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Summer Startup Program

Through exciting programming with industry leaders, tailored advisory support, a network of peers and optional co-working space, the Summer Startup Program fosters a culture of innovation and entrepreneurship for rising second year Columbia Business School students who are committed to advancing their ventures.


Those who meet the following are encouraged to apply:

Participants will be expected to meet with an advisor, define and report in on milestones, make progress on their ventures, and give back to the other teams in the program.

There is no cost to students for program participation.

Summer 2016 Deadlines

Please check back in spring 2016 for application guidelines.

Application Requirements

If you have questions, please contact Sandra Merrill

Interested in working at a start-up over the summer instead?  Contact Mark Jordan in the Career Management Center for MBA-appropriate summer internship opportunities:

Mark Jordan
Associate Director, Business Development
Columbia Business School Career Management Center
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  • Current MBA or EMBA student who will be enrolled at Columbia Business School through the fall semester
  • Defined venture idea including business model and rough market sizing
  • Commitment to work on venture during June through August. Note: those with internships/jobs or taking courses may apply if they plan to work on their venture as well
  • Available and committed to attending several lunch ‘n learn and evening panel events throughout the summer
  • Available and committed to attending two coaching sessions throughout the summer
  • CSL summer applicants may apply as individuals or as formed teams
  • You must apply with at least a well-articulated business plan if not a prototype or minimal viable product
  • All teams must include at least one currently enrolled CBS student who will be returning to campus during the academic year


Innovation and Entrepreneurship @ Columbia provides a platform to develop new ideas by leveraging the cross-functional capabilities and knowledge of the University at large.



Fall 2015 Events

September 29, 2015
12:30 - 2:00 PM 
IE@Columbia Program Information Session

October 1, 2015
12:30 2:00 PM 
Lang Center Information Session

October 6, 2015
1:00 - 2:00 PM 
IE@Columbia Program Information Session

October 7, 2015
7:00 - 9:00 PM 
Startup Networking Night

October 8, 2015
12:30 - 2:00 PM 
Lean LaunchPad Program Information Session

October 26, 2015
6:30 - 8:30 PM 
Entrepreneurs in Residence Program Kick-Off Event 

October 27, 2015
6:30 - 9:00 PM 
Annual Fall Venture Fair 

October 28, 2015
6:00 - 7:15 PM
IE@Columbia Program Information Session

October 29, 2015
12:30 - 2:00 PM
IE@Columbia Program Information Session

November 11, 2015
6:00 - 8:00 PM
Entrepreneurial Alumni Networking Event 

December 2, 2015
6:00 - 9:00 PM
IE@Columbia Program Admissions Event 

December 4, 2015
9:30 - 3:30 PM
The Entrepreneurial Greenhouse Program Admissions Event