A Bright Future for eHub
On September 24th, after months of construction, eHub opened its doors to the Cornell community's entrepreneurial spirits. An open, flexible, dynamic collaboration and co-working space, eHub fosters entrepreneurship for the entire Cornell community. Already, over 2,500 Cornell students have signed up to be a part of eHub.
The space boasts glass-enclosed conference rooms with TV monitors, white boards, and ample room making it an ideal location for group collaboration.
Peter Cortle ('11), the eHub director, remarked, “It’s been a nice surprise to see so many students sign up to be a member of eHub so quickly and also the amount of activity we already have.”
Activities at eHub are already in full swing. Every Monday, Life Changing Labs hosts community events in the multipurpose space bringing together dozens of entrepreneurial students on a regular basis. Late in October, eHub was the venue for “Half-Baked,” an event where students pitched ideas not yet fully developed. There was an excellent turnout of more than 80 students late on a Friday night.
Pam Chueh ('17), architecture student and coordinator of "Half-Baked," states that she "has come to realize that in order to spark and build movement, you first need a space for people to come together face-to-face." Pam says that eHub gave her the opportunity to embrace this shared community space that she sees as the "Living Room" of Cornell.
Student startups have also been able to take advantage of the eHub space for pursuing their venture. This includes companies part of the eLab accelerator, established by SAF with Entrepreneurship at Cornell, that fully utilized the space for their all-day bootcamps. Teams were able to work alongside their counterparts side by side and receive coaching from eLab instructors in eHub.
Upcoming activities at eHub will surely add to the excitement for the future of Cornell entrepreneurship with many engaging events already on the calendar. In January, there will be the Veterinary school’s biggest event of the year, the Animal Hackathon, in eHub. In February, Life Changing Labs will host the Life Changing Makeathon that will bring 200+ students to build physical prototypes over a weekend. Next April, Entrepreneurship at Cornell will move the Big Idea Competition during Celebration to eHub Collegetown. Cortle also noted that the number of guest speakers and office hours will be ramped up to meet the increasing demands of students.
SAF, eLab, and SAI alumni are encouraged to visit eHub Collegetown during Celebration, the annual two-day eship conference, that will take place April 27th and 28th of this year. In addition, eHub Collegetown will host the Opening reception the evening before on Wednesday, April 26th which you are all welcomed to attend!