Pre-Phase: Matching Candidates With Cornell Faculty Inventors

We are looking for candidates who dream big and take risks, want to become a CEO, CSO, or CTO founder, and want to take their entrepreneurial skills to the next level. The Ignite Fellow for New Ventures pre-phase allows any candidates with Ph.D. and master’s degrees to select an eligible Cornell technology from our database and connect with the Cornell inventor, if selected, to partner on a technology venture before applying to the open application cycle.


If you are eligible and interested in starting a company out of one of the Cornell technologies below, follow these steps:

  1. Fill out and submit the pre-selecting form (you can find it under each technology description)
  2. The Ignite team will review your application and will match potential candidates with faculty-inventor
  3. If you are a match, you will receive a request to interview with the faculty-inventor
  4. Once both the candidate and the faculty-inventor agree to work together, apply to the program as applicants and future co-founders. Learn more here.

Cornell Innovations

Learn about current innovations with the potential to become a venture.

Submit interest to connect
Submit interest to connect
Submit interest to connect
Submit interest to connect

Application Schedule

Application Period Opens: November 13, 2023
Application Period Closes: March 29, 2024, at 5 p.m.

Selection: End of May 2024
Starting Date: July/August 2024


Once matched with a faculty-inventor, return to the main Fellow for New Ventures page to apply to the program.


Contact information

Lynda Inséqué
Technology and Venture Initiatives & Engagement

Aaron Delahanty
Technology Acceleration and Venture

Applications for the 2024 cycle are now open.