Blackstone LaunchPad at Cornell

Blackstone LaunchPad at Cornell Blackstone LaunchPad is a campus based entrepreneurship program, accessible by over 500K students globally, designed to support and mentor students, staff

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We’re moving on February 15th! Be sure to follow @entrepreneurship.cornell to stay in the loop.
01/29/2019

We’re moving on February 15th! Be sure to follow @entrepreneurship.cornell to stay in the loop.

Techstars Pium, Inc. Is representing at Entrepreneurship at Cornell #cusummit
11/09/2018

Techstars Pium, Inc. Is representing at Entrepreneurship at Cornell #cusummit

Entrepreneurship at Cornell
11/09/2018

Entrepreneurship at Cornell

We are excited to see our Cornell Blackstone LaunchPad team Combplex pitch at the Blackstone Entrepreneurship Initiative & Techstars LaunchPad Training Camp in NYC!

We are back with our weekly dose of #motivationalmonday(If need be translated the page) and read about Cornell sophomore...
11/06/2018
Ce jeune entrepreneur marocain raconte son expérience à la Clinton Global Initiative University

We are back with our weekly dose of #motivationalmonday

(If need be translated the page) and read about Cornell sophomore and founder of Moroccan Youth Social Entrepreneurs Camp (MYSEC) Ghali Jorio and his amazing work!

https://www.huffpostmaghreb.com/entry/un-jeune-entrepreneur-marocain-presente-son-projet-pour-lentreprenariat-des-jeunes-au-maroc-a-la-clinton-global-initiative_mg_5bdac563e4b01abe6a1b603f

"Notre vision consiste à donner aux jeunes Marocains les moyens de contribuer au développement du pays".

Way to go, Cornell Entrepreneurs!
11/01/2018
Entrepreneurship at Cornell

Way to go, Cornell Entrepreneurs!

Cornell University is proud to be one of the top 10 colleges that help their female entrepreneurs thrive through clubs and organizations such as the Business Inclusion and Diversity Program and the Emerging Leaders Program!

“Silicon valley is a mindset not a location.” - Reid Hoffman, co-founder of LinkedInMany people who enter the startup sp...
10/21/2018
LinkedIn co-founder Reid Hoffman shares his secret for fast growth and getting ahead of the competition

“Silicon valley is a mindset not a location.” - Reid Hoffman, co-founder of LinkedIn

Many people who enter the startup space understand the hardships of having a proof of concept and gaining recognition in the market, but what comes next? Hoffman identified this gap in most entrepreneur’s startup story, and addresses it in his new book: “Blitzscaling: The Lightning-Fast Path to Building Massively Valuable Companies.”

Read more here: https://www.businessinsider.com/reid-hoffman-blitzscaling-how-to-scale-startups-and-get-an-advantage-over-the-competition-2018-10

Startups can be just as risky as they are promising — 20% of small businesses fail in just their first year. But Reid Hoffman, co-founder of LinkedIn, has a method for success that bucks tradition. It's called "blitzscaling" and requires prioritizing speed over efficiency in the face of uncertaint...

Cornell startup Orthofit combats workplace injuries. Orthofit is refining the prototype of its signature product – a “sm...
10/16/2018

Cornell startup Orthofit combats workplace injuries. Orthofit is refining the prototype of its signature product – a “smart” glove embedded with sensors to track hand and wrist actions during the workday. The glove will allow organizations to collect data on their employees’ risk of contracting carpal tunnel syndrome and other common, repetitive-use injuries.

#techtuesday

The lessons you learn at Cornell have the power to guide you as you start your own company. Hear it from the CEO of Lyft...
10/16/2018
Lyft Co-Founder John Zimmer: 'You Should Never Veer Off the Path of Your Own Values'

The lessons you learn at Cornell have the power to guide you as you start your own company. Hear it from the CEO of Lyft: John Zimmer, Hotel ‘06.

The hospitality training he received at Cornell was always at the forefront of his mind as he worked to build an employee-first culture at Lyft. Today, the company is valued at $7.5 billion. #MotivationalMonday

Read more here: https://www.google.com/amp/s/www.entrepreneur.com/amphtml/293782

For Zimmer and his team, genuine and positive interactions between employees and customers is the biggest goal.

Linda MasonLinda Mason is chairman and co-founder of Bright Horizons. Bright Horizons is the largest worldwide provider ...
10/11/2018
Linda Mason, Board of Directors Co-Chair & Global Leadership Council Chair

Linda Mason

Linda Mason is chairman and co-founder of Bright Horizons. Bright Horizons is the largest worldwide provider of child care and early education in worksites.

There are currently over 850 child development centers for employers in 45 states in the U.S., in Europe and in India. There are 25,000 employees in the company and they take care of more than 100,000 children. It also partnered with First Lady Michelle Obama on the national child anti-obesity campaign.

The company is frequently selected as one of the “100 Best Companies to Work For in America.”, and Linda Mason herself was awarded with Ron Brown Award for Corporate Leadership, Ernst & Young/USA Today "National Entrepreneur of the Year", Business Week's "Best Entrepreneurs", and “25 most influential working mothers in America.”

Linda has a BA from Cornell University and an MBA from the Yale School of Management. We are so honored to have such a successful, yet genuinely caring entrepreneur that brought great changes to the world.

https://www.mercycorps.org/about-us/linda-mason-chair-global-council

Linda Mason, Board of Directors Co-Chair & Global Leadership Council Chair Linda Mason currently serves as Leader-in-Residence at the Center for Public Leadership at the Harvard Kennedy School. Ms. Mason is chairman and co-founder of Bright Horizons, the largest worldwide provider of worksite child....

Are you a Cornell student, dreaming of starting your own company? It’s completely possible, and your Cornell family will...
10/08/2018
Entrepreneur Alumnus Featured on the Forbes 30 Under 30 List Advises Students to Keep an Open Mind

Are you a Cornell student, dreaming of starting your own company? It’s completely possible, and your Cornell family will always be here to support you—Just hear it from Micah Green ‘18.

Micah dropped out of Cornell to pursue his startup, Maidbot, and has been featured on a Forbes 30 under 30 list for his work.

Read more here:
https://cornellsun.com/2018/03/28/entrepreneur-alumnus-featured-on-the-forbes-30-under-30-list-advises-students-to-keep-an-open-mind/

“As stressful as everything will get, take a step back — that investment will help you move much more forward,” Green stated.

Meet the Blackstone LaunchPad Fellows!Name: Kiana VidalMajor: Communication and Technology Year: 2020 Why Blackstone Lau...
10/07/2018

Meet the Blackstone LaunchPad Fellows!

Name: Kiana Vidal
Major: Communication and Technology
Year: 2020
Why Blackstone LaunchPad: I’ve always been fascinated by entrepreneurship and service. Working at the LaunchPad allows me to combine these passions in a way that supports students and makes sure the needs of all campus entrepreneurs are met.

On October 12, Ndaba Mandela (Nelson Mandela's grandson) will be visiting Cornell and speaking about how he is carrying ...
10/06/2018

On October 12, Ndaba Mandela (Nelson Mandela's grandson) will be visiting Cornell and speaking about how he is carrying his grandfather's legacy forward. This is an incredible opportunity to hear from someone who is extremely knowledgeable about bridging entrepreneurship and empowerment. The event is open to all so make sure you come and bring a friend!

Meet the Blackstone LaunchPad Fellows!Name: Jessica TaoMajor: Applied Economics and Management Year: 2020 Why Blackstone...
10/05/2018

Meet the Blackstone LaunchPad Fellows!

Name: Jessica Tao
Major: Applied Economics and Management
Year: 2020

Why Blackstone LaunchPad: I’m passionate about nurturing student innovation.

Women Entrepreneur Spotlight: Jen Rubio, Founder of AWAY"After interviewing hundreds of people about what they wanted fr...
10/03/2018
My light bulb moment: Luggage designer Jen Rubio

Women Entrepreneur Spotlight: Jen Rubio, Founder of AWAY

"After interviewing hundreds of people about what they wanted from their luggage, we came up with a case that was lightweight, spacious and durable, with a lifetime guarantee." - Jen Rubio

AWAY carry-on cases have built-in batteries, for charging your phone and other devices on the go.

Since February 2016, they have sold sold more than 500,000 suitcases and collaborated on limited edition designs with famous designers, models, and film stars.

It is so important to conduct customer interviews and identify the problems that the customers have. With that, the idea can turn into something great and revolutionary.

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-6226849/My-light-bulb-moment-Luggage-designer-Jen-Rubio.html

After her suitcase split at Zurich airport Jen Rubio, 31, New York, became determined to create good quality luggage and a brand 'people really cared about'.

The first electronic computer, ENIAC, weighed more than 27 tons and took up 1800 square feet. #TheMoreYouKnow #TechTuesd...
10/03/2018

The first electronic computer, ENIAC, weighed more than 27 tons and took up 1800 square feet. #TheMoreYouKnow #TechTuesday

Meet our 2018-2019 Cornell Blackstone LaunchPad fellows! From left to right: Kiana Vidal @jessica tao @hayoung ru Ching ...
10/01/2018

Meet our 2018-2019 Cornell Blackstone LaunchPad fellows!

From left to right: Kiana Vidal @jessica tao @hayoung ru Ching Liuhuang

Head to their profiles to check out their connections with entrepreneurship and their journey at our LaunchPad!

09/26/2018

We are back to Women Entrepreneurs on Wednesday! Arianna Huffington – The Huffington Post, and ... sleep?

Ariana Huffington is the founder of a the CEO of The Huffington Post. She has written of 15 books, including "Thrive" and "The Sleep Revolution", which have become international bestsellers. She was nominated as as one of Forbes' Most Influential Women in Media in 2009. What's the secret behind her story? Sleep!

She commented: "I'm not saying that you can't succeed by burning out. But you can succeed much more effectively, and much more sustainably, and with much less damage to your health and your relationships,"

She emphasizes finding balance in life to optimize work capacities and re-energize!

10 years ago this week, Android was created. #TheMoreYouKnow #TechTuesday
09/26/2018

10 years ago this week, Android was created. #TheMoreYouKnow #TechTuesday

Have you ever had that one incredible business idea, that got you fired up like never before? Did you act on that idea.....
09/25/2018

Have you ever had that one incredible business idea, that got you fired up like never before? Did you act on that idea... Or did you just let it go?

In times like these, “The way to get started is to quit talking and begin doing.” - Walt Disney.

#MotivationalMonday

Woman Entrepreneur: Wendy Kopp The idea of a national teacher corps came to reality after Wendy Kopp came to realize tha...
09/19/2018
Woman to Watch: Teach for All CEO and co-founder Wendy Kopp

Woman Entrepreneur: Wendy Kopp

The idea of a national teacher corps came to reality after Wendy Kopp came to realize that even the brightest people would be willing to teach for good, even if their plans were not originally to educate and teach.

She created Teach for America, and immediately attracted over 500 volunteers among fresh college graduates.

Her professor thought the plan was impossible, and that her visions were “deranged”.

She did the impossible, and raised $2.5 million to fund TFA.

https://born2invest.com/articles/woman-to-watch-wendy-kopp/

"iPhone XS, XS MAX, XR" What's next for Apple?With the announcement for the new iPhones, people are starting to look bac...
09/18/2018
iPhone XS, XR, XS Max: Apple's three new iPhones replace the iPhone X

"iPhone XS, XS MAX, XR" What's next for Apple?

With the announcement for the new iPhones, people are starting to look back to whether or not we have reached the peak age of smartphones. Same edge-to-edge screen design (minus the Face ID notch), top of the line OLED display, and something called the 7nm chip this year. While Apple has lead the way these past two years for what most will refer to as innovations in display and processing, others are catching up in more ways than one. With sliding cameras that automatically retracts, much like the headlights of the Corvette a decade ago, in-screen fingerprint sensors, always-on displays and whatever else, competitors from the Americas to Korea to China are all innovating in their own right. Although Apple pride themselves as the pioneers in the new 7nm processor (which delivers more power with even more efficiency compared to traditional 10nm processors), Huawei overtook them as the second mobile company in terms of market share, along with their own 7nm in-house chip that is literally just a few weeks behind Apple.

So I guess the thing that Steve Jobs would like to say is, “and one more thing”.

https://www.cnet.com/news/iphone-xs-iphone-xr-iphone-xs-max-apple-three-new-iphones-replace-iphone-x/

They start at $749, $999 and $1,099.

09/18/2018
Steve Jobs Stanford Commencement Speech 2005

To the entrepreneurs out there:
Entrepreneurship can be daunting--there's always a dozen reasons to not pursue your own venture. It is scary to abandon what is comfortable.

During your times of doubt, remember:
“You can’t connect the dots looking forward; you can only connect them looking backwards. So you have to trust that the dots will somehow connect in your future.” - Steve Jobs, as said in his 2005 Stanford Commencement Speech. #MotivationalMonday

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D1R-jKKp3NA

Here we see Steve Jobs delivering his commencement speech to the graduates of Stanford University in 2005. In it he talks about getting fired from Apple in 1...

Blackstone LaunchPad at Cornell
09/14/2018

Blackstone LaunchPad at Cornell

Are you interested in technology? Are you curious about how humans and technology will continue to evolve together in th...
05/04/2018

Are you interested in technology? Are you curious about how humans and technology will continue to evolve together in the years to come? Join True North for their 3 day conference and be part of the conversation that is shaping our future! Find more information about tickets at truenorthwaterloo.com

See you there!

Entrepreneurship at Cornell
04/16/2018
Entrepreneurship at Cornell

Entrepreneurship at Cornell

Austin Astorga Eng '19 and Matt Barker ENG '19 contenders for the Cornell Business of the year award, Winners will be announced Friday at Celebration.

#CUsummit #CornellNYC #Pitches #CornellUniversity #Startups
11/03/2017

#CUsummit #CornellNYC #Pitches #CornellUniversity #Startups

Packed room at Blackstone Techstars Training Camp!
10/17/2017

Packed room at Blackstone Techstars Training Camp!

revithaca.com/event/networkingrev-advancing-cornell-technolog
10/03/2017

revithaca.com/event/networkingrev-advancing-cornell-technolog

Thank you to everyone who came to Cornell's Entrepreneurship Kickoff!
09/16/2017

Thank you to everyone who came to Cornell's Entrepreneurship Kickoff!

09/06/2017
Entrepreneurship at Cornell

Entrepreneurship at Cornell

Expanded post re: Pitchbook rankings 2016/17:
2. Page 4: Cornell ranks 6th for undergraduate programs for the number of VC backed entrepreneurs. (721 entrepreneurs, 666 companies, $14.475M in raised capital)
3. Page 7: Cornell ranks 6th for dollar volume of VC dollars raised
4. Page 9: Cornell ranks 5th for female founders. (92 entrepreneurs, 89 companies, $1.247M capital raised)
5. Page 10: Cornell ranks 14th for MBA programs. (14 entrepreneurs, 14 companies, $56M in capital raised)
6. Page 11: Cornell ranks 3rd for undergraduate founder unicorns (companies with over $1 billion in valuation) (9 entrepreneurs, 7 companies. Top 5=Lyft, Moderna, Just, Wayfair, Storm8)
Full report here:http://files.pitchbook.com/website/files/pdf/PitchBook_Universities_Report_2017-2018_Edition.pdf

VC Backed Alumni Ranking
09/05/2017
VC Backed Alumni Ranking

VC Backed Alumni Ranking

Each year Pitchbook runs an analysis of which universities/colleges have the most VC backed alumni. In theory, this should be a measure of the entrepreneurship heft of the given school. Here is t…

Remember to sign up for Cornell Entrepreneurship Kickoff 2017! Whether you are interested in creating your own venture o...
09/03/2017

Remember to sign up for Cornell Entrepreneurship Kickoff 2017!

Whether you are interested in creating your own venture or helping build up an existing campus-based startup, anyone interested in "do"-ing entrepreneurship is welcomed to participate in this special event featuring Startups Showcase, eLab Open House and Pitch Competition with $1000+ in prize

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Blackstone LaunchPad is inherently a multiyear (3) grant from Blackstone themselves, through their Blackstone Charitable Foundation & the Blackstone Entrepreneurship Initiative. Cornell is one of the few select universities that was lucky enough to be selected for this program a few years ago, in which we are tasked with increasing entrepreneurship at the university level and also around the communities we serve. We essentially are here as a free resource to students and Cornell affiliates alike, and are aiming to lower the barriers of entry into entrepreneurship. It is a completely free resource, and we are able to connect students to mentors that have founded successful startups, successfully raised seed money, and even individuals that are in VC positions themselves. The whole idea is to help the students (and Cornell affiliates), it doesn't matter if someone has just an idea they want to bounce off, or started their own company already, or even have a company that is taking in revenue, we help students that are at all stages of the entrepreneurship journey. We look to help students that may just have a problem they are looking to solve (or already have a solution to a problem), and try to help them grow that into something tangible. And the cool thing is, these consultations and the work we do with startups and students are 100% confidential (with nondisclosure agreements and etc).

So one may ask, what is different about Blackstone LaunchPad compared to eLab or Life Changing Labs (which are both great entrepreneurship organizations that I take part in)? The answer is that since we are part of a nationwide network, we are able to leverage this network from other universities (including Syracuse, The University of Texas at Austin (hook'em), NYU, and etc.). This gives us an essentially limitless network of individuals, orgs, and resources to help our students here. Our mentors don't just come from the Cornell community, they come from all sorts of background, which really drives home the leverage and network that I believe is at the heart of this program. Some events that Blackstone LaunchPad does include the Annual Cornell Entrepreneurship Summit in NYC (with attendees from both inside and outside Cornell community), Entrepreneurship KickOff, Annual Cornell Entrepreneurship Celebration in Ithaca, and more.

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