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Columbia Entrepreneurship, operated out of the Office of the President, provides a central place for information about and programming for the entrepreneurship ecosystem at Columbia - for current students at the Columbia Startup Lab Uptown and for alumni at the Columbia Startup Lab in Soho. We also connect students and alumni with the entrepreneurship nodes at each school and across the University.

For Current Students: Columbia Startup Lab (CSL) Uptown

Wherever you are in your startup journey, we
can help you figure out how to make the most of your time while an enrolled student on campus.

For Students and Alumni: Columbia's Venture Competition

Each Spring, Columbia entrepreneurs compete for non-dilutive monetary prizes totaling $300,000 at Columbia’s venture competition, StartupColumbia.

For Columbia Alumni: Columbia Startup Lab (CSL) Soho

This year, we’re headquarters for 59 startups founded by 71 
alumni entrepreneurs who hail from 8 of Columbia’s undergraduate and graduate schools.

Featured Programs

Here are more ways to get involved with Columbia Entrepreneurship.

Design for Social Innovation (For Students)

A big part of the CSL Uptown experience is learning to approach problems with human centered design techniques. Learn more about how the Design for Social Innovation class teaches these techniques and gives students the chance to apply them to real world problems for real world clients.

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CTech Founders Track (For Students)

Founded by Dr. Song Li, PhD ’92, CTech gives technical founders who are enrolled in Columbia Business School and/or Columbia Engineering’s graduate programs the tools to become world-class entrepreneurs.

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Collaboratory (For Faculty)

Co-founded by Columbia Entrepreneurship and the Data Science Institute, the Collaboratory supports faculty in the development of innovative, interdisciplinary curricula that embeds data or computational science.

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To get a sense of what classes you might want to take advantage of while at Columbia, below are the typical 30+ course offerings available for currently enrolled students who are interested in entrepreneurship, innovation, and design. For a full picture of your eligibility and what’s available per semester, please visit your school’s registration pages.


Columbia Engineering (Graduate)

Columbia Business School