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The Cornell Entrepreneur Network is just one of many ways you can leverage Cornell to help you start or grow your business. See below for other invaluable resources available to you as a Cornell alumni, faculty, staff, or student.
Cornell Silicon Valley (CSV) California’s Bay Area is home to over 10,000 Cornell community members who live and work in a lifestyle of entrepreneurship. CSV connects this Cornell community to one another and with Cornell faculty, staff, and students who are developing and applying new innovations. CSV offers dozens of events large and small annually that feature alumni leaders working in areas of info technology, cleantech, life sciences, biotech, medical devices, pharma, sustainability, finance, venture capital, and entrepreneurship. Like Cornell Silicon Valley on Facebook.
Cornell's University-wide Entrepreneurship at Cornell program (formerly the Entrepreneurship and Personal Enterprise (EPE) Program) enables Cornell students and the wider community to develop the knowledge they need for business creation and success. As alumni, you might be particularly interested in these benefits of EaC:
Cornell Entrepreneur of the Year – Information on criteria and the nomination process can be found at our website.
Internships -- Help prepare our next generation of Cornell business leaders, innovators, creators, and entrepreneurs.
The Cornell Entrepreneurship list serve. To join the "Cornell Entrepreneurship" list serve, email Entrepreneurship-Lfirstname.lastname@example.org with the body of the email containing only the word "join". Once you join you can post info there. Please note that alumni, students, faculty, parents, and staff post here.
Visit the Cornell Startup List, where you can find over 200+ Startups and add yours!
The e-Clips collection contains thousands of video clips that were created from in-depth video interviews or presentations by startup and experienced entrepreneurs, venture capitalists, bankers, angel investors, and employees of startup companies.
Entrepreneurship@Cornell has partnered with CoFoundersLab to provide the Cornell University community with a free way to find a co-founder/business partner. A great team is critical to startup success, yet good co-founders/business partners are hard to find. Cornell is dedicated to helping our entrepreneur community better solve this problem.
The Leland C. and Mary M. Pillsbury Institute for Hospitality Entrepreneurship supports and enables innovation and new business formation in the hospitality industry. The institute is also a platform for knowledge about forming new hospitality businesses, managing small and family-run businesses, franchising, corporate venturing, new venture funding, and innovation.
Cornell Tech is a graduate school like none other, designed to engage our rapidly evolving global society, and ready for students, faculty, and partners who want to change the world.
Red Bear Angels is an active investment group primarily focused on investing in companies founded or led by Cornell University alumni, faculty, and students. We provide strategic capital, industry expertise, mentorship, and active support to entrepreneurs through our broad network. Under the guidance and leadership of an internal investment committee, composed of industry executives, serial entrepreneurs, and venture capitalists, we typically make investments in the seed, Series A, and Series B stages of high growth businesses across a wide variety of industry sectors.
The mission of the Entrepreneurship and Innovation Institute (“EII”) is to foster the three most critical components of entrepreneurship and innovation: Knowledge, Networking, and Opportunity. These three components of our mission are interrelated. Together, they form a robust, comprehensive menu for engagement among all current and aspiring stakeholders in our entrepreneurship and innovation ecosystem: students, faculty, researchers, alumni, inventors, investors, advisors, and mentors.
BR Startup Suite
Unique among business schools, Johnson provides a complete suire of entrepreneurship services: capital, consulting and counsel. Our students not only deliver these services but they also have responsibility for managing these entities under the guidance of faculty advisors.
Qollaboration is an expert network and learning platform for universities and organizations. They let you quickly and easily find people with specific skills, knowledge or experience in your community, so you can get guidance on whatever you are working on. Co-founded by a Cornellian!
Cornellians in Private Equity
We have assembled a searchable directory of Cornellians in the private equity industry. Use the directory to network, learn and connect.
Career Entrepreneur and Vice Chairman at HangIt, Steve Gal, Professor at Cornell Tech and Johnson, shares his unpublished blog post on Initiating and Building an Advisory Relationship. View the document here.
Mentors in Virtual Residence
A group of entrepreneurs and business professionals that have called themselves out as willing to speak with Cornellians about their business ideas.
Smith Family Business Initiative at Cornell
Connecting students, alumni and business owners from family and privately held enterprises from across the globe. The Smith Family Business Initiative at Cornell is dedicated to supporting and strengthening the network of businesses that are family and privately owned. Founded in 2014 from a generous gift from John and Dyan Smith, the Smith Family Business Initiative provides education, networking and research for family business owners, successors and students from across the globe.
VCs in Virtual Residence
A group of venture capitalists who are willing to discuss topics ranging from industry trends, success metrics, pitch perfection and business models.
Cornell Hillel now runs a Campus Entrepreneurs Initiative. We expect this new initiative to expand in terms of programming and outreach.
Student Agencies is America's oldest independent student-run corporation, which provides diverse services ranging from summer storage to campus marketing to business plan development. eLab is a business incubator for students that helps high potential entrepreneurs turn concepts into reality. It is a direct affiliate of Student Agencies, and each year four Johnson students serve as eLab fellows to assist in various aspects of incubation services.
This is a list of websites unaffiliated with Cornell that are all about job placement at start-ups.
Additionally there is Angel List, that allows you to search for start-up jobs, as well as alumni that are involved in start-ups.
Accelerators & Incubators
Locate company accelerators and incubators that can help you launch your start-up.
The Kevin M. McGovern Family Center for Venture Development in the Life Sciences is designed to develop young Cornell Life Science companies. The Center is funded by Cornell’s Research Division, the Institute of Biotechnology, and a generous gift from Kevin M. McGovern '70 and his family. The Center’s program focuses on accelerating research/development of its client companies’ technology/products, validating its client companies’ Business Plans, and strengthening its client companies’ Management Teams.
If you've written a book, send a review copy in to the Cornell Alumni Magazine.