Cornell has one of the strongest university-wide programs on entrepreneurship in the country. The program “fosters the entrepreneurial spirit in every Cornell participant – in every college, every field, and every stage of life.”
The Cornell Chronicle recently published a great summary of recent activity by Cornell students who start businesses while still in school.
Entrepreneurship@Cornell is the organizing focal point for all of Cornell’s activities.
Typically, an economic downturn leads to a boost in new ventures and entrepreneurial activity because (1) people seek new opportunities after a layoff or in lieu of working for company in trouble, and (2) because the economic downturn often creates openings to new products, services, and “disruptive” technologies. With many well-established companies in a more conservative position, strong upstarts can often find market share.