TEC Pitch Competition Update

Great job by all the teams that participated, congrats to the winners:

1st place – OnTrack Diagnostics (orthopedic diagnostics for race horses)

2nd place – ElegantSpines (spine protector for equestrians)

Special thanks to the judges Ken Rother, Felix Litvinsky, and Tom Schryver!

TEC 2019 Graduate Pitch Competition

TEC members,

We are excited to announce that Technology Entrepreneurship at Cornell (TEC) will be hosting a pitch competition for graduate students on Monday April 22nd.  You will have the opportunity to showcase your entrepreneurial spirit and pitch your startup or startup idea in front of judges and win cash prizes.

TEC Graduate Pitch Competition: 1st place prize – $1,000   2nd place prize – $250

Startup/ideas can be in any area and teams must be composed of primarily graduate students (no restrictions on size).  To enter, please submit pitch deck and team bio to cornelltec@gmail.com by Friday April 19th 5pm.  Teams selected to pitch will be notified, with preference given to early-stage ideas and submissions from non-MBA students.  Pitches will be limited to 6 minutes followed by 6 minutes Q&A with judges.

For questions, please email cornelltec@gmail.com

Pitch competition time: Monday, April 22nd 5-7PM

Location: eHub Kennedy Hall

Please RSVP here to receive event updates.

TEC mixer featuring PhD startup founder

TEC members,
We will be hosting a mixer for students interested in entrepreneurship this Thursday 3/14 from 5-6pm in the Upson Hall first floor lounge.
Come meet other graduate students interested in entrepreneurship and hear from Jason Goodman (PhD in food science) regarding his experience launching the company Antithesis.
There will be free food at the event and we are actively recruiting students interested in leadership roles with TEC.
Look forward to seeing you there!

TEC Grad Entrepreneurship Mixer

Technology Entrepreneurship at Cornell (TEC) will be hosting an end-of-the-year entrepreneurship mixer for the graduate community on Wednesday 12/5 from 5-6PM in the Upson first floor lounge.  Enjoy free food and meet fellow graduate students who are actively engaged or interested in entrepreneurial ventures.  Speakers for the event include:

Hailey Scofield, PhD candidate in Neurobiology and Behavior, cofounder of Combplex – a company developing an IoT solution for beekeepers.

Kwame Amponsah, PhD ‘14 Electrical and Computer Engineering, founder of Xallent – a company developing nanoscale testing solutions for semiconductors and thin film materials.

Hunter Adams, PhD candidate in Aerospace Engineering and Commercialization Fellow, founder of Monarchs – low cost, fully autonomous sensor-and-radio platforms for agriculture.

David Erickson, the Associate Dean for Research and Graduate Studies, will also be at the event to give an overview of entrepreneurship resources available to graduate students.

We will also be looking for graduate students interested in leadership positions in TEC to continue our mission to promote interest in entrepreneurship.  Please RSVP here if you plan on attending!

TEC Graduate Pitch Competition Series

TEC Graduate Pitch Competition Series

Social Mixer: Come meet other graduate students interested in start-ups and entrepreneurship. Take advantage of this opportunity to find teammates and brainstorm start-up ideas for the pitch competition. Snacks and drinks will be provided.

Time: Tuesday, 2/28, 5-7PM

Location: Collegetown eHub Multipurpose 305


Workshop: Learn how to prepare a winning pitch deck through this workshop led by Johnson faculty Ken Rother.  Dinner will be provided.

Time: Tuesday, 3/14 5-7PM

Location: Collegetown eHub Multipurpose 305


Pitch Competition: 1st place prize – $1000.  2nd place prize – $500.

Submit pitch deck to cornelltec@gmail.com by 3/22.  Teams selected to pitch will be notified, with preference given to early-stage ideas and submissions from non-MBA students.  Pitches will be limited to 5 min. followed by 4 min. Q&A with judges.

Time: Tuesday, 3/28 5:30-7:30PM

Location: Collegetown eHub Multipurpose 305


Open to: all graduate students.  Please RSVP for the mixer and workshop here.

Upcoming TEC Events

Q&A with Matt Smith, COO of TandemLaunch
Time: Wednesday November 16, 5-6 PM
Location: Thurston 205
Matt Smith is a Partner & COO at TandemLaunch, a venture seed fund and incubator of consumer electronics startups founded on patented university technologies (portfolio value creation of >$100M since 2013).  Matt’s prior work includes DARPA-funded development of a robotics platform acquired by Boston Dynamics at McGill University, advanced materials R&D at Bombardier, Product Management, VP Operations, and Chief Quality Officer at life sciences startup Aurora Interactive and VP Operations in industrial hybrid clean-tech company EcoPower (acquired by Mi-Jack). Matt also co-founded two of his own startups.  Come learn more about TandemLaunch and Matt’s entrepreneurship journey.

Careers in Industry, Entrepreneurship and Management Discussion Panel
(co-hosted with BEST and OISE)

Time: Thursday November 17, 1-3:30 PM

Location: Weill 226
Featured speaker: Charles Hamilton.

Charles Hamilton (MBA ’04) is a serial entrepreneur who has helped several Cornell startups grow and acquire funding in their early stages. Charles currently serves as an Entrepreneur-in-Residence and NEXUS-NY mentor in addition to being CEO of Conamix, a tech start-up that seeks to improve the performance of lithium ion batteries. Join in on the discussion about his career path, the essential skills for entrepreneurship, and the roles PhDs can play.

TEC Graduate Social Mixer
Time: Monday, November 28, 5-7 PM
Location: Big Red Barn
Come meet fellow students interested in startups and entrepreneurship.  Drinks and snacks will be provided.  All graduate and professional students are welcome, help spread the word!

Seminar with Dr. Bart Riley, founder/CTO of A123 Systems

Seminar: A123 Systems, From Nanotech to Reality

Thursday, October 20, 7PM

Thurston 205


A123 Systems is the only company to have developed and commercialized at scale a new advanced lithium-ion technology in energy storage.  Two critical decisions in the company’s history will be reviewed from a technical and business perspective.  The first decision was instrumental to A123 Systems’ IPO, the largest in 2009.  The second decision was instrumental to A123’s filing of chapter 11 in 2012.  Both decisions hold lessons for aspiring entrepreneurs.


Dr. Riley Bio: 

Dr. Riley is a successful tech entrepreneur with over 25 years of experience leading projects, teams, and businesses taking tech from lab to market.  With senior management experience at AMSC, A123 Systems, and Quantumscape, Dr. Riley has a track record for solving complex technical and business problems to launch products in multiple verticals: including industrial, consumer electronics, automotive, and grid.  More recently, Dr. Riley has provided strategic guidance to companies and non-profit organizations across additional verticals including biotech, packaging, aerospace, and chemical.  Dr. Riley has a PhD in Materials Science from Cornell, 85 publications, and 62 US Patents.  Currently, Dr. Riley is the Chief Strategy Officer at a stealth-mode, Silicon Valley energy storage company