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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**
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
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
Fall 2014 Events
December 2, 2014
Entrepreneur in Residence Workshop - Jim Moore '95
"Building a Tech Company to Maximize the Outcome"
12:30-2:00PM, Uris Hall 307
December 2, 2014
Innovation and Entrepreneurship at Columbia Program
6:00-9:00PM, Columbia Startup Lab-Wework
December 5, 2014
The Entrepreneurial Greenhouse Program
9:00-5:00PM, Uris Hall 208, 329, 331, 332, 333
November 20, 2014
October 30, 2014
October 31, 2014
October 26, 2014
October 3, 2014
October 3, 2014
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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.
Andrea Wenner '05
Wenner considered several other ventures before developing Out2Play, a nonprofit that builds and refurbishes playgrounds at New York Public Schools.
Andrea Miller '02
After graduation, Miller launched Tango, a multimedia company focused on love and relationships. "Think Sex and the City meets Oprah."