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Wednesday, April 26 - Friday, April 28, 2017
Entrepreneurship@Cornell Celebration

Join more than 700 alumni, parents, students, faculty, and staff for two days of on-campus events including symposia on a wide range of topics including: mentorship success; sustainable, social enterprise; health administration, etc.

Shark Tank
eLab Demo Day
New Business & Emerging Technologies Showcase
Student Business of the Year Announced
Business Idea & Plan Competition Finals
Networking opportunities...and much more!

The BEST Program encourages all STEM PhDs and postdocs interested in entrepreneurship to attend, and will reimburse the registration cost for select BESTies. Register via the link below.


Wednesday, April 26:  eHub, Collegetown, 409 College Ave., 3rd Floor

5:30 - 7:00 PM Documentary Fim Screening
7:00 – 9:00 PM Opening Reception

Thursday, April 27

8:00 AM Registration Opens,  Lobby, Statler Hotel
9:00 AM – Noon Cornell Venture Challenge Finalist Presentations Amphitheater, Statler Hotel
9:15 AM - 10:00 AM Breakfast Ballroom, Statler Hotel
10:00 AM – 11:00 AM SC Johnson College of Business Roundtable Ballroom, Statler Hotel
11:00 AM – 12:30 PM Networking Break Conference Room Foyer, Statler Hotel
12:30 PM - 2:00 PM New Business & Emerging Technology Showcase™ & Stand-up Lunch Hosted by Center for Technology Licensing (CTL) Ballroom, Statler Hotel


2:45 PM - 4:00 PM Conference Center, Statler Hotel
PANEL 3: Mentorship as a Critical Part of Success During Entrepreneurial Journey Sponsored by Blackstone LaunchPad
4:15 PM - 6:15 PM eLab Demo Day Sponsored By Autodesk  Statler Auditorium, Statler Hall

Friday, April 28

8:00 AM - 9:00 AM Networking Breakfast Conference Room Foyer, Statler Hotel


9:15 AM - 10:30 AM Conference Center, Statler Hotel 

PANEL 1: Entrepreneurs and Innovators in Health, Hospitality and Design Sponsored by Cornell Institute for Healthy Futures (CIHF)
Moderated by: Rohit Verma, Executive Director, CIHF; Brooke Hollis MBA '78, Associate Director, CIHF
Panelists: Rosalyn Cama, President & Founding Partner, CAMAMichelle Punj '06, MMH '09, Director of Operations, Four Seasons Hotel Westlake VillageAlexis Strong MMH '08, Director of Service Implementation & Operations, Docent Health

PANEL 2: Sustainable, Social Enterprise Sponsored by Johnson's Center for Sustainable Global Enterprise & Entrepreneurship at Cornell (EaC)
Moderated by: Monica Touesnard, Associate Director, Center for Sustainable Global Enterprise, Johnson
Panelists: Hugh Whalan, CEO, PEG AfricaYve-Car Momperousse MS '14, CEO, Kreyol Essence

PANEL 3: Physical Product Entrepreneurship Sponsored by College of Engineering and eLab
Moderated by: Kenneth Rother, Managing Director, eLabRobert Shepherd, Assistant Professor, Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, Cornell University

10:30 AM - 11:00 AM Networking Break Conference Room Foyer, Statler Hotel


11:00 AM - 12:15 PM Conference Center, Statler Hotel 

PANEL 1: Invent, Invest, Sell, Start Again: Strategies from Successful Technology Ventures  Sponsored by Computing and Information Science (CIS)
Moderated by: Greg Morrisett, Dean, Computing and Information Science (CIS), Cornell University
Panelists: Jonathan Aizen '03, Founder/CEO, AmitreeIan Folau, MBA '16, Co-Founder, GitlinksGuarav Kittur '99, Managing Director of Technology Investment Banking, JeffriesJoel Raha '99, SVP Engineering, Fareportal; Victoria Yampolsky '01, President, Compass NYC & The StartUp Station

PANEL 2: Health and Medical Innovators, Entrepreneurs and Intrapreneurs Sponsored by ?The Sloan Program in Health Administration

PANEL 3: Sponsored by College of Veterinary Medicine

PANEL 4: Engineering PhD Commercialization Fellows: A Retrospective Sponsored by College of Engineering
Moderated by: Emmanuel Giannelis, Walter R. Read Professor of Engineering, Cornell UniversityTom Schryver '93, MBA 02, Executive Director, Center for Regional Economic Advancement
Panelists: Amanda Bares MS '15, PhD Student,Meinig School of Biomedical EngineeringBill Bedell MS '14, PhD Student, Robert Frederick Smith School of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering (CBE)Mitchell Ishmael MS '15, PhD Student, Materials Science and Engineering, Cornell University 

12:30 PM - 2:00 PM Student Business of the Year Recognition Lunch & Shark Tank: From Thought to Reality, ?Presented by Student Agencies Sponsored by Walmart Ballroom, Statler Hotel


2:45 PM - 4:00 PM Conference Center, Statler Hotel

PANEL 1: Sponsored by College of Agriculture and Life Sciences & The Charles H. Dyson School of Applied Economics and Management

PANEL 2: Student Project Teams: How the Team Experience Lead to Successful Career Paths Sponsored by College of Engineering
Moderated by: Rebecca Macdonald, Swanson Director of Engineering Student Project Teams

PANEL 3: eLab Stories Sponsored by eLab 
Moderated by: Kenneth Rother, Managing Director, eLab

4:30 PM - 6:00 PM "BIG IDEA" Undergraduate Competition Finals eHub, Collegetown Location, 409 College Ave.

6:00 PM - 7:00 PM Networking Reception & Student Agencies Student Showcase eHub, Collegetown Location, 409 College Ave.

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