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NSF I-Corps Short Course

NSF I-Corps Short Courses are for university researchers interested in exploring the market potential of their work and learning entrepreneurial skills. While exploring your current project, you'll learn to apply the same process to other technologies – now and in your future career. Participants in this free course will learn how to acquire and apply information from the marketplace, customer interviews, and industry partners.

The Short Course features lecture and group breakout work in person, followed by two weeks of remote sessions. At the end of the two weeks, teams present findings at an in-person wrap-up.

If you work with a team, the whole team can participate in the Short Course. Teams already working with industry mentors stand to maximize their experience in the Short Course, but a mentor is not required. Short Course participation is a great way to get connected with the nation-wide NSF I-Corps network of mentors, Sites, Nodes, and programming.

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UAlbany SPEED Program

Housed at University of Albany, the SUNY Program for Experiential and Entrepreneurship Development (SPEED) is a summer internship-based program that provides students an opportunity to gain professional experience at a START-UP NY or Innovate 518 company.  All internships take place in Albany.  This program is open to students who are currently enrolled at any SUNY institution.

Applications are due by February 28, 2018


Leap - Online Community for Women

Leap is an online community for women in tech to talk about whatever we want. Leap has ~1,500+ members who are founders, designers, marketers, software engineers, VCs, women in sales and operations, etc.


E-Team Training Program

E-Team Training Program is a competitive national program that provides up to $25,000 in funding, hands-on workshops, peer networking opportunities, national recognition, and expert coaching for students working to commercialize their high-impact science and technology inventions. Applications are due October 4. Attend our next Informational webinar on September 6.


Venture For America Fellowship

Venture For America is accepting applications for their two-year fellowship program. VFA Fellows spend two years as a full-time salaried employee at startups in emerging US cities getting hands on experience and learning how to build businesses. Deadlines to apply are 10/2/17, 11/27/17 and 1/29/18.


REV Ithaca's Hardware Accelerator

The Hardware Accelerator program at Rev: Ithaca Startup Works is designed to get companies that are developing physical products from sketch to prototype. We're offering up to $2,000 in funding, mentorship, and access to our state-of-the-art prototyping lab, in addition to workshops, weekly meetings, and daily support from experienced instructors. 




2018 e-Fest Challenge

e-Fest® and the Schulze Entrepreneurship Challenge provides a substantial opportunity for undergraduate students to exercise entrepreneurship, network with other emerging entrepreneurial leaders, and gain recognition for their business venture ideas and ability to pitch them effectively.

Team submission deadline: February 1, 2018


New York Business Plan Competition

The New York State Business Plan Competition is a statewide competition. Winners of the regional event go on to the final in in April.

Applications Due 4/11/18.

Last Updated: 3/13/18