Columbia Entrepreneurship (“CE”) 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 CE’s mandate is to find ways to take advantage of the enormous power, vitality, and resources of the entire University so that, indeed, the whole of our energies is much greater than merely the sum of the parts.
Our modus operandi is to encourage partnerships between schools and institutes, students and alumni, the NYC community, and government officials. Thus, the Columbia Startup Lab in SOHO is a joint venture between five important Columbia schools and CE, where young alumni founders can incubate their early stage companies. The #StartupColumbia Festival, a partnership between CE, two student entrepreneurship clubs, Columbia College, and the schools of Public Policy, Business, and Engineering, brings together more than 500 members of our entrepreneurship community to discuss the most important topics in creative venture building and applied problem solving. And the Columbia Venture Competition, which features $250,000 in cash prizes, is sponsored by SEAS, Columbia College, and SIPA and is open to ALL Columbia students and young alumni, regardless of school affiliation.
Likewise, 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
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 Board, and the partnerships we’ve formed with many School Deans and faculties, our extraordinary alumni and our amazing students.