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.




On June 16th, CCTEC hosted a one-day event focused on the issues and challenges involved in starting a technology company. Startup Boot Camp featured panels of experts who discussed the process of starting a company including what you need to know before you take the leap, Cornell and community resources, organizing the startup, and making the pitch.

Startup Boot Camp also featured a keynote presentation during lunch. Steven Gal, Visiting Associate Professor of Clinical Entrepreneurship at the Johnson School and Serial Entrepreneur, spoke about his experiences as a serial entrepreneur. To view his presentation, click here.

The event culminated with a networking cocktail reception held in the atrium of the Biotechnology Building. This was a great opportunity for attendees to network and connect with fellow entrepreneurs.


What You Need to Know Before You Take the Leap

  • Judy Albers, Founder & Facilitator, Pre-Seed Workshop-New York
  • Robert Buhrman, Senior Vice Provost for Research, Cornell University
  • Margaret Bynoe, Co-Founder & Chief Scientific Officer, Adenios, Inc.
  • Associate Professor, Microbiology & Immunology, Cornell University

  • Robin Chadwick, Partner/Shareholder, Schwegman, Lundberg & Woessner
  • Arthur Soroken, Co-Founder & Chief Executive Officer, MADathletic, Inc.

Cornell & Community Resources

  • John Jaquette, Executive Director, Entrepreneurship@Cornell (E@C)
  • Tom LiVigne, Director, Cornell Real Estate
  • Mitchell Patterson, Director of Business Retention & Expansion, CenterState CEO
  • Michael Stamm, President, Tompkins County Area Development (TCAD)
  • John Tracy, International Trade Specialist, US Department of Commerce

Organizing the Startup

  • Stephen Curry, Chief Executive Officer, ADispell, Inc.
  • Eric Eisenhut, Managing Director, KensaGroup, LLC
  • Bill Foster, President, BioWorks
  • John Spoonhower, Chief Technical Officer, SensiVida Medical Technologies
  • James Zhu, Partner, Jun He Law Office

Making the Pitch

  • Nasir Ali, Co-Founder & Chief Executive Officer, Upstate Venture Connect
  • Frederick Barken, Angel Investor, Ithaca, NY
  • William Greener, Intellectual Property Attorney, Bond Schoeneck & King
  • Justin Kvasnicka, Fund Manager, Big Red Venture Fund
  • Jennifer Tegan, Partner and VP Finance/Administration, Cayuga Venture Fund