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 will be in Spring 2018.
APPLICATION deadline will be in Spring 2018.
3-D schematic of Dr. Young Duck Kim's graphene light source
Congratulations to the 2017-2018 Translational Fellows! The following individuals have established their entrepreneurial visions through technical innovation and are in the midst of translational research:
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).
Extended Deadline: Both the Nomination Letter and Presentation are due on March 26 by 11:59 PM to firstname.lastname@example.org.
First Meeting: March 28, 2017 at 11:30AM. Selected Fellows should plan to attend this lunch meeting.
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)
TFP Program Schedule 2017-2018
March 20: Application Deadline
March 27: TFP Fellows Announced
March 28: First meeting of TFP Fellows, introductions, program outline expectations and goals
April 7: Workshop with Adam Royalty, Designer-in-Residence, Columbia University
REQUIRED, Riverside Church Room 430, 2-4PM Register here
April 13-14: Startup Columbia Festival
April 17: The Challenges of Founding a Pre-Clinical Stage Company , 4pm CUMC
April 20: SEAS Third Thursday - Mini Bootcamp for TFP, CVC, Ignition Applicants
Week of April 20, 27: First update, meet with Sam, Chris, or Ivy
May 2: Venture Capital Investing in the Biotech Startup Space, 5pm CUMC
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 2017 and April 2018
2. Conduct 50 new customer interviews per year (agreed upon by group on March 28)
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 2017, March 2018)
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.