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Startup Engine: alumnus coordinates Ithaca business incubator

Written by Hannah Sellers '16

Alec Mitchell '12
No two days are the same in the world of business startups. Alec Mitchell ’12 discovered that in an entrepreneurship class at Ithaca College. The thrill of the unexpected is what led him to accept a new job this past summer as the coordinator of Rev Ithaca Startup Works.
A joint venture by Ithaca College, Cornell University, and Tompkins Cortland Community College, the downtown business incubator provides local entrepreneurs with a workspace, mentor networks, technical resources, and programming.
“It is my goal for Rev to develop as Ithaca’s economic heartbeat,” Mitchell said.
Before working for Rev, Mitchell worked in local wind and solar energy startups. As a senior at IC, he spearheaded his own entrepreneurial project, Ithaca Book Trade, a platform for buying and selling textbooks.
“You don’t have to go to Silicon Valley or New York City to start a company,” he said. “You can do it right here in Ithaca.”



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