About Us

Dave Lerner, Mentor in Residence

Dave was appointed Director of Entrepreneurship at Columbia University in 2013. In his five years with Columbia Entrepreneurship he’s helped launch the Columbia Startup Lab, the Columbia Design Studio, Startup Law Studio and a host of new tech programs and curricula throughout the university’s many schools. He is also an Adjunct Professor of Entrepreneurship at Columbia Business School where he teaches the Greenhouse Accelerator Program and the Launch Your Startup class.

By background he’s an entrepreneur (2 exits) and angel investor in 85+ companies. His personal blog, www.davelerner.com/blog, explores the worlds of university entrepreneurship, angel/venture investing, and startups and he’s a frequent contributor to many other publications, including Business Insider, whose SAI group recently named him both one of the “top 100 most influential New Yorkers in the digital business community” and “one of NYC’s top 100 early stage investors”.

Dave also serves as a mentor at TechStars and serves on the Board of the NY Tech Alliance.