Coming Up in Entrepreneurship – November 2020

Here’s a quick look at what’s available in November!


Design for Social Innovation – Spring Course/Program (Nov 16): Design For Social Innovation (DFSI) is a project-based course where Columbia University students and faculty support social enterprises, nonprofit organizations, and public sector agencies to solve complex, ambiguous global problems through human-centered design. The initiative is open to all students from Columbia’s 20 undergraduate and graduate schools, including Barnard and Teachers College, and aims to engage an interdisciplinary cohort.

This year’s clients and themes include:

Joan Ganz Cooney Center @ Sesame Workshop – Theme: Early Childhood, Research, Learning Science, Media Impact on Children, Ed Tech

Volcani International Partnerships – Theme: Agricultural Innovation, Technology, Emerging Agricultural Economies

NYC Department of Education – Theme: K-12 Education, Ed Tech, Remote Learning, New School Design

The High Line – Theme: Sustainability, Green Infrastructure, Sustainability, Parks, Abandoned Public Spaces

Sandy Hook Promise – Theme: Gun Violence, K-12 Education, Youth Resilience and Wellbeing, Earned Income Models and Education Systems

The Jed Foundation – Theme: Youth Mental Health, Suicide Prevention, Working in US School System, Partnership Building

DSI Virtual Poster Sessions (varied dates): Hosted by DSI Research Centers, these events will share new and ongoing data science work from the Columbia University community. The below centers will host a poster session this fall 2020, with more to be announced in spring 2021:

Financial & Business Analytics Center (November 20)
Data, Media, and Society Center (December 4)

Columbia | IBM Launch Accelerator (Nov 20): Are you an early-stage team developing innovative solutions in data transparency, big data, AI/ML, blockchain, or a related field in Deep Tech? Apply now to the 2020-2021 cohort of The Columbia | IBM Launch Accelerator, a pre-seed program for early-stage ventures affiliated with NYC-based academic institutions. This non-dilutive program focuses on building and scaling successful companies through early-stage funding, in-depth education, mentorship, and business model design. Questions? Register for an upcoming info session at: Applications should take under 30 minutes to complete.

Pre-Proposals for Columbia Life Science Accelerators (Nov 20): BiomedX, Translational Therapeutics Accelerator (TRx), and Accelerating Cancer Therapeutics (ACT) help translate cutting-edge faculty-led university research out of the lab through project funding, education, and support for interdisciplinary teams working to advance innovative ideas with the potential to positively impact health outcomes. Learn more about these accelerators at a virtual info session on Oct. 26 or Nov. 18 (register here). Preproposals are due Nov. 20.


Entrepreneurship Ask Me Anything (Nov 11): The Columbia Engineering Entrepreneurship office hosts weekly open office hours for students to discuss anything related to entrepreneurship. Join us for a special AMA session with Abby Lyall, VP at Big Idea Ventures.

19th Annual Social Enterprise Conference, Capital for Good | Renewable Energy Intermittency: Can the United States Rely on 100% Renewables? (Nov 13): While wind and solar have become cheaper forms of energy to build in most places, the intermittency of renewable energy remains a challenge to converting to 100% renewable energy usage. The intermittent nature of renewable energy causes challenges for the energy grid to meet supply and demand. What will the grid look like in the future? If we were to design the grid tomorrow, how would we build it to take advantage of renewable energy? This panel will discuss the challenges of converting our energy usage to 100% renewables, as well as possible solutions to the energy grid that can be implemented to convert to 100% renewable energy.

TechDay (Nov 17-19): All Columbia Students and Alumni can use the promo code: TDEX20. This code will go into the first two options of the link below. Meanwhile, the last option is a “Pay As You Wish” model, where you simply indicate $0 to get the pass for free; however, registrants can pay whatever amount they would like ($50 is the maximum contribution).

Fast Pitch 2020 (Nov 19): Columbia Engineering’s annual campus-wide Fast Pitch 2020 competition in November! Teams will have 60 seconds to sell their business ideas to a panel of judges to win up to $5,000.



NYCRIN (Greater NYC regional I-Corps node) is holding its annual resource meeting, inviting founders and I-Corps alum to connect with regional ecosystem resources for entrepreneurs (November 12).




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