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May 12, 2014

The Lang Fund Invests in Five Ventures


The Eugene M. Lang Entrepreneurial Initiative Fund, now in its 18th year of supporting student ventures, announced seed capital investments totaling $200,000 in five student ventures.

The 2014 chosen ventures and their founders are:

Shareswell is a simple and secure platform for gifting stock.
Emily Washkowitz ‘14

Perkla
is a platform of perks and discounts offered to students in stores.
Justin Belmont ’14, Marc Lombardo '14 and Josh Kaplan '14

Try the World
is an online platform to discover and buy international products.
Katerina Vorotova ’14

Yarly
is the easiest solution for getting your photos digitized where you can share and enjoy with family and friends.
Allison Strouse ’14

Kwoller
is an on-demand, personal shopper that keeps consumers’ wallet in mind.
Brian Louko ’14 and Tim Bernal '14

Established in 1996 with a $1 million gift from Eugene M. Lang, MS ’40, the Eugene M. Lang Entrepreneurial Initiative Fund fosters an entrepreneurial environment at Columbia Business School by providing early stage investing opportunities to qualifying student business initiatives.

The investments were chosen from 23 venture proposals submitted by students and presented at the annual Spring Venture Showcase earlier this month. A select group of judges, comprised of alumni, faculty, administrators, entrepreneurs, venture capitalists and other expert professionals evaluated each of the plans, providing feedback and recommendations to the Lang Fund Board.

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