Celebration, Entrepreneurship at Cornell's two-day conference, took place on April 27 and 28. Student Agencies Foundation was the underwriting sponsor of the event, which was an impressive success, as it brought countless entrepreneurs, both students and alumni, to visibility at Cornell. This event also allowed students to take advantage of the symposiums and events that hosted these entrepreneurs.
Many parts of Celebration took place in eHub's Collegetown location, allowing students and visitors to meet the people behind different business ideas. There were three events that were planned by affiliates of Student Agencies Foundation, including Shark Tank, Demo Day, and the SAI Networking Reception.
The Shark Tank panel brought in three successful Cornell entrepreneurs, Yve-Car Momperousse (MA '14) of Kreyol Essence, Tim Delisle (MHA ’15) of Datalogue, and Sean Neville (MBA '02) of Healthwick, and gave them the opportunity to share their businesses with a room of notable alumni and entrepreneurial students. Demo Day gave the eLab teams year an opportunity to pitch their startup ideas to an audience of Cornell students, alumni, and entrepreneurs. A few of the student startups from the eLab class of 2017 are:
CamaronesHostels, a startup focused on standardization for hostels in Mexico;
Comake, a startup that accesses filed and information based on contextual and relational searching for architectural firms;
Dimitri, which focuses on facilitating the buying and selling of customizable 3D models; and
XBoard, which created the world’s first electrical skateboard.
The SAI Networking Reception brought the new student managers of the Student Agencies businesses to eHub where they set up tables with products from their businesses to showcase their undertakings from this past year.
Lance Collins, Dean of the College of Engineering and Chair of the Entrepreneurship at Cornell governing board, says "the spirit of entrepreneurship is thriving at Cornell, with expanding programs and more students than ever taking part in related classes, eHub (our fabulous co-working space), competitions, eLab (our student business accelerator program), and internships." This energetic, idea-filled community, invited hundreds of people to the extremely successful Entrepreneurship at Cornell Celebration.