This Week in Entrepreneurship – Feb 24 – Mar 1, 2020

Don’t forget! Applications for the Columbia Startup Lab open on March 2!


Apply to the Tamer Fund for Social Ventures (Mar 1): The Tamer Center for Social Enterprise at Columbia Business School is now accepting applications for the Tamer Fund for Social Ventures. This fund provides seed grants of up to $25,000 to nonprofit, for-profit, and hybrid early-stage social and environmental ventures. Ventures must be led by Columbia University students, alumni, faculty or researchers, or be advised and have significant involvement by Columbia University faculty or researchers. Tamer Fund seed grants will be made to approximately seven ventures each year. Application deadlines are March 1 and August 15 , annually. Apply here.



Open Studio Hours at the Design Studio (Feb 25): 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.

Spark Workshop (Feb 25): Join the Tamer Center for a Spark Workshop with Vgnle – Grassroots News for Transparency. RSVP here

HTA’s Monthly Idea Lab (Feb 27): HTA’s monthly Idea Lab provides an opportunity for students to pitch their projects/ideas so they can receive feedback and recruit new teammates or even pitch themselves as a future collaborator! This month, HTA is joined by Dr. Arno Klein, the Director of the Matter Lab. Find out more and RSVP here.

The Black Innovators Series: Kickoff Event with Chris Lyons (Feb 27): This Thursday, Chris Lyons, the incredible leader of the Cultural Leadership Fund at Andreessen Horowitz will kickoff the inaugural Black Innovators Speaker Series, hosted by the Columbia University Black Pre-Professional Society (CUBPS). RSVP here.

Space Angels Event (Feb 28): The Columbia Space Initiative is hosting Justus Killian, partner at Space Angels (space industry VC based in NYC) on 2/28 at 5:30pm in CEPSR (Schapiro) 415. He will be talking about the state of the commercial space industry as well as Space Angels’ portfolio companies (including SpaceX, Planet Labs, and Made in Space). Those interested in the industry should note that Space Angels is currently hiring an analyst. RSVP here.

CBS Healthcare Conference (Feb 28): This year’s conference will feature keynotes from George Yancopoulos (Founding Scientist, President, & Chief Scientific Officer of Regeneron), Jason Gorevic (CEO of Teladoc Health), and Clifford Samuel (Senior Vice President of Access Operations and Emerging Markets at Gilead Sciences). Other featured companies include Capsule, Butterfly Network, Nomad Health, New York-Presbyterian, Welltower, Novartis, Pfizer, Huron, and more. RSVP here.

AlleyCon 2020 (Feb 28): Is a one-day tech conference open to all members of the NYC community, hosted by CBS entrepreneurship clubs. This year’s conference theme is “flipped”, exploring how tech players are turning today’s business standards on their heads to enable unprecedented impact for the future of the industry and society.



Department of Defense X-Force Internship (Feb 29 deadline): The Department of Defense (DoD) X-Force program will accept applications for its 2020 summer cohort of defense innovation fellows until Feb 29. They are looking for STEM, digital and design talent. This paid internship, students will join a team of graduate and undergraduate university students working together to develop prototypes or apps that solve real-world challenges, in close collaboration with a DoD sponsor. Past products have ranged from a soldier family readiness app, to an F/A-18E Super Hornet (jet fighter) predictive maintenance model, and even a software/hardware test bed for nuclear detection systems. Apply here, and learn more about the program here.

GEC Inaugural Symposium (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

IndiBio Life Sciences Accelerator (Mar 1): The IndieBio life sciences accelerator has officially launched in New York and is now accepting applications until March 1st. Each team accepted into the program will receive $250K, lab and co-working space and mentorship during the four-month program that kicks off in April 2020. IndieBio is looking for early-stage companies where biology is the underlying technology, which includes therapeutics, devices, diagnostics, computational biology as well as consumer and industrial applications, such as plant-based foods, cellular agriculture. Apply here.

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