At the Columbia Entrepreneurship  Design Studio we teach students, alumni and faculty customer-centric methodologies for developing innovative, and practical solutions to ill-defined problems.

These methodologies, called “human-centered design”, give entrepreneurs, students, and faculty an agile approach to gaining critical customer insights and integrating them into their products, services, and businesses.

We encourage innovators to delve into the needs of  market segments, frame customer problems, rapidly generate prototypes, and build viable solutions. Through workshops, sprints, and projects, the Design Studio brings diverse members of Columbia’s community together to build innovative solutions.

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The Design Studio opened its doors in September 2016 with a fresh coat of paint, new furniture, and a fully redesigned community space. Add an incredible line up of courses, sprints, and coaching and you have all the ingredients for some unforgettable creative experiences.

Columbia has access to some of the brightest minds and best opportunities to start new ventures. At the Design Studio, we aim to help these innovators, whether they are students, professors, or affiliates, be more human in their approach.

We hold monthly intensive design sprints on different aspects of the human-centered design process: user research, prototyping and testing, storytelling, and facilitating creative teams. In these sprints, we dive into specific design skills and encourage participants to “get out of the building” and experience how their solution would work in the real world, with real people.

Each of these programs is designed to facilitate a culture of creativity and fearless curiosity at Columbia. Our community is key to us, and we hope you will join us in this adventure!

The Design Studio is located in Room 430 of the Riverside Church (490 Riverside Dr, New York, NY 10027). If you have any questions about finding the Studio, please contact us at designstudio@columbia.edu.

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