Columbia Entrepreneurship, Innovation, and Design (“Columbia Entrepreneurship”) was founded in the summer of 2013 at the direction of University President Lee C. Bollinger and the University Board of Trustees to support, invigorate, accelerate, and motivate the Columbia community’s programs and culture around innovation, creativity, and entrepreneurship.
The ecosystem around entrepreneurship at Columbia is vibrant, brilliant, and cutting edge. At the very heart of Columbia Entrepreneurship’s mandate is to find ways to connect and empower the enormous vitality and resources of the entire University.
Our modus operandi is to encourage partnerships between schools and institutes, students and alumni, the NYC community, and government officials. You will see this at work at Columbia Startup Lab in SoHo, where young alumni founders can incubate their early stage companies; at the #StartupColumbia Festival, which brings together hundreds of our entrepreneurship community each year; at the Columbia Venture Competition, which features $250,000 in cash prizes for Columbia entrepreneurs; and in our work at the Design Studio, which amplifies the Columbia community’s creative potential to solve problems through empathy and design thinking.
We are engaged with our partners in creating new courses that focus on digital literacy and in modifying curricula to improve the way entrepreneurship is taught. In recognition that creativity is best invigorated when the participants are from the broadest and most diverse fields of inquiry, we are also assisting our partners in cross-listing courses to help open up these classes to students across the University.
We are grateful for the extraordinary encouragement from the President’s and Provost’s offices, the leadership from our University Trustees, the guidance from our Advisory Council, and the partnerships we’ve formed with many School Deans and faculties, our extraordinary alumni, and our amazing students.