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Columbia Startup Lab - Summer

    The Columbia Startup Lab Summer (CSL Summer) Program is designed for rising second year Columbia Business School students who are looking to advance their venture over the summer months. Through programming, advisory support, a network of peers and optional co-working space, it is the aim of CSL Summer to foster a culture of innovation and entrepreneurship by providing practical resources and mentorship to Columbia Business School entrepreneurs who are committed to their ventures.


    Those who meet the following are encouraged to apply:

    • 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 members 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.

    2015 Deadlines

    Applications Due: 11:59PM, Tuesday, February 24, 2015 - Complete Application.
    Selection Committee Application Review: February 25-March 6, 2015
    Admission Decisions Announced: By week of March 9, 2015

    Application Requirements

    • 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

    If you have questions, please submit to 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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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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