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Cornell University

Join the Cornell University VC startup scouts to be part of the vibrant startup ecosystem! Help identify the next great innovation, network with other startup enthusiasts and be part of the University's mission to create positive change.


Cornell University is home to a vibrant startup and venture capital (VC) ecosystem. With access to resources such as Cornell's Entrepreneurship and Innovation Institute, the university's engineering and business programs, and strong alumni networks, aspiring entrepreneurs have the support they need to launch successful startups. Cornell's VC community is made up of a diverse group of individuals, investors, and organizations such as venture capitalists, angel investors, incubators, and accelerator programs. These VCs provide students and alumni with the capital, guidance, and mentorship they need to launch their startups.

One example of a successful Cornell startup is Apprenda, which was started in 2007 by founders Dan Woods and Ryan Schilling. Apprenda is a cloud-native application platform that enables developers to build, deploy, and manage applications in the cloud. It quickly grew in popularity, raising over $90 million in venture capital funding. The company was eventually acquired by Microsoft in 2019.

In addition to venture capital, Cornell also has a thriving angel investor network, which provides early-stage funding to aspiring entrepreneurs. One notable angel investor is Cornell alum, Dan Aks, who founded the private angel group, Early Stage East. The group invests in startups in the Northeastern United States and has backed successful startups such as ClassPass and 30 Second Pitch.

Cornell’s VC ecosystem is further bolstered by its many incubators and accelerators, such as the Cornell Tech Incubator, the eLab Accelerator Program, and the Rev Ithaca Start-Up Works. These programs provide mentorship, resources, access to investors, and networking opportunities for entrepreneurs looking to launch their startups.

Cornell's startup and VC ecosystem is an invaluable resource for aspiring entrepreneurs. With access to the resources provided by the university, investors, and incubators, students and alumni can launch successful startups and make their mark on the world.

As a Scout, You Can...

Kickstart Your Venture Capital Career

Showing your skills in picking successful startups and advising founders is the surest way to build your reputation and secure a venture capital role.

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Help Your Ecosystem Thrive

Your community, region, or group thrives when its founders are given the chance to succeed before going back and reinvesting in their comunities.

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Earn a Share in Startups Without Investing in Them

Earn a share in startups you scout without the funds to invest directly just like a VC partner.

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Monetise Your Content & Community

As a podcaster, community manager, or event organiser you have a front-row seat to interesting startups which you can monetise by helping them fundraise.

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Create a Fairer Society

By identifying under-represented founders you're level the playing field for anyone to success based on merit independent from their social or ethnic background.

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Help Friends Get Funded

Help your friends who are neck-deep in their startups get the funding they need to succeed.

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Grow Your Personal Brand

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Startup Investor?

Are you an investor looking for unique dealflow opportunities? Look no further than Cornell University: the home of groundbreaking innovations and startups ready to make an impact. Reach out to us today and join the network.

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