#StartupColumbia Schedule

Times May Vary Slightly*

*So show up early and network with the Columbia Startup Community!

9:00 AM – 10:00 AM
Doors Open, Registration, Coffee and Networking

10:00 AM
StartupColumbia Open and Intro

10:05 AM
$250,000 Columbia Venture Competition
SIPA Dean’s Challenge Award Announcement
Merit E. Janow, Dean, Columbia School of International and Public Affairs
Finalists Profiles

10:15 AM
NYC’s Emerging Lifescience Entrepreneurship 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

11:00 AM
$250,000 Columbia Venture Competition
Technology Track Award Announcement

Mary C. Boyce, Dean, Columbia Engineering
Finalists Profiles

11:10 AM
Choices, Energy Policy, and Climate Change
Jeffrey D. Sachs, Economics Professor, Senior UN Advisor, Columnist

11:30 AM
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

12:15 PM
$250,000 Columbia Venture Competition
Global Technology Track Award Announcement

Mary C. Boyce, Dean, Columbia Engineering
Finalists Profiles

12:25 PM
Computational Propaganda
Mark Hansen, Columbia Journalism Professor, Director Brown Institute

12:35 PM
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.

 1:25 PM
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

2:40 PM
$250,000 Columbia Venture Competition
Undergraduate Track Award Announcement

James J. Valentini, Dean, Columbia College
Finalists Profiles

2:50 PM
Special Acknowledgements #Coaching Columbia
Richard E. Witten ’75CC

3:00 PM
Women in Entrepreneurship: Investment and Opportunity
Deborah Jackson, ’80BUS Co-founder, Plum Alley Investments
Katherine Ryder, Founder, CEO Maven
Shan-Lyn Ma, Founder
Hayley Barna, Venture Partner, First Round Capital, Co-Founder at Birchbox
Alex Iskold, Managing Director, Techstars NYC

3:45 PM
$250,000 Columbia Venture Competition
StartupColumbia Track Award Announcement
Zach Aarons ’13BUS Co-Founder and Advisor to MetaProp NYC
Finalists Profiles

3:55 PM
Most of us know 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.

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