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Idea Generation Resources at Cornell
Entrepreneurship at Cornell
Entrepreneurship At Cornell is a diverse, university-wide program that finds and fosters the entrepreneurial spirit in participants from every college at Cornell. You can also browse the list of all Cornell startups here.
Rev Ithaca Startup Works
Rev Ithaca Startup Works is a business incubator located in downtown Ithaca. Rev offers entrepreneurs expert advice (from seasoned and successful entrepreneurs) and space to grow their business. Talk to this community of entrepreneurs to find or validate a new idea.
Center for Technology Licensing
Center for Technology Licensing (CTL) is Cornell University's technology transfer office and manages technology innovations for Cornell's Ithaca campus, Weill Cornell Medical Colleges, Cornell Tech, and the New York State Agricultural Experiment station in Geneva. The CTL is looking to bring the University-originated innovations to the marketplace and hence is a great place to find ideas for a tech-based startup.
Primary Research Tools
Qualtrics (at Cornell University)
As part of the Cornell Community you have access to Qualtrics- a survey tool to engage in primary research. The Cornell policy on doing Human Participant Research requires the researchers to secure prior approval from the Institutional Review Board (IRB). You could find survey audience among your classmates, friends, and various clubs at Johnson and/or Cornell.
This is a free resource (with paid options for advance research) to do primary research at the national level in the U.S.
Idea Generation: Tools
Get inspiration from major crowdfunding websites by following products/ideas that are successful in generating funds.
Business Journals and Newspapers
For trend-spotting and articles about new products/services. Selected journals include: Fast Company, Entrepreneur, Industry and Innovation, Business Week, Forbes, The Wall Street Journal, and MIT Technology Review.
Reviewing recent patents can offer a goldmine of ideas. The Engineering Library has excellent suggestions for patent research.
Lists of companies ranked by various criteria
Many publications such as Forbes, Inc. and Fast Company track fastest-growing and “top” companies in different locations or industries. Search library article databases such as Business Source Complete, ProQuest Direct and Factiva to find coverage of how other firms have made their mark.
Use Google Trends tool to see what is currently trending and what has been popular. Try searching "ipod" or "startups".