A highlight of The Eugene Lang Entrepreneurship Center’s resources is its extensive entrepreneurial network - many among them successful graduates from every industry - committed to achieving social and economic progress through entrepreneurship. Many in the network serve as mentors to student entrepreneurs, as judges/evaluators of Center events and competitions, and as classroom guest speakers, providing students with a level of advice and guidance that can only come from highly seasoned professionals.
|The Entrepreneurial Sounding Board is an opportunity for MBA students and alumni to schedule confidential 1:1 meetings with Center faculty and practitioners to discuss their own entrepreneurial ideas and perceived business opportunities.||To provide MBA students and alumni with access to faculty and expert professionals regardless of the stage of business development.|
|The Columbia Entrepreneurs Network (CEN) fosters a network of Columbia Business School alumni and students who are new to entrepreneurship. CEN is ideal for alumni who are considering launching a business for the first time after several years working in the corporate world.||To develop a network with a supportive venue to meet, network and partner with like-minded individuals with budding entrepreneurial aspirations, gather feedback for their concepts and share experiences and information helpful to launching a business.|
|The Columbia Family Business Management Program fosters a network between Columbia Business School graduate students, alumni, and greater community who actively work in/for a family businesses and/or are interested in the unique challenges and issues family businesses face today.||A partnership with the family business club, the program works to highlight issues relevant to family businesses today.|
|Women Entrepreneurs Network (WEN) fosters a network of female entrepreneurs.||To develop a network that brings alumnae and other women entrepreneurs together for learning, advice, and discussion.|
|Information sessions and workshops are scheduled throughout the academic year to help clarify important information, offerings, and deadlines.||To educate all students and help them make the most of Center programming.|
|The Fall Term|
|Fall Venture Fair is a high energy event where invited students showcase their business ideas to the Columbia Business School Community.||To create a forum for students to meet seasoned professionals that will help mentor and work closely in business plan development, establish networks, and assess a venture’s viability.|
|The Entrepreneurial Greenhouse Program Admissions gives students interested in applying to the Greenhouse Program Master Class the opportunity to present their concept to members of the selection committee.||Admissions into this spring term full credit Master Class. For second year students, The Greenhouse Program is serious support for those who wish to launch their ventures upon graduation.|
|The Spring Term|
|A. Lorne Weil Annual Startup Pitch Competition is a student-run competition that encourages their peers to explore creative entrepreneurial ideas while learning firsthand what goes into the development and presentation of a solid business proposal.||To encourage and support innovative creativity. A. Lorne Weil ‘71 sponsored: $15,000 in cash prizes are awarded.|
|Columbia Entrepreneurs Showcase is an event where faculty advisors and other evaluators help select which plans advance to present to the Lang Fund Board of Directors.||Selection of students who will present to the Lang Board of Directors for potential early-stage investing.|
|The Summer Term|
Columbia Entrepreneurs Lab Summer Program (CEL) is designed to support students as they pursue the development and launch of their own ventures. The program is a cross-campus initiative and includes co-working space on campus.
The New Venture Track (NVT) is for MBA students committed to working on their ventures over the summer. Admitted students will participate in a professionally facilitated peer network as well as individualized coaching sessions with experienced small business and entrepreneurial coaches.
|Supports student's momentum as they pursue their entrepreneurial aspirations over the summer.|