Startups to Watch: Meet the Founders of OneTapp

Contributor: The Next Zuck

The Next Zuck is a student produced startup show covering college startups.  The show travels to campuses across the country to feature student run startups, investors, accelerators and more.

The founders of OneTapp, Roberto Feldman and Evan Maclin, are revolutionizing the way we connect. Their app, OneTapp, let’s users connect with their friends and professionals on multiple social media sites using one platform. Feldman and Maclin are seniors at Cornell University.

Watch to learn more about their app and their entrepreneurial journey thus far:

Educators: Learn from 3 Universities that Create and Train Entrepreneurs

As young companies have been responsible for a majority of net job growth over the last couple decades, entrepreneurship has increasingly become a fundamental force at universities nationwide. Research from the U.S. Small Business Administration suggests important links between education and venture creation and entrepreneurial performance — to the extent that education can provide both a greater supply of entrepreneurs and higher levels of entrepreneurial performance.

Thus the question remains: how are administrators at the nation’s top universities with the top entrepreneurship programs fostering innovation and building student entrepreneurs from scratch, and what can you learn from their example?

A recent review of three universities with nationally ranked entrepreneurship programs — The University of California, Los Angeles, Cornell University, and the University of Houston — points to these key findings.

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Born in Dorms: Rosie Predicts and Buys Household Items You Need

3 Day Startup explores the journey of student entrepreneurs from all over the world in the ongoing blog series Born in Dorms. Universities are ripe for more innovation: the combination of bright students, open information, and more accessible tech creates an environment where student companies can flourish better than ever before. These highly motivated and driven students share their successes, failures, and everything in between as they navigate the fast-paced world of entrepreneurship in their local communities. Read more about each student’s unique perspective on building a viable company in and around campus.

Rosie, Cornell University

Rosie, Cornell University

Nick Nickitas, a Johnson MBA student at Cornell University cofounded Rosie in September 2012 along with fellow MBA student Jon Ambrose, and Michael Ryzewic, a Columbia alum.

Rosie predicts household items customers need before they run out, and orders them from local grocers and online retailers. Customers can use Rosie on their mobile phones or through Rosie uses patent pending machine learning algorithms to provide a fast and convenient shopping experience for its customers, as well as targeted shopper marketing insights for retailers.

One of the key resources Nickitas and his team have found instrumental to Rosie’s growth and success has been the eLab, Cornell’s business accelerator for high potential startups. “The eLab has provided us with the mentors and resources that have helped to move our company from the idea phase to a product launch. Our mentors from the eLab have introduced us to key industry contacts, as well as top retail experts,” says Nickitas.

In April, Rosie won an accelerator competition called Startup Labs Syracuse, receiving a $150,000 cash prize as well as $50,000 in in-kind marketing resources. Over 100 startups applied to the program and Rosie was among the five finalists that competed in the final demo day. While this was a big milestone for Rosie, Nickitas says their biggest accomplishment to date is transacting their first order. “We completed our first end-to-end order with the system in March to order food for our company’s first annual offsite retreat. This order was the culmination of seven months of hard work, and our team couldn’t be prouder of what we have accomplished.”

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3 Day Startup Cornell Recap

3DS Cornell organizers, mentors, and panelists recap the 3DS weekend and give an overview of the entrepreneurial ecosystem on campus.

This was Cornell’s second student led 3 Day Startup program. In 2011, two companies emerged from the inaugural program, including Vantageous Video, which went on Dreamit Ventures.

Many of the teams from 2012 are still working on their ideas from the weekend. Check out some of these startups from 3DS Cornell Fall 2012:

  • Rosie, an app that predicts household items before you run out and orders them from local grocers and online retailers.
  • RedPencere, a college preparation service specifically designed for international students. RedPencere connects top international students who are interested in studying in the US to consultants and counselors.
  • PartyHere, a simple way to find out where the nearest party is in your network.