Despite economic uncertainty due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the 2020 Kessler Fellows secured summer internships at successful startups across the region and nation.
Black Entrepreneurs in Training (BET) aims to increase the participation of students of color in Cornell’s entrepreneurship ecosystem and generate an active and visible group of black alumni who have founded successful companies.
A new company called BioAncient is taking an innovative approach to producing beverages. The startup specializes in fermented plant-based beverages that are naturally rich in bioactive peptides.
From 2009 through 2019, the College of Engineering’s Kessler Fellows program gave third-year engineering students exposure to the business of entrepreneurship through academic coursework, interaction with entrepreneurs in residence and a startup experience. The program has implemented some major changes for 2020: It has expanded, and is now available to juniors in any STEM field.
Andrea Ippolito ‘06, M.Eng. ’07, testified in front of the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Small Business on January, 15, 2020, and shared six policy recommendations to push for additional support and patents for diverse innovators in America.
The Grow-NY region, made up of counties in the Finger Lakes, Central New York, and Southern Tier regions, has seen employment in the food and ag sectors grow by 25.4% in the past decade1, according to a Center for Regional Economic Advancement (CREA) at Cornell University analysis of New York State Department of Labor (NYSDOL) data.
New York State’s food and beverage manufacturing companies have brought in $2.3 billion in private capital investment since 2010, according to a Center for Regional Economic Advancement (CREA) analysis of data collected by CB Insights.
Among the metropolitan areas in Upstate New York, Ithaca had the highest concentration of federal grants awarded to start-ups and small companies in the STEM space in 2018.
The Southern Tier Outpaces the Rest of New York State in Per Capita Higher Education R&D Expenditures
The Southern Tier saw $1,674 per capita in higher education R&D expenditures in 2017, greater than any other region in New York State and a 34% increase from 2010, according to a Center for Regional Economic Advancement (CREA) analysis of data from the National Science Foundation (NSF).
CREA’s new programs, W.E. Cornell, for women entrepreneurs, and BET, for black entrepreneurs, are designed to empower and train female and minority entrepreneurs.