eLab is dedicated to accelerating top Cornell University startups. Established in 2008, by Student Agencies Foundation in collaboration with Entrepreneurship at Cornell, eLab has worked with hundreds of students in turning concepts into real businesses which include notable exits.
Each year, we have two major events, the eLab NYC Pitch Event and Demo Day.
Dec. 1st, 2017 eLab NYC Pitch Event
Apr. 2018 Demo Day, part of Entrepreneurship Celebration
Students accepted into eLab are required to enroll in NBA 6230 (1.5 credits) and NBA 6330 (3.0 credits) and will be auto-enrolled by course instructors. In addition, students may enroll in NBA 6860 speaker series (1.0 credit) on their own.
|NBA 6230||Fall||Saturday Bootcamps plus weekly one-on-ones.||Yes|
|NBA 6330 Actualizing Your Startup||Spring||Tuesdays 2:55-4:10 pm plus Bootcamps||Yes|
|NBA 6860 Speaker Series||Spring||Tuesdays 4:25-5:40 pm||Optional|
|Oct. 6-8||Fall Interviews|
|Saturday, Oct. 14||9:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.||Bootcamp 1|
|Saturday, Nov. 11||9:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.||Bootcamp 2|
|Friday, Dec. 1||4:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.||eLab NYC Pitch Event|
|Tuesday, Jan. 30||2:55 p.m. – 4:10 p.m.||Class 1|
|Saturday, Feb. 3||9:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.||Bootcamp 3|
|Tuesday, Feb. 6||2:55 p.m. – 4:10 p.m.||Class 2|
|Tuesday, Feb. 13||2:55 p.m. – 4:10 p.m.||Class 3|
|Tuesday, Feb. 27||2:55 p.m. – 4:10 p.m.||Class 4|
|Tuesday, Mar. 6||2:55 p.m. – 4:10 p.m.||Class 5|
|Tuesday, Mar. 13||2:55 p.m. – 4:10 p.m.||Class 6|
|Saturday, Mar. 17||9:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.||Bootcamp 4|
|Tuesday, Mar. 20||2:55 p.m. – 4:10 p.m.||Class 7|
|Tuesday, Mar. 27||2:55 p.m. – 4:10 p.m.||Class 8|
|Tuesday, Apr. 10||2:55 p.m. – 4:10 p.m.||Class 9|
|Saturday, Apr. 14||9:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.||Bootcamp 5|
|Tuesday, Apr. 17||2:55 p.m. – 4:10 p.m.||Class 10|
|Tuesday, Apr. 24||2:55 p.m. – 4:10 p.m.||Class 11|
|Thursday, Apr. 19||DEMO DAY|
|TBA||NYS Business Plan Competition Finals|
|Tuesday, May 1||2:55 p.m. – 4:10 p.m.||Class 12|
|Tuesday, May 8||2:55 p.m. – 4:10 p.m.||Class 13|
|To Be Scheduled||Spring||Team Communications Workshops|
|To Be Scheduled||Spring||Team Marketing Workshops|
STEP 1: Apply to Program
Teams admitted to eLab will be required to enroll in the course and participate in Bootcamp sessions.
Before starting the application, please review the eLab checklist.
The admission process is competitive and most teams are not admitted. For those not admitted, we have many resources available to help you refine your concepts, strengthen your team, and improve your own entrepreneurial skill set. Click here for pre-eLab options.
eLab presents a unique opportunity to receive classroom credit for doing what you love – developing and growing your startup! Students receive 5.5 credits over the school year split between Fall and Spring semesters.
STEP 2: Fall Programming
Fall programming will focus on customer discovery and the path to product-market fit. For more advanced startups, we have more individualized planning but will still expect all teams to participate in going through an extensive customer discovery process. Students regularly meet with eLab Instructors and engage with eLab alum.
Fall ends with the eLab NYC Pitch Night built to forge relationships between eLab startups and prospective advisors and future mentors.
STEP 3: Winter Break Push & Cuts
Winter break is a golden opportunity to really focus on your startup and get in front of target market customers. We have tools to help eLab startups maximize this valuable time.
Towards the end of Winter break, teams check in with us to provide updates on their progress. This update combined with the team’s performance during Fall semester will determine whether or not the startup continue on to eLab’s Spring Program.
Teams that continue onto Spring semester are eligible to receive $5,000 in investment from eLab.
STEP 4: Spring Programming
Starting Spring semester, we will switch gears bringing in experienced entrepreneurs to connect and advise eLab startups. Teams will be expected to have product-market fit by this time so they may work primarily on sales and pitching skills. We will also determine which “track” each teams should be on – Are they ready to look for investment? Should they be focused on getting into a professional accelerator instead? Is the startup better suited to bootstrap and grow operations rather than look for outside help?
STEP 5: eLab Demo Day
eLab’s Demo Day is one of the highlights during the Entrepreneurship at Cornell Celebration event in April. eLab startups get the opportunity to present their businesses and progress made during the program in front of a large crowd of 300+ people which includes angel and VC investors and many Cornell alumni passionate about entrepreneurship.
STEP 6: Conclusion of Program
eLab’s program concludes in early May.
Outcomes we expect:
All participating teams will learn a great deal and build an outstanding network for immediate or future success!
STEP 7: Transition to eLab Alums
As you become an alumnus of eLab, we will provide mechanisms to share your feedback so we can continue to improve our program. We also encourage all of our alums to remain actively involved in eLab – many have transitioned naturally into eLab mentors, and there will be opportunities to join eLab’s Board of Directors etc. for distinguished contributors.
What We Look For:
pre-eLab Resources and Options
Application Checklist – am I ready for eLab?
If you meet these criteria, click here to apply to eLab.