Cornell Tech and the Jacobs Technion-Cornell Institute are young and growing graduate-level educational institutions in New York City that create pioneering leaders and technologies for the digital age, through research, technology commercialization, and education at the professional Masters, doctoral, and postdoctoral levels. Among the most exciting programs we have on our campus are those that support budding entrepreneurs and facilitate the launching of new startups. We are seeking a new director for those programs.
Startup activity at Cornell Tech has reached a critical mass and is accelerating, with many entrepreneurial faculty, postdocs, and Masters students committed to creating new ventures.
Current related activities include
- the Runway Startup Postdoc program
- the Spinout Clinic and Startup Award program (for Masters student teams that create startups during their Startup Studio experience at Cornell Tech)
- Cornell Tech's co-working space for recently-spun-out startups, and
- experimental programs such as the Founders-in-Residence Program aimed at commercialization of faculty research.
Our new Director will oversee and lead all of this activity.
The new Director will be a critical contributor to the Cornell Tech-Jacobs Institute mission to integrate academic research with external engagement in a wide variety of ways. Among others, these include developing, executing, and improving group clinics to educate and train campus entrepreneurs, and giving individual attention and advice to campus entrepreneurs as specific challenges arise. The Director will also be a crucial bridge between our campus and the broader NYC tech ecosystem.
While supporting all types of campus entrepreneurs, of significant emphasis for the Director will be leading and shaping the Jacobs Institute's Runway Startup Postdoc program, fostering the impact of translational scientific research through startups, and educating and transforming scientists and graduate students into successful entrepreneurs.
This is a 2-year term position with a possibility of renewal based on performance and funding.
Visa sponsorship is not available for this position. The position will report to the Director of the Jacobs Institute, with supervision related to Spinout programs coming from Cornell Tech's Chief Entrepreneurial Officer.
Key responsibilities include
- Developing and improving Runway as a leading, innovative program, including piloting new ideas to support the commercialization of faculty research
- Developing and executing a recurring, yearlong entrepreneurial clinic program that benefits all startup activities at Cornell Tech and the Jacobs Institute
- Organizing on-demand support, advice, and resources (technical, business, legal, financial, and other) for Cornell Tech's community of entrepreneurs
- Represent the Jacobs Institute as an investor in the Runway companies, including serving as an informal board member
- Running and recruiting for the Runway Startup Postdoc program
- Pursuing new ways to further Cornell Tech's entrepreneurial culture
Specific responsibilities include
- Developing and managing entrepreneurial clinics that include topics such as product/market fit, idea generation, evaluating new ideas, team formation, legal entity formation, fundraising, and other educational activities to transform PhDs and academics into successful entrepreneurs
- Facilitating a weekly scrum designed for on-campus founders to share information, give updates, and seek support on their most immediate milestones
- For Runway Startup Postdocs, reviewing weekly progress reports and managing milestone reviews
- For the Runway Startup Postdoc program, providing reports and budget, and coordinating collaboration with students and Studio activities
- Acting as contact person for Cornell HR/Admin and entrepreneurs employed on campus
- Advising campus founders that are engaging in commercialization and spinout activities
- Developing relationships with local organizations and entrepreneurial practitioners that can support on-campus startup activity, including securing pro-bono services with law firms, corporations, service providers, and recruiting mentors and advisors that can create material value-add for Cornell Tech startups
- Developing programs and support for recently-spun-out ventures operating in Cornell Tech's co-working space and other startup spinouts, including helping with recruiting, organizing social and inspirational events, monitoring status reports and updates, and connecting alumni entrepreneurs to the tech ecosystem
- Marketing and branding of the spinout programs, including responsibility for website content and its updates
- Serving as an informal board member for the Runway companies
- Supervising contractual agreements and IP
- Managing alumni community relations
- Working with the Runway Visiting Committee
Required experience and education
- Experience in tech entrepreneurship—experience as founder is highly desirable
- Acquaintance with the academic world and experience in research
- A technical Master's degree in a relevant field; a PhD degree is a big advantage
- An MBA degree is desirable
- At least 3 years of relevant work experience in the tech industry and its key activities, such as product development and management, business development, team building and raising capital
- Experience with mentoring budding entrepreneurs, preferably in an accelerator or incubator setting
- Active involvement and deep connections within the NYC tech ecosystem
- Strong verbal and written communication skills
- Experience creating and executing an entrepreneurial curriculum is desirable
- Evidence of strong organizational, interpersonal and communication skills with managers, peers, and reports
- Evidence of creativity/out of the box thinking
- Leadership through coaching and bridging diverse parties and stakeholders
- Ability to motivate and inspire young entrepreneurs
- Considers the position as an intellectual and leadership challenge in her/his personal career
About theJacobs Institute and the Runway Startup Postdoc program:
The Jacobs Institute at Cornell Tech embodies the academic partnership between the Technion-Israel Institute of Technology and Cornell University on the Cornell Tech campus in New York City. The Jacobs Institute, like Cornell Tech, focuses on creating pioneering leaders and technologies for the digital age, through research, technology commercialization, and graduate-level education at the professional Masters, doctoral and postdoctoral levels. One of the innovative programs initiated by the Jacobs Institute is Runway, started in January 2014. Runway brings recent PhD's to campus for one to three years to develop and leverage their deep technology expertise into significant impact through establishing a new company. The Runway program is governed by a special IP arrangement and investment model in which Jacobs Institute receives a small stake in the company. Runway runs a yearly admission process with applications usually due in February; 4-6 candidates are offered entry into the program. The program involves faculty from Cornell and the Technion and leverages the assets of Cornell Tech, Jacobs Institute and the NYC ecosystem.
University Job Title:Mgr Program
Pay Rate Type:Salary
Contact Name:Connie Park
Number of Openings:1
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