Event Recaps

Video Recap: #StartupColumbia 2017

On April 14th, 2017 Columbia University Held the Fourth Annual
#StartupColumbia Festival

More than 1,000 alumni and students attended the conference and participated in the
$250,000 Columbia Venture Competition


$250,000 Columbia Venture Competition
SIPA Dean’s Challenge Award Announcement
Merit E. Janow, Dean, Columbia School of International and Public Affairs

Finalists Profiles
Full Video: Award Announcement  (7:09)


Fostering Innovation in the NYC Life Science Ecosystem

Karen Heidelberger, Chief Partnership and Communications Officer, Deerfield Ventures
Joel S. Marcus, CEO & Founder, Alexandria Real Estate Equities, Inc.
Professor Gordana Vunjak-Novakovic, Co-founder, Tara & Epibone
Euan Robertson, EVP & COO, NYCEDC
Orin Herskowitz, Executive Director, Columbia Technology Ventures

Full Video (49:44)

Advice for Budding Entrepreneurs (12:31)

$1.1B Support Life Science in NYC and NYS (11:20)

Getting a Startup Through the Valley of Death (9:19)

NYC – Why would you go anywhere else? (18:26)

Growing the Startup Scene in NYC (10:01)


$250,000 Columbia Venture Competition
Technology Track Award Announcement

Mary C. Boyce, Dean, Columbia Engineering

Finalists Profiles

Full Video: Award Announcements (3:56)


Choices, Energy Policy, and Climate Change
Jeffrey D. Sachs, Economics Professor, Senior UN Advisor, Columnist

Full Video (24:28)

Climate Change: Fact, Fiction, Innovations and Solutions
                       Peter Kelemen, Dept. Chair, Earth & Environmental Sciences
Adam Sobel, Author, “Storm Surge: Hurricane Sandy & Our Changing Climate”
Kate Sheppard, Senior Reporter, Huffington Post

Full Video (31:27)

The Big Picture of Climate Change (6:37)

How Funding Cuts Do Damage to Climate Science (7:17)

To Stop Collecting Climate Data is Incoherent, Inconsistent, and Hypocritical (4:57)

Advocate-Scientists: If Not Us, Who? (8:00)

Where Can Innovators Have an Impact? (5:06)


$250,000 Columbia Venture Competition
Global Technology Track Award Announcement

Mary C. Boyce, Dean, Columbia Engineering

Finalists Profiles

Full Video: Award Announcements (1:58)


Computational Propaganda
Mark Hansen, Columbia Journalism Professor, Director Brown Institute

Full Video (10:23)

New Ways to Ask Questions (4:51)

How Human Concept is Expressed and Impacted by Bots and Code (5:41)

Facts, Alternative Facts, and Media Innovations in the Post-Truth Era
Jacob Weisberg, Chairman of the Slate Group
Nancy Miller, Editor-in-Chief GOOD Magazine
Justin Hendrix, Executive Director of NYC Media Lab

Full Video (49:25)

Intros and Internet Trolls (6:48)

Fake news, Isolated Information Consumers, and Filter Bubbles (15:57) 

How Do Journalists Respond? (8:24)

How Can Entrepreneurs Help? (14:16)


Columbia Food Founders’ Fare
Join us for lunch! The Founders’ Fare is great place to eat and network during the conference. Columbia-founded food startups will cater the conference and hold an innovative pop-up bazaar. Bring your appetites.

Columbia Food Founders’ Profiles


$250,000 Columbia Venture Competition
Undergraduate Track Award Announcement

James J. Valentini, Dean, Columbia College

Finalists Profiles
Full Video: Award Announcements (2:38)


Special Acknowledgements #Coaching Columbia
Richard E. Witten ’75CC

Full Video (10:38)


Women in Entrepreneurship: Investment and Opportunity
Deborah Jackson, ’80BUS Co-founder, Plum Alley Investments
Katherine Ryder, Founder, CEO Maven
Shan-Lyn Ma, Founder Zola.com
Hayley Barna, Venture Partner, First Round Capital, Co-Founder at Birchbox
Alex Iskold, Managing Director, Techstars NYC

Full Video (42:17)

Only 7% of $67B in VC Funding Went to Female-Founded Companies in 2016 (3:36)

Birchbox: From a Bootstrapped $10K to $80M in Funding (1:49)

Women are Driving Family Healthcare Spending (4:21)

With $40M in Funding, Zola is One of the Fastest Growing eCommerce Companies (3:28)


$250,000 Columbia Venture Competition
StartupColumbia Track Award Announcement
Zach Aarons ’13BUS Co-Founder and Advisor to MetaProp NYC


Finalists Profiles

Full Video Award Announcements (3:04)


will.i.am
Most of us know will.i.am as a musical artist and founding member of the Grammy Award-winning Black Eyed Peas. But, as we will find out, he is also an innovator in fashion, acting, technology, consumer electronics, entrepreneurship, philanthropy, and social activism.
His I.Am.Angel Foundation and its I.Am.Steam initiative exposes undeserved students to learning opportunities outside the classroom. It earned him recognition as a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum.

Full Video (57:38)

Working With Corporations – Great Meetings vs. Great Execution (3:21)

Why We Need To Build Companies and Communities (3:04)

A School To Teach Tech, Turning Grades Into Currency (4:23)

Failing Publicly Is A Luxury? (0:32)

will.i.am’s Accomplishments (7:16)

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