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Entrepreneurship at Columbia

The ecosystem around innovation at Columbia is vibrant, brilliant, and cutting edge. No two startup journeys are the same, so the University is ready to catch you wherever you are in your journey: from idea to launch and beyond. Current Columbia and Barnard students can plug in at Columbia Startup Lab Uptown to make the most of their entrepreneurial journey at Columbia, and alums can apply each Spring to the Columbia Startup Lab in Soho if they are working on their venture full time. Students and alums should also take advantage of Columbia's annual spring venture competition, StartupColumbia, for prize money to fuel their venture.

Aerial view of the Columbia Startup Lab in Soho
Aerial view of the Columbia Startup Lab in Soho
$15.2B Money raised by Columbia startups in the past 12 months
$6.4M Awards granted annually to Columbia startups by Columbia University
3K+ Columbia startups created in the last decade
Ready For Success? Here are all the tools you need to get started

The Startup Journey

To complement Columbia's programming, here are external resources for getting your idea off the ground and a look at the Columbia founder and VC network


Legal Startup Resources

What you need to make it official and incorporate your startup.


Pitching and Fundraising

Sample templates and advice to get you started on raising money for your startup.


Your Startup Toolkit

External resources for the fundamentals of entrepreneurship, building your business model, networking, and getting inspiration.


Columbia Founders and VCs

Get a look at the Columbia Founders and VCs in the ecosystem - powered by Crunchbase

Lions of Entrepreneurship

Meet our Advisory Council and influential Columbia voices in 
the entrepreneurship ecosystem.

For Current Students

Learn more about entrepreneurship and work on your startup idea while an enrolled student.

For Columbia Alumni

The Columbia Startup Lab in Soho is a 5,100 sq. ft. co-working space that is headquarters to over 70 Columbia alumni entrepreneurs each year.
A picture of the Columbia Startup Lab in Soho

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