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October 23, 2012

Venture for India Launches in October 2012

Venture for India (VFI), a program in collaboration with Columbia Business School, strives to enhance the Indian entrepreneurial ecosystem by training talented Indian graduates to become enterprise builders and job creators and helping high potential companies grow.


Venture for India (VFI), a program in collaboration with Columbia Business School, strives to enhance the Indian entrepreneurial ecosystem by training talented Indian graduates to become enterprise builders and job creators and helping high potential companies grow. We bridge the gap between companies and worthy top graduates. At VFI we feel that enterprising college graduates crave hands-on business experience to learn how to develop a business and create value. While many promising high potential businesses struggle to identify, recruit, and enlist talented students, due to the lack of resources, brand equity and scale to engage in on-campus recruiting.

Short-listing valuable students with high potential, training them, and placing them in the right company, is what we aim to do. The ultimate goal is that a substantial proportion of VFI Fellows will become successful entrepreneurs, preferably rooted in the communities to which they are assigned. VFI's purpose is job generation - our immediate goal is to generate jobs in India by helping companies expand and training a critical mass of our top graduates so that they themselves become business builders and job creators.

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Fall 2014 Events

October 14, 2014

Lean LaunchPad Information Session
12:30-2:00PM, Warren Hall 310

October 17, 2014

Annual Fall Venture Fair Executive Summaries Due
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October 27, 2014

Entrepreneurs in Residence Program Kick-Off Event
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October 28, 2014

Innovation and Entrepreneurship at Columbia Program Information Session
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October 28, 2014

Innovation and Entrepreneurship at Columbia Program Information Session
6:00-7:15PM, HSC LL107, CU Medical Center

October 29, 2014

Annual Fall Venture Fair
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Entrepreneurs in Residence Workshop - Laurence Blumberg '94
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November 11, 2014

"Pitch to an Entrepreneur in Residence" Session
12:30-2:00PM, Uris Hall 140

November 13, 2014

Entrepreneur in Residence Workshop - Wim Sweldens
12:30-2:00PM, Uris Hall 307

November 16, 2014

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November 18, 2014

Entrepreneur in Residence Workshop - Asha Saxena
12:30-2:00PM, Uris Hall 307

December 2, 2014

Entrepreneur in Residence Workshop - Jim Moore '95
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December 2, 2014

Innovation and Entrepreneurship at Columbia Program Admissions Event
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December 5, 2014

The Entrepreneurial Greenhouse Program Admissions Event
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