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Wednesday, April 18 06:00 PM - Friday, April 20, 2018 08:00 PM
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 startup challenges, sustainability, power of networking, bitcoin, etc.

Recognition of 2018 Entrepreneur of the Year
eLab Demo Day
Cornell Entrepreneurship Expo Lunch
Student Business of the Year Announced
Business Idea & Plan Competition Finals
Networking opportunities...and much more! BEST recommended panels are in bold below. BEST will ensure free registration for all interested PhDs and postdocs. Dinner is at your own cost.  Let Azucena Ortega know if you are interested by April 16.

April 19-20, 2018 | Ithaca, NY
Register Here | See Who's Coming


Wednesday, April 18

4:00-6:00 PM  BOOM (Bits On Our Minds) Showcase. Visit BOOM website.
6:00-7:00 PM  Opening Reception
6:15 PM          Book Sale and signing by Heather Cabot, Author, Geek Girl Rising
7:00 PM         A Conversation with Geek Girls [free event]
                     Moderated by: Eva Tardos, Jacob Gould Professor of Computer Science,  Cornell University
                      Panelists: Rediet Abebe '19, PhD Candidate, Co-Founder, Black in Al
                                    Avani Bhargava '20, Co-President, Women in Computing at Cornell (WICC)
                                    Heather Cabot, Co-Author, Geek Girl Rising
                                    Ana Pinczuk '84, Senior VP, HPE Pointnext

Thursday, April 19

  8:00 AM           Registration Opens
  8:30-10:00 AM Buffet Breakfast
  9:00-Noon        Cornell Venture Challenge Finalist Presentations
10:00-11:00 AM  Keynote with Q&A (hosted by SCJCOB)
                          Pelin Thorogood, President & Co-Founder, Wholistic Research and
                          Education Foundation & Co-Founder, Mana Artisan Botanics
11:15-12:00 PM  Q&A with Steve Conine ’95 and Niraj Shah ’95, Co-founders of Wayfair;
                          2018 Cornell Entrepreneurs of the Year [free event]

                          Moderated by: Lance Collins, Joseph Silbert Dean of Engineering, Cornell University
12:00- 1:30 PM   Celebration Expo Lunch: Entrepreneurship Resources at Cornell (including BEST)

1:00- 2:30 PM   EaC Advisory Council Meeting (members and invited guests only)


PANEL 1: Overcoming Startup Manufacturing Challenges - Sponsored by NYSERDA
                Moderated by: Erica Iannotti EMBA '19, Project Manager, Technology to Market, NYSERDA
                Panelists: Jeff Lake, Vice President, PEKO Precision Products
                               Ann Marie Scuderi, Chief Operating Officer, Urban Electric Power

PANEL 2: Cultivating an Entrepreneurial Mindset in Researchers - Sponsored by BEST & Center for Regional Economic Advancement
                Moderated by: Andrea Ippolito '06, MEng '07, Executive Director, Engineering Management Program, Cornell University
                Panelists: Adam Boyko, Founder, Chief Science Officer, Embark Veterinary
                               Dakota O'Dell PhD '16, CTO, VitaScan
                               Ritu Raman '12, Postdoctoral Fellow, MIT
                               Hailey Scofield PhD '20, Co-Founder, Combplex

PANEL 3: Entrepreneurship and Disability Sponsored by School of Industrial and Labor Relation’s K. Lisa Young and Hock E. Tan Institute on Employment and Disability
                Moderated by: Susanne Bruyere, Director, K. Lisa Yang and Hock E. Tan Institute on Employment and Disability, Professor, Disability Studies, School of Industrial and Labor Relations, Cornell University
                Panelists: Jim McCaffrey '81, CEO, BTL Investments, LLC; Media Investment Partners, LLC
                               Naitik Metha, CEO & Co-Founder, 
                               Oliver Thornton, Co-Founder & CEO, Coding Austin

PANEL 4: Cornell Inventions and Technology Startups Sponsored by Center for Technology Licensing at Cornell University (CTL)
                Moderated by: Alice Li MS '95, PhD '98,Executive Director, Center for Technology Licensing at Cornell University (CTL)
                Panelists: Mike Annunziata '11, MBA '18, CEO & Co-Founder, Farther Farms
                               Dan Button, President & CEO, Airy3D
                               Edwin Kan, Professor, Electrical and Computer Engineering, Cornell University
Robert Shepherd, Assistant Professor, Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering, Cornell University

 4:30-6:15 PM  eLab Demo Day
 6:30-7:15 PM  Cocktail Reception
 7:15-9:00 PM  Celebration Banquet

Friday, April 20

 8:00-9:00 AM  Networking Breakfast


PANEL 1: Entrepreneurship Opportunities and the Nexus of Hospitality, Health and Design - Sponsored by Cornell Institute for Healthy Futures
                Moderated by: Brooke Hollis MBA/Sloan '78, Associate Director, Sloan Program in Health Administration and Cornell Institute for Healthy Futures
                Panelists: Jacky Falkenberg '17, Owner, Nikki Green Restaurant
                               Alex Susskind, Assoc. Director, Cornell Institute for Healthy Futures, & Associate Professor, Cornell School of Hotel Administration
                               Pelin Thorogood, President and Co-Founder, Wholistic Research and Education Foundation & Co-Founder, Mana Artisan Botanics

PANEL 2: Big Red Startup Moments: A Student View - Sponsored by Entrepreneurship@Dyson
                Moderated by: Christine Muchemu '19
                Panelists: Daniel Abaraoha '18, Vita Shoes
                               Peter Cetale '19, Religio
                               Jamie Kim '19, Bumble and Butter
                               Colby Triolo '19, The World Wide Travel Network

PANEL 3: Cornell Innovation: Advancing Clean EnergySponsored by: Center for Sustainable Global Enterprise; Center for Regional Economic Advancement
                Moderated by: Brian Bauer '85, Program Manager, 76West
                Panelists: Todd Cowen, Professor, Civil & Environmental Engineering and Director for Energy, Atkinson Center for a Sustainable Future
Juan Guzman Jr MS '14, PhD '18, CEO, Capro-X
Jeff Weiss '79, Co-Chairman and Managing Director, Distributed Sun
                               Sarah Zemanick, Director, Campus Sustainability Office, Cornell University

10:30-11:00 AM Networking Break

SYMPOSIA SESSION 3 10:00 AM - 10:50 AM

PANEL 1: Entrepreneurs and Innovators in Health and Medicine - Sponsored by: The Sloan Program in Health Administration
                Moderated by: Brooke Hollis MBA/Sloan '78, Associate Director, Sloan Program in Health Administration and Cornell Institute for Healthy Futures
                Panelists: Joan Irwin '76, MBA '78, President, EZaccessMD
                Andres Jimenez MD, MBA/MS '19, CEO, ImplementHIT
                Terry Murphy MBA/Sloan '86, Owner, Edgehealth LLC

PANEL 2: Bitcoin to Blockchain; Revolutionizing our Future - Sponsored by: College of Engineering and the Kessler Fellows Program
               Moderated by: Tracey Brant '84, PCC, Program Director, Kessler Fellows
               Panelists: Michael Gingras '18, 2017 Kessler Fellow
                              Robert Hockett, Edward Cornell Professor of Law and Professor of Public Affairs, Cornell University
                              Emin Gun Sirer, Associate Professor and Co-Director, Initiative for Cryptocurrencies and Smart Contracts, Cornell University

PANEL 3: Ithaca Startup Ecosystem (It’s Not Your Parents' Ithaca)Sponsored by: Center for Regional Economic Advancement
               Moderated by: Ken Rother, Managing Director, eLab
               Panelists: Stephane Corgie, CEO, Zymtronix
                              Jason Guss '16, PhD '18, CEO, OrthoFit
                              Gabriel Rodriguez-Calero '12, PhD '14, CEO/Co-Founder, Ecolectro, Inc.

PANEL 4: Where Family Business and Entrepreneurship Meet…and Diverge - Sponsored by: Smith Family Business Initiative at Cornell University
              Moderated by: Heather Harrick MA '12, President, Harrick Plasma
              Panelists: Ujjval Manish Shah MBA '18
              Adriano Lenz Campos MBA '19
              Christina Suriadjaja MMH

SYMPOSIA SESSION 4 11:00 AM - 11:50 PM

PANEL 1: Digital Agriculture - Sponsored by: Computing and Information Science; College of Agriculture and Life Sciences
                Moderated by: Greg Morrisett, Dean, Computer and Information Science, Cornell University
                Panelists: Liz Jones, Director, Genomic Open-source Breeding Informatics Initiative (GOBii)
                               Karen Levy, Assistant Professor, Department of Information Science, Cornell University
                               Harold van Es, Professor, Soil and Water Management, School of Integrative Plant Science, CALS; Faculty Fellow, Atkinson Center

PANEL 2: Power of Network – Techniques to help Startups Find Talent, Funding and Other Connections Sponsored by: Blackstone LaunchPad at Cornell University
                  Moderated by:  Tiffany St. Bernard PhD '18, Blackstone LaunchPad, Sr. Fellow
Panelist: John Hill, Vice President, Network

PANEL 3: 5 Mistakes and How to Avoid Them: Legal Considerations for Start-up Entrepreneurs - Sponsored by: Cornell Law School
                   Speaker: Charles Whitehead JD '83, Professor of Law, Cornell Law School

12:30- 2:00 PM Student Business of the Year Recognition Lunch & Shark Tank: From Thought to Reality - Presented by Student Agencies
3:00- 4:30 PM "BIG IDEA" Undergraduate Competition Finals
4:30- 6:00 PM Student Agencies Showcase and Networking Reception

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