The Hacker Tour 2012 – an eight-week national bus tour designed to connect fast-growing startups and tech companies to top computer science and engineering students across the country – rolled into Ithaca last night to visit Cornell’s Pop Shop.
Says Jesse McElwain, Pop Shop general manager: “We started Pop Shop to encourage entrepreneurially minded students to meet each other face to face and start talking about how to commercialize their ideas. It kind of catalyzed the entrepreneurial spirit and forged new relationships, in a way we never expected. We host events, meet-ups, networking socials and anything else.
“The second I heard that Hacker Tour’s first stop was at Cornell, I knew that Pop Shop should host an event – we represent a collection of the most talented entrepreneurs on campus. At Cornell, there’s plenty of students interested in startups, and plenty with startups of their own. With the Tech Campus, all eyes are turned on entrepreneurship, and it’s certainly the time for it!”