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Simply Siggi's

Siggi Hilmarsson '04 first visited New York City for his Columbia Business School interview in 2002. He instantly fell in love with the city, but as a student he would later find that he missed the products of his native Iceland, in particular, yogurt.

Branding Sailo

How Sailo has grown from a fleet of 100 to 5,000 boats in just one year by leveraging the power of a compelling brand story.

CBS to CEO: Entrepreneurship Through Acquisition

Doing a search requires having the confidence to leap off the cliff, knowing you will have to learn to fly before you hit the ground.

Top Legal Questions for Startups

Launching a startup is hard. Early-stage legal doesn’t have to be.

Questions? Contact langcenter@gsb.columbia.edu.

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Meet the 2017-2018 Columbia Startup Lab Cohort

The Lab welcomes the fourth cohort of recent alumni dedicated to growing their ventures after graduation.

Take a Stance

This new app gets your voice to Congress.

Closing the Gender Gap in Startup Funding

How questions posed to male versus female entrepreneurs help explain their divergent funding outcomes.

Three Predictions for the Future of UX/UI

Alex Poon '06 on where the industry is heading, and what it’s leaving behind.

Meet the 2017 Lang Fund Recipients

The Eugene M. Lang Entrepreneurial Initiative Fund provides early-stage investing opportunities to qualifying student business initiatives.

Unlocking Potential

LG Fairmont’s competitive advantage revolves around the tool they’ve created for their real estate agents.

Ambassadors of Health

City Health Works is bridging the gap between the doctor's office and the everyday lives of patients diagnosed with life-threatening illnesses.

Investing in Startups

Paul Capon '13 on his path to venture capital and his advice for breaking into the industry.

[FUR]get the Taboo

How this trailblazing startup has created an entirely new beauty category with a total addressable market of 80% of the population.

Leveraging Geography as a Competitive Advantage

This often-overlooked decision factor can have a significant impact on your venture’s future growth.

How Angel Investors Are Made

What makes certain entrepreneurs more likely to become angel investors than others?

Hazelnuts With Impact

Teresa Law '81 shares the story of Mountain Hazelnuts the largest hazelnut nursery in the world, which is planting 10 million trees, doubling the income of 15 percent of Bhutan’s population.

Preparing to Tee Off

Five essential pre-launch tips from Lauren Amery '16 — founder  of the golf apparel company Dagny Scout.    


Designer in Residence Adam Royalty shares tips for uncovering your customers’ needs.

The Olapic Journey

Following their recent $130 million acquisition by Monotype, the co-founders of Olapic reflect on the power of the CBS experience.

Making IT in Cosmetics

A Q&A with Jamie Kern Lima ’04 following IT Cosmetics’s recent $1.2 billion acquisition by L’Oreal.

Think, Start, Scale, Invest

Our new framework to equip students with the skills and knowledge to lead businesses around the globe for the next 100 years.


Whether it is incremental or groundbreaking there is opportunity in every role to be innovative.

Uniting for Good

How Dan Brillman '12 and Taylor Justice '14 are using technology to better serve those who serve our country.    

The 8 Do's and Dont's of Fundraising

Angel investor Alicia Syrett '07 on finding the right investors for your startup.

Launching a Startup with MBA Debt

From $140,000 in debt to $29 million in venture capital backing — Ryan Petersen '08 of Flexport shares his story.    

Why Entrepreneurship at Columbia?

Faculty Director Olivier Toubia explains why Columbia University is, and should be, the place for entrepreneurs who want to make a difference in the world.

Minimal Product Design for Maximum Insights

From early minimal viable product iterations in class to partnerships with Fresh Direct and Whole Foods, Professor Jack McGourty traces the steps leading to Wandering Bear’s success.  

Bootstrapping Your Startup

Brian Ballan '13 of A&B American Style shares what you need to know about bootstrapping your startup — credit cards, friends and family, and side hustles are all part of the story.    

From Finance To Fashion

It is never too late to change careers and pursue your passion. How this entrepreneur turned a problem into an ever-growing modern sportswear brand based on quality craftsmanship and enduring style.     

Meet the Forbes 30 Under 30 CBS Alumnae

Making the Forbes 30 Under 30 List is no small accomplishment. Getting an MBA from Columbia Business School, launching a visionary startup that disrupts its industry, and raising seven figures in funding is even more impressive.   

They Got A Deal!

What it took to land an investment from Barbara Corcoran on Shark Tank — A Q&A with student Sarah Ribner '16 of PiperWai.    

Manufacturing Luck

How this startup’s acquisition has led to a solution both broader and deeper than any competitor in the marketplace.   

The 12 Essential Steps to Raise Capital

David Olk '11 of Voray shares his insights.