Life changing labs summer incubator

(powered by Student Agencies Foundation)

For founders and aspiring founders. For movers, shakers, and doers. A summer program for those who seek to do all the above.

Application Deadlines: 

Regular (Founders and Life Changers): April 14th, 2018 at 11:59 PM



  • 8 week program open to Cornell students and alumni (June 8th – August 3rd for 2018)

  • Mentorship from top entrepreneurs and advisors

  • Community of founders and startups

  • Resources up to $100,000+ in value for every LCL startup

  • 0% equity and no obligation in return – once you’re part of the LCL network, you receive all benefits absolutely free!

  • (NEW!) Option for up to $3,000 in seed funding to help cover summer living expenses


  • Weekly Dinners (Y Combinator Style)

  • Weekly Talks (“Life Changing Talk in 50 Minutes Or Less”)

  • Weekly Stand-ups (1-on-1 status checks and mentorship)

  • Weekly Pitch Practice and KPI Reviews

  • Invite-only Pitch Day


In addition, LCL startups will benefit by being better positioned to gain admittance to the Cornell eLab accelerator program during the school year to further grow their business while earning up to 5.5 credits.

If you do not have a startup, you may still apply to our summer internship program to join the LCL management team and/or get matched up with opportunities with LCL startups in our network!


Do you have an idea or want to start a company?

Are you interested in startups and want to work with one?


Past guests and Advisors

Startups at LCL receive support from a world-class network of advisors and mentors. LCL invites exceptional entrepreneurs and investors to connect with Cornell student founders.


Zach Shulman

Director of Entrepreneurship at Cornell  

Zach is the Director of Entrepreneurship at Cornell, a university-wide program office and also Managing Partner at Cayuga Venture Fund. He currently serves as a Director of Primet, Advion, StormBlok, Chequed, e2e Materials and Cheribundi. Previously, Zach was General Counsel at a technology startup that raised considerable venture capital, but ultimately suffered when the tech bubble burst. Prior to that he practiced corporate law at Ropes & Gray in Boston and Harris Beach in Ithaca. 

Morgan Beller  

Andreesen Horowitz Partner

Morgan Beller is a Partner at Andreesen Horowitz. At a16z, Morgan works on the Deal & Research team with her eye on consumer venture deals. In the past, Morgan worked at High Line Venture Partners, Cornell’s NYC Tech Campus, and eBay. At eBay, Morgan worked on crafting, building, and rolling out features to a page that sees 200M daily users. While at Cornell, Morgan helped found the PopShop, a student-run co-working space.

John Alexander

CBORD Group Founder & Chairman

John E. Alexander founded CBORD Group, Inc. in 1975 and served as its Chief Executive Officer / Chairman until its acquisition in 2008 for $367 million. John built CBORD from a handful of part-time employees to a corporation employing more than 240 people and serving over 4,000 clients worldwide. John has been a limited partner in the Cayuga Venture Fund since its inception and serves on Tompkins Financial Corp.’s board of directors.


Scott Belsky

Behance Founder, Pinterest & Uber Investor

Scott Belsky an entrepreneur and best-selling author, who is co-founder of the online portfolio platform, Behance, was the featured guest at the first official LCL Monthly event presented by Life Changing Labs. Scott was included in Fast Company’s “100 Most Creative People in Business” list and he is an active angel investor and advisor in companies including Pinterest, Warby Parker, and Uber (plus many others). His company, Behance Inc., was acquired by Adobe (for $150M) and Scott became Vice President of Creative Community at Adobe.

Jeremy Blum

Google Hardware Astronaut & Author of “Exploring Arduino” 

Jeremy Blum is a “Hardware Astronaut” at Google [x], where he designs electronics for Google Glass and works intimately with the Glass product/industrial design teams. He’s also the author of “Exploring Arduino,” a highly-acclaimed book that uses the Arduino platform to teach electrical engineering and human-computer interaction design. Jeremy designed early 3D-printer electronics for MakerBot, built a solar-powered house, assembled robotic construction workers, crafted LED lightbulbs and fiber optics that bring sunlight indoors, and invented novel methods for controlling prosthetic arms, among many other things. IEEE has namedJeremy the “new face of electrical engineering.”

JB Osborne

Red Antler Co-founder & CEO

JB Osborne started his career at Saatchi & Saatchi, working for clients such as Procter & Gamble and award winning launch of Air Tahiti Nui. In August 2007, JB founded Red Antler, where he works with clients on brand positioning, business strategy and marketing. Red Antler has worked with notable clients including VEVO, StumbleUpon, Maria Sharapova, Behance, and dozens of others. JB is an advisor and board member to several startups, and serves on the Entrepreneurship at Cornell Advisory Council.


Eric Young

Canaan Partners Co-founder and Managing Partner

Eric Young co-founded Canaan Partners in 1987, a venture capital firm with not over $3.5 billion under management, and since then he has led investments in numerous market-leading tech companies, helping them grow from inception to exit. Eric has partnered with startups that have defined their industries: Argon Networks, Capstone Turbine, Copper Mountain Networks, Cortina Systems, Diffusion Software, Enpirion, Frame Technology, International Network Services, Kalpana, ONI Systems, SandForce, Spectrian and Visigenic Software. 


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