Runway Startup Postdoc
Have you recently received a PhD in the digital technologies? Do you dream of launching a business, but don’t know how to get it off the ground? Would you like funding for your company from the get-go? If you’re nodding vigorously to all these questions keep reading.
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, that includes a salary, research budget, housing allowance, space and more. In addition, the Startup Postdoc receives significant benefits and perks and corporate support.
We accept top PhDs who have graduated within the last five years, and PhD candidates nearing the end of their programs. Startup Postdocs are interested in the application of digital technologies in a broad sense. The faculty at the Jacobs Technion-Cornell Institute and Cornell Tech includes experts in connective media, health technology, security and privacy, computer vision and a number of other fields. We tend to select Startup Postdocs with related backgrounds so they can take advantage of the excellent resources and mentors already here. Check out our faculty and the Runway companies that have already launched. If you think you qualify, please apply. Also, feel free to reach out with questions.
We open applications October 15th 2018, close applications February 15th 2019 and accepted applicants are announced on April 15th 2019 to begin August 15th, 2019.