The crowds came out in record numbers for the April 28th and 29th #StartupColumbia Festival.
Day one was the culmination of the $250,000 Columbia Venture Competition. More than 200 alumni judges from Brooklyn to Beijing helped narrow down a field of 160 Columbia startups to just 30 finalists. The winners were announced on day two during the Festival conference that featuring some major names and notable alums.
More than 700 people attended on day two of the Festival to hear an impressive list of speakers, including Snapchat founder Evan Spiegel, Venmo founder Iqram Magdon-Ismail, PBS FRONTLINE executive producer Raney Aronson-Rath ’95JRN, and MIT Media Lab’s Personal Robots Group founder, Dr. Cynthia Breazeal.
20 different Columbia-founded food startups provided a catered lunch at the Festival Food Pavilion.
Finally, the winners of the Columbia Venture Competition were announced. 15 Columbia startups split a prize pool totaling a$250,000.
Check out the videos!
Introductions and Founders Story by GroupMuse, founded by Sam Bodkin ‘12CC [Video] 11:29
CVC Winner Announcement SIPA Dean’s Public Policy Challenge [Video] 5:37
Robotics Panel Innovations in Consumer Robotics Full Video 44:22
Excerpt: Jibo CEO Steve Chambers talks about why 2016 is a Pivotal Year for Consumer Robotics. [Video] 2:00
Excerpt: Jibo, founder Dr. Cynthia Breazeal talks about imminent changes in social robotics. [Video ] 1:25
Excerpt: Columbia Engineering Robotics Professor Matei Ciocarlie talks about how humans relate to robots — and vice versa. [Video ]3:00