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.

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.


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

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

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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