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Columbia Shark Tank Competition

 

 

The annual Columbia Shark Tank Competition is a student initiative managed and run by the Columbia Entrepreneurs Organization (CEO). The competition encourages Columbia Business School students to explore creative entrepreneurial ideas while learning firsthand what goes into the development and presentation of a solid business proposal.  Two winners will be selected and awarded $7,000 each.

The 2014 Finalists

Matchee: Rob Li '15, Rachel Hu  & Leo Chen
Opportunity Network: Brian Pallas '14
Perkla: Justin Belmont '14, Marc Lombardo '14 & Josh Kaplan '14
SmartDecor: Yuri Kretzmann '15
Wandering Bear Cold-brew Coffee: Ben Gordon '15 & Matt Bachmann '15
Yarly: Allison Strouse '14

Congratulations to this year's winners.

2014 Competition Schedule
**2015 dates pending**

Agenda
Round 1: Online Video Competition
 
Feb 14 – Videos due by 5PM (link now closed)
 
Feb 14-19 – Voting
 
Feb 20 - Six finalists announced
 
Round 2: Shark Tank
 
Mar 7 – Finalists pitch to judges
 
Refreshments will be provided

How it Works

The participating team must have at least one member that is a current Columbia Business School student (full time or EMBA). That student must have a significant role in the proposed business entity. Teams may consist of one to four people.

Step 1: Make a 60 second business pitch video
(Videos should be labeled as either a business in “concept/beginning stage” or “developed stage”)
 
Step 2: Upload your video on Columbia’s Shark Tank YouTube page Feb 7-14
(Upload instructions and link to YouTube page will be announced Feb 7; link now closed)
VIDEO SUBMISSION DEADLINE IS FRIDAY, FEB 14 BY 5PM
 
Step 3: Get your friends to vote Feb 14-19!
(Six finalists determined by popular vote will move on to the live Shark Tank round)
 
Step 4: Six finalists submit a business plan to judges by Feb 27
(Three from “concept/beginning” stage and three from “developed stage”)
 
Step 5: Each finalist will have 20 minutes to convince shark judges that they deserve $7,000 on Mar 7, 1-3:30 PM
 

2014 Judges

The Lang Center and the Columbia Entrepreneurs Organization wishes to thank this year's judges:

Alicia Syrett, Pantegrion Capital
Barbara Roberts, Columbia Community Business Program
Dan Burstein, Millennium Technology Ventures
Evan Denner, Campus Evolution
Geoff Judge, iNovia Capital
Soo-jin Kim, INCLUED.COM

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Spring 2015 Events

January 11, 2015

Lean LaunchPad Block Week Class
Orientation
6:00-8:00PM

January 12-16, 2015

Lean LaunchPad Block Week Class
Professors Steve Blank and Bob Dorf
9:00-5:30PM

January 13, 2015

Lean LaunchPad-Steve Blank (Moderated by Faculty Director Sheena Iyengar)
Alumni Event
6:00-9:00PM, Columbia Startup Lab-WeWork SoHo West, 69 Charlton Street

January 27, 2015

Lang Center Info Session
12:30-2:00PM

February 22, 2015

Columbia Startup Lab-Summer
Applications Due By 11:59PM

February 24, 2015

Summer Fellowship Program
Info Session
12:30-2:00PM

February 25-March 6, 2015

Columbia Startup Lab-Summer
Interviews
12:30-2:00PM

February 26, 2015

Entrepreneur in Residence Workshop - topic to be announced
12:30-2:00PM

February 27, 2015

Columbia Shark Tank Competition
Led by the CEO
12:30-5:00PM

March 3, 2015

David S. Rose '83 Investor Pitch Workshop
12:30-2:00PM

March 5, 2015

Entrepreneur in Residence Workshop - topic to be announced
12:30-2:00PM

March 8, 2015

Columbia Startup Lab - WeWork
Applications Due By 11:59PM

March 13, 2015

Columbia Startup Lab - Summer
Admission Decisions

March 23-31, 2015

Columbia Startup Lab - WeWork
Interviews

March 26, 2015

Entrepreneur in Residence Workshop - topic to be announced
12:30-2:00PM

April 3, 2015

Columbia Startup Lab - WeWork
Deliberations

April 5, 2015

Spring Venture Showcase
Applications Due By 11:59PM

April 6, 2015

Columbia Startup Lab - WeWork
Decisions Announced

April 6, 2015

Summer Fellowship Program
Applications Due By 11:59PM

April 9, 2015

Entrepreneur in Residence Workshop - topic to be announced
12:30-2:00PM

April 20, 2015

Spring Venture Showcase
6:30-9:00PM

April 22, 2015

Inaugural Lang Advisory Board Dinner
6:30-8:30PM

April 23-24, 2015

#Startup Columbia Festival

April 24, 2015

Summer Fellowship Program
Selected Students Announced

April 27, 2015

Entrepreneurial Greenhouse Program
Annual Alumni Reception
6:30-9:00PM

May 5, 2015

Lang Fund Board Meeting

May 5, 2015

Innovation and Entrepreneurship at Columbia
Demo Event
6:30-9:00PM, Morgan Stanley

May 20, 2015

Columbia University Commencement

 

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