This Week in Entrepreneurship – Feb 10-17, 2020

This week’s highlight: Several tracks of the Columbia Venture Competition are coming to a close soon! (Feb 11) 

Fireside Chat: How to Start a Biotech Startup (Feb 10): CORE is hosting a lunchtime fireside chat for undergraduates with Y Combinator partner Jared Friedman, Visiting Partner Dr. Uri Lopatin, and YC alum Shara Ticku of C16 Biosciences. RSVP here.

Open Studio Hours at the Design Studio (Feb 11): Do you have an idea and want to get personal design thinking feedback from the Columbia Entrepreneurship Design Studio? During Studio Hours, every Tuesday from 4-7pm, teams or individuals are welcome to use the studio space for working independently on their entrepreneurial projects or sign up for an appointment to receive one-on-one feedback with one of our designers. See here for more information.

Tamer Fund for Social Ventures Webinars (Feb 11, 12pm & 7pm): The next deadline to apply to the Tamer Fund for Social Ventures is March 1! Learn about the application process, and ask any questions you may have at one of two webinars being held by Columbia Business School’s Tamer Center: 12–1 p.m. (RSVP) or 7–8 p.m. (RSVP).

Almaworks (Feb 12): Applications are open for the Spring 2020 Cohort of Almaworks, Columbia’s student-run accelerator for NYC startups. Almaworks also has fellowship applications open through Feb 16.

Global Cyber Center Kickoff (Feb 12): Cyber NYC Inventors to Founders, part of Columbia’s Lab-to-Market Accelerator Network, will have a kick-off event at the Global Cyber Center on Feb 12. This event is a great opportunity to hear startups deliver one-minute pitches, meet investors, CISOs, and leading cyber security companies in New York City. RSVP here

External Opportunities

GEC Inaugural Symposium (Feb 10 deadline, Feb 29 event): The Graduate Entrepreneurship Council (GEC) will host its inaugural Symposium, sponsored by WeWork, Techstars, Mintz Levin, Wolf & Company, P.C., which brings together the top venture capitalists and the brightest entrepreneurs from Columbia, Harvard, MIT, Northwestern, and UPenn. Only 25 will be selected from each school. Learn more and apply at

Department of Defense Funding (Feb 12): The application period for non-dilutive seed funding from the Department of Defense is now open through the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer programs: Deadline is Feb 12, and application tips can be found here.

Circular City Open Call (Feb 14): Circular City (a collaboration between New Lab and EDCNYC) is seeking startups that are building frontier technologies and developing novel products that address urban challenges in transitioning to a circular economy and improving energy efficiency in buildings. Startups interested in piloting technology or a product in New York City should consider applying. Apply here

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