Coming Up in Entrepreneurship – February 2021

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




Design Your Future (Feb 10): The future can feel uncertain, so we’ve created Design Your Future as a two-session program where students learn to apply design to their careers and life after graduation. The goal of this program is to help you to better navigate your career and life choices in the face of uncertainty. The tools we cover are ones you can continue to apply whenever you find yourself personally “stuck.”

2021 Columbia Venture Competition (Feb 10): The 2021 Columbia Venture Competition is now open! First round deadline is Feb 10 – check out for details.

Columbia-Corning Advanced Materials Prize (Feb 15): Are you working on translational research/a startup in the advanced materials space?  Apply by February 15 for the inaugural Columbia-Corning Advanced Materials Prize.  Winners will receive up to $50,000 and mentorship from Corning and CTV’s entrepreneurial teams. Link here:

Tamer Fund for Social Ventures (Feb 15): 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.

Call for Research: DSI Cybersecurity Center Poster Session (Feb 16): The DSI Cybersecurity Center is dedicated to developing the capacity for keeping data secure and private throughout its lifetime. The Columbia community is welcome to submit research, including: faculty; affiliated researchers; and currently enrolled undergraduate, graduate, PhD candidates and postdoctoral researchers.

Third Thursday (Feb 18): Hosted by Columbia Engineering, this Third Thursday will feature pitch coaches, mentors, students and faculty to help you deliver the best pitch. This is a great opportunity to practice your pitch for CVC 2021!

SBIR (Feb 18): DoD’s Small Business Innovation Research 21.1 solicitation cycle is now open. See especially the AFWERX SBIR Open Topic. Note that “STRATFI” awardees are eligible for fund matching against equity investment by VCs.

Tamer Digital Event Series | Microfinance Done Right – BRAC (Feb 19): How can we successfully expand financial access to the underserved communities in society? This panel will talk through the opportunities and challenges surrounding microfinance

Tamer Digital Event Series | What We’ve Learned: The Best Solutions to Come out of COVID-19 (Feb 19): COVID-19 has catalyzed an unprecedented wave of change and innovation. New policies, funding, and solutions are realizing impact — or falling short — faster than ever before.

Columbia-NYU-Takeda Alliance (Feb. 22): Columbia University, New York University, and Takeda Pharmaceuticals have formed a collaborative research alliance to initiate and advance gastroenterology (GI) research programs with high potential to impact the development of new therapeutics for patients with GI disorders. This cycle of the Alliance has a particular thematic focus on GI Inflammation and neuroinflammation; motility and modulating enteric nervous system biology; and liver. Letters of Intent are due Feb. 22. Details here:

Joining Emergent Need Projects through NSIN (Rolling): Opportunities are open for those looking to be involved in new projects supporting DoD customers. Upcoming topics include autonomy, AI/ML, gaming, ad tech, cyber, and intelligence applications. Especially strong submissions of interest will be considered for SBIR letters of support.



Open Call season from Newlab (various deadlines): Newlab launched its open call season, inviting innovators to apply transformative technologies to major global challenges. Companies are invited to submit applications for any of three Innovation Studios focused on a range of challenges and opportunities across industry and society, spanning 5G, mining, and macro and micro-mobility challenges.

5G Studio – Applications open until February 10 – In partnership with Verizon, seeking teams that can leverage 5G to create next-gen applications for mobility, energy and industrial automation with access to a private 5G Ultra Wideband network and Mobile Edge Compute at Newlab.

Accessible Streets Studio – Applications open until February 24 – In partnership with Ford and Michigan Central, seeking solutions to help address urban mobility challenges facing Detroit including bridging transportation gaps, improving access to essential resources and transit information, and fostering safe and welcoming streets

Prospect Mining Studio – Applications open until March 10 – In partnership with Vimson Group, CMIC and other mining industry leaders, seeking innovators working across the full value chain of mining to improve sustainability, operational efficiency and create impactful, scalable opportunities across the $1T mining industry.

Hudson Heights Innovations (Feb. 26): Hudson Heights Innovations, a collaboration between Columbia University and Deerfield Management, is requesting proposals to develop innovative therapeutic strategies to treat rare genetic diseases. Applications are due Feb. 26. Details here:

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