Cornell Startup Summer

An intensive summer program for student entrepreneurs from across the University

A Game-Changing Summer.

Cornell students interested in entrepreneurship can focus their efforts to launch a startup or hone their entrepreneurial skills for future employers in a customized summer-long program.

Entrepreneurship Training on Steroids.

By leveraging premier entrepreneurs-as-faculty and a world-class curriculum that puts students in the driver’s seat at every step, Cornell Startup Summer is unlike other accelerators and incubators.

Focused 10-week program

An aggressive curriculum:

  • workshops
  • customized training
  • tailored mentoring
  • introductions to potential partners, vendors, and funders

Teams will work together to:

  • conduct customer discovery
  • iterate product or service offerings
  • refine business plans
  • prepare to raise funding and launch a company

Leading the Nation, Strengthening Johnson.

Founded by renowned entrepreneur Ezra Cornell, Cornell University has had a culture of innovation since day one. Students from across the University, in many different fields of study, are empowered to think like entrepreneurs.  

Mentors at the SC Johnson College of Business, where Cornell Startup Summer will be housed, are invaluable at connecting interdisciplinary teams to create successful startups. Teams will have direct access to the transformative ideas, established leadership, and networking opportunities that happen on a daily basis at Johnson. 

Johnson’s MBA program is already a national leader when it comes to entrepreneurship*:


for entrepreneurship programs


for MBA students who pursue startups


for startups that are still operating

The Startup Summer will elevate the Cornell experience and give students a competitive edge when it comes to launching and growing their companies.

Leveraging a Thriving Startup Community.

Throughout the program, students will be connected to Cornell alumni startup founders, CEOs, and serial entrepreneurs. Through workshops, visits, and personal phone calls, alumni offer students invaluable advice and introductions to potential partners and investors.

The Ithaca, NY, community is also an inspiring place to build a startup. In recent years, it has been ranked nationally as a center for innovation and a top place to establish start-up roots.

Ithaca ranked #13 most innovative city in the U.S. by USA Today

Ithaca named “Top Startup Spot” by Bloomberg Businessweek

Alumni Entrepreneur Spotlights

Jessica Rolph, MBA'04

Jessica Rolph, MBA'04

Co-Founder of Happy Family and Lovevery

Happy Family was named the top growing food company by Inc. Magazine. The company was acquired by Group Danone when it was generating gross sales of more than $90 million. Rolph’s newest venture, Lovevery, is a play system for kids, tailored to their brain development at every stage. Read more.

Pablo Borquez, MBA'15

Pablo Borquez, MBA'15

Founder of ProducePay, Inc.

ProducePay was named one of the “25 Most Innovative AgTech Startups” by Forbes. The company is a supply chain startup that connects wholesale buyers with produce sellers. The platform fixes cash-flow problems by paying for product the day after it is shipped, rather than the typical 30-to-45-day waiting period. The company has secured over $12.5 million in funding. Read more.

Jason Springs, MBA'09

Jason Springs, MBA'09

Co-Founder of GeneWEAVE

GeneWEAVE is a diagnostic technology to detect drug-resistant bacteria. The company was sold for $425 million to Roche Molecular Diagnostics, the world’s largest biotech company. Springs remains the the head of marketing for GeneWEAVE, now a division of Roche Molecular Diagnostics and the company was able to retain all of its employees. Read more.

*Sources: 2018 College Choice, 2017 Financial Times ranking of the best MBAs for entrepreneurship; US News 2018 MBA Rankings

Want to help out?

To support the program or request more information, contact Tom Schyrver
Contact Us