An array of Columbia Business School clubs and programs offer educational opportunities and other forms of support for students and alumni who are pursuing entrepreneurial career paths.
The mission of our organization is to promote the well-being of Columbia Business School's black student body, to assist with their professional development and to actively serve the community. The BBSA was officially established in 1973.
The CEO provides MBA students with opportunities to develop their entrepreneurial talents, network with other students, and start their own businesses. Its many activities include student consulting services — linking students with small businesses to give students experience with start-up and early-stage companies — guest lectures and community projects. The CEO also sponsors the annual A. Lorne Weil Outrageous Business Plan Competition.
CWIB’s mission is to provide women with professional development resources and to promote the role of and opportunities for women in business. The annual CWIB conference is one of the School’s premier events, attracting hundreds of students, alumnae, and other business professionals from the community.
The Columbia Organization of Rising Entrepreneurs (CORE) was founded in late 1999 by students with an interest in innovation and entrepreneurship.
Led by the Director of the Family Business Management Program, Professor Michael Preston, in conjunction with the Family Business Club, the Program hosts a variety of events and panel discussions throughout the academic year covering topics related to family businesses like succession planning, wealth/real estate management, and generational transference. Events are open to students, alumni, and others in the greater community interested in family business issues.
The Innovation + Creativity in Business Society (I+CBS) is a professional organization with the goal of building a community of business leaders focused on the power of creative problem solving and idea generation. We seek to inspire our members through workshops, speaker series and events as well as support our members through alumni networking and professional offerings.
The International Development Club aims to explore and create opportunities for the development of emerging economies. It fulfills this misson by: offering education about the field for the community; facilitating experience in the field for interested members; providing career services for members seeking employment in or related to the field; and fostering a network of students, alumni, and professionals with common interests. IDC was formerly known as Managers for International Development Initiatives (MIDI).
Lions Lab is Columbia Business School’s only startup accelerator for first year MBA students committed to launching a new venture before they graduate.
In recent years the Retail & Luxury Goods Club at Columbia Business School has grown to become one of the most dynamic clubs on campus, with over 200 members. The club aims to educate students about the retail and luxury goods industries through guest speakers, Panelists, industry tours, alumni networking, and our annual conference. Additionally, the club helps students find school-year, summer, and full-time employment in the retail and luxury goods industries and works with the administration on the retail curriculum.
The Technology Business Group provides a community for MBA students interested in making a difference in all business aspects of technology. The group’s activities include an annual study/recruiting trip to Silicon Valley.
The Private Equity and Venture Capital Club's mission is to provide opportunities for members to learn about the private equity industry, network with industry professionals, enhance their career opportunities in the industry, and meet fellow students who share similar interests.
The Small Business Consulting Program provides MBA students with opportunities to perform pro bono consulting projects for small businesses and nonprofits.
The Social Enterprise Club provides educational and networking opportunities for MBA students interested in pursuing careers in organizations — in the corporate, nonprofit, and government sectors — with social missions.