Event Recaps

VIDEO: #StartupColumbia 2015

On Friday, April 24th 2015
On the campus of Barnard College Columbia Entrepreneurship, Columbia Entrepreneurship Organization, and the Columbia Organization for Rising Entrepreneurs presented #StartupColumbia Festival 2015
a full day of panels, keynotes, and fireside chats.

Links to the videos from the Festival are below.

The #StartupColumbia Festival is more than just a celebration in April, it’s a semester long event beginning with the opening of the $250,000 Columbia Venture Competition (CVC) in January, the CVC finalist workshops in March, the live pitches to determine the CVC winners on April 23rd and of course the nine-hour conference on April 24th. The 2015 Festival was based around the theme of “NYC Innovation”.  The conference featured four panels, two mini keynote addresses, the CVC award announcements with the distribution of $250,000 in grants for the CVC winners, and finally the closing keynote.

The Fashion Innovation panel featured Liz Bacelar ‘06JRN, founder of Decoded Fashion a global event series focused on connecting decision-makers in Fashion to emerging technologies, will lead our Fashion Innovation Panel. The FinTech Panel CNBC reporter Kayla McCall Tausche will moderate a panel of FinTech experts. Sit back and listen her panel discuss disintermediation in the financial world. Imagine currency, investments and payments without governments, brokers, or banks.

The AdTech panel called “MadMen in the Digital Age” was moderated by Mike Brown Jr. ‘06CC, General Partner at Bowery Capital. He lead a conversation about the explosive diversification of media, SEO, content marketing, native advertising, and how the roles of CMO, CIO, and CTO have changed since the days  when Don Draper roamed Madison Ave.

Building The NYC Innovation Ecosystem was moderated by Fortune Magazine writer Erin Griffin. Her panel explored the reasons why New York City has become the nation’s second leading city for new venture investment. Mayor Bloomberg’s initiatives, changes in the macro economy favoring innovation, and NYC’s unique character and culture have all been part of this trend.

Impact Investment Entrepreneurship at Columbia is not all about becoming the world’s next youngest billionaire. Many of our young entrepreneurs have set their sights on leaving this world a better place. Kesha Cash ’10 BUS, Founder and General Partner Impact America Fund will speak from the heart about the sweet spot between commerce and social good.


  • Viral Content with a Point of View – Peter Koechley ’03CC co-founder, Upworthy 10:08 Video
  • #StartupColumbia Festival – Fashion Innovation 55:43 Video
    • Liz Bacelar ‘06JRN, founder DeCoded Fashion
    • Lawrence Lenihan, Managing Director, Firstmark Capital
    • Uri Minkoff, CEO, & co-founder Rebecca Minkoff
  • NYC’s Emerging Innovation Ecosystem Explained 56:15 Video
    • Introduction by Nathalie Molina Niño, Athena Center for Leadership
    • Introduction by Professor Sheena S. Iyengar, Columbia Business School
    • Moderator Erin Griffith, Fortune Magazine
    • Katy Belot VP, Education and Workforce NYC DoE
    • Brad Hargrave, co-founder General Assembly
    • Dawn Barber, Co-founder, NY tech Meetup
  • NYC Real Estate Tech Innovaiton 14:19 Video
    • Introduction Meghan Cross ‘15BUS
    • Mini Keynote Robert Reffkin ‘00CC, ‘03BUS – CEO & Founder, Compass
  • Fresh from the Shark Tank – Andrea Sreshta ‘11GSAPP, Co-founder LuminAID 12:34 Video

    • Introduction David Lerner co-director Columbia Entrepreneurship
    • Mini Keynote Andrea Sreshta ‘11GSAPP
  • Social Entrepreship 17:14 Video

    • Introduction Damon J. Phillips, co-director Tamer Center for Social Enterprise
    • Kesha Cash ‘10BUS Founder Impact America Fund
  • StartupColumbia Closing Keynote with Gotham Gal founder Joanne Wilson 27:28 Video


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