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Cornell University


Ithaca, NY

Build to Scale Program

Capital Challenge

Project Name

BRV Investor Network

Award Amount

Federal Share

Local Match



Big Red Ventures (BRV) is Cornell’s student-run venture fund. Twenty years of BRV alumni have gone on to found and lead venture funds, and BRV is a key component of a statewide innovation ecosystem that includes EDA Build to Scale Venture Challenge-funded programs, New York state-funded business incubators and innovation competitions, and an active National Science Foundation I-Corps network that helps university innovators launch deep tech startups. The BRV Investor Network (Network) will serve as an upstate-downstate bridge for scalable startups that will attract investors from the global VC community.

The Network increases the flow of capital to seed- and early-stage startups in New York by screening seed- and early-stage companies looking to raise capital, cultivating a network of investors to receive these pitches and increase the flow of capital to these companies and the formation of new investor syndicates; and deploying Cornell’s strengths in investor education and distance learning statewide to increase the number of seed and early-stage investors active in New York state.

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