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.

Startup Resources & Roadmap 101:

The Gateway to Everything Entrepreneurial at Cornell University

Entrepreneurially-minded? Are you trying to navigate to or through all the entrepreneurial resources at Cornell? Join us for this series of sessions that will provide a roadmap to help you understand what resources are available and how to access them.


Topics include:

  • Entrepreneurship@Cornell (E@CU) programming
  • Broadening Experiences in Scientific Training (BEST) programming including career pathways for Cornell STEM graduate students and post-docs
  • Technology and commercial evaluation of new inventions along with key steps in a startup license negotiation
  • Managing potential conflicts of interest and commitment at Cornell
  • Regional and Cornell business incubation resources

Sign up for all of the sessions or just a few. Breakfast will be served at each session. Registration for in-person attendance is required.


For more information contact Mallory McCullouch at MLM442@cornell.edu.


Tuesday May 12 - 9:00am - 10:30am - 224 Weill Hall, Ithaca Campus

Session 1 - Entrepreneurship at Cornell

This session provided an overview of Cornell's entrepreneurial ecosystem and specifically Entrepreneurship at Cornell's (EaC) role in that ecosystem. Attendees learned the scope of the ecosystem and what schools and colleges at Cornell offer. EaC's direct programmatic offerings were also reviewed.


Presenter: Zachary Shulman - Director, Entrepreneurship@Cornell


View the Entrepreneurship at Cornell Presentation


Watch an archived recording of Session 1: Entrepreneurship at Cornell

Tuesday May 19 - 9:00am - 10:00am - 224 Weill Hall, Ithaca Campus

Session 2 - Entrepreneurial Pathways to a Successful Career

Connect with the Broadening Experiences in Scientific Training (BEST) Program: Many resources exist on and off campus to support the Cornell community, including scientists and engineers who want to explore an entrepreneurial pathway. Attendees learned how to get started (CTL, Johnson, Rev, BEST mixers, Business as a Second Language and other courses, workshops); how to gain experience (PSW participation, E@C internships, Graduate Consulting Club, biz and case competitions); and where to find jobs at this session.


Presenter: Susi Varvayanis - Senior Director, Cornell's BEST Program


View the Cornell BEST Presentation


Watch an archived recording of Session 2: Entrepreneurial Pathways to a Successful Career

Tuesday May 26 - 9:00am - 10:00am - 224 Weill Hall, Ithaca Campus

Session 3 - Intellectual Property (IP) Protection and License Negotiations for Startups

The Center for Technology Licensing (CTL) is Cornell University's technology transfer office. We manage Cornell technologies that arise from research at Cornell's Ithaca campus, Weill Cornell Medical Colleges, Cornell Tech and the New York State Agricultural Experiment Station in Geneva. CTL works with Cornell researchers to identify new technologies, protect technologies through patents and copyrights, markets and licenses technologies to companies and/or creates new startup companies based on Cornell technology.


This session discussed:

  • Technology and commercial evaluation of new inventions;
  • Forms of intellectual property protection;
  • Startup potential for technologies; idea incubation and team formation;
  • Key steps in a license negotiation; main terms in a license, etc.

Presenter: Alice Li - Interim Executive Director, Cornell's Center for Technology Licensing


Watch an archived recording of Session 3: Intellectual Property (IP) Protection and License Negotiations for Startups

Tuesday June 2 - 9:00am - 10:00am - 224 Weill Hall, Ithaca Campus

Session 4 - The Kevin M. McGovern Family Center For Venture Development In the Life Sciences

The McGovern Center works with life science entrepreneurs. The Center advises them on business formation, and connects them with relevant and supportive on- and off-campuses resources and talent. The Center operates an incubation program and wet lab incubator facility on the Ithaca campus.


Admission to the Center's incubation program and facility is open to entrepreneur applicants with technology sourced from Cornell or elsewhere. Once admitted to the Center, Clients are expected to pursue and make progress on their Incubation Plan toward "graduation".


In 2015, the Center has produced its first two "graduates" - Agronomic Technologies Corporation and ArcScan. Both companies raised over $2 million in investment.


Details were provided on the Center, the program, and the application process.


Presenter: Lou Walcer - Director, Cornell's Kevin M. McGovern Family Center for Venture Development In the Life Sciences



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Watch an archived recording of Session 4: The Kevin M. McGovern Family Center For Venture Development In the Life Sciences

Tuesday June 9 - 9:00am - 10:00am - 224 Weill Hall, Ithaca Campus

Session 5 - Cornell Center for Regional Economic Advancement - Regional Resources and Support for Startups

This session will include an overview of regional business incubation resources, including Rev: Ithaca Startup Works and the Southern Tier Startup Alliance. It will also include an overview of available tax incentive programs from New York State, including the Innovation Hot Spot (aka 16-v) tax benefit for companies, START-UP NY, and the Qualified Emerging Technology Company (QETC) credit.


Presenter: Tom Schryver - Executive Director, Cornell's Center for Regional Economic Advancement (CREA)

 

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Watch an archived recording of Session 5: Cornell Center for Regional Economic Advancement - Regional Resources and Support for Startups

Tuesday June 16 - 9:00am - 10:00am - 224 Weill Hall, Ithaca Campus

Session 6 - Does Your Entrepreneurial Activity Conflict with Your Cornell Responsibilities? How to Start Off On the Right Foot!

Cornell University encourages and supports the efforts of its faculty and other research personnel to participate in the development and dissemination of Cornell intellectual property (IP) by entering into relationships with existing business entities and forming start-up companies. At the same time, the University must also identify and appropriately manage potential conflicts of interest and commitment arising from these relationships to ensure the integrity of the research process, the unbiased and effective development of University IP, and the protection of its students' ability to pursue their studies and research activities with appropriate independence and objectivity. In this session we will talk about Cornell guidelines for determining appropriate types and levels of involvement in start-ups by members of the University community, and acceptable relationships among those persons from the perspective of research integrity. Learn about what types of situations could lead to a conflict of interest, how those conflicts are managed at Cornell and the offices and individuals who can help and guide you as you navigate this important part of your entrepreneurial journey.


The session will feature a brief overview of the Cornell guidelines and process, specific to start ups by University researchers where University IP is being licensed, and a Q&A and discussion session.


Presenter: Amita Verma - Director, Cornell's Office of Research Integrity and Assurance (ORIA)


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Watch an archived recording of Session 6: Does Your Entrepreneurial Activity Conflict with Your Cornell Responsibilities? How to Start Off On the Right Foot!