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Lang Scholars Program

About The Program

Structured as an independent study, this summer semester program will pair a single Columbia MBA student with a promising technical team to develop their business during the summer. Scholars will get a chance to work with some of the most talented teams from Columbia University and New York City, helping provide a variety of business functions – marketing, financial modeling, etc – that an MBA student can deliver to a small team.

Lang Scholars will be compensated with three (3) academic credits and the opportunity to work closely with talented early stage technical teams in New York City. No monetary or equity compensation will be awarded to the MBA Lang Scholars for their efforts during the program.

Who Should Apply

The most driven and committed entrepreneurially focused MBAs should apply. The goal of the program is to provide students with a hands-on educational experience building a startup. Thus, technical teams will be expecting a high level of effort and output from their Lang Scholars. If you have the drive and desire to be an entrepreneur and would like to see first hand what it takes to bring a company to the next level, this is the program for you.

Criteria and Acceptance Notification

Lang Scholars will be expected to commit at least 10 hours a week to their technical teams, deliver tangible work on a timely basis, and attend group programming led by Vince Ponzo.

2015 Application deadline TBD. 

Please email the following items to Vince Ponzo with the subject “Lang Scholars Application.”

Applications will consist of:

  • Your resume
  • A letter highlighting your interest in the program and why you think you should be selected (max: 2 pages, double-spaced)


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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
Startup Networking Night

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

November 11, 2015
Entrepreneurial Alumni Networking Event 

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

December 4, 2015
9:00 - 5:00 PM
The Entrepreneurial Greenhouse Program Admissions Event