SEAS Translational Fellows
The TFP program supports 20% of the salary of selected SEAS postdoctoral researchers and research scientists for one year. This is a competitive, nomination-based postdoctoral research program that funds selected fellows for one day per week, providing them with the opportunity to pursue commercialization of a technology that originated in SEAS research. The program provides mentoring resources, conflict-of-interest (COI) management, and other support to maximize the opportunity to create a new venture. The TFP aligns resources available through Columbia’s entrepreneurial ecosystem to accelerate the pace of technology translation.
APPLICATION deadline is February 12, 2019
APPLICATION deadline is February 12, 2019
3-D schematic of Dr. Young Duck Kim's graphene light source
1. Nomination Letter: Applicants must be nominated by their research advisor via a nomination letter that addresses the selection criteria.
2. Presentation: The postdoctoral applicant must provide a presentation (in person as well as documentation, PDF preferred) providing an explanation of the idea/technology, addressing the selection criteria, and including information about the applicant’s motivation and suitability for exploring their technology’s commercialization. The presentation should be no more than 10 slides (see Slide Guidelines below).
Deadline: Both the Nomination Letter and Presentation are due on February 12 by 11:59 PM to firstname.lastname@example.org.
First Meeting: Week of February 25, 2019. Accepted fellows will be notified of the exact time.
Selection Criteria: Applications will be reviewed by the Selection Committee, comprised of SEAS faculty, alumni, and industry experts. Proposals will be evaluated based on:
TFP Slide Guidelines for Presentation, 8-10 slides in PDF format
About You. Your background and what motivates your involvement in entrepreneurship and the TFP program. (1 slide)
Context. What problem does your technology address? Who is going to care about this? Why is this problem important? (1 slide)
Technology. Solution to the problem. What’s your big idea? Include the scientific background, technology status, references to IP, and publications. (2–3 slides)
Confidentiality Statement: Please indicate here (at the top of Technology slides) if you are including confidential information that has not been publicly disclosed. If you indicate yes, we will send the application to Columbia Technology Ventures (CTV) to ensure all IP is protected before external reviewers see your application.
Path to Market. What is your path to the market? Please include any prototypes, proof of principle, and the technology-readiness status. How far are you from a commercial product? What are the current barriers or risks to commercialization? (1–2 slides)
Milestones and Metrics. What milestones do you intend to reach over the next year? What metrics will you use to measure your success? (1–2 slides)
Plan. What do you want to accomplish, including expectations and value building in the year-long Translational Fellows Program? (1 slide)
Congratulations to our 2018-2019 fellows!
TFP Program Schedule 2017-2018
March 27: Application Deadline
April 1: TFP Fellows Announced
Week of April 2: First meeting of TFP Fellows, introductions, program outline expectations and goals
April 5-6 Startup Columbia Festival
April 20: SEAS Start Me Up Mini Bootcamp for TFP, CVC, Ignition Applicants
Week of April 20, 27: First update, meet with Sam, Chris, or Ivy
April-May TBD: Tour of Columbia Startup Lab and first Happy Hour Meeting.
Columbia Startup Lab, 69 Charlton St
Week of September 12: Midpoint Presentations evaluated by Faculty members, Entrepreneurship Advisory Board Members, and Executives in Residence Columbia Technology Ventures
March, 2018: Final pitch to Faculty members, Entrepreneurship Advisory Board Members, and Executives in Residence from Columbia Technology Ventures
1. Attend at least 6 organized events or substitutes before September, 6 more between September 2018 and April 2019
2. Conduct 50 new customer interviews per year (agreed upon by group)
See the short book, Talking to Humans, for guidelines.
3. Have 1 meeting with an Executive in Residence at CTV during the spring, summer, and fall semesters
4. Have 1 meeting with Sam or Chris during the spring, summer, and fall semesters
5. Have 1 meeting with Ivy during the spring, and fall semesters
6. Midpoint and Final Presentations (September 2018, March 2019)
a. Present Business Model Canvas and progress to Dean Boyce, Chris, Sam, Advisors, CTV, Executives in Residence, and any Entrepreneurship Advisory members in attendance
b. Participate in internal presentations or meetups to be scheduled every 6-8 weeks.