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Changing Academia. Revolutionizing Industry.

Radical experimentation at the intersection of research, education, and entrepreneurship.

Recently completed your PhD and want to harness your deep tech expertise to start a company? Want to do it in New York City and get funding from day one? Want to build a startup while keeping your academic track record? If so, consider the Runway Startup Postdoc Program.

The Runway Startup Postdoc Program is part business school, part research institution, and part startup incubator. Based at the Jacobs Technion-Cornell Institute, Runway ushers recent PhDs in digital technology fields through a paradigm shift — from an academic mindset to an entrepreneurial outlook.

Startup Postdocs arrive with ideas for unproven products and markets that require time and specialized guidance to develop. These startups demand more than a few months to launch. They need a bit of a “runway.” That’s why our program lasts 12–24 months and incorporates academic and business mentorship.

Runway provides an impressive package valued at $175,000 in the first year and $102,000 in the second year, which includes a salary, research budget, housing allowance, space and more. Learn more about benefits and perks here.

Runway also provides corporate support, and a new approach to Intellectual Property. You can learn more about Runway companies built at Cornell Tech here and more about the Runway program on our FAQ page.

From PhD to Entrepreneur