Millard Chan ’99 Technology Challenge Finale on April 3, 2024
Startup Columbia is a series of campus-wide startup competitions offering non-dilutive cash prizes to the winning teams. The challenge recognizes startups for their solid foundation of applied, solution-focused, and technological innovation with the opportunity to win seed funding for their ventures. Columbia Engineering will provide $50,000 in funding to the top three teams in the challenge and $10,000 for the Engineering for Humanity prize.
Text IQ, a student startup co-founded in 2014 by Apoorv Agarwal, MS ‘08 and PhD ‘16 in computer science, is one of the few technology startups that became profitable in a year. The startup was acquired by Relativity, a global legal and compliance technology company, in 2021.
Three women entrepreneurs discuss perseverance, funding, and honing your concept. Most entrepreneurs would agree that the most difficult stage for any startup venture is getting the idea off the ground. You might have a good product, you might even have a target market, but there are a million questions that come up on the way to turning a great concept into a solid company.
Innovation Forum: Connecting Entrepreneurs, February 1
On Thursday, February 1, Columbia Engineering hosted Connecting Entrepreneurs and welcomed the Columbia Engineering Alumni Association, Dev Shrotri, founder of CloudLex®, Leonard Robinson, a Columbia alumnus who empowers diverse founders in technology. The event provided students an opportunity to connect with founders and expand their entrepreneurial network. Alumni shared their experience with guests and ways to leverage their Columbia experience for their ventures.
Fast Pitch on November 15
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!
2023 – 2024 Calendar of Events
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
Jan 19 | NSF I-Corps Meetup
Jan 24 | Innovation Forum: Immigration and Entrepreneurship
Jan 25 – Feb 9 | Start Me Up Bootcamp
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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