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November 14, 2013

The Fall Venture Fair: A 'Science Fair for Entrepreneurs'

The Fall Venture Fair: A 'Science Fair for Entrepreneurs'

On November 12, more than 40 student entrepreneurs showcased their businesses at the Annual Lang Center Fall Venture Fair at AppNexus’s New York headquarters. Over 100 alumni, mentors, advisors, entrepreneurs, and investors were on hand to hear the students pitch their concepts and provide feedback. 

The Annual Fall Venture Fair provides students with the opportunity to present their ideas and receive critical feedback from members of our community in a fun and energized forum.   This year’s Venture Fair featured student startups in a variety of industries including food, technology, media, healthcare, fashion, retail and sports.

First year student and aspiring entrepreneur Christina Sarelakos ’15, showcased a customizable lotion company called “The Lab” which offers preventative, anti-aging products to young adults. "The Lang Center’s Fall Venture Fair gave me the chance to receive honest feedback on my venture. I left the evening with some great ideas on how to take my vision from concept to consumer,” Christina said. “Columbia Business School has allowed me tap into an entrepreneurial network that I had little access to before, and this has been a defining characteristic of my first year so far."

Participants were encouraged to contribute to the live twitter feed using hashtag #EntProgFair for a chance to win a goodie bag full of Columbia Business School swag. Tweets were instantly displayed on the monitors around the room.  Elizabeth Allina ’14 tweeted “what a great evening! So much inspiration in this room!” with handle tiny_updates. Entrepreneur Andy Smith, a Principal of Vonavona Ventures used kabbenbock to post “I can't think of anything more energizing than spending an evening with eager creative and smart entrepreneurs.”

Elliot Koss ’14, Founder & CEO of Entertainment Hound, a social discovery platform for film and television, was moved by the experience. "I love seeing the amazing ideas that my classmates are working on,” he explained. “The fair is a great opportunity for the CBS community to get together and celebrate new ventures. It's always inspiring.”

Adjunct Professor David Lerner, Director of Entrepreneurship at Columbia University, has served as a venture fair advisor for over 10 years. “The energy and enthusiasm, coupled with the setting at AppNexus was like no other Lang Venture Fair I'd been to,” Professor Lerner said. “The Columbia entrepreneurship ecosystem is on a roll."  

Fall Venture Fair Photo Gallery:

Featured Video

Robert Reffkin '03, founder and CEO of Urban Compass, reflects on the power of the Columbia Business School network and recalls a personal leadership course that helped him follow his passion.


Fall 2014 Events

September 23, 2014

Lang Center Information Session

September 30, 2014

Innovation and Entrepreneurship at Columbia Program Information Session
12:30-2:00PM (Columbia Business School)

October 27, 2014

Entrepreneurs in Residence Program Kick-Off Event

October 28, 2014

Innovation and Entrepreneurship at Columbia Program Information Session
12:30-2:00PM (Engineering School) and 6:00-7:15PM (CU Medical Center)

October 29, 2014

Annual Fall Venture Fair

November 6, 2014

Entrepreneurs in Residence Workshop - Laurence Blumberg '94

November 11, 2014

"Pitch to an Entrepreneur in Residence" Session

November 13, 2014

Entrepreneur in Residence Workshop - Wim Sweldens

November 18, 2014

Entrepreneur in Residence Workshop - Asha Saxena

November 20, 2014

The Entrepreneurial Greenhouse Program Peer-voting Event

December 2, 2014

Entrepreneur in Residence Workshop - Jim Moore '95

December 5, 2014

The Entrepreneurial Greenhouse Program Admissions Event