Week of March 12, 2017

Hardware Accelerator Application
Location: Online
Time: The 2017 summer intensive runs from May 30 to August 11
The Rev: Ithaca Startup Works Summer 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 still a few spots left! Read about past teams here.  If you are interested in applying as a Team or applying for an Instructor position, contact Rev Hardware Director Ken Rother.
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 


Cornell Venture Challenge Application
Location: Online
Time: Tuesday, March 14
Applications for Cornell Venture Challenge (CVC) are open! The premier Cornell startup competition awards $25k for the first prize winner (another $25k will be offered by Cornell Technology Licensing office for CTL affiliated startups). This is purely prize money and no equity is required in exchange.  Applications are due March 14th.  The event will be held on Thursday, April 27th, at Statler Amphitheater. Please apply through the CVC website here.  More information at CVC FAQs here.
Open to: All 



CBIS Keynote: The Hidden Power of Female Entrepreneurship with Lisa Ann Pinkerton
Location: Rev: Ithaca Startup Works
Time: March 24, 5:00 PM- 7:00 PM
Rev: Ithaca Startup Works and the Cornell Center for Sustainable Global Enterprise are pleased to present this keynote from women’s entrepreneurship and cleantech leader Lisa Ann Pinkerton! Starting from day one, female entrepreneurs discover that while their way of going about business may not look like the traditional method, it can be just as effective, even more so. By embracing their natural management styles, setting their own corporate culture, and leading by example, women are showing the world that their way of doing business is the future of commerce for the 21st Century. In this keynote presentation for the Cornell Business Impact Symposium, founder and President of Technica Communications and founder and chairwoman of Women in Cleantech & Sustainability, Lisa Ann Pinkerton will connect the dots surrounding why women led businesses deliver higher revenues and stronger returns for investors than more traditionally run businesses and how both genders can embrace their feminine leadership styles to thrive throughout their careers. RSVP for your free ticket – but space is limited for this special event! Ms. Pinkerton will also be speaking during the Symposium on Saturday, March 25. Register here to attend the symposium.
Open to: All 


Equity Splits Negotiation- A Case Study Workshop with Dr. Susan Fleming
Location: eHub Collegetown, 409 College Ave, Ithaca, NY 14850
Time: March 29, 4:30 PM- 7:30 PM
(Note: Due to the nature of the workshop, it is critical that you arrive on time AND read the case in detail in advance).
It’s time for something new at Rev! Come dig in deep and test your skills with a guided negotiation simulation, featuring Dr. Susan Fleming. The case in question? Three co-founders must negotiate how to divide the equity of their early-stage company. Participants in this workshop will prepare by downloading and reading a Harvard Business Publishing case study (access to these materials is $5.00) and take on the role of one of the co-founders during the workshop. By working in small groups, every participant will get to experience the challenge of trying to meet their own goals while compromising with team members who are also critical to the success of the venture. At the end of the workshop, Dr. Fleming will debrief the exercise, sharing outcomes from each team, lessons learned, insights, and strategies for the full group. Slots are limited – RSVP and download your case study here today! Space is limited for this hands-on workshop.
Open to: All 


Customer Discovery Workshop with Lakewood Vineyards
: Oxford Academy and Central School, 50 S. Washington Ave, Oxford, NY
Time: April 4, 6:30 PM – 8: 30 PM
How do I find out what my customer wants without showing them a finished product? Come learn about the most effective tactics for connecting with potential customers about their needs and wants in so that your business is best informed to deliver a product or service that delights them. The Southern Tier Startup Alliance (STSA) is teaming up with the Oxford School system to deliver Oxford IC2, a community initiative led for the purpose of connecting students, educations, and citizens to innovation and entrepreneurship.  The Innovation Series is an educational and networking program designed to inspire ideas, fuels creativity, and promote innovative activities in our community. Hear and collaborate with Tony Frontera, Entrepreneur in Residence with the STSA, on the many ways to go about discovering what your customer’s needs are before you make the investment of building a product or service. Event will conclude with an open microphone session for entrepreneurs, idea people, or anyone who wants to introduce themselves to the group. RSVP here.
Open to: All


How to Turn your Side Gig into your Main Gig
Location: Harvest Café, Montour Falls, NY 14865
Time: April 5, 6:00 – 7: 30 PM
Come hear from local filmmaker, entrepreneur, and film financier Eric Hollenbeck discusses what it takes to turn the side business you work on at night and weekends into your primary job.  Eric will share examples of people working on their startup business on nights and weekends while holding down a full-time day job until they get that side business up to a point where they make it their full time job. Please join us to be part of an ongoing discussion 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 Application Deadline
Location: Online
Date: April 10, 2017 (Application Deadline)
Commercialization Fellows is an opportunity for engineering PhD students here 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, please visit here. Apply here.
Open to: all engineering PhD students

Solutions Forum for NYS Manufacturers in the Southern Tier
Location: Binghamton University, Innovative Technologies, Complex 85 Murray Hill Road
Time: April 12, 8:30 AM – 12: 30 PM
Get registered for the Solutions Forums matchmaking forum where manufacturers and product developers meet hand-picked FuzeHub Resources to discuss specific business and technical challenges. RSVP here.
Open to: all


Ithaca College Startup Business Plan Demo Day
: Rev: Ithaca Startup Works
Time: April 18, 5:00 PM – 7:00 PM
Students with fully formed plans for launching a business, and those who have recently launched, will have the opportunity to pitch to seasoned entrepreneurs for a share of $18,000 in cash for their business. Six businesses will give a ten-minute presentation about their company, followed by five minutes of Q&A from a panel of experienced judges. After deliberation, the panel of judges will determine which teams will be allocated a portion of the funding based on the viability of their business and the quality of their presentation. Who will have the best plans? What great ideas are students working on? Is there a company that I’d like to join? Come and be a part of the audience to find out and cast your vote for the Audience Choice award! A reception with refreshments and awards ceremony will follow the presentations. Prize awards for each team will be announced at the reception. RSVP here for your free ticket to this fun event!
Open to: all


Generation Startup Film Screening & Game Night
Location: eHub Collegetown
Time: April 26, 5:30PM
The documentary captures the struggles and triumphs of six recent college graduates who put everything on the line to build startups in Detroit. Shot over 17 months, it’s an honest, in-the-trenches look at what it takes to launch a startup. Directed by Academy Award winner Cynthia Wade and award-winning filmmaker Cheryl Miller Houser, the film celebrates risk-taking, urban revitalization, and diversity while delivering a vital call-to-action – with entrepreneurship at a record low, the country’s economic future is at stake. Immediately following the film is a networking event (7-9pm) with food, at 8pm starts GAME NIGHT!
The Next Big Thing: Board Game for Entrepreneurship and Venture Capital starts at 8PM. A board game for people who are interested in being startup superheroes & changing the world. Players take on the role founders to create the next big thing, bootstrapping using their initial cash savings and skills to create an MVP, gain initial traction, and then go on to raise multiple rounds of capital, increasing the value of their company, while also diluting their ownership.  Players experience many of the ups and downs of the entrepreneurial journey. Sign up here.
Open to: All