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The Board of the Eugene Lang Entrepreneurial Fund (‘Lang Fund’) is pleased to announce its investment in four companies founded by Columbia Business School (CBS) alumni, following a highly competitive selection process which garnered more than 150 applicants. This year marks the first time in its twenty-year history that the Lang Fund has invested in alumni-founded companies. Established in 1996 through a gift from Eugene M. Lang, MS ’40, the Lang Fund has provided early-stage seed capital to more than 60 graduating student ventures.
Lang Fund Winners
Eat Howl - Fred Michaels ‘12
Cashew-based, vegan Mac & Cheese brand (with future product-line expansion)
FlexIt - Austin Cohen ‘16
A-la-carte digital fitness solution that enables users to work out wherever they want, when they want, and pay only for the time that they are active
Kleeen Software - Matt Fox ‘02
Enables organizations to rapidly build streamlined UI/UX and production code without the need for specialized design or engineering talent
MedTrans Go - Dana Weeks ‘03
Two-sided brokerage platform by which medical practices, hospitals, and pharmacies can book, bill, and track non-emergency medical transportation, interpretation, telemedicine, and Rx delivery services for their patients
This spring’s process was also distinct in that the more than 150 applicants were screened by students in the Athena Fellowship venture capital training program, working with a group of experienced CBS-alumni investors. The newly established Athena Fellowship Program provides first hand venture investing experience to Columbia Business School students serious about pursuing a career in venture capital.
Interested in learning more about the Lang Fund or the Lang Entrepreneurship Center’s resources and programs? Reach us at [email protected]