Entrepreneur Resources

The following directory includes a list of organizations, programs, and reference articles for entrepreneurs.

Cornell Affiliated Resources

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CTL Partnerships

Osage University Partners (OUP)
Osage University Partners (OUP) is a Philadelphia-based venture capital firm that has partnered with over 100 leading universities to make direct investments in their most promising startup companies. OUP specializes in understanding the challenges in commercializing core technologies. They bring together partner institutions’ tech transfer offices such as the Center for Technology Licensing at Cornell University (CTL) and through their experience and insights, share best practices and other valuable programs.

Kairos Ventures
Kairos Ventures is a California-based venture capital firm that invest in early stage startups. Depending on the stage of development and the capital requirements of each venture, Kairos makes investments between $150,000 and $20 Million.

The firm works closely with the Technology Licensing at Cornell University (CTL) on investment opportunity in Cornell-licensed startups.

Red Bear Angels (RBA)
Red Bear Angels (“RBA”) is an investment network that connects Cornell entrepreneurs and Cornell-derived innovations with experienced, successful, and passionate angel investors eager to support them with financial and intellectual capital. RBA leverages an extensive network of Cornell-related resources to source, perform diligence, and drive significant growth and value creation for these early-stage, high-potential companies.

The Center for Technology Licensing at Cornell University (CTL) has partnered with RBA with the goal of connecting Cornell faculty and student researchers and entrepreneurs to capital, angels and mentors, and promoting Cornell research and innovation to the investment and corporate community.

Silicon Catalyst
Silicon Catalyst is the only incubator focused exclusively on accelerating solutions in silicon, building a coalition of in-kind and strategic partners to dramatically reduce the cost and complexity of development. With a world-class network of mentors to advise startups, Silicon Catalyst is helping new semiconductor companies address the challenges in moving from idea to realization. The incubator/accelerator supplies startups with a path to design tools, silicon devices, networking, access to funding, banking and marketing acumen to successfully launch and grow their companies’ novel technology solutions. The Silicon Catalyst Angels was established in July 2019 as a separate organization to provide access to seed and Series A funding for Silicon Catalyst portfolio companies.

The Center for Technology Licensing at Cornell University is developing a partnership with Silicon Catalyst to accelerate the commercialization of semiconductor technologies at Cornell University.

TandemLaunch is a startup foundry and seed fund based in Montreal. TandemLaunch works with brilliant entrepreneurs to build companies around university technologies.

The Center for Technology Licensing at Cornell University (CTL) is partnering with TandemLaunch to assess Cornell technology and match them with team of entrepreneurs.

The Inventor’s Patent Academy (TIPA)
Patents protect inventions so that inventors can focus on their work and be compensated for it. But many people don’t know how to navigate the patenting process, or even where to start.

That’s why The Inventor’s Patent Academy was created. This free, one-of-a-kind, e-learning course aims to help people understand the patenting process and get them ready to apply for their own patent. It also explores challenges inventors may face along the way—particularly those that typically affect women, people of color, veterans, low-income individuals, people with disabilities, and other underrepresented inventors—and provides advice to overcome them. Throughout the program, participants will hear from actual inventors about the challenges they faced and their successes on their journeys to bring ideas to life.

Additional Resources

Canaan Entrepreneur Pitch Workbook
Canaan Partners is a venture capital firm that invests in digital media, communications, mobility, enterprise, biopharmaceuticals, medical devices, digital health, med-tech, and diagnostics sectors.

Canaan workbook provides entrepreneurs with actionable, tactical guidance they need to clearly communicate their business idea.

Cure by Deerfield
Cure is Deerfield’s innovation campus where innovators from across the industry work shoulder to shoulder to develop treatments to eliminate deadly diseases and create new healthcare delivery models to lower cost and improve care for those in need.

Credit Donkey – Financial Resources for Minority Business Owners*
The list contains over 100 resources for grants, low-interest loans, and development assistance for business owners of color, women business owners, and LGBTQ business owners.

Entrepreneurship Guide for Women in Technology Fields
Created by Fairview Microwave, this guide aims to increase women’s presence in the technology industry.

Fora Financial*
Fora Financial provides working capital solutions to small businesses across the country and education small business owners on the latest news and trends.

GENIUS NY is a business accelerator competition for unmanned systems.

Influencer Marketing 101 (Beginner’s Guide) *

SME Pals allows to explore and share ideas, plus offers resources and information to take the next step in your business venture. This article offers strategies to help your startup gain broader exposure.

Luminate Accelerator
Luminate is an optics, photonics, and imaging accelerator program located in Rochester, NY.

Money Geek – Guide to Startup Business Loans and Other Financing *

National Council of Entrepreneurial Tech Transfer
The National Council of Entrepreneurial Tech Transfer (NCET2) is a membership organization of Fortune 500 corporates. Our mission is to discover, develop, and fund the world’s most transformative startups that align with corporate business needs from universities, angel groups, and state funding organizations

Nucleate Bio
Nucleate Bio is a nonprofit bioentrepreneurship program designed to connect scientific trainees and business students and help launch ambitious biotech startups.

NY Academy of Sciences
The NY Academy of Sciences sponsors a number of events and educational series focused on startups.

New York City Economic Development Corporation (NYCEDC)
NYCEDC operates a variety of programs for businesses and entrepreneurs across the city’s industries.

New York State Empire State Development – START-UP NY Program

Open Forum “11 Startup Lessons From A Successful Female CEO” *

Rural Business Investment Program (RBIP)
The Rural Business Investment Program (RBIP) promotes economic development and job creation among individuals and enterprises located in rural areas.

SimplifyLLC *
How to Star an LLC (Beginner’s Guide)

Startup Launch by Entrepreneurship at Cornell and WilmerHale
A guide for startup founders to think early about key items that will set them off on the right legal track addressing the early, pre-fundraising basics.

Syracuse Transactional Law Clinic
The Transactional Law Clinic provides legal services to small businesses, entrepreneurs, and non-profit organizations

This resource provides steps to set up a Limited Liability Company (LLC) in New York, offering guidance and assistance throughout the LLC formation process.



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