Past Events

Virtual SBIR/STTR Workshop: Application Process & Funding Options for Startups

Thursday, April 11, 2024 - 11:00am to 12:00pm
Location: Zoom

Ready to secure non-dilutive funding to take your startup to the next level?  

Join Kirk Macolini, President of InteliSpark, LLC, for this virtual workshop providing insights into the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) application process and how to find other non-dilutive funding sources. During the workshop, Macolini will discuss and answer questions regarding:  

  • Writing and submitting a successful SBIR/STTR proposal  
  • Identifying strategies for making your SBIR/STTR proposal more competitive  
  • Applying to the SBIR/STTR Assistance Program, which can help eligible companies, based in New York state, hire a qualified grant writing consultant to help them develop a proposal  

Upon registering, participants will receive access to the SBIR/STTR video series, a set of short videos containing valuable background information, which they are encouraged to view prior to the workshop. The pre-workshop video series covers: 

  • An overview of the SBIR/STTR programs 
  • Program eligibility requirements 
  • Differences between SBIR and STTR agencies 
  • Using SBIR/STTR to enhance your company’s value 

The event is free and open to the public. Register to reserve your spot. Questions? Contact

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Entrepreneurship at Cornell’s Celebration Conference

Wednesday, April 10, 2024 - 6:30pm to Friday, April 12, 2024 - 4:30pm
Location: Ithaca, New York

Entrepreneurship at Cornell’s Celebration is a two-day, in-person entrepreneurship conference held every spring to bring together students, alumni, faculty, staff and community participants. Highlights this year will include fireside chats with featured speakers, eLab Demo Day, Student Business of the Year recognition, the BenDaniel Venture Challenge, and the recognition of the 2024 Entrepreneur of the Year. The Center for Technology Licensing is one of the sponsors of this conference. 

Register here

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I-Corps Regional Course hosted by Cornell University (Deadline 4/10/24)

Wednesday, April 10, 2024 - 9:00am to 5:00pm
Location: Virtual

Led by the NSF I-Corps Hub: Interior Northeast (IN I-Corps), these free, month-long NSF I-Corps Regional Courses are designed for university-based STEM researchers and early-stage founders interested in evaluating the market potential of their technology and learning valuable entrepreneurial skills. 

The May 8 to June 5 course is virtual and hosted by Cornell University. Application closes on Wednesday, April 10

Register here

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CTL@WCM Office Hours with Sanders Tri-I TDI

Thursday, March 28, 2024 - 4:15pm
Location: Zoom

Center for Technology Licensing (CTL) at Weill Cornell Medicine Office Hours are open to all who wish to get answers to their intellectual property questions and gain more information about how to advance of their IP towards commercial partnership with a one-on-one meeting.

On Tuesday, April 16, from 2 – 4 pm, CTL is partnering with the Sanders Tri-Institutional Therapeutics Discovery Institute (Tri-I TDI) to answer WCM researchers’ questions about developing a novel therapeutic or drug.

If you have a potential therapeutic target and are looking for resources, don’t miss this opportunity! Tri-I TDI’s mission is to translate groundbreaking biological discoveries by Weill Cornell Medicine, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center and The Rockefeller University into novel small molecule or biologic therapeutics. It provides industry-quality technical support for academic projects, making it possible to rapidly assess the utility of specific therapeutics in disease-relevant contexts. 

Reserve your 30-minute session here. You will be given access to a Zoom registration link and meet privately with a CTL business development professional and a representative from Tri-I TDI matching your area of interest.

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Empowering Women Innovators Webinar: A Spotlight on the National Science Foundation I-Corps Program

Thursday, March 28, 2024 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm

Join us on Thursday, March 28th, from 12-1 pm EST for an enlightening session dedicated to the I-Corps program, a transformative National Science Foundation initiative that enables researchers to amplify the impact of their scientific discoveries in the marketplace. In honor of Women’s History Month, this event is tailor-made for the Equalize community and female academic entrepreneurs eager to explore the commercial viability of their innovations. Engage in discussions with panels featuring academic researchers and startups, sharing their customer discovery journeys within the I-Corps program. They will provide invaluable insights, enriching the event with their unique perspectives and expertise. Seize this exceptional opportunity to connect, learn, and make your mark within a thriving innovation and entrepreneurship ecosystem. Be part of this inspiring community event that celebrates and elevates women’s roles in pioneering change!

Register now.

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Innovations in Women’s Health: Entrepreneurship Panel

Wednesday, March 27, 2024 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm

Female founders are bringing innovation, technology, medicine, wellness, and their own lived experiences together to advance women’s healthcare. Our Cornellian entrepreneurs will share their journeys starting women’s healthcare businesses, and how, through their companies and technologies, they’re addressing women’s unique needs and solving our most pressing health challenges. Join us to wrap up Women’s History Month with a look into the future!


  • Andrea Ippolito ’06, MENG ’07, CEO & Founder, SimpliFed
  • Eve McDavid, Cornell Tech Runway Post-doc Fall ’22 Cohort & CEO, Mission-Driven Tech
  • J’Vanay Santos-Fabian MBA ’22, CEO & Co-Founder, MyLÚA Health
  • Carolyn Witte ’12, CEO & Co-Founder, Tia

Register now

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NSF I-Corps Virtual Information Session

Tuesday, March 26, 2024 - 12:00pm to 12:45pm

Calling all researchers! If you have been working on a technology innovation and wish to explore its commercialization potential, I-Corps can provide you with entrepreneurial education, mentoring, and up to $50,000 in funding for customer discovery.

Hosted by the Interior Northeast I-Corps Hub (IN I-Corps), the virtual NSF I-Corps Information Session on Tuesday, March 26 (12:00 – 12:45 p.m. ET) is designed for busy graduate students, postdocs, and faculty interested in learning more about I-Corps regional and national programming. I-Corps alumni Ruben Trujillo, a Ph.D. candidate at Cornell University, and Nancy Guo, a professor at West Virginia University and recent NSF SBIR awardee, will be in attendance to share their experiences and answer questions.

The National Science Foundation created I-Corps (Innovation Corps) to bridge the gap between fundamental research discoveries in science and engineering and the commercialization of technologies, products, and processes with the potential to benefit society.


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3D Printing Workshop: Medical Device Design Basics

Friday, March 22, 2024 - 3:00pm to 5:00pm
Location: BioVenture eLab, 1157 York Ave, New York, NY 10065

Do you have ideas for a new medical device, but aren't sure where to begin with initial design? Interested in learning how to utilize 3D printing to create prototypes and get your idea started? Back by popular demand, the BioVenture eLab, a part of Weill Cornell Medicine Enterprise Innovation, is offering a second basic seminar in 3D printing.

Join us at the BioVenture eLab makerspace to learn how to use specialized software and Google Sketch to create designs for 3D printing. 

The seminar will feature our guest lecturer, NatalieDeana Badillo, a third-year medical student at Weill Cornell Medicine who possesses a biomedical engineering background. Natalie is also a member of the Biomedical Engineering Society and is President of the Arts & Crafts & 3D Printing Club at Weill Cornell Medicine. Register now

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JLABS Investor & Partnering Day (Application Deadline 3/22/24)

Friday, March 22, 2024 - 9:00am to 11:45pm
Location: The New York Genome Center, 101 Avenue of the Americas, New York, NY 10013

Johnson & Johnson Innovation's annual JLABS Investor & Partnering Day will take place in New York City on Thursday, May 2, 2024, 8:30 am to 6 pm, and applications are now open for qualified, promising, early-stage biotech startups seeking pre-seed, seed, or series A funding in the next 12 to 18 months.

The day will consist of one-on-one matched meetings with strategically aligned life science investors, perspectives from experts including Johnson & Johnson Innovation – JJDC, Inc., a networking lunch, and a reception to provide additional opportunities to meet with investors and fellow biotech CEOs.

Please submit your application by March 22 and reach out to Miriam Huber if you have any questions. Note that there are limited spots available, so attendance is not guaranteed and is based on additional screening.

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$25K BenDaniel Venture Challenge (Deadline: 3/22/24)

Friday, March 22, 2024 - 9:00am to 11:00pm

Applications Now Open for the BenDaniel Venture Challenge  

The BenDaniel Venture Challenge (BVC) is Big Red Venture’s Annual Pitch Competition. BRV will select five finalists to pitch their business ideas to a panel of investors during Entrepreneurship at Cornell Celebration on April 12. Winners will earn a cash prize totaling $25,000 with an additional $25,000 match if the company’s technology is licensed through Cornell.   

Companies based in New York state or with a Cornell affiliation are eligible to apply. Applications are open through March 22, 2024. Apply now. 

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