Established in 1996 with a $1 million gift from Eugene M. Lang, MS '40, the Eugene M. Lang Entrepreneurial Initiative Fund fosters an entrepreneurial environment at Columbia Business School by providing early-stage investing opportunities to qualifying student business initiatives.
The investments were chosen from venture proposals submitted by students and presented at the Lang Fund Selection event last month. A select group comprised of alumni entrepreneurs, venture capitalists, faculty, administrators and student venture fellows evaluated each of the plans, providing feedback and recommendations to the Lang Fund Board.
The 2017 Lang Fund Recipients:
Sharebite enables New Yorkers to order takeout from the restaurant of their choice, while giving back to society at no additional cost.
Dilip Rao '18 and Mohsin Memon '14
Stratyfy is building a breakthrough decision management platform that enables firms to better predict, evaluate, and analyze data-driven decisions.
Laura Kornhauser '17 and Michael Cherkassky '17
Thread Counsel designs and manufactures perfect-fitting women’s workwear that is customized to your size and style preferences using data science.
Carly Bigi '17 and Erin Jaeger '17
Unbound is an e-commerce sexual wellness company for women that focuses on product curation, engaging content, and an exceptional customer experience — all delivered in the guise of a contemporary beauty brand driven by feminist ethos.
Jackie Churchwell '17 and Lorraine White '17
Due diligence for the Lang Fund investments was completed by the CBS Venture Fellows, a program where students build investment theses presented to top Venture Capitalists at the end of the year. The 2016-17 Venture Fellows include: Kelly Anne Tully, Andrew Gottesdiener, Lyndon Mouton, Christos Tents and Cyril Gradis.