Ph.D. Commercialization Program Timeline and Commitment

What Does the Curriculum Include?

While the fellowship is offered by Cornell Engineering, the curriculum is provided in conjunction with Cornell’s Johnson Graduate School of Management. Fellows will participate in regular workshops, and each fellow will receive one-on-one mentoring from Cornell faculty with entrepreneurial experience. During the course of the semester, students will work with their mentors to identify potential market opportunities for their technology and to develop a strategic business plan for scaling up and going to market. They will be required to regularly report on progress, and must present their final business plan as they would a thesis. Students will learn business strategies and best practices for:

  • Marketing
    Bill Bedell
    "I joined the Commercialization Fellowship because I wanted to get more exposure to thinking entrepreneurially about highly technical problems."

    2016 Fellow Bill Bedell
    PhD Candidate, Robert Frederick Smith School of Chemical and Biomedical Engineering
  • Fundraising
  • Hiring
  • Customer Development
  • Going to Market
  • Supply Chains
  • Intellectual Property Management and much more.

Program Timeline and Commitment

  • Application opens: January 21, 2019
  • Application closes: March 7, 2019
  • Interviews: Week of March 11-15, 2019
  • Offers made and fellowships accepted: Week of March 18, 2019
  • Participate in the NSF I-Corps Teams Program. There are four cohorts taking place in the summer of 2019 and all participants receive funding. (View I-Corps Teams summary and cohort dates.)
  • Participate in the Commercialization Fellowship curriculum: September-November 2019
  • Share your final presentation to a panel for review: December 2019

Students will also have access to alumni, entrepreneurs and business experts in fields related to their product. Access will come in the form of lectures, small Q&A sessions, site visits and private meetings. The fellowship also offers opportunities to participate in Cornell’s Technology Entrepreneurship Club, eHub, leadership training and other existing programs at the University.

In the second half of the program, fellows will be matched with teams of M.B.A. students who will assist in finalizing business and go-to-market plans and in developing potential investor pitch materials.