2019 Schedule

The finals of the Columbia Venture Competition will be held on Thursday, April 4 at various locations across campus.  If you would like to attend, please purchase a ticket for the StartupColumbia Conference on Friday, April 5th and send your request to contact@startupcolumbia.org


Friday, April 5, 2019

9:00 AMMiller TheatreDoors and Registration Opens
9:30 AMMiller TheatreStartupColumbia 2019 Welcome
9:35 AMMiller TheatreColumbia Venture Competition – SIPA Dean’s Challenge Awards with Columbia SIPA Dean Merit E. Janow
9:45 AMMiller TheatreReturning From Incarceration, Reentry Advocacy – Katherine Katcher '07CC Founder of Root and Rebound ensuring that
individuals and communities impacted by mass incarceration have access to justice and opportunity
10:00 AMMiller TheatreFrom Refugees to Founders – LIVE FROM IRAQ: Alice Bosley '17SIPA co-founder of FiveOne Labs a start-up incubator helping
conflict-affected entrepreneurs launch ventures in the Middle East. Plus, Shanna Crumley '18SIPA Co-Founder, Bitae Technologies, Giving
Refugees Access to Education, Work, and Opportunity. The moderator is Columbia Entrepreneurship Design Lead, Joe Heritage, '17SIPA
10:25 AMMiller TheatreCrypto-Economics 101 - Beyond Currency, A Look at Some of the Most Promising New Blockchain Projects
Moderator: Nat Kelner, Columbia Entrepreneurship Blockchain Studio
Wendy Xiao Schadeck ‛16BUS Investment Manager at Northzone
Ghada Almashaqbeh, Ph.D. candidate, Columbia Cryptography Lab
Jake Brukhman, Managing Director & CEO at CoinFund
Joel Monegro, Partner at Placeholder
11:10 AMMiller TheatreColumbia Venture Competition Undergraduate Challenge – Award Announcement with Columbia College Dean, James J. Valentini
11:20 AMMiller TheatreRacism and the Production of Racial Inequities -- Dr. Courtney D. Cogburn, Professor at the Columbia School of Social Work
A demonstration of media and technologies with the potential to mitigate racism.
11:40 AMMiller TheatreColumbia Venture Competition Technology Challenge -- Award Announcement with Columbia Engineering Dean Mary C. Boyce
11:50 PMMiller TheatreAnnouncements and House Cleaning
12:00 PMPulitzer Hall
3rd Floor
Columbia Food Founders Fare
Join us for Lunch in Pulitzer Hall World Room and Lecture Hall ! – Separate tickets required.
12:00 PMPulitzer Hall
3rd Floor
Meet the Founders -- Many of our speakers and student ventures will stick around for informal chats.
Concurrent with the Columbia Food Founders Sare
1:30 PMMiller TheatreColumbia Venture Competition International Blockchain Innovation Challenge – Award Announcement
1:40 PMMiller TheatreSmart Loans for People Without Credit: When our credit score system suppresses opportunity for 2.5B people
-- Shivani Siroya ’07MPH Founder & CEO of Tala, Forbes 2018 Top 50 FinTech Companies in the World
2:05 PMMiller TheatreFirst of Two Columbia Entrepreneur of the Year Announcement
2:10 PMMiller Theatre#Coaching Columbia Awards – Columbia Volunteerism
Richard Witten ‘75CC, Special Advisor to the President of Columbia University
William O'Farrell, Co-founder & CEO of Body Labs, Inc.
Jolyne Caruso-Fitzgerald '81 Barnard, CEO of The Alberleen Group
2:25 PMMiller TheatreDispatches From a Joyful Woman Warrior Anne Williams - Isom '91Law, CEO of Harlem Children's Zone
Hers is a message of radical hope that comes from unshakeable love.
A love that outlasts injustice and does not quit until what is wrong is right.
2:50 PMMiller TheatreSecond of Two Columbia Entrepreneur of the Year Announcement
3:00 AMMiller TheatreAbigail E. Disney '97GSAS, is a filmmaker, philanthropist, activist, and the Emmy-winning director of The Armor of Light. She Will Speak
About the Plight of Women in War and Their Role in Peace
3:25 PMMiller TheatreColumbia Venture Competition StartupColumbia Challenge - Award Announcement
3:35 PMMiller TheatreGov. Deval Patrick, Managing Director of Bain Capital Double Impact. When Large Institutions Affect Social Change and When They Don't
4:00 PMMiller TheatreClosing Remarks