Welcome! This is a space for anyone looking to apply innovative thinking and an entrepreneurial mindset to challenges and opportunities in coursework, personal goals, careers, or launching a venture.
Wherever you are in your journey – kicking around an idea, prototyping, launching, scaling – Columbia has the person, place, or thing that can help you take your next steps.
Know what you’re looking for? Go ahead and drill down into this sortable resource list to see what’s available to students, alumni, faculty, and staff. Not sure where to begin, or keeping an open mind? Here are a few things to consider:
Learn a new way of thinking.
The Design Studio is a great place if you’re just getting started, in need of a reboot, or want to up your game. People who have gone through the Design Studio’s workshops, events, and Open Studio Hours have re-calibrated their schedules, re-imagined their futures, and reinvigorated their startups.
The classes across schools on campus that are related to innovation and entrepreneurship are also great places to learn, meet creative problem-solvers, and gain access to mentorship. Each school has resources available for its students and alumni, so be sure to check them out.
All around campus and in NYC, there are opportunities for Columbians to put ideas and innovation into action. Think of an industry or customer market – it’s here. From the Makerspace on campus, to the Columbia Startup Lab downtown, to the New Lab in Brooklyn, Columbia opens doors to equipment and support for every project you can think of. And as Columbia’s Senior Fellow for Entrepreneurship Steve Blank would urge you to do – get out of the building and test out your new ideas.
Meet fellow innovators.
At Columbia, you are a part of a vast network that touches every industry. Take advantage of it early and often by plugging in to the networks of innovators on campus. Check out this list of clubs, which includes the Columbia Organization for Rising Entrepreneurs (undergrads), the Columbia Entrepreneurs Organization (Columbia Business School), Health Tech Assembly (health sciences) and the Columbia Venture Community (Columbia alumni). Make sure to keep track of our calendar for a comprehensive list of innovation events, and connect with us on whichever channel works best for you to get reminds, hear inspiring alumni stories, and get a feel for what’s going on in the entrepreneurship ecosystem.