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Startup Me Up: E’ship Mini Boot Camp

2016 Entrepreneurship Mini-Boot Camp

Tuesday, May 24th
10:00 AM to 3:00 PM
Carleton Commons, Mudd Building
Columbia University Campus
500 W. 120th St
New York, NY

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Columbia startup teams including 2016 CVC winners, Ignition Grant winners, TFP fellows, and ASCENT fellows are invited to participate in a day of learning and growing their businesses with a mini entrepreneurship boot camp. You’ll hear from founders, Columbia professors in the startup space, experts on entrepreneurship and data science, and a lawyer. A variety of topics will be covered, ranging from securing your IP to scaling your hardware or software business model.

10-11am: An Entrepreneur’s experience (Tyler Poore, CEO, IrOs, LLC.)

Tyler is a organic chemist that has been an active entrepreneur for the past three years. A former PhD student from Columbia University, he took a leave from his studies to join a startup in developing novel antimicrobials. In this role, he authored and submitted two provisional patents on antimicrobials for paints and developed several prototypes for antimicrobial urethane foams. He has since started his own company IrOs, which develops 3D printed hydrogels for biomedical application, with fellow member Andrea to create novel chemical products for existing problems in healthcare.

11-12am: Incorporation and IP Basics (Steve Davis/Goodwin Proctor)

Steve Davis is the expert legal advisor for SEAS Entrepreneurship Programs. Steve has been a partner at Goodwin Procter in the firm’s Business Law Department since 2008 and has extensive experience in several areas of corporate practice with a focus on venture capital, corporate finance and securities, mergers and acquisitions, private equity and corporate counseling in industries such as software, Internet infrastructure, applications and services, telecommunications, wireless technologies, biotech, medical devices, energy and clean tech, manufacturing, investment management and investment banking. Steve is a key contributor to the Goodwin Procter Founders Workbench, an online resource for start-ups, emerging companies and the entrepreneurial community. Prior to joining Goodwin Procter, Mr. Davis was a shareholder in the New York office of Heller Ehrman, where he was co-chair of its corporate/venture law practice and chair of its New York business law practice. Mr. Davis is a member of the American Bar Association and the New York State Bar Association (Committee on Securities Regulation). In addition, he acts as outside general counsel and board advisor to numerous public and private companies.

12-1pm: Networking Lunch & I-Corps info session (Ivy Schultz/SEAS Staff)

Ivy is the Associate Director of SEAS Entrepreneurship Programs at Columbia, where she manages several programs including the Tech and Global Tech challenges of the Columbia Venture Competition, the Fast Pitch Competition, Igntion Grants, the Translational Fellows Program, and Amazon Activate. She also works closely with physical resources that foster entrepreneurship communities including the Startup Lab in SoHo and Res. Inc on campus. As an NYCRIN Regional I-Corps instructor, Ivy guides and mentors scientists and engineers to extend their research beyond the laboratory into feasible business ventures. Ivy received her Master’s degree from Georgetown University, where she focused on technology and international business.

1-2pm: Hardware Product & Conflict of Interest (Sam Sia/SEAS Faculty)

Sam is a faculty member in biomedical engineering at Columbia University. His lab focuses on using microfluidics to improve patient health. His lab’s work has been supported by the NIH, NSF, USAID/Gates Foundation/World Bank/Governments of Norway and Canada, Wallace H. Coulter Foundation, American Heart Association, and World Health Organization. He has been named one of the world’s top young innovators by MIT Technology Review, and one of 10 innovators in human health and sustainability by NASA. He is founder of Claros Diagnostics, a venture capital-backed company which was acquired by Opko Health in 2011. His lab has invented a large number of new technologies currently covered by patents filed by Columbia University. Sam also co-founded the Harlem Biospace, a community of biotech innovators and scientifically-minded citizens who build models for turning revolutionary biotech ideas into products that solve real health problems

2-3pm Data Product (Chris Wiggins/SEAS Faculty)

Chris Wiggins is an associate professor of applied mathematics at Columbia University and the Chief Data Scientist at the New York Times. At Columbia he is a founding member of the Department of Systems Biology, the executive committee of the Data Science Institute (, and the Institute’s education and entrepreneurship committees. He is also an affiliate of Columbia’s Department of Statistics and a founding member of Columbia’s Center for Computational Biology and Bioinformatics (C2B2). He is a co-founder and co-organizer of hackNY (, a nonprofit which since 2010 has organized once a semester student hackathons and the hackNY Fellows Program, a structured summer internship at NYC startups. Prior to joining the faculty at Columbia he was a Courant Instructor at NYU (1998-2001) and earned his PhD at Princeton University (1993-1998) in theoretical physics. In 2014 he was elected Fellow of the American Physical Society and is a recipient of Columbia’s Avanessians Diversity Award.