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August 4, 2014

Columbia Startup Lab-Summer Program Supports Entrepreneurs' Momentum


Approximately 50 Columbia Business School students and their partners representing 30 teams worked on their ventures as members of the Columbia Startup Lab-Summer Program. The aim of CSL-Summer is to foster a culture of innovation and entrepreneurship by providing practical resources and mentorship to burgeoning Columbia Business School entrepreneurs who are committed to their ventures.

The program consisted of one-on-one coaching from business coach and Entrepreneur in Residence, Barbara Roberts, as well as mentorship and programming covering a variety of topics including fundraising, pitching, customer acquisition, branding and legal guidance for startups. Seats at the Harlem Garage were offered free of charge to those student entrepreneurs that required space to work on their ventures over the summer. The Harlem Garage is a dedicated co-working environment near the Morningside campus.

Seth Philips ’15, took advantage of the CSL-summer’s programming and coaching while he interned at FinTech Collective. He particularly enjoyed his sessions with Barbara Roberts. “Barbara knows a lot of people who are active in the NY tech ecosystem and was generously willing to connect me up with a few people. That was invaluable,” Philips said.  Philips is working on writing the fund's investment thesis on Bitcoin at the venture capital fund. This form of digital currency is of most interest to Philips as a business. “The deeper I immersed myself in understanding how Bitcoin works, the more I realized how powerful the system is,” he explained.

Entrepreneurs Connor Wilson ’15 and Nolan Walsh ’15 involved themselves in everything the program offered including working space at Harlem Garage. The partners worked on men’s boot company Thursday Boot Co.  “In building Thursday Boot Co., we had energy and ideas to spare, but time was scarce – the seasonal nature of men’s boots meant we had just four months to launch a logistically complex business,” Wilson said. “With the support of the CSL, we were able to hurdle past many of the common challenges that face a new company and focus instead on building a great product. We started the summer with just a concept. We’ll be leaving with Thursday boots on our feet. That’s a pretty cool feeling.”

A wrap up event is scheduled for the evening of August 12.  Pictures of the event will be posted on the Lang Center’s Facebook page.

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Fall 2014 Events

October 27-29, 2014

#CBSstartups Week

October 27, 2014

Entrepreneurs in Residence Program Kick-Off Event
6:30-8:30PM, Hepburn Lounge, Uris Hall

October 28, 2014

Innovation and Entrepreneurship at Columbia Program Information Session
12:30-2:00PM, Sindeband 414, Engineering School

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
6:30-9:00PM, AppNexus

November 6, 2014

Entrepreneurs in Residence Workshop - Laurence Blumberg '94
12:30-2:00PM, Warren Hall 310

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

The Entrepreneurial Greenhouse Program Application Due
 

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
12:30-2:00PM, Uris Hall 307

December 2, 2014

Innovation and Entrepreneurship at Columbia Program Admissions Event
6:00-9:00PM, Columbia Startup Lab-Wework

December 5, 2014

The Entrepreneurial Greenhouse Program Admissions Event
9:00-5:00PM, Uris Hall 208, 329, 331, 332, 333

 

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