Columbia IDE


Design and

Our organization helps students learn about innovation, design, and entrepreneurship helping them build a community, form teams, and supporting promising ideas with funding through competitions. We also provide spaces and other resources for prototyping and testing.

Thank you all for coming to the event! Wednesday, November 15th was Columbia’s annual Fast Pitch competition. Participants provide a one-minute pitch of their start-up to an esteemed panel of judges and alumni. Over 35 teams competed for a $5,000 prize pool to help directly fund their companies and scale their idea. There were three categories, an undergraduate and graduate category along with an audience choice award, and we are excited to share this year’s winners!

Columbia Innovation Forum: 

Immigration and Entrepreneurship

Please join us for an open forum to learn more about entrepreneurship and network with the Columbia University startup community. You’ll hear from Columbia alumni and other experts on their experiences working in the field, how they’ve applied their Columbia experience in their careers, and more.

Register this Fall in one or more entrepreneurship courses to kick off the school year.

2023 – 2024  Academic Year

Fall 2023 

Sep 21  |  Innovation Forum: Welcome Back Entrepreneurs

Oct 11  |  Innovation Forum: Perfect Your Pitch with Pete Slosberg
Oct 12 – Oct 27  |  Start Me Up Bootcamp
Oct 25  |  Ask Me Anything: Fast Pitch 2023
Oct 27  | VC Negotiations workshop with Hugh Thomas
Oct 30  | 
Fast Pitch 2023 application deadline

Nov  15  |  Fast Pitch 2023 competition

Spring 2024

Jan 24  |  Innovation Forum: Immigration and Entrepreneurship

Feb X   |  Ask Me Anything
Feb X   |  Innovation Forum
Feb X   |  Millard Chan ’99 Technology Challenge application deadline

Mar X   |  Innovation Forum

Apr X   |  Millard Chan ’99 Technology Challenge Finalé
Apr X   |  Ignition grant application deadline
Apr X – May X  |  Start Me Up Bootcamp
May X  |  Big Mistakes Founders Make


COI and IP Resources

Two Online Libraries of Commercialization Resources for Faculty & Students

Columbia Grant Clauses Library contains up-to-date clauses relating to entrepreneurship and technology commercialization for use in grant proposal preparation. The library is available here, with UNI logon.

Columbia Commercialization & Entrepreneurial Resources Database is a university-wide resource geared toward providing a comprehensive and searchable list of all entrepreneurially-related activity at Columbia. Available here.


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