The Center for Technology Licensing (CTL) is Cornell University's technology transfer office. We manage technology for Cornell's Ithaca campus, Weill Cornell Medicine, Cornell Tech, and Cornell AgriTech in Geneva.

Entrepreneur Resources

The following list includes organizations, programs, funding sources, and startup resources for entrepreneurs.


Ithaca Campus-Based (listed alphabetically)

Biotech Center for Advanced Technology (CAT)
The CAT provides $50,000 grant for PIs in Life Sciences, and coordinates NSF I-Corps workshops that are customized toward promoting biotechnology development.

Blackstone LaunchPad
The Blackstone Launchpad at Cornell is a node of the global Blackstone LaunchPad entrepreneurship program and accessible by over 500,000 students, designed to support and mentor students, staff and alumni – and is a program under Entrepreneurship at Cornell.

CCMR Jumpstart Grant
The Cornell Center for Materials Research (CCMR) provides $5,000 to New York based companies for collaborations with Cornell researchers.

Commercialization Fellows Program
Offers an opportunity for engineering PhD students to take a deep dive into the commercialization process and potential real-world applications of University inventions.

Cornell BEST Program
Helps PhD students and postdoctoral scholars make the most informed decisions possible, including entrepreneurship.

Cornell eLab
eLab is an accelerator program for Cornell student startups. Students accepted into the eLab receive a $5,000 investment, additional services to launch a business, and the ability to earn up to 5.5 credits working on their startups at eLab.

Cornell Food Venture Center
Provides comprehensive assistance to food entrepreneurs’ business, product, and process development; product safety; and commercialization.

IGNITE Cornell Research Gap Funding Program
IGNITE- Cornell Research Gap Funding Program is supported by the Office of the Vice Provost for Research (“OVPR”) with funding from operation budget and also generous donations. The goal of the IGNITE program is to accelerate and advance technologies in Cornell research labs and startup companies to their next inflection point on their development and commercialization path to societal benefit.

Entrepreneurship at Cornell
The gateway for everything entrepreneurial at Cornell University. Offers Cornell-wide connections to programs, facilities and funding information.
Entrepreneurship Law Clinic
A program under the Cornell Law School that provides free legal services to Ithaca-area entrepreneurs and startups who are not yet ready to engage paid legal counsel.

Kevin M. McGovern Family Center for Venture Development in the Life Sciences
Located in Weill Hall on the Ithaca campus, fosters and develops Cornell life science startup companies.

Praxis Center for Venture Development
Located in Duffield Hall on the Ithaca campus and introduced in 2018, fosters and develops Cornell startups based on discoveries in Engineering and the Physical Sciences.

Rev: Ithaca Startup Works
Rev is a startup incubator offering business mentorship, workspace, and startup resources for any new or growing business that will create jobs in the Ithaca community and was created by a partnership between Cornell University, Ithaca College and Tompkins Cortland Community College.

Scale Up Prototyping Awards
Offers grants up to $40,000 to Engineering faculty and students to support research teams exploring early stage technology and ideas with commercial promise.

UNY I-Corps Node
The Upstate New York I-Corps Node is a member of the NSF National Innovation Network. The Node offers NSF I-Corps training via both short and long formats and presents a path to further funding and participation in the program on the national level.

Cornell Tech Campus-Based (listed alphabetically)

Research Entrepreneur Program
This program supports the commercialization of technologies by Cornell Tech faculty, by exploring market opportunities with a dedicated individual focused on transitioning research into entrepreneurship.

Runway Startup Post Docs
The 12-36 month Runway Startup program targets recent PhD graduates looking to commercialize their high-tech research and includes funding, in-kind benefits, access to equipment, mentorship and office space.

Startup Studio
For Master’s students at Cornell Tech, Studio is comprised of an intensely immersive, interdisciplinary team experiences that provide its students with hands on, real-world skills that challenge and expand their roles in their chosen fields.

Weill Cornell Medicine Campus-Based (listed alphabetically)

Bridge Medicines
A fully funded, professionally staffed biotech company that moves breakthrough research discoveries from partnering institutions including Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, The Rockefeller University, and Weill Cornell Medicine to the patient by bringing the best in modern drug discovery to the service of academic medicine.

Office of BioPharma Alliances and Research Collaborations (BPARC)
BPARC works together with CTL to market, generate, and structure new opportunities for business development, startups, and translational research alliances with the life science and biopharma sectors. BPARC also offers the following subsidiary programs:

  • Bioventure eLab
    Serves members of the Weill Cornell Medicine community seeking to become the next generation of leaders in life science industries and build new ventures. The eLab provides access to resources, training and mentorship in biomedical entrepreneurship.

  • Daedalus Fund
    Launched in 2014, Weill Cornell Medicine’s Daedalus Fund for Innovation designed to advance early stage applied and translational research projects that have significant commercial potential.

  • $100K Biomedical Business Plan Challenge
    For entrepreneurial scientists from the Weill Cornell Medicine Campus. Participation includes an 8 week intensive mentoring program to build and refine your business plan and pitch.

Tri Institutional Therapeutics Discovery Institute
Made up of Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, The Rockefeller University and Weill Cornell Medicine (Tri-I) TDI provides industrial-scale technical support for academic projects, making it possible to rapidly assess the utility of specific therapeutic targets in disease-relevant contexts.