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Cornell Entrepreneur in Residence

The Cornell Entrepreneur in Residence (EIR) program focuses on mentoring and advising Cornell-connected startups and aspiring entrepreneurs.

The EIR actively works with entrepreneurially minded members of the Cornell community including Johnson School students, students from other Cornell programs, faculty, staff, and alumni. The EIR assists these constituents in developing proposed business ideas (including business plan review), solidifying business strategy, identifying market position, securing intellectual property, and obtaining funding. The EIR mentors and advises startups, particularly those in the early stages of development and those seeking to commercialize Cornell technology. In addition, the EIR works with aspiring Cornell entrepreneurs to move potential ventures from the idea phase to startup, and helps Cornell inventors (including professors and PhD students) create businesses around Cornell technology.

Tom Schryver is the EiR for 2012/2013.  Mr. Schryver is an experienced entrepreneur having served as a startup founder and senior executive of high-growth companies. Tom has successfully structured new companies and raised capital in the form of private venture capital and venture debt as well as grants and loans from local, state and federal agencies. He has managed accounting and compliance functions from initial startup through successful financial audits by national accounting firms, and helped guide company strategy, growth and development. Previously, he was Director of Finance for the Triad Foundation, where he was responsible for overseeing all financial operations of the Foundation, including accounting, audit, and investing the Foundation's $250mm portfolio. In that role he started hedge fund and private equity programs and led the Foundation to top-quartile investment returns. Prior to Triad, he worked with UBS Investment Bank in their technology group and with Banc of America Securities (Bank of America's investment banking subsidiary) in leveraged finance. He has experience working with non-profits in multiple capacities from advisory roles to serving as Board President for a $2.5mm/year human services organization.

Tom has an AB from Cornell University and an MBA from Cornell's Johnson Graduate School of Management, where he was a recipient of the Albert J. Fried Fellowship for Leadership and Academic Excellence. He is a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA).

Tom is typically on campus Wednesday afternoons from 1:30pm to 4:30pm located in Rm 320, Sage Hall beginning September 5th.  Please visit http://meetme.so/tschryver to make an appointment.

 

Tom can be contacted at tps1@cornell.edu.