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.
CCTEC hosted the 2007 Cornell Technology Venture Forum (CTVF) on October 26 to connect entrepreneurs with potential investors who traveled from Philadelphia, Boston, and throughout the state of New York. At the day-long event, Cornell faculty from the Cornell Ithaca campus and Cornell Weill Medical College presented startup company business plans to potential investors while faculty with earlier stage technologies presented emerging opportunities to launch new startups. Representatives from two regional angel investor networks and fourteen venture capital firms made up the audience of investors for the event.
Cornell startups DNANO, e2e Materials, Tetragenetics, and TransNav Systems pitched their business plans. For earlier stage technologies, Cornell researchers presented a wealth of emerging opportunities, ranging from genetic manipulation of plant leave senescence, to implantable devices for brain monitoring, to small molecule therapeutic candidates for ion channel modulation.
In addition to the oral presentations, Cornell researchers presented posters at the same time in connecting adjacent rooms to provide ample opportunities for networking between faculty and investors and in-depth discussions on business opportunities. Based on the positive response from the participants, CCTEC plans to make this an annual event to be held in early October each year.
To view photos from the event, click here.