Cornell University

As part of the university's commitment to economic development and outreach, CTL hosts a variety of events to create connections between the Cornell campuses, industry members, entrepreneurs, and investors.

Boot Camp 2012


On October 23rd, CCTEC hosted a day-long workshop and networking event focused on starting a company. Startup Boot Camp featured panelists who shared practical advice on pitching a business and building a management team. Exercises challenged attendees to work together to develop a pitch. Attendees connected with others who share their passion and ambition for entrepreneurship. The event was followed by a networking cocktail reception.

Elements of a Pitch

This panel will cover specific items to address in a pitch, including the introduction, team, problem and market, solution, competition, business model, and what you need to make your business a success.

  • Zach Shulman, Managing Partner, Cayuga Venture Fund (Moderator)
  • Fred Barken, Angel Investor, Ithaca, NY
  • Greg Galvin, President and Chief Executive Officer, Kionix, Inc.
  • Lou Walcer, Director, McGovern Family Center for Venture Development in the Life Sciences

Making the Pitch

A discussion on length of the pitch, how to present, what to bring with you, which team member(s) should present, and what investors are looking for during a pitch.

  • Charles Valauskas, Valauskas Corder (Moderator)
  • Ken Bradley, Venture Partner, ARCH Venture Partners
  • Vincent Chun, Vice President, Allied Minds, Inc.
  • Theresa Mazzullo, Chief Executive Officer, Excell Partners, Inc.

Building a Management Team to Operate a Startup

Find out how to get an entrepreneur on board, what the entrepreneur does for the company, and the necessary qualifications of a management team.

  • Zoe Wang, Partner, Jun He Law Offices (Moderator)
  • Bryant Guffey, Chief Executive Officer And Co-Founder, ZetrOZ
  • Lee Henderson, President/Chief Executive Officer and Founder, Vybion, Inc.
  • Alan Paau, Executive Director & Vice Provost, CCTEC

To view photos from the event, click here.