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Structured as a semester-long independent study for second-year students, the Lang Scholars program pairs 10 to 12 selected Columbia Business School students with the 10 to 12 companies in the Entrepreneurs Roundtable Accelerator (ERA) Winter 2016 cohort. Students benefit by experiencing entrepreneurship in a live setting, being exposed to the network and resources ERA brings to their cohort, and building relationships with dynamic, early-stage companies and mentors that are part of the NYC entrepreneurial ecosystem. ERA companies benefit by gaining access to the world-class business knowledge, experience and talent of Columbia Business School MBAs.
Each selected student is expected to spend 10 hours a week over the spring 2016 semester working with his or her paired company on a variety of business functions – marketing, financial modeling, market sizing, strategy formulation. The type of work done is at the discretion of your paired ERA company and is based on their needs at that point in time.
Students are expected to treat the Lang Scholars program as a professional career opportunity and a learning experience no different from that of a formal class or a formal internship. The honor code and all other behavioral and ethical expectations of Columbia Business School students apply. Students are also reminded that they will be acting as representatives and ambassadors of the Lang Center and Columbia Business School’s brand while participating in this program.
The application deadline has passed.
Participating students will be notified of acceptance to the program no later than January 7, 2016. This is the first day of add/drop. It is highly recommended that you bid on classes as you normally would. If you are accepted into the Lang Scholars Program, you can then drop a class and add the Lang Scholars Program as an independent study. OSA will work with the 10 to 12 accepted students to refund any bid points.
The ERA Winter cohort runs from January 4, 2016 through April 22, 2016. Students will be expected to start with their team during the first full week of classes, January 25, 2016, but are encouraged to begin earlier if possible.
Second-year students with a demonstrated interest in entrepreneurship, a strong work ethic, an ability to juggle multiple priorities and an ability to work well with others in a fast-paced and dynamic environment. Ability to commit to the 10 hours a week of work over the course of the semester is also a requirement, as the teams Lang Scholars are paired with will be factoring this commitment into their resource planning.
Flexibility, interpersonal skills, communication skills, leadership skills, perseverance and the ability to thrive in uncertain situations and unstructured environments are also strongly favored.
The application deadline has passed.
Please note that acceptance into the Lang Scholar’s program is at the discretion of the Lang Center director and Independent Study sponsor Vincent Ponzo. Application for the program is no promise of acceptance.
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The Lang Center proudly partnered with Techstars NYC for the Fall 2015 Lang Scholars Program
- I am very excited to announce the launch of a unique program and partnership between my alma mater, Columbia Business School, and Techstars NYC. This new program will take advantage of our organizations’ shared home in New York City to provide students with a unique blend of world-class educational programming and real-world experience.
Managed by the Eugene Lang Entrepreneurship Center at Columbia Business School and with oversight provided by the center’s Director, Vince Ponzo, the Lang Scholars Program embeds a second year Columbia Business School student in each of the incoming Techstars NYC 2015 Fall Class. A total of fourteen hand-picked, high caliber Columbia Business School students are matched with each of our equally high caliber 14 Techstars NYC Fall Class.
Participating Columbia Business School students benefit from this program by having a front row seat into the hectic and rapid pace of an early stage startup and in the process, determining if such a career path is for them. In addition, these MBAs are able to call upon their MBA caliber education and previous work experience to make a direct, tangible impact at their matched company. Finally, Lang Scholars have an unprecedented opportunity to build their networks by being members of the amazing Techstars programming, environment and ecosystem.
For our fourteen Fall Techstars NYC companies, the benefits of gaining an extra pair of hands and having access to the experience and education of world-class MBA students will no doubt be an added advantage to them as they continue to scale. And for many of these fast growing companies, the possibility of adding a Columbia Business School MBA to the team, one that can hit the ground running on day one, is another huge plus.
For us, this initiative allows Techstars to further its vision of making entrepreneurship more accessible by encouraging students to consider entrepreneurship as a viable career path. I am so excited to see what this synergy brings over the next three months and look forward to keeping you updated on its progress.
This post originally appeared on October 27, 2015 here.