester as much as we are! The eLab teaching team just accepted a new batch of 28 teams into our student business accelerator program, we held our annual eship kickoff event with over 300 students attending and our [...]
Cornell startups get $3M from NYS to impede disease outbreak
Two Cornell startup companies – Halomine, Inc. and Inso Biosciences, Inc. – have received nearly $3 million in New York state grants to thwart future outbreaks of infectious disease, including COVID-19 and its variants, and to help fortify the state’s expanding life science industries.
Startup Cornell Episode 14: David Stein MBA ’20
The 14th episode of a podcast hosted by Entrepreneurship at Cornell, Startup Cornell, features David Stein MBA ‘20, co-founder and CEO of Ash Wellness, a company that makes healthcare more accessible and inclusive by offering at-home testing kits.
Members of Cornell Community Featured in Entrepreneurship Article￼
Several members of the Cornell community recently contributed to “Think You’re Not an Entrepreneur? Think Again,” a piece published by the Association for Women in Science on how entrepreneurial skills can be applied beyond startups. The article’s authors include graduate student Rikki Serafina Laser, Ph.D. candidate Bhaavya Srivastava, and Susi Varvayanis, Executive Director of the Graduate School’s Careers Beyond Academia. Additionally, Lynden Archer, Joseph Silbert Dean of Engineering, and Computer Science Ph.D. candidate Chinasa T. Okolo share their experiences with utilizing entrepreneurial skills in the research field. Okolo gained entrepreneurial experience on a trek to Silicon Valley and as a participant in the W.E. Cornell program, as well as courses in the Dyson School and the SC Johnson College of Business. She said, “Having an entrepreneurial mindset expanded my options for what I could do with a Ph.D.” Learn more about the connections between entrepreneurship and other fields.
Entrepreneurship faculty win grants for course development
Twelve faculty members are recipients of 2022 Louis H. Zalaznick Teaching Assistantships, receiving funds of $1,500 to $3,000 to help develop or expand courses and add teaching assistants.
Lypid brings better plant-based fats to Taiwan
Lypid, a vegan fat startup co-founded by Cornell alumni Jen-Yu Huang and Michelle Lee, has partnered with Louisa Coffee, Taiwan’s largest coffeehouse company. The collaboration will bring Lypid’s flagship product, PhytoFat™, to six menu items at the coffeehouse’s 500+ locations. PhytoFat improves upon existing plant-based fats by providing similar textures and melting behaviors to meat, tastier flavors, and better nutrition. And while most plant-based proteins currently rely on palm oil and coconut oil for ingredients, Lypid’s product contains no artificial additives or trans fats. “In the current market, ‘fat’ is the missing ingredient in the majority of plant-based meats,” said Lee, who serves as the CTO of the company. “Vegan oils used today simply melt and leak out of the food matrices due to lower melting points. With our PhytoFat, we are bringing the secret sauce back.” By improving the taste and texture of plant-based meat, Lypid aims to bring meat alternatives into the mainstream. Louisa Coffee will offer sandwiches, rice burgers, muffins, and bagels containing PhytoFat to millions of consumers — perhaps some who haven’t yet tried plant-based proteins. The startup has raised a total of $5 million dollars to bring their vegan fat to market, including a $4 […]
Cornell Startup Embark Founded to Assess Various Dogs’ Genealogy
Embark, a canine DNA testing company founded in 2015 by brothers Ryan and Adam Bokyo in Cornell’s Incubator for Life Science Companies, is now taking strides in studies of the canine genome
Yoga gear company wins entrepreneurship pitch contest
Pranjal Jain ’23 took home the top prize Sept. 8 in the eLab pitch fest, part of Entrepreneurship at Cornell’s kick-off event for the year.
$61M grant funds translational science at Weill Cornell Medicine
Weill Cornell Medicine was awarded a $61.9 million grant from the National Institutes of Health’s National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences (NCATS) to continue funding its Clinical and Translational Science Center (CTSC) until 2027.
Cornell awarded $15M to lead NSF I-Corps Hub
Cornell has been awarded a $15 million, five-year grant from the National Science Foundation to lead a newly established Innovation Corps (I-Corps) Hub that will support science and technology entrepreneurship in rural regions.
Grow-NY startups foster progress and collaboration
The startups vying for $3 million in prize money at this year’s Grow-NY Food and Agriculture Competition aren’t just bringing revolutionary innovations to market, and working to solve the problems confronting agri-food systems – winners are required to make a positive impact on the region, too.
eShip News – August 2023
Director's Note: Welcome Back! Freshman have moved in, fall semester started and our eship Kickoff event is next week on September 8th! Every year a new burst of energy enters the Cornell ecosystem, and it is wonderful to see everyone back on campus conducting business pretty much as usual. Speaking of business, we are super [...]
BET Community Day Engages Aspiring Black Entrepreneurs at Cornell
On August 27, the Black Entrepreneurs in Training (BET) program hosted a Community Day for students interested in building and strengthening the Black entrepreneurship community at Cornell. Tiffany Norwood ’89, the 2022 Cornell Entrepreneur of the Year, served as the keynote speaker for the event, which also featured a presentation from Jehron Petty ’20, CEO and founder of ColorStack, an entrepreneurship skill-building workshop, and a discussion about entrepreneurship opportunities at Cornell. Petty, who cofounded BET during his time at Cornell, kicked off the event by introducing the program. The BET community aims to inspire, inform, and initiate the next wave of future Black entrepreneurs. Emphasizing the importance of community-building, Petty led introductions around the room before diving into the day’s activities. Attendees broke the ice with a lighthearted pitch practice activity. Teams picked an item and collaborated to convince “judges” to buy or invest in a novel use of that item. The activity required attendees to step into an entrepreneurial mindset, thinking about how products can solve problems and improve upon existing solutions. The main event of the day, Norwood’s presentation to the group, came next. Known as one of the top tech entrepreneurs in the world, Norwood’s entrepreneurial career […]
Meet the MBA Class of 2024: Ian Patrick Cairns
“I am a culinary professional determined to solve the complex problems surrounding our food system.”
Startup Cornell Episode 13: Aziza Glass DVM ’15
The 13th episode of a podcast hosted by Entrepreneurship at Cornell, Startup Cornell, features Aziza Glass D.V.M. ‘15, owner of Personal Touch Veterinary Clinic and a star on the Disney XD and Hulu show “Roman to the Rescue.”
Ratan Tata Invests In Senior Citizen Startup Goodfellows
The startup hires young graduates having the right skills of empathy and emotional intelligence to ‘work’ as the senior citizen clients’ companions, and ease the day for them with any tasks or just talk with them
Johnson Summer Startup Accelerator takes NYC
On July 15, the 2022 Johnson Summer Startup Accelerator (JSSA) student entrepreneur cohort convened in Manhattan for the first annual JSSA New York City Trek, a day dedicated to workshops and discussions with NYC-based investors, founders, and entrepreneurs.
eShip News – July 2023
Director's Note: Save the Date and Register Happy Summer Everyone! Ithaca has been in a bit of a weather drought lately, but I am literally looking out my window now and it is raining. Hey, it is Ithaca, and it will be sunny in like 10 minutes and then rain again later! On the eship [...]
‘Earable’ uses sonar to reconstruct facial expressions
Cornell researchers have developed a wearable earphone device – or “earable” – that bounces sound off the cheeks and transforms the echoes into an avatar of a person’s entire moving face.
GlobalData ranked ZAC, the Cognitive Explainable-AI Image Recognition startup, in top 5 companies worldwide, for a Web 3.0 fundamental category
Z Advanced Computing, Inc. (ZAC), the pioneer Cognitive Explainable-AI (Artificial Intelligence) (Cognitive XAI) (based on Concept-Learning) software startup, has been ranked among the top 5 companies in the world by GlobalData PLC, for a fundamental category of Web 3.0 (the 3rd iteration of the Internet).
Startup Cornell Episode 12: Our one-year anniversary!
From personal stories to tips and tricks, this episode highlights the wisdom shared by our first 11 guests
Cornell Startup Antithesis Foods Receives One Million Dollar National Science Foundation Grant
In February, the National Science Foundation awarded Antithesis Foods —a Cornell startup that began in 2017 with the purpose of improving the nutrition factor of snacks— one million dollars in grant funding.
Concord grape innovation contest offers $100K in prizes
Applications are being accepted through Aug. 1 for the inaugural New York Concord Grape Innovation Award
BioScience Innovations Webinar
A virtual discussion featuring startup founders bringing novel innovation to the life sciences. Panelists will highlight the fact that the majority of innovations that will have a positive impact on our future health will come not from the biology lab but build on advances in quantum computing in aerospace and other industries.
eShip News – June 2022
Director's Note: Enjoy summer Happy summer everyone! Yes, most students are off campus for the summer, and we are in a bit of planning mode for the upcoming academic year. I would like to remind folks that the best way to stay on top of the Cornell entrepreneurship ecosystem is to join our listserv. Just [...]
Meet the BioEntrepreneurship PhD Cohort
Entrepreneurship at Cornell is excited to introduce the inaugural cohort of PhD students and postdocs who have been selected to participate in the BioEntrepreneurship Initiative. Over the course of a year, the BioEntrepreneurship Fellows will take part in a series of workshops and projects bridging Cornell’s campuses in Ithaca and New York City that will prepare them to lead New York State’s next generation of life science startups. Life science researchers (specifically doctoral candidates and postdocs) were recruited from across Cornell’s colleges, including Weill Cornell Medicine, College of Veterinary Medicine, College of Engineering, and College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, as well as Cornell’s Tri-Institutional partner, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center. As participants in the initiative, Fellows will complement the workshops and projects with other entrepreneurship, leadership, and business courses, earning them a certificate from the Samuel Curtis Johnson Graduate School of Management. The program is funded through Empire State Development and administered by JGSM and the Center for Regional Economic Advancement. A key feature of the initiative is the pairing of these fellows with members of the MBA BioEntrepreneurship Fellow cohort to create teams to immerse themselves in real-world startup design. Fellows will gain experience in venture design, industry structure, regulation, […]
Women Innovator Awards support diversity in invention
Three Cornell scientists were honored during a June 1 ceremony promoting women’s engagement in innovation and commercialization
Curbing hunger: Students build inventive outdoor food pantry
Social justice and engineering blend beautifully.
Bank of America and Cornell University Partner to Help Women Entrepreneurs with free online program
The Bank of America Institute for Women’s Entrepreneurship at Cornell is a collaboration between Bank of America and Cornell University.
United Airlines, Dimensional Energy reach green fuel pact
United Airlines will fly greener through its friendly blue skies one day, as the airline group agreed June 15 to purchase at least 300 million gallons of sustainable aviation fuel from Cornell startup Dimensional Energy, a company that turns captured carbon dioxide into liquid fuel with renewable energy.
Five companies ‘graduate’ from Cornell incubators
As the pandemic pomp and COVID circumstances dissipate, Cornell’s business incubators officially graduated five startup companies – formally known as the Class of 2021 – on June 7 and helped to put them on the fleet highway to success.
Founder Jennifer Liu on bringing HK-based The Coffee Academics to KL and brewing some good in the world
The popular coffee boutique chain is giving caffeinated outlets in Malaysia a welcome jolt.
Johnson Summer Startup Accelerator Encourages Innovation
The Samuel Curtis Johnson Graduate School of Management is proud to introduce the newest cohort of innovative students and startups to participate in the Johnson Summer Startup Accelerator (JSSA)
2022 Kessler Fellows secure summer startup internships
The 2022 cohort of the College of Engineering’s Kessler Fellows program has successfully accepted internship offers at startups around the country, doing innovative work from modern beekeeping to designer jewelry subscriptions.
Startup Cornell Episode 11: Stephanie Wisner ’16
The 11th episode of a podcast hosted by Entrepreneurship at Cornell, Startup Cornell, features Stephanie Wisner ’16, co-founder of Centivax, a therapeutics company that’s creating universal vaccines to reduce and eradicate the remaining complex pathogens of the 21st century and Bioventure Advising.