eLab presents the new cohort of student startups
Following a competitive application process, eLab, Cornell’s student startup accelerator, has announced the 20 student teams selected to participate in the 2021-2022 cohort.
Over the coming year, these aspiring startup founders will take entrepreneurship bootcamps, engage in customer discovery – the process of interviewing potential customers to determine product / market fit – and refine their skills. business plans and gain valuable mentorship from eLab alumni and accomplished executives while earning college credit. At the end of the rigorous program, participants are ready to take the next step in their entrepreneurial journey – in any direction.
eLab culminates with Demo Day, a pitch presentation at the annual meeting Entrepreneurship at Cornell Festival in April. The founders present their business ideas and progress to a crowd of hundreds, including venture capitalists and former Cornell entrepreneurs.
“This year’s cohort highlights the wide range of interests and passions that is Cornell,” said Ken Rother, CEO of eLab and speaker at Cornell SC Johnson College of Business. “We are delighted that they have chosen eLab to be part of their entrepreneurial journey over the coming year. “
Launched in 2008, eLab is a collaboration between the Foundation of student agencies and entrepreneurship at Cornell which has propelled many startups to great success. Alumni understand the grocery store e-commerce platform Rosie and Produce Pay, which closed $ 10 million in Series A funding and $ 43 million in Series C funding, respectively, in the past year.
Several alumni maintain their links with eLab by participating in the program Advisory councils, comprised of mentors who work closely with participants by asking tough questions, providing key feedback, and giving students the practice of working with a board. This year, 18 of the mentors are alumni of eLabs – an asset for new eLab student entrepreneurs.
“We intend to access the knowledge and resources that we have seen help many brilliant ideas come to fruition,” said Nnaemeka Nwankpa ’22 of food storage start-up ColdStaxx. “In addition, we hope to join and contribute to our group of entrepreneurs within the Cornell community.
Students and startups participating in the eLab 2021-22:
- Aabix Company creates a hardware device and associated application to provide owners with live data and early notification of maintenance issues in residential real estate properties. Jérémy Mathurin, MBA ’22; Alex Weiss ’24; Will Salcedo ’23; and Kushagra Jain ’23.
- Afritrip Advisors Morocco is a travel concierge that offers private and personalized trips throughout Morocco and is currently aiming to promote its service to travel counselors based in the United States. Ghali Jorio ’22.
- Access creates the world’s first smallholder-focused data platform, working to bridge the digital divide between smallholder farmers and large-scale agriculture. Somil Aggarawal ’22; doctoral student Fernando Galvan; and Kristinko Mato ’23.
- CodeBozu is an edtech platform that teaches programming through small interactive tutorials. Rishi Malhotra ’23; Maitreyi Chatterjee ’23; and Jerry Wu ’22.
- ColdStaxx solves food storage problems by introducing innovative practical lockers to get rid of refrigerator clutter. Nnaemeka Nwankpa ’22 and Alec Dinwiddie ’22.
- First Water Technology Co. provides water production facilities with a simple pre-treatment step, which will adapt existing water treatment systems to lower quality water sources. Doctoral student Marcin Sawczuk.
- Fresh Alternative Farms (FreshAF) is a development and management company of controlled environment agricultural facilities. Jonas Helmer ’22.
- Grimm City Investors is a real estate development company focused on the sustainable development of socially conscious, economically empowered and environmentally friendly communities through multi-family, hotel and cannabis investments, including its sister brand High Life luxury cannabis. Cody Perez, MBA ’22.
- Hi is a platform that helps colleges and universities go beyond their applicant pool to fill their classrooms with the students they want. PhD student Christian Sprague.
- MediHub iIt’s an easy-to-use platform that simplifies and improves hospital diagnostic processes. archishman Sravankumar ’22; Atreya Iyer, M.Eng. ’22; and James Meyers ’22.
- MyNatur, Inc is a website and mobile app that calculates your carbon footprint using your credit card purchases and allows you to neutralize your footprint through carbon offset projects and donations to environmental associations. David Jones, MMH ’22.
- Relearn is a student-run class group app that doesn’t require invitations; create study sessions anywhere 24/7; and applies live collaboration and machine learning to improve student memory. Ryan Tremblay ’22.
- REVVV SWIMMING is a durable, athletic swimwear line for women who appreciate both style and the active life. Cristina Aguayo, MBA ’23.
- RheoHero provides a solution for college basketball athletic coaches to quickly secure athletes’ ankles without limiting their mobility, while providing support against torsion injuries. Doctoral students Karan Vishwanath and Ludovico Cestarollo.
- Shopala has a mission to help buyers invest in quality, durable and practical items with a low cost per garment to help people save money and live more sustainably. Nandita Kathiresan ’24 and Dara Berman ’23.
- StaffOnTap is a digital platform that instantly addresses the planning needs of long-term care providers by connecting them to temporary nurses in the region. Kayla Foley, MBA ’22 and Jasheah Howard, M.Eng. ’22
- Telie is a social app that helps you discover and choose what to watch with friends. Alanna Zhou ’22; Olivia ’22; Li ’22; Cindy Huang ’22; and Haiying Weng ’22.
- Land astrotours seeks to offer unique tourist experiences by connecting observatories and research astronomers with groups of tourists for an extraordinary educational commitment. PhD student and MBA student Jacquelyn Linevsky.
- THE SWIMMING POOL is a fashion-focused workplace designed to provide studio space and expensive machinery for recent fashion school graduates. Jackson Kwon ’22 and Rebeca Boudet ’22.
- The brains of yoga is a 200 hour online yoga teacher training program. Andrew Abaria, MBA ’22.
From sustainable swimwear to farmer-centric data, this diverse group of start-up students will present their first business arguments and plans at eLab’s annual conference. NYC Pitch Night the 11th of November.
Grace Collins is a writer for the Center for Regional Economic Advancement.