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November 19, 2012

The 2012 Annual Fall Venture Fair

The 2012 Annual Fall Venture Fair


On November 15, The Lang Center held its Annual Fall Venture Fair bringing together over 200 student entrepreneurs and members of the Center’s advisory community for a high-energy evening of pitching, collaboration and networking.

The fair, held this year at Google’s headquarters in New York City, is designed to create a forum similar to a science fair where students are assigned to tables they use to present materials and prototypes representing their venture idea. The interaction with advisors, comprised of entrepreneurs, alumni, industry experts and investors, provides students with the opportunity to practice their sales skills and assess the potential viability of a business with seasoned professionals.

“This year marks the sixteenth year we have held the Fall Venture Fair,” said Professor Murray Low, the director of the Center, during his welcoming remarks. “The interest of entrepreneurship has grown tremendously at Columbia Business School; certainly, hosting this event at Google is an indicator of how much the interest has grown,” he added.

This year’s portfolio of ventures included innovative new apps for social, nutritional and wellness purposes, environmentally-conscious youth hostels, an idea to build educational and engaging K-4 educational animations for children, and a site that allows consumers to buy localized products and services for clients and friends in Asia from anywhere in the world.

Participating advisors were impressed with the caliber and sophistication of the students as well as the variety of the ventures in the room. “It is a rewarding experience to participate in the fair every year,” said small business consultant, Michael Gansl. “It is a great way to understand what current trends or world views are driving our students’ perspectives.”

Established in 1996 with a $1 million gift from Eugene M. Lang MS ’40, the mission of The Eugene Lang Entrepreneurship Center is to instill entrepreneurial thinking in all Columbia Business School students and to create a community of business practitioners with a lifelong commitment to achieving social and economic progress through entrepreneurship.

To learn more about how you can participate and support the Eugene Lang Entrepreneurship Center at Columbia Business School, please contact the Center at entprogcolumbia.edu or at 212 854 3244.


 

Spring 2014 Events

June 17, 2014

Columbia Business Lab Demo and Mentor Appreciation Reception

 

May 27, 2014

Innovation and Entrepreneurship at Columbia Demo Event
6:00-9:00pm
Venue - Morgan Stanley

 

May 21, 2014

Commencement

 

May 8, 2014

Entrepreneurs in Residence Workshop #6
12:30-2:00pm
Uris Hall Classroom 301

 

May 6, 2014

Lang Fund Board Meeting
9:00-2:00pm
Venue TBD

 

April 28, 2014

Greenhouse Class Reunion Dinner
6:00-8:30pm
Felberg Space, Warren Hall

 

April 21, 2014

Spring Venture Showcase
6:30-9:00pm
Uris Hall Classrooms 301, 303, 329, 331, 333

 

April 17, 2014

Brian Cohen Workshop
12:30-2:00pm
Uris Hall Classroom 142

 

April 15, 2014

Entrepreneur in Residence Austin Okere Workshop
12:30-2:00pm
Uris Hall Classroom 140

 

April 14 2014

Columbia Entrepreneurs Lab Deadline

 

April 11, 2014

#StartupColumbia Festival
Columbia University
 

 

April 10, 2014

Entrepreneur in Residence Jim Moore Workshop
12:30-2:00pm
Uris Hall Classroom 332

 

April 8, 2014

Pitch Workshop with David Rose
12:30-2:00pm
Uris Hall Classroom 301

 

April 7, 2014

Spring Venture Showcase Applications Due
MIDNIGHT via Gust

 

April 3, 2014

The Ecademy Awards
3:30-4:30pm
Alfred Lerner Hall Auditorium

 

March 27, 2014

Entrepreneurs in Residence Workshop #3
12:30-2:00pm
Uris Hall Classroom 307

 

March 27, 2014

Columbia Entrepreneurs Lab Event
6:00-9:00pm
Calder Lounge, Uris Hall

 

March 25, 2014

Columbia Entrepreneurs Lab Event
6:00-9:00pm
Uris Hall Classroom 332

 

March 10-20, 2014

Columbia Business Lab Interviews
9:00-6:00pm
Uris Hall Conference Room TBD

 

March 7, 2014

A. Lorne Weil SharkTank Competition
1:00-6:00pm
Uris Hall Classroom 332

 

March 6, 2014

Entrepreneurs in Residence Workshop #2
12:30-2:00pm
Uris Hall Classroom 307

 

February 27, 2014

Entrepreneurs in Residence Workshop #1
12:30-2:00pm
Uris Hall Classroom 307

 

February, 2014 - TBD

Columbia Business Lab Application - Link opens for submissions
(closes Sunday, March 9)

 

February, 2014 - TBD

Columbia Business Lab Info Session
12:30-2:00pm
Uris Hall Classroom 140

 

February 6, 2014

Lang Center Info Session
12:30-2:00pm
Uris Hall Classroom 140

 

February 4, 2014

Columbia Entrepreneurs Lab Lunch 'n' Learn
12:30-2:00pm
Uris Hall Classroom 333

 

February 3, 2014

Entrepreneurial Sounding Board Begins

 

January 13-17, 2014

Lean LaunchPad Block Week Course