Week of February 12, 2017

Big Idea Competition for $9,000 in prizes for all undergraduates!
DeadlineFebruary 28th 11:59PM ET
Do you have an idea you have yet to pursue? Do you want the chance to win thousands of dollars to take your first steps? If you answered ‘Yes’ to any of these questions, now is the perfect time to enter the Big Idea Competition. Get advice from experienced mentors and win prizes while presenting in front of successful alumni entrepreneurs at our Celebration event! Application can be accessed here: http://bit.ly/BigIdea2017
Open to: all Cornell undergraduate students

Pillsbury Institutes Entrepreneurs in Residence
LocationPillsbury Institute (174 Statler Hall)
The Pillsbury Institute’s Entrepreneur in Residence (EinR) program will be hosting 20 entrepreneurs and innovators this academic year. Students interested in meeting with one of the EinRs, please visit our sign up page to schedule an appointment.
·      Monday, February 13 – Steve Thomson ’82, President and CEO, Mailboxes Unlimited
·      Tuesday, February 14 – Steve Thomson ’82, President and CEO, Mailboxes Unlimited
·      Monday, February 27 – Steven Kay ’94, Owner, Mels Burger Bar
·      Tuesday, February 28 – Jules Sieburgh ’72, MBA ’74, Principal, Jules A. Sieburgh, LLC
·      Wednesday, March 1 – Kira Kohrherr ’01, President, K Public Relations, LLC
·      Thursday, March 2 – Phil Miller ’83, Managing Director, Philippus Miller III & Associates
Open to: All Students

Hardware Accelerator Application
Location: Online
Time: The 2017 summer intensive runs from May 30 to August 11
The Hardware Accelerator brings the rapid iteration prototyping of the software world to hardware. With the help of experienced instructors and an equipped prototyping lab, teams will take their hardware idea from napkin to prototype. The application is running on a rolling deadline. There are currently 8 out of 11 spots left!  If you are interested in applying as a Team or applying for an Instructor position, click here.
Open to: All
Life Changing Make-a-thon
Location: eHub Collegetown, 409 College Ave
Time: Feb 25, 8:30 AM – Feb 26, 1:00 PM
LC Make-a-thon is Cornell’s premier hardware hackathon, created at the intersection of engineering, entrepreneurship and design. The event will be on February 25-26, the weekend after February break. Find out more and apply now here.
Open to: All

Women and Negotiations: Asking and Getting What You’re Worth
Location: Rev: Ithaca Startup Works, 314 E. State Street, Ithaca, NY 14850
Time: Tuesday, Feb 28, 11:30 AM – 1:00 PM
Why do women negotiate less than men? How do stereotypes and unconscious bias conspire to make negotiation a dangerous proposition for women? And more importantly, how can these be overcome – by individual women and their male and female managers?  Join Dr. Susan Fleming for this session on the concepts of effective negotiation. RSVP
Open to: All

Turning a Lifestyle Business into a High Growth Business
Location: Harvest Cafe, Montour Falls, NY 14865
Time: March 1, 6:00  – 7:30 PM
How does an entrepreneur turn a small lifestyle business into a high-growth business?  How do you stop working in the business long enough to work on the business.  Please join us to be part of a discussion led Entrepreneur-In-Residence Brad Treat with entrepreneurs in and around Schuyler County. The Southern Tier Startup Alliance and Schuyler County Partnership for Economic Development are working with area entrepreneurs to start a new series of group workshops that will each month focus on a different company to learn about what they’re doing, and how the community can help. No RSVP required.
Open to: All

Understanding and Designing Great UX for IoT (Internet of Things)
Location: Rev: Ithaca Startup Works
Time: Thursday, March 2, 5:00 – 7:00 PM
It is predicted that there will be 200 billion web connected (IoT) devices online by the year 2020. With the emergence of IoT, the lines between physical products and digital platforms are blurring. This change requires a new way of approaching product development that informs UX design and helps us determine feature sets for MVPs. In this discussion, we’ll explore the landscape of IoT and engage with some practical tools on how to understand UX in this space. This discussion will be useful for UX developers at startups and established companies, tech educators, and investors.
Open to: All

Johnson Women in Technology Conference
Location: 11 Times Square, NYC
Time: March 3rd, 2017
Join students from across the U.S. for a conference that will help women jumpstart their careers in tech. 1) Learn about strategies for success from female leaders at top tech companies and startups. 2) Meet tech company representatives, recruiters, and potential mentors during networking sessions and skill-building workshops. 3) Watch a live pitch competition featuring women with creative business ideas. 4) More information on the conference can be found here.  Buy your tickets here.  Early bird special ends February 23rd! If you have any questions or concerns, contact James Godbout.
Open to: All

Networking@Rev: Pitch Madness
Location: Rev: Ithaca Startup Works
Time: March 9, 6:00 – 8:30 PM
Rev has got a bad case of March Madness! Join us for March’s Networking@Rev, featuring a fast-paced elevator pitch competition between Rev Member Companies. Members will pitch at a feverish pace, and a panel of judges will select the winners. Be there to cheer them on and vote for the Audience Favorite. Before the event, be sure to pick your Rev Member Company fantasy team and share on Twitter. Check out our Members Page here  and name your three MVPs with the hashtag #RevDreamTeam. We’ll share the Dream Team picks on the night of the event and give away a few t-shirts to some of our fantasy players. And remember, no wagering please. Networking begins at 6pm, Pitch Competition begins at 645pm. This event is free, but RSVP to save your seat.
Open to: All

Meet & Repeat: A Speed Networking Event
Location: 291 Statler Hall
Time: Tuesday, March 14, 4:30 – 6:30 PM
How can you maximize networking opportunities for your entrepreneurial journey in 5,400 seconds? Come to the Meet & Repeat hosted by the Pillsbury Institute for Hospitality Entrepreneurship! At Meet & Repeat, students practice their pitching skills by presenting an elevator pitch about themselves or a business idea while building and expanding their networks.  This is also a great opportunity to expand your network by meeting over fifteen industry leaders and entrepreneurs from across the globe. To see which industry leaders and entrepreneurs will be at this event, please click here. Seats are limited and an RSVP is required via OrgSync.  After the networking event, students will invited join the entrepreneurs at the Food and Beverage Entrepreneurship Roundtable cocktail reception.
Open to: All 

2017 New York State Business Plan Competition Application
Location: Online
Time: March 10
Applications for ideas or ventures must fall into one of the five categories below: 1) Information Technology/Software; 2) Advanced Technology
Products; 3) Services; 4) Social Entrepreneurship/Non-Profit; 5) Clean Technology. The top 12 teams from each of the five categories above will advance from the regional semi-final competition to the statewide final competition. That competition is held on Friday, April 28 in Albany, NY. Teams will compete head-to-head against regional winners form the nine other major regions on New York. To learn more please visit the website here.
Open to: all student entrepreneurs (both undergraduate and graduate)

Customer Discovery Workshop with Lakewood Vineyards
Location: Harvest Café, Montour Falls, NY 14865
Time: April 5, 6:00 – 7: 30 PM
What are the tactics for doing customer discovery with the people who walk into your business every day?  How do you learn about why they came, but left empty-handed?   Join us for the a detailed breakdown of how to do effective Customer Discovery Interview as we workshop with co-owner of Lakewood Vineyards Mark Rondinaro to workshop effective customer discovery interviews. Please join us to be part of an ongoing discussion led by Entrepreneur-In-Residence Tony Frontera with entrepreneurs in and around Schuyler County. The Southern Tier Startup Alliance and Schuyler County Partnership for Economic Development are working with area entrepreneurs to start a new series of group workshops that will each month focus on a different company to learn about what they’re doing, and how the community can help. No RSVP required.
Open to: All 

Commercialization Fellowship
Location: Online
Date: April 10, 2017 (Application Deadline)
Commercialization Fellows is an opportunity for engineering PhD students to take a deep dive into the commercialization process and potential real-world applications of university inventions. This program pairs Engineering PhDs and Johnson School MBAs. The peer-to-peer knowledge sharing mirrors what both groups will encounter in industry: the critical interface of research and development with business acumen. For more information or to apply, please click here.
Open to: all engineering PhD students


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