Student Agencies Foundation is proud to announce its new sponsorship of Life Changing Labs (LCL), a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization which runs a summer incubator program for Cornell student entrepreneurs. SAF’s support will enable 25-30+ Cornell students to make the most of their summer gaining hands-on experience launching their ventures. Graduates of the summer program include Maidbot, which has raised $3M+ after being part of the LCL15 class two years ago, and many LCL teams participate in Cornell’s eLab accelerator during the academic year.
The Life Changing Labs summer incubator runs for 8 weeks and is particularly unique in that it is open to both founders as well as individual applicants who are matched with LCL startups. The community oriented program is modeled after Y Combinator and brings together the entire cohort over weekly dinners featuring guest speakers who are often notable alumni entrepreneurs, investors, and subject-matter-experts. In addition, structured mentorship is provided each week along with workshops on key topics. Every team works out of the eHub space and gains access to technological resources up to $100,000 in value. The program culminates in an invite-only LCL Pitch Day, where founders present their startups in front of judges for feedback and a seed money prize.
2017 Life Changing Labs Teams
This year's teams include:
Religio: bringing technology to churches to better connect with and grow their membership;
Defined: easiest way to create your personal website with no design and coding knowledge;
Mindshift: guiding your mind into the desired state by altering your physiology;
IH Fund: developing affordable housing with superior design in India;
Puppet Plant: environmental companion motivating you through emotional connections;
Lokals: online marketplace for tourists to book authentic experiences directly with locals;
Wononi: locally made in Ghana, organic skin care products using natural Shea butter, coconut oil, almond oil for treatment; and,
Home: building the mechanical system behind the next generation smart home.
During the academic year, LCL holds regular events to encourage the Cornell student entrepreneurship community to connect and collaborate. Annual events LCL runs include the Life Changing Make-a-Thon and Big Idea Competition in eHub Collegetown. Learn more about Life Changing Labs here.