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Columbia Shark Tank Competition
The annual Columbia Business School Shark Tank Competition, sponsored by Millennium Technology Value Partners and iNovia Capital, 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. Congratulations to the 2014 winners.
The next Columbia Shark Tank Competition will take place on February 27, 2015, 1:00-3:30pm.
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 channel by February 13 5PM-EST.:
In adddition to the video submission, plaese enter your name to the competition's Google entry list: Submit now.
Step 3: Get your friends to vote between February 13-18, 2015: Vote now.
Six finalists determined by popular vote will move on to the live Shark Tank round
Step 4: Six finalists announced. Finalists submit a business plan to judges on February 19, 2015:
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 at 1:00-3:30pm on February 27, 2015. Winners will be annouced at the event.
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Innovation and Entrepreneurship @ Columbia provides a platform to develop new ideas by leveraging the cross-functional capabilities and knowledge of the University at large.
Ron Gonen '04 EMBA
Gonen came up with the idea for RecycleBank, a start-up that pays households for recycling, when he was a student at Columbia.
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Wenner considered several other ventures before developing Out2Play, a nonprofit that builds and refurbishes playgrounds at New York Public Schools.
Andrea Miller '02
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