Startup Columbia 2024

The Millard Chan ’99 Technology Challenge is part of Startup Columbia, a series of campus-wide startup competitions offering non-dilutive cash prizes to the winning teams.

Millard Chan '99 Technology Track

The  Millard Chan ’99 Technology Challenge invites entries for business models based on a solid foundation of applied, solution-focused, technological innovation. Submissions for this track focus on product development, innovative design, and “builder” technologies including data analytics, biomedical solutions, software, or hardware. As always, cross-disciplinary teams are strongly encouraged. The challenge is open to all Columbia University students and recent alumni (five years or less from their most recent degree). Teams must have one Columbia Engineering founder member (recent alumni or student). Teams may only enter one challenge per year.

Technology track awards sponsored by Millard Chan ’99

🥇 First place: $25,000

🥈 Second place: $15,000

🥉 Third place: $10,000

The Engineering for Humanity award is given to entrepreneurs that demonstrate a passion for creating impact through their business sponsored by Columbia Engineering

🏅 Prize pool of $10,000

Deadlines

February 9, 2024: Round 1 submission

March 20, 2024: Round 2 submission

April 3, 2024: Round 3 in-person finals

Open Track

The StartupColumbia Challenge is open to all Columbia University students and recent alumni (five years or less from their recent degree) who are working on a startup. This Challenge aims to promote entrepreneurship across the greater Columbia undergraduate community by offering Columbia founders the opportunity to develop their pitches, create a minimum viable product, and present to early-stage investors.

Open Prize awards sponsored by Columbia Entrepreneurship

🥇 First place: $15,000

🥈 Second place: $10,000

🥉 Third place: $5,000

Undergraduate awards sponsored by Columbia College

🥇 First place: $15,000

🥈 Second place: $10,000

🥉 Third place: $5,000

Note: Undergraduates who are awarded an undergraduate prize are NOT eligible for the open prize (each team can only win ONE prize).

Deadline

February 9, 2024: Round 1 submission

Startup Columbia Technology Challenge Winning Teams