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Changemakers, Food, and $250K in Awards at #StartupColumbia 2019!

Thank you to all the speakers, sponsors, and guests who made StartupColumbia 2019 memorable! Stay tuned for videos and photos of the day.


By raising the voices of Columbia founders and innovators for social justice, StartupColumbia Festival 2019 celebrated founders who face down the insurmountable and working with the world, for the world. These founders are helping refugees become founders, they’re mitigating mass incarceration – they’re starting up and stepping up to disrupt the comfortable and comfort the disrupted.

Friday, April 5th, 9:30 AM – 4:30 PM
Miller Theater, Columbia University
2960 Broadway @ 116th Street, New York, NY 10027
Complimentary lunch served at the Columbia Food Founders Fair

Speakers and competition judges pictured above include:

Speaker: Shivani Siroya (’07 MPH)
CEO, Tala

Speaker: Former MA Gov. Deval Patrick
Managing Director, Bain Capital Double Impact

Speaker: Anne Williams-Isom (’91 LAW)
CEO, Harlem Children’s Zone

Speaker: Abigail E. Disney (’94 GSAS)
Filmmaker, “Pray the Devil Back to Hell”

Judge: Anne-Claire Legendre
Consul General of France in New York

Speaker: Alice Bosley (’17 SIPA)
Executive Director, Five One Labs

We announced the winners of the $250,000 Columbia Venture Competition and celebrated the memory of “Coach” Bill Campbell (‘62CC, ‘64TC) by awarding the Coaching Columbia Award. We also named the Columbia University Entrepreneurs of the Year.

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