Coming Up in Entrepreneurship – November 2021

Here’s what’s coming up in entrepreneurship:


Athena Entrepreneurs (Every Thursday): Drop by the Athena Entrepreneurs meetup on Thursdays at the Athena Center, Milstein 4th Floor to get to know other students interested in entrepreneurship and learn more about how you can embrace positive risk-taking as an entrepreneur. All women and non-binary aspiring and emerging entrepreneurs at Barnard and Columbia are welcome. Come work on your startup – or just explore your interest in entrepreneurship with us. No RSVP is required!

On Nov 4, Rachael Nemeth, CEO and cofounder at Opus, will join to share insights from her experience building an accessible training technology for businesses with “deskless” workers. Hear first-hand how Rachael developed her first several MVPs, how the Opus team responded at the outset of the pandemic, and how she’s maintained a commitment to accessibility while scaling her business from 3 to 300 customers.

Design Studio HoursPlease note that open hours are canceled for Mon, Nov 1, Tues, Nov 2, Mon, Nov 29, and Tues, Nov 30 . Open hours (for project work and feedback from designers) are otherwise open on Mondays from 2pm to 4pm & Tuesdays from 4pm to 6pm. Come as an individual or a team. All Columbia students are welcome.

Fast Pitch Competition (Apply by Nov 2, Event held on Nov 19): Hosted by Columbia Engineering, Fast Pitch is Columbia’s campus-wide annual elevator pitch (similar to Shark Tank) competition where students and teams have 60 seconds to sell their business ideas to a panel of judges to win up to $5,000 for their idea. Teams are judged on their appeal, conciseness, and completeness.

Social Enterprise Conference, Capital for Good (Nov 5): On Friday, November 5, the Tamer Center for Social Enterprise will kick off its Digital Event Series in a virtual format of our 20th Annual Social Enterprise Conference, Capital for Good. Held throughout the 2021-2022 academic year, programming will share best practices and engender new ideas surrounding the intersection of capital and society.

Design for Social Innovation (Deadline, Nov 7): Applications are now open for the Spring 2022 Design For Social Innovation course! Taught by Sarah Holloway, Lecturer at the School of International Public Affairs and Adam Royalty, Designer in Residence at Columbia Entrepreneurship’s Design Studio, DFSI is a semester-long course where Columbia University students and faculty support social enterprises, nonprofit organizations, and the public sector to address complex, ambiguous global problems through human centered design. This Spring, we will work with NYC-based organizations around the themes of Education, Public Health, Urban Infrastructure, Mental Health, and Media. Please contact with any questions and apply here.

Columbia Life Science Accelerators: Call for Pre-Proposals (Deadline, Nov 15): The pre-proposal period is open for Therapeutics/Cancer Therapeutics/Drug Development – Accelerating Cancer Therapeutics (ACT) & Translational Therapeutics Resource (TRx); and Medical Technologies/Devices/Software/Coordination of Care/Remote Medicine – Biomedical Engineering Technology Accelerator (BiomedX formerly Columbia-Coulter program). Applicants must have a full-time faculty appointment, and at least one of the lead investigators should be from Columbia University. Graduate students and post-doctorate trainees can act as a project lead, with permission from the principal investigators (PIs). Please refer to the individual program Pre-proposal Instructions (below) and/or reach out to

 ‘Math Meets Bio’ Columbia-AlleyCorp Collaboration (Nov 22): 

Projects selected by AlleyCorp will receive support in terms of funding, mentorship from experienced entrepreneurs, curriculum, and a community of practice. AlleyCorp will provide a minimum commitment of $50,000 in direct funding, plus applicable indirect costs, where applicants should submit a reasonable budget to meet proof-of-concept milestones.

Eligibility: To be eligible for participation and funding, at least one team member must have a full-time faculty appointment at a Math Meets Bio member institution, and the project must be based substantially upon intellectual property owned by the faculty member’s institution.

Current Math Meets Bio Alliance Members:

– Columbia University

– Albert Einstein College of Medicine

– Weill Cornell Medical Center

RTW Charitable Foundation Accelerator (Nov 22): 

Translational projects focused on treatment of rare and ultra-rare diseases in the areas of the Central Nervous System and Cardiovascular Immunology/Autoimmunity (non-oncology). Projects should be aimed towards developing treatments or technologies to improve patient lives. Selected research projects will receive up to $125,000 (including a maximum of 10% indirect costs) in philanthropic funding.



Nucleate (Deadline, Nov 8): Are you an academic trainee (Post-doc/Ph.D./MBA/MD/JD) interested in building life science startups? Are you passionate about therapeutics, diagnostics, medtech, or synthetic biology? Apply to Nucleate’s activator program! Nucleate is a student-run nonprofit organization that facilitates the formation of new life science ventures.

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