Week of April 9, 2017

Pillsbury Institute for Hospitality Entrepreneurship
The Pillsbury Institute’s Entrepreneur in Residence (EinR) program will be hosting 20 entrepreneurs and innovators in the hospitality industry this academic year.  Entrepreneurs will be available in Centers and Institutes to talk with students one-on-one about business ideas and plans, career experience and guidance, and more. If you are interested in setting up a time to meet with an entrepreneur, please visit the sign-up page. In addition to office hours, EinRs are also available to speak in classes.  Interested in hosting an EinR in your class, email Michelle Ciaschi mlc296@cornell.edu for availability. See below for upcoming dates or to learn more about each entrepreneur and who will be visiting the institute in the near future, click here.

  • Wednesday, April 12: Marco Benvenuti MMH ’05, Co-Founder, Duetto
  • Thursday, April 13: Tora Matsuoka, Founder, Seasoned Hospitality
  • Thursday, April 13: Karim Abouelnaga ’13, Founder, Practice Makes Perfect

Open to: All


Entrepreneurial Resources: What is Available and How Do I Start Getting Help
Location: Ziff Law Firm, 303 William Street, Elmira, NY 14902
Time: April 12, 8:00 – 9:00 AM
Explore local resources available to local entrepreneurs to birth, build and better your business.  Meet and learn from Nancy Kirby Kurjakovic, the Executive Director Incubator Works, about the extensive resources available to entrepreneurs in the Southern Tier region of New York. Register here.
Open to: All


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 


LCL Summer Incubator Application
Location: http://www.lifechanginglabs.com/incubator/
Time: Application Deadline is April 14th 11:59 PM
Life Changing Lab’s Summer Incubator Program brings together mover, shakers and doers to the start-up world. We connect our start-up companies with local mentors, legal and financial resources to help grow companies at any stage. The 2017 summer program runs from June 9th to August 4th in Ithaca. If you are an interested student entrepreneur, apply to get connected with an internship at a start-up company. If you are an interested founder, apply to get connected with the above resources and more! If you have any questions, please email contact@lifechanginglabs.com!
Open to: All


Ithaca College Startup Business Plan Demo Day
Location: Rev: Ithaca Startup Works
Time: April 18, 5:00 – 7:30 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!  We will also be awarding a Sustainability Award for $500 to the team that demonstrates the best sustainability practices.
A reception and awards ceremony will follow the presentations. Prize awards for each team will be announced at the reception. RSVP here.
Open to: All


Meet & Repeat: A Speed Networking Event
Location: 291 Statler Hall
Time: April 25, 4:30 – 6:30 PM
How can you maximize networking opportunities for your entrepreneurial journey in 5,400 seconds? Come to the Meet & Repeat! 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. Meet up to 15 industry leaders during this event. For a list of who’s coming visit the Pillsbury Institute’s Networking Social webpage. Seats are limited and an RSVP is required by clicking here. The event is BYOBC (bring your own business card). Dress code is business casual.
Open to: All


Technology Entrepreneurship Roundtable
Location: Silver Birch Suite, 5th Floor tower
Time: Wednesday, April 26, 2017, 8:00 AM – 4:00 PM
The roundtable will explore a variety of topics including:

  • Alternatives for the Corporate Travel Market
  • IoTa-Bringing the A Game to the Internet of Things to Connect the Hospitality Journey
  • The Rise of the Sharing Assets from the VC Perspective
  • The Machine and Morality

More details about the roundtable topics and a list of participants can be viewed here. To sign up to observe sessions during the roundtable, click here.
Open to: All


Generation Startup Film Screening & Game Night
: eHub Collegetown
Time: April 26, 5:30 PM
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


eLab Demo Day
Location: Statler Auditorium, Cornell University
Time: April 27, 4:15 PM- 6:15 PM
Witness Cornell’s student startups on the journey to greatness at Demo Day 2017, part of the Entrepreneurship at Cornell Celebration. Established in 2008, by Student Agencies Foundation in collaboration with Entrepreneurship at Cornell, eLab has worked with hundreds of students in turning concepts into real businesses with notable exits.
The event is free and you do not need to register for the whole Entrepreneurship at Cornell Celebration to attend. Details
Open to: All


Startup Tactics: From Accounting to Zoning, Tactical Considerations When Starting a New Company
Location: Oxford Academy and Central School, 50 S. Washington Ave, Oxford, NY
Time: May 2, 6:30 – 8: 30 PM
What accounting software? Which bank? What happens at a board meeting? What’s the deal with corporate insurance?  Is there such a thing as a standard commercial lease?  Hear and collaborate with Brad Treat, Entrepreneur in Residence with the STSA, with answers to these questions and other tactical issues that startup entrepreneurs need to know.  The event will conclude with an open microphone session for entrepreneurs, idea people, or anyone who wants to introduce themselves to the group. 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. No RSVP necessary. Info: http://dcmoventures.webs.com/ic2
Open to: All


Customer Discovery Workshop with Lakewood Vineyards

Location: Harvest Café, Montour Falls, NY 14865
Time: May 3, 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 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 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


Women in Leadership: Bias, Barriers and Strategies for Overcoming Them
Location: Rev: Ithaca Startup Works
Time: May 4, 11:30 AM- 1:30 PM
What impact do gender stereotypes and bias have upon women’s ascent to and success in leadership roles? Drawing on the latest academic research and 20 years of experience as an analyst, investor, and corporate director, this talk will explore the complex web of beliefs and biases that often stymie efforts to move more women into the C-suite. We will also discuss strategies for individuals and organizations to start overcoming them.
Dr. Susan Fleming is a Senior Lecturer at Cornell’s School of Hotel Administration with expertise in the areas of finance, insurance, business strategy, negotiation, organizational behavior and issues of gender diversity. She currently serves on the board of Virtus Investment Partners, Inc., a publicly traded asset management firm; and Endurance Specialty Holdings, Ltd., a publicly traded global insurance and reinsurance company. Before retiring from Wall Street in 2004, Susan was a Partner with Capital Z Partners, L.P., a $1.85 billion private equity fund focused on investing in the financial services sector and an Analyst in M&A at Morgan Stanley.
Doors open at 11:30am and the presentation will start at 12:00pm. Feel free to bring lunch!  RSVP
Open to: All


Create Upstate Conference
Location: Various locations in Ithaca, NY
Time: May 4, 11:30 AM- May 6, 4:00 PM
Create Upstate is a 3-day celebration of design and creativity in Upstate NY. We’ve jam-packed our schedule with can’t-miss sessions and meaningful experiences. Best of all, It’s happening in Ithaca, NY! Rev will be hosting the kickoff event on Thursday evening and exciting events will be taking place all weekend.  The whole conference is a great way to network with creative freelancers in Upstate New York. Register here
Open to: All


Innovations in Food Systems: Feeding a Growing World – a CTL Partnership Forum
Location: Biotechnology Building, Room G10
Time: Wednesday, June 7, Full-Day Event
The CTL Partnership Forum entitled “Innovations in Food Systems: Feeding a Growing World” will bring together leaders from industry, the investment community, and academia to explore current topics and trends in agriculture and animal production to meet the challenges of feeding 9 billion.
Join us to explore key topics including:
• Digital Agriculture
• Biotechnology in Plants
• Plant Breeding
• Microbiome for Food Production Solutions



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