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Sunday, March 06 08:00 AM - Thursday, March 10, 2016 02:34 PM
Silicon Valley Entrepreneurship Trek

In conjunction with the upcoming Cornell Silicon Valley Conference on March 8th, 2016, A Silicon Valley Entrepreneurship Trek is being organized for Cornell PhDs interested in careers in innovation and entrepreneurship. Michael Roach is heading up this effort, and working with the College of Engineering.

The objective of the trek is to expose PhDs to various companies and organizations that contribute to a vibrant entrepreneurial ecosystem, including university spinouts, incubators/accelerators, venture capitalists, and large innovative firms.  The trek also helps PhDs to learn about a variety of careers in start-ups, large innovative firms, finance, law, and consulting.  It is also an excellent opportunity for PhDs to network with over 500 Cornellians attending the CSV Conference.

The event begins on Monday, March 7th, with a full day of site visits in Silicon Valley and a networking dinner with Cornellians working in Silicon Valley.  The second day would include attendance to the CSV Conference, which includes a panel discussion on academic entrepreneurship featuring three Cornellians who have founded companies based on their graduate research, as well as a talk by President Garrett. The CSV Conference concludes with a networking event that runs until 9pm.

The trek is open to a 6-8 Cornell PhDs, 3 of them sponsored by the BEST Program.  Participants arrive in Silicon Valley by Sunday (3/6) and stay through the end of CSV on Tuesday evening.  The trek includes three nights' accommodations, and meals and transportation on March 7th & 8th.  The total cost, including airfare, will be around $1,600-$1,800 per participant.  We are working to find money to cover some or all of the students’ expenses.

Please contact Susi Varvayanis ( and Michael Roach ( with your questions and expression of interest.

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