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Program Details

Our Vision

We aspire to be the premier undergraduate donor-supported entrepreneurship program. Students are drawn to our one-of-a-kind immersion because of the opportunity to deeply engage in personal discovery and “drive their own bus” through every phase of the year-long experience.

The Program

The Kessler Fellows Program was established in 2008 as a year-long immersion that focuses on four growth areas:   

  • Academic entrepreneurship education
  • Personal exploration
  • Summer startup experience
  • Reflective symposium

A critical component of the Program is working in a startup or other entrepreneurial environment over the summer on business and engineering projects designed for positive impact - on the company, and you.

Fellows are exposed to the culture and "business wrapper" of their entrepreneurial environment and contribute broadly and deeply to company success. 

Fellows find the networking and contacts made over the summer integral to future success. Many continue to work with their summer partner companies throughout their senior year at Cornell, and some receive full-time job offers upon graduation

To find out how you can participate, attend the sessions noted below:

Students should attend an information session if they are interested in applying, and attend one or more of the symposia if they want to hear about one of the Fellows’ experiences.