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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)

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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