Coming Up in Entrepreneurship – September 2020

Here’s a quick look at what’s coming up this month!


Statements of Interest for Design for Social Innovation (DFSI) Fall 2020 (Rolling): Design For Social Innovation (DFSI) is a project-based initiative where Columbia University students and faculty spend a semester supporting social enterprises and nonprofit organizations to solve complex, ambiguous global problems through human-centered design.


The Greater Good Challenge (Sept 18): SPS is currently accepting submissions for its first Greater Good Challenge Business Pitch Competition. We’re looking to award more than $20k to ideas in the areas of sustainability, health technology, and supply chain, logistics & coordination. Plus, we have an all-star lineup of judges, including Ashley Hicks Rocha, Co-Founder of Black Girls Run!; Eric Haller, EVP and Global Head of Experian DataLabs; and Grant Son, Sports Management & Entrepreneurship Lecturer and CEO of Greater Good Ventures. Submissions are due on Sept. 18 and the virtual competition is on October 9.

Deadline: Pfizer’s Centers for Therapeutic Innovation (Sept 21):  Pfizer’s Centers for Therapeutic Innovation 2020 Call for Proposals is focused on identifying novel therapeutic opportunities with application in Pfizer’s core research focus areas: oncology, inflammation & immunology, internal medicine and rare diseases. Submit pre-proposals to by Sept. 21. Detailshere.

Startup Research for Student Entrepreneurs (Sept 23, 5pm | Oct 9, 9pm): Are you thinking about launching a startup? Learn about business research resources from Columbia University Libraries. Session will include a 30 minute presentation and 30 minutes of Q&A with Columbia’s Entrepreneurship Librarian. This session is intended for current Columbia students. Please register to receive a Zoom invitation: [Sept link] & [Oct link]

Almaworks Accelerator Fall 2020 Cohort (Sept 27): Working on a startup or venture? Apply now for the Fall 2020 cohort of Columbia’s Almaworks Accelerator. Almaworks (website here) takes no equity and helps early-stage startups run by Columbia-affiliated entrepreneurs achieve significant, sustainable growth. Almaworks’ 70+ student startups have collectively raised more than $19M in seed funding, enrolled in programs like TechStars, Y Combinator and Entrepreneurs Roundtable Accelerator, and have received numerous Columbia Venture Competition grants and prizes.

SIPA Dean’s Public Policy Challenge Grant (Sept 28): Initial proposals for projects are due on September 28, 2020. The program, which is part of the campus-wide Columbia Venture Competition, invites students to turn their policy passions into entrepreneurial ventures – whether for profit or not for profit – and to design cutting-edge projects or prototypes that use ICT and/or data analytics to advance a public policy objective.A total of $25,000 in prizes will be awarded to the winning teams. Current Columbia students are encouraged to form cross-disciplinary teams with students from across the University to apply for the grants. Teams must include at least one SIPA student in a substantive role. Teams wishing to add members with similar interests or specific skills, or individuals wishing to join a team, may post information in the Dean’s Challenge Grant Matching spreadsheet here. You will need to be signed in to your LionMail account to access.

Deadline: New York Barclays Accelerator, powered by Techstars (Sept 28): This program offers fintech startups unprecedented access to the networks of Barclays and Techstars, all from the financial capital of the world.


Ethics & Privacy: Terms of Usage, a Data Science Day 2020 Virtual Event (Sept 14, 10am): Hosted by the Data Science Institute, program highlights include:
– Eric Schmidt, former Google Chief Executive Officer and Executive Chairman and Co-Founder of Schmidt Futures, will join for a discussion with Jeannette M. Wing, the Institute’s Avanessians Director.
– Lightning presentations from Columbia faculty members on topics such as ensuring the responsible use of data, exposing algorithmic bias, and the benefits and risks of data sharing.

Info Session for Student Club Design for America (Sept 16): Barnard/Columbia Design for America (DFA) is part of a national network of passionate young thinkers and activists revolutionizing the way college students engage with and improve the world around us. Whether virtual or in person, DFA is a community of people from all majors and backgrounds coming together each week to share their love of design and their community.

Third Thursday: Pandemics, Pivots, and Entrepreneurs (Sept 17): Hosted by Columbia Engineering and Columbia Business School, this Third Thursday provides students, faculty, staff, and alumni the opportunity to hear ideas from across campus, form teams, and explore career options. You’ll hear from Columbia alumni and other experts on their experiences working in the field, how they’ve applied their Columbia experience in their careers, and more.


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