founded, designed, and managed cornell university's 8 week summer incubator. over two years, we supported 1500+ student entrepreneurs and 21 startups.
why a summer startup program?
in my role as managing director
maidbot: autonomous cleaning robots for hospitality industry
results: secured three partnerships, build first working prototype, and prepped for seed round
dynamic boundaries: biomimetic boundary lubricants of articular cartilage to treat osteoarthritis
founder: kirk, mingchee
results: secured ip deal with university, and established clinical research partnerships for next steps
"lcl took a huge weight off my shoulders as a founder. whether it was helping with the website or editing the term sheet for investors, each member of lcl brings extremely useful skills."
founder of maidbot
we launched with a strong focus on community, set direction with each team, and worked in build cycles with mentor feedback until demo day.
inspired by y combinator, we had weekly dinners with builders and investors within the cornell alumni community.
founder of behance, investor and author
founder and managing partner of 1517 fund
founder of red antler
we brought in serial founders to help mentor and guide each startup founder with weekly syncs.
"lcl is a great opportunity for people to develop an early stage venture in an energetic, supportive community."
we recruited the top young talent across cornell to work on gig style tasks for founders.
h/t techstars associate structure.
"before I knew nothing about startups. now i might want to start one."
cornell computer science 2017
we invited investors to judge final progress and pick the winner for the $1,000 cash grant.
"while most cornell students headed home for the summer – off to internships, work or play – a group of entrepreneurial undergrads and graduate students are staying in ithaca for intensive business development as part of the new life changing labs summer incubator."
"lcl is fantastic! through the mentors and resources they provided, we went from having minimal startup experience to establishing strategic relationships to grow our company."
co-founder of dynamic boundaries
simultanously, i launched and ran a 3 week bootcamp for high school students to learn how to build prototypes.
i assembled a team and some resources to run cornell's first hardware hackathon. somehow all the high school teams won.
manage event and coach teams for the annual competition with $10,000 of prizes
manage event and programming for the annual campus kickoff with 150+ attendees.
host and run community dinners, workshops, or pitch competitions.
what i would keep doing
what i would do differently
it takes a committed team to do something new with limited resources
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