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About Columbia Startup Lab
Columbia Startup Lab (CSL) is Columbia University’s recent-alumni co-working space located on the ground floor of WeWork Soho West at 69 Charlton Street.
As a partner school, Columbia Business School accepts applications from recent alumni for seats it reserves at the Lab. Resident ventures form a 71-person cohort of entrepreneurs from each of the partner schools. Together they comprise more than 40 startups of which more than 20 are Columbia Business School alumni-founded startups.
Founded in 2013, the Lab has been “corporate headquarters” for more than 250 Columbia-founded ventures and over 350 members in industries from FinTech to Fashion to Food and more. In total, these early-stage companies have raised more than $55M in venture funding and generated exit and acquisition value of $100M. The Lab has become the symbolic nexus for Columbia’s commitment to entrepreneurship.
- CSL Open House: March 26, 6 pm This event has passed, but a recording and accompanying video will be provided soon. Please check to this space or email [email protected] for more information.
CSL is open to recent alumni (five years or less from most recent degree) founders who are committed to working on their new venture full-time.
- Teams must select one Columbia University-affiliated founding member.
- Only one application per team will be considered, regardless of the school in which the founder is affiliated.
- Admitted teams may spend up to 1 year in the space.
- The annual turnover of cohorts is typically the first week of June. Starting date for this next cohort is currently TBD.
- The space is administered by WeWork and includes furnishings (desk & chair), WiFi, printing, meeting spaces, phone booths, water/coffee, beer, cleaning/maintenance, and access to common facilities across the global WeWork network.
- CSL provides ongoing workshops, office hours, networking events, and community building activities to help resident ventures advance their businesses. All CSL teams are encouraged to participate.
- Columbia University-affiliated tenants are required to commit to a four-month term in the space at a rate of $250 per month/per seat. Non-Columbia University team members will be required to make a contribution of $400 per month/per seat.
Questions? Contact [email protected].
Liz Wilkes '13 of Exubrancy shares her experience at Columbia Startup Lab.