Every entrepreneur is pushed forward by the drive to fill an unmet need. Finding solutions to real-world problems is why we invent, build, and grow. At the first annual Cornell Entrepreneurship Summit, some of the world’s most innovative minds will share their experiences addressing complex challenges and paving new solutions. They will provide insights from their own achievements, as well as looking ahead to the problems we must tackle next. What are you solving?
David J. Skorton is president of Cornell University. He is also past chair of the Business-Higher Education Forum, life member of the Council on Foreign Relations, and a member of the board of the Association of American Medical Colleges. Before Cornell, he served as president of the University of Iowa. Skorton is a board-certified cardiologist and Master of the American College of Cardiology.
Chairman of Tata Sons since 1991, Ratan Tata is Chairman of the major Tata companies and has overseen immense growth of Tata Group’s revenues. Tata is also associated with many companies and organizations around the world, including industry, government, education, and philanthropy.
Sorkin is the New York Times’ chief mergers and acquisitions reporter and is the creator and editor of The New York Times DealBook, a daily online financial report. Sorkin is also the author of NYTimes Bestseller “Too Big To Fail” and a co-anchor of CNBC‘s “Squawk Box.”
Scott Belsky, founder and CEO of Behance, is an advocate for technology and community and author of national bestseller “Making Ideas Happen.” Serving on the Entrepreneurship@Cornell Advisory Council, he is a frequent guest lecturer at Cornell, Harvard, UC Berkeley, VCU Brand center, and others.
Lance Collins is the Joseph Silbert Dean of Engineering at Cornell, which he joined in 2002 following 11 years on the chemical engineering faculty at Pennsylvania State University. He was director of the Sibley School of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering from 2005 to 2010, when he was named Dean.
Yahoo’s former VP of Local Markets and Commerce, Jennifer Dulski is the Global Head of Product Search/Shopping, Product Management at Google. A co-founder and CEO of Center’d, a local search and discovery engine, Dulski also founded The Dealmap, a repository for daily deals, which was recently acquired by Google.
Steven Gal is a career entrepreneur and dedicated educator who has founded, funded, built and/or turned around six technology companies. He is currently a visiting professor at Johnson and serves as Chair of the Entrepreneurship@Cornell Advisory Council.
Vice Provost and Founding Dean of the CornellNYC Tech Campus, Huttenlocher is the Dean of the Faculty of Computing and Information Science. At the Xerox Palo Alto Research Center, he founded the Image Understanding Group and served on the senior management team.
Andy Kessler, co-founder of Velocity Capital and author of Wall Street Meat, Running Money, How We Got Here, and The End of Medicine, is a frequent contributor to the Wall Street Journal. He also writes for the NYTimes Op-Ed section, Wired, Forbes Magazine, LA Times, and The Weekly Standard.
Peter Knight, Partner at Generation Investment Management, has held senior positions on four presidential campaigns, including serving as the Campaign Manager for the 1996 re-election of President Clinton. In addition, Knight currently serves as a director on a number of public and private company boards and he is also a member of the Board of Directors of the National Park Foundation.
Founder of Kroll, Inc., which was sold to Marsh & McLellan in 2004, Jules Kroll became well known to Wall Street due to his investigative due dilligence work in the financial sector. In 2008, he founded Kroll Bond Rating Agency and K2Global Consulting with his son, Jeremy. Kroll was named “Cornell Entrepreneur of the Year” in 2003.
Professor Bob Langer, head of Langer Lab at MIT and the most cited engineer in history, has written over 1,130 articles and holds approximately 800 patents. Having received over 200 major awards, Dr. Langer has been recognized as a leader in biotech by Forbes, Bio World, Discover, TIME, and others.
McGovern is Chairman and CEO of McGovern Capital, LLC, and was named “Cornell Entrepreneur of the Year” in 2007. He has founded 15 companies, 6 of which have become world/category leaders. He founded and currently serves as Chairman and CEO of The Water Initiative.
Micah Rosenbloom, co-founder of Brontes Technologies, Inc. and CEO of Novophage, is a mentor at TechStars and serves on the Entrepreneurship@Cornell Advisory Council. Rosenbloom also cofounded Handshake.com/SDBS and worked for Endeavor, a talent agency in Hollywood.
Sophie Vandebroek, Xerox’s CTO and President of the Xerox Innovation Group, oversees research centers around the globe. A Fellow of the IEEE, Vandebroek has received many awards, including from the Belgium National Science Foundation, and is an inductee of the Women in Tech Int’l Hall of Fame.
Renowned inventor and entrepreneur Jay Walker is chairman of Walker Digital, founder of Priceline.com and curator and chairman of TEDMED. Serving on the boards of a number of renowned organizations, Walker has been recognized twice by TIME magazine as one of the TIME Digital 50 and was named “Cornell Entrepreneur of the Year” in 2009.
Joseph Ziskin joined IBM Corporate Strategy at the end of 2006. His responsibilities include developing strategies for new business opportunities/business models and improving operations focusing on service delivery, service platforms, and ecosystems. He works across IBM to drive strategy efforts in the areas of Cloud Computing Business Models, Networks, and Mobility/Wireless.
Located in the heart of New York's vibrant Times Square District and designed by Renzo Piano, the space houses a gorgeous state-of-the-art auditorium that creates an intimate setting for the Cornell Entrepreneurship Summit. The venue also features an airy lobby and downstairs hall for networking and refueling.
Student Agencies Foundation provides Cornell students with the opportunity to gain practical experience in entrepreneurship and business management and earn a substantial portion of the cost of a Cornell education. The Foundation advances this mission by supporting Student Agencies, Inc., eLab and Popshop.
WilmerHale provides the legal guidance entrepreneurs need to go from start-up to success, through strategic intellectual property protection, venture capital financing, IPO and beyond.
Red Antler is a branding and design consultancy specializing in startups and new ventures. Working with clients such as One Kings Lane, Tasting Table, and StumbleUpon, Red Antler partners with new businesses on strategic positioning, naming, brand identity design, user experience, and web design.
Canaan Partners invests in entrepreneurs and works alongside them to turn visionary ideas into valuable companies. Since 1987, the firm has catalyzed the growth of disruptive technology startups and healthcare companies. With $3.5 billion under management and more than 85 acquisitions and 53 IPOs, Canaan maintains a presence in New York, Silicon Valley, India and Israel.
The Manhattan Chamber of Commerce (MCC) is a membership organization that supports the business community by advocating for positive business legislation, hosting networking events and seminars, expanding marketing opportunities and international outreach. MCC’s mission is to advocate for, connect and educate the business community in Manhattan.
Cornell Entrepreneur Network (CEN) is the university’s professional business network. CEN offers events throughout the country, valuable networking opportunities, online webinars and live streaming that feature world-class alumni industry leaders as speakers on timely topics.