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Entrepreneur in Residence Program

The purpose of the Entrepreneur in Residence (EIR) Program is to:

  • Provide helpful advice and guidance to Columbia University students, faculty or staff from across the campus who are launching businesses.
  • Engage successful alumni and other accomplished practitioners in building the entrepreneurship program at Columbia Business School.
  • Provide specific domain (sector/geography) knowledge and expertise.

Individuals will be invited to be an Entrepreneur in Residence every academic year. Professor Clifford Schorer serves as the Director of the program.

A kick-off reception event is scheduled for October 27, 2014. Look out for announcements on individual workshops and pitching opportunities with the EIRs throughout the academic year.

The 2014-2015 Entrepreneur in Residence members are:

Laurence Blumberg '94, MD Syntimmune, Inc.
Jim Moore '95, J. Moore Partners**
Austin Okere, Computer Warehouse Group
Asha Saxena, Future Technologies, Inc
Clifford Schorer, Entrepreneur in Residence Program Director, Columbia Business School*
Wim Sweldens, Kiswe Mobile
Kevin Quinn '91, Genki Advisory
Barbara Roberts, Tiger 21
Derek Lee '08, LG Fairmont

How to Request a Meeting with an Entrepreneur in Residence

  1. REVIEW the Entrepreneur in Residence Biographies and decide who you would like to meet with. You can also watch the video profiles by clicking on the links above right.
  2. To RESERVE A MEETING follow instructions below by each member:

Laurence Blumberg '94 - visit the online schedule
Jim Moore '95 - contact Mayra Reyes to make an appointment
Austin Okere - contact Mayra Reyes to make an appointment
Asha Saxena - visit the online schedule
Clifford Schorer - contact Karla Wexler to make an appointment
Wim Sweldens - visit the online schedule
Kevin Quinn '91- visit the online schedule
Barbara Roberts - visit the online schedule
Derek Lee '08 - visit the online schedule

Have Questions?

Contact Mayra Reyes with any questions regarding the program.

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
Admissions Event
6:00-9:00PM, Columbia Startup Lab-Wework

December 5, 2014

The Entrepreneurial Greenhouse Program
Admissions Event
9:00-5:00PM, Uris Hall 208, 329, 331, 332, 333

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