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Columbia Startup Lab

Columbia Startup Lab-WeWork (CSL) is the Columbia University young-alumni co-working space located on the ground floor of the WeWork Soho West, located at 69 Charlton Street.  It is a cross-school initiative between Columbia Entrepreneurship, the Columbia Law School, the Engineering School, Columbia College, and the School of International and Public Affairs.

CSL hosts 71 seats for graduating entrepreneurs across Columbia University, many of which are dedicated to Columbia Business School entrepreneurs.  A competitive selection process takes place during the Spring semester.

Apply now for the June 3, 2015 start date in the Columbia Startup Lab (CSL).

Application Process, Details & Dates

Applications Due: 11:59PM March 8, 2015 - Submit now.

  • Teams must select one Columbia University-affiliated founding member, from the above mentioned schools to apply.
  • Only one application per team will be considered, regardless of the school in which the founder is affiliated.

Weeks of March 9 & 16

  • Selection committee comprised of faculty and staff involved in entrepreneurship at Columbia will review applications

Week of March 23

  • If deemed eligible, teams will be required to have an in-person interview with member(s) of the selection committee.

Week of April 6

  • Admissions decisions announced


CSL is open to young alumni founders and their teams from each of the partner schools listed above who are committed to working on their venture full-time.  Eligibility details follow:

  • Columbia Business School: February & May 2015 graduates (EMBA & Full-time)
  • October 2014 graduates (EMBA only – must not have been part of the 2014-2015 CSL cohort)

Contact Sandra Merrill at with questions.

Liz Wilkes '13 of Exubrancy talks about the Columbia Startup Lab.

Schedule a CSL-Tour

Columbia Business School students and alumni interested in taking a brief look at the Columbia Startup Lab are welcome to sign up for a tour. Tours are currently available from February through April, 2015. Registration is required to attend.

General questions on the space and admissions requirements will be answered during the tour.  Visit the CSL photo gallery.

Quick Facts About CSL

  • Admitted teams may spend up to 1 year in the space but are required to commit to a minimum of 4 months.
  • The space is administered by WeWork and includes: furnishings (desk & chair), WiFi, water/coffee, cleaning/maintenance and access to common facilities across the global WeWork network.
  • CSL provides ongoing workshops, office hours, networking events, and community building activities to help resident ventures advance their businesses.  All CSL teams are encouraged to participate.
  • Columbia University affiliated tenants are required to commit to a four-month term in the space at a rate of $150 per month/per seat. Non-Columbia University team members will be required to make a contribution of $400 per month/per seat

Summer Fellowship Program

The Summer Fellowship Program enables MBA students to contribute management expertise to growing startup organizations.

Apply by April 6th>


Spring 2015 Events

March 13, 2015

Columbia Startup Lab - Summer
Admission Decisions

March 19, 2015

Entrepreneur in Residence Workshop - Asha Saxena
"Big Data"
12:30-2:00PM, Uris Hall 142 - Register

March 23-31, 2015

Columbia Startup Lab - WeWork

March 26, 2015

Entrepreneur in Residence Workshop - Barbara Roberts
12:30-2:00PM, Uris Hall 307 - Register

April 3, 2015

Columbia Startup Lab - WeWork
Deliberations, Alumni Center, 302 Kluge Room

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 - Apply Now

April 9, 2015

David Rose ' 83 Investor Pitch Workshop
12:30-2:00PM, Uris Hall 331- Register

April 16, 2015

Entrepreneur in Residence Workshop - Kevin Quinn '91
"Spring Training for Entrepreneurs: Avoiding Unforced Errors"
12:30-2:00PM, Warren Hall 209 - Register

April 20, 2015

Spring Venture Showcase
6:00-9:00PM, Columbia Startup Lab-WeWork SoHo West, 69 Charlton Street

April 22, 2015

NY TechDay
10:00-5:30PM, Pier 92

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

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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