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December 17, 2013

Columbia Business Lab Entrepreneurs Value Community, Knowledge-sharing and Access

Columbia Business Lab Entrepreneurs Value Community, Knowledge-sharing and Access


It has been six months since the first Columbia Business Lab (CBL) cohort moved out of the office space they shared with nearly 30 other Columbia Business School entrepreneurs. Some of these alumni returned to the Lab recently to reflect on how the experience helped them and their growing businesses.

The Columbia Business Lab launched in 2012 to provide newly-graduated Columbia Business School entrepreneurs office space and continued access to the School’s resources, advisors, and programming.  The group pointed to the supportive community at the Lab, the knowledge-sharing, and frequent access to successful alumni entrepreneurs and other experts, as keys to what makes the Lab an invaluable place to grow a business post-graduation.

Nikhil Bahadur ’12, co-founder of the Blue Nectar Tequila, attributed the camaraderie among the entrepreneurs at the Lab as instrumental to the momentum of his business growth. “It can be scary growing a business alone after graduation,” he explained. “Having a place to go to work with daily contact with other entrepreneurs, helped make the transition easy while we grew our business.” Lenny Beckerman-Rodau ’12, founder of Eventava agreed and sited the space itself as a life-saver for the growth of a budding company.  “The Lab helped us focus on our company by taking the stress of spending limited funds to securing adequate space out of the equation,” he said.

Columbia Business Lab founding co-presidents, Kajal Sanghrajka ’12 and Allison D’Eugenio ’12, stressed knowledge sharing as a key factor to the Lab’s overall culture.  “The few of us with consumer products held sales sessions and helped each other with strategy,” Kajal said. She is working on Kajal London, a company that specializes in one of a kind, designer vintage sunglasses and frames. 

Allison founded InteractAble while at the Lab, a social skill building game for children. “The ability to learn from others is definitely why my business progressed in the early stages and why I was able to continue even at times of uncertainty,” she added. 

CBLers also appreciated Lang Center-supported programming such as the Lunch ‘n’ Learns which brought in alumni entrepreneurs like Jeremy Miller ’10, Becca Brown ’07 and Marc Glosserman ’06 to talk about their companies and share their entrepreneurial journeys.  Monthly events like CBL Happy Hours provided members, current students, alumni and other invited guests an opportunity to meet, greet, and network throughout the year. “Informal connections are just as important as any formal outreach,” said Cup & Compass beverage maker Philip Crouse ’12. “Many CBLers made connections this way and it was mutually beneficial.” 

To learn more about the current group of Columbia Business School entrepreneurs, visit the Columbia Business Lab website.
 

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