For Applicants: Columbia Startup Lab Response to COVID-19, FAQ

At the Columbia Startup Lab (CSL), the health and safety of our founders is our top priority. As we continue to navigate the situation with COVID-19, we are mindful of state and government policy, university guidelines, and public health recommendations. 

As you know things change quickly, so please refer to this page for up-to-date information as we continue to adapt. 


When is the move out date for the 2019-2020 CSL cohort?

Our move out date is scheduled for Friday, August 28, 2020. 


When is the move in date for the 2020-2021 cohort? 

Move-in is scheduled for Monday, September 9, 2020. 


What resources are available to CSL members? How is CSL supporting startups? 

All CSL programming continues virtually – i.e. office hours, workshops, problem-solution sessions, virtual coffee dates, etc. Additionally, all programming is offered to alumni of CSL. 

We’ve launched a #SupportStartups social media campaign – there’s a running list of our features here and in our Instagram highlights and continue to look for ways to support our members and alumni. 


Are you accepting applications for the 2020-2021 CSL cohort? 

Yes, applications are open through May 1. Now more than ever, we want current students and alumni to know that we are a resource available to them. We believe a community like CSL can support and guide innovators through these difficult times. Learn more and apply here


When we return to in-person (non-virtual) activities, what will CSL look like? 

We will confer with public health professionals, WeWork, and Columbia University to institute best practices, with health and safety as the top priority.


Summary: CSL, A Virtual Community 

Effective Sunday, March 22, 2020 at 8:00pm, CSL moved online and continues as a virtual community with tailored programming, mentorship, and a supportive community of founders helping one another navigate the entrepreneurial landscape. We are offering all current members and alumni access to the following:


  • Webinars
  • In Residence Program
  • Problem Solution Sessions
  • Virtual Coffee Dates 
  • Office Hours 
  • Brainstorming Sessions 


For up to date information about COVID-19 and Columbia’s response, visit:

For up to date information about  COVID-19 and WeWork’s response, visit:

For up to date information about COVID-10 and CSL’s reponse, visit this page for the most up to date information. 

If you have any additional questions, please reach out to CSL Director, Daniella Raposo at 

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