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The Lang Scholars Program is a three-credit independent study organized and overseen by the Lang Center director Vince Ponzo. The Lang Scholars program pairs a certain number of Columbia Business School students with an equal number of screened early stage startups. This year, the Lang Scholars Program will partner with Techstars in NYC to pair one second year MBA student with each of their incoming Fall 2015 cohort teams.
Partnership with Techstars
A blogpost from the Director of Techstars, KJ Singh (CBS '11)
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.
The Lang Scholars program takes place in the fall semester. The program details for fall 2016 will be announced this summer.
Second-year Columbia Business School 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. Participants must be able to commit to 10 hours a week over the course of the semester.
The application deadline and requirements for fall 2016 will be announced this summer.