To empower student entrepreneurship at Cornell.



Life Changing Labs (LCL) is the summer incubator and entrepreneurship network for students at Cornell University. LCL is run and managed by students, for students, year-round with guidance from its Board of Directors.

Thank you so much for the best summer ever. LCL is both a close-knit community and an amazing network — a network composed of inspiring and supportive mentors plus peers who share my entrepreneurial ambitions.
— Vini Tripathii, Founder, Invictus BCI

During the summertime, LCL runs the eight-week week incubator program for passionate Cornell founders committed to the growth of their ventures with complete focus.


3500+ Students

Impacted By LCL Run Programs


51 Startups

Participated In LCL Incubator


$14.3+ Million

Raised By LCL Supported Startups


All throughout the year, LCL hosts regular community dinners to bring founders and interested students together to discuss the trials, tribulations, and triumphs of their entrepreneur journey, and to support one another. LCL also runs the largest undergraduate competition at Cornell University, the BIG Idea Competition.

If you are a student with curiosity and capability and, most importantly, commitment to be a part of our growing community of LCL alumni and students, connect with our team through one of our core initiatives and events.


LCL alumni have gone on to work at many top startups and companies including:

Amazon | Bessemer Venture Partners | Bloomberg | Facebook | Google | Microsoft | Palantir | Uber | Udacity


Our Story

Peter Cortle founded Life Changing Labs years ago when he saw an unmet need in bringing together students from across disciplines, to pursue entrepreneurship. At that time, there were no summertime programs for student entrepreneurs at Cornell University.

With $0 in funding but a whole lot of determination, Peter launched LCL to the the first summer incubator program for Cornell students. The first group of misfits -- 7 engineering, design, and business students -- were quickly brought together to work side-by-side to pursue and launch ideas, together. A startup launched that very summer would eventually lead to an acquisition.

Since the first year, LCL has achieved significant growth in all areas: most recently supporting 55 students in a single summer thanks to sponsors and supporters who believes in the organization. To date, LCL supported companies have raised more than $14 million.

Besides seeing LCL participants accomplish amazing things, Peter is most proud of the fact that LCL has established a tight-knit and growing community of alumni and students who continue to support one another, long after they have left campus.



From its humble beginnings with 7 students to over 2500+ students impacted through LCL led initiatives, Life Changing Labs is poised to make an even greater impact on founders and students moving forward.

If you are interested in being part of our story and growth moving forward, please email to find out how you can get involved. LCL is a registered 501(c)3 non-profit organization.