The W.E. Cornell program helps graduate STEM women commercialize their innovations and overcome the challenges of leading a growing technology-based business. Combining a proven entrepreneurship curriculum with a focus on leadership development and empowerment, participants will finish the program prepared to take the next steps in their entrepreneurship journey.
The Kauffman Foundation, a nonprofit that focuses on researching the entrepreneurial climate in the United States and supporting entrepreneurship programs, identifies some of the key barriers facing women entrepreneurs:
- Mentors are in short supply
- Implicit biases exist against women entrepreneurs
- Lack of access to venture capital 1
The W.E. Cornell program is a guided entrepreneurship and leadership program that helps women in STEM overcome these challenges. Participants will have the opportunity to:
- Meet experienced mentors and STEM entrepreneurs to grow their network
- Build leadership skills to commercialize their innovations through a proven program
- Hone their market fit and customer base with a travel stipend of up to $3,000
- Launch their innovations and pitch investors and community members
The program will require an estimated time commitment of two hours per week during the school year, with a 10 hour intensive during a week in mid-January. Participants will be expected to:
- Participate in 6-7 interactive workshops
- Network with 5-10 potential mentors
- Participate in an National Science Foundation I-Corps Short Course
- Present at a closing celebration and demo day
At the end of the program, participants will work with mentors to identify subsequent entrepreneurship resources at Cornell and in the community. They will graduate with a clear focus on next steps and a strong support network of fellow entrepreneurs.
1 “Women Entrepreneurs are Key to Accelerating Growth.” Entrepreneurship Policy Digest, Kauffman Foundation. 20 July 2015.
Photo by Sasha Israel, courtesy of Cornell CALS
About the Program Director: Andrea Ippolito
Apply for W.E. Cornell
Secure your spot in our next W.E. Cornell cohort! Participation is open to current women graduate students at Cornell in a STEM field. Deadline: October 16, 2018