Apr
6
11:30 AM11:30

Mini Keynote: Shane Snow '10JRN, Founder, Chief Creative Officer, Contently

Shane Snow '10JRN, Chief Creative Officer of Contently, is an award-winning entrepreneur and journalist based in New York City. Originally from Idaho, he studied journalism at Columbia University. 

Shane is a widely published author whose works include "Smartcuts: How Hackers, Innovators, and Icons Accelerate Success"; "Dream Teams: Working Together Without Falling Apart"; "The Storytelling Edge: How to Transform Your Business, Stop Screaming into the Void, and Make People Love You"; and "Smartcuts: The Breakthrough Power of Lateral Thinking". READ MORE >>

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Apr
6
4:30 PM16:30

Panel: Will Blockchain Liberate the Netizens?

In 2008 a pseudonymous figure named Satoshi Nakamoto released a PDF entitled “Bitcoin: A Peer-to-Peer Electronic Cash System.” Within a year a small cadre of libertarian cypherpunks began evangelizing a technological breakthrough. In 2018, after untold amounts of digital wealth have made speculators rich, we are witnessing a Cambrian explosion of technology based on Nakamoto’s core innovation: the Blockchain. Join our panel of investors, academics, and yes one or two cypherpunks for a conversation about how this technology that began as a tool to liberate netizens from the tyranny will be the "Next Big Thing"? READ MORE >>

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Apr
6
4:30 PM16:30

Panel: Astropreneurship and the coming of the NewSpace revolution 

Sputnik, meet Falcon Heavy.  “Old space” was a race between the US and the Soviet Union, an extension of the Cold War fueled by fear.  Since then, the power centers of innovation have shifted.  NewSpace is entrepreneurial and aspirational. It may seem like reaching for the stars, but the revolution is here.  The movement has already produced a highly visible, globally emerging, private space innovation industry. Elon Musk of SpaceX, Jeff Bezos of Blue Origin, and Richard Branson of Virgin Galactic are in the headlines. Join Singularity University fellow Sidney Nakahodo, former NASA astronauts, NewSpace founders, and technologists for a conversation about how a distinctly commercially-minded, aerospace startups are working independently to develop faster, better, and cheaper technologies that will democratize space and the usher in a proliferation of space technologies. READ MORE >>

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Apr
6
4:30 PM16:30

Mini Keynote: Jeanette Wing

Jeannette Wing is the Avanessians Director of the Data Science Institute at Columbia. Dramatic advancements in data science have fueled explosions in the methods and amounts of data we collect. Jeannette comes to Columbia from Microsoft, where for the past four years she has been Corporate Vice President of Microsoft Research, overseeing a global network of research labs. She is widely recognized for her intellectual leadership in computer science, and is now helping to define the new, emerging field of data science. 

Technologies like Artificial Intelligence are promising great advancements for our society. However, the speed of progress in Data Science is setting off some alarms.  The possibilities could inspire impassioned data scientists, but advancement without caution and consideration for consequence could lead to great harm. By engaging with world-class philosophers, economists, practitioners, and more, we hope to understand the implications of AI better. Join Jeannette Wing, Avanessians Director of the Data Science Institute at Columbia for a frank and provocative discussion about how Data Science is changing our world. READ MORE >>

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Apr
6
5:30 PM17:30

Mini Keynote: George Yancopoulos '80CC, '85GF, '87PS, MD, President and Chief Scientific Officer, Regeneron

George D. Yancopoulos '80CC, '85GF, '87PS, MD, Ph.D., is Regeneron’s President and Chief Scientific Officer. He has led Regeneron alongside Len Schleifer, MD, Ph.D., since 1989. George has been driven by science his entire life. He began his education at the Bronx High School of Science, received his MD and Ph.D. from Columbia University and went on to become the 11th most highly cited scientist in the world in the 1990s. In 2004, he was elected to be a member of the National Academy of Sciences. Dr. Yancopoulos, together with key members of his team, is a principal inventor and developer of Regeneron's six FDA-approved drugs, as well as its foundational technologies, including the Trap technology, VelociGene® and VelocImmune®. READ MORE >>

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Apr
6
6:30 PM18:30

Panel: From Innovation to Spinout; Life at the Intersection of University Research and Entrepreneurship

Sponsored by Columbia's Women Inventors Network and by Women in Science @ Columbia this discussion takes a deep dive into the tale of three scientist's journeys from innovation to spinout and what life is like working at the intersection of university research and the commercial sector.  Most importantly, this panel shares lessons learned from this experience with the younger generation of women inventors.

Michal Lipson who leads the Lipson Nanophotonics Group, Tilla Worgall, whose diagnostics startup received venture backing and Elizabeth Hillman who heads up the Laboratory for Functional Optical Imaging have all developed an impressive portfolio of IP, commercial engagement, and spinouts from their labs. READ MORE >>

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StartupColumbia Track Award Announcement
Apr
14
6:00 PM18:00

StartupColumbia Track Award Announcement

$250,000 Columbia Venture Competition
StartupColumbia Track Award Announcement
Zach Aarons ’13BUS Co-Founder and Advisor to MetaProp NYC


Finalists Profiles
 

We wish the best of luck to the 2017 Columbia Venture Competition finalists,
Their profiles are listed below.
The 30 finalists continue to prepare for the final presentations
that will take place on Thursday, April 13th throughout the day.
The winners will be announced the next day the #StartupColumbia Conference in
Roone Alredge Auditorium 9:30am – 5:00pm.

Find out who will split the $250,000 prize pool.
Get your #StartupColumbia tickets here.

StartupColumbia Challenge
VIDEO: Finalists

Eat Offbeat

Manal Kahi ʼ15SIPA

We deliver authentic meals made by refugees
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Mekhos Health

Anirban Gangopadhyay ʼ14SEAS, Vikas Vavilala- ’14CC

Automate clinical trial recruitment
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Mindr

Sarah Lux-Lee ʼ16SIPA – 3rd Place Winner!

Events for the intellectually curious parents (babies welcome)
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Parceed

Tatiana Sorokina ʼ12BUS,  Louisy Raymond, Bentley University

We democratize access to education
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Second Line Vinyl

Michael Thomas ʼ17GS, Zane Howard, U. Pittsburgh

World’s first modern manufacturer of vinyl records

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SleepAXIS – 2nd Place Winner!

Saad Shaikh ʼ17BUS, Salman Ali ʼ17BUS

The future of sleep telemedicine

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Unbound – 1st Place Winner!

Lorraine White ʼ17BUS ʼ10CC, Jackie Churchwell ʼ17BUS

We empower women through enhanced sexual wellness

Technology Challenge, Sponsored by Columbia Engineering
VIDEO: Finalists

TempRes Technology

Chathuranga De Silva ʼ17SEAS, Porakrit Leophairatana ʼ17SEAS

Temperature responsive antimicrobial film for medical applications

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OpenBCI

Conor Russomanno ʼ11SEAS, Andrea Ortuno ʼ16SEAS

Open-sources innovation of human-computer interface technologies

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Nascent Energy Systems

Keith Heyde ʼ12SEAS

Efficient energy harvesting for rail infrastructure optimization

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Cathecare  2nd Place Winner!

Charles Pan ʼ16SEAS, Aonnicha Burapachaisri ʼ16SEAS, Aishwarya Raja ʼ16SEAS

CatheCare sterilizes catheter hubs and saves lives

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Voyant Photonics – 1st Place Winner!

Chris Phare ʼ17SEAS

Tiny, cheap laser radar for self-driving cars

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IMMPLACATE – 3rd Place Winner!

Mariko Kanai ʼ17CC, Holly Wobma ʼ19CUMC

Off-the-shelf stem cell therapy for immune disorders

Global Technology Challenge, Sponsored by Columbia Engineering
VIDEO: Finalists

Allied Microbiota – 3rd Place Winner!

Frana James ʼ16SEAS

Cheaper, more effective clean up of pollutants

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Kheyti – 1st Place Winner!

Kaushik Kappagantulu ʼ17BUS

Affordable greenhouses helping smallholder farmers battle poverty

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EfficienCity

Jeremy Hopkins ʼ18BUS

Online marketplace to scale energy efficiency globally

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Luso Labs – 2nd Place Winner!

Ritish Patnaik ʼ16SEAS, Olachi Oleru ʼ16SEAS

Automated, accurate, and accessible cervical cancer screening

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La Plataforma

Tessa Flippin ʼ16BUS

Remittance platform for Latin America using bitcoin

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NaTakallam

Aline Sara ʼ14SIPA

Online language practice and learning delivered by refugees

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HIC Chair

Narmine Ben Aissa

Training smart cushion to prevent back pain

SIPA Dean’s Public Policy Challenge Grant
VIDEO: Finalists

CiteMe  – Honorable Mention Winner!

Alexei Gittelson ʼ17SIPA, Johnathon Adam de Villier ʼ17SIPA

Connects researchers seeking data on a wide variety of natural features

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Demoperate – Honorable Mention Winner!

Andy Chen Wang ʼ18SIPA, Shreemathi Tumkur ʼ18SIPA

Online social platform to collaborate, network, and engage with local governments

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FiveOne Labs – Tied 1st Place Winner!

Sophia Burton ʼ17SIPA, Patricia Letayf ʼ17SIPA, Alice Bosley ʼ17SIPA

Incubator for displaced & conflict-affected entrepreneurs in the Middle East

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HelmetSmart – Tied 1st Place Winner!

Olivia Marie Arguinzoni ʼ17SIPA, Malgosia Rejniak ʼ18SIPA

Encouraging motorcyclists in India to wear helmets

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I-Care  Tied 1st Place Winner!

Fang Liu ʼ17SIPA, Xinwei Gao ʼ17SIPA

Technology and medical data to provide senior citizens with better options

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SunCommunity – Honorable Mention Winner!

Gabriel Guggisberg ʼ18SIPA

Platform that connects consumers & supplies of solar tech in developing countries

Columbia Undergraduate Challenge, Sponsored by Columbia College
VIDEO: Finalists

NoMor – 2nd Place Winner!

Chiara Vallini ʼ17SEAS, Caroline Chiu ʼ17SEAS, Hae Seong Kim ʼ17SEAS, John Mavroudes ʼ17SEAS, Walid Rahman ʼ17SEAS

Team dedicated to develop anti-tremor device to improve lives

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Palette

Alan Gou ʼ17SEAS, George Liu ʼ17CC – 1st Place Winner!

Platform used by teams to plan, record, and learn from growth and marketing experiments

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Collegewalk

Alex Nicita ʼ20CC, Ian Yiran Huang ʼ20CC, Kevin Chu ʼ19CC, Josh Learn ʼ20SEAS

Platform linking current students with prospective students for a more personalized and immersed campus tour

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Pencraft – 3rd Place Winner!

Derek Netto ʼ17SEAS

Motion controller for mobile gaming

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Gallo

Justin Donovan ʼ19CC, Mike Bulkin ʼ20CC, Conder Shou ʼ19CC

Gallo allows high-volume gasoline purchasers to pre-purchase gasoline at wholesale prices.

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Etcetera

Riley Jones ʼ17CC, John Kotey ʼ17SEAS, Summer Payton ʼ17BC,
Ibrahima Niang ʼ17GS, Ibrahima Niang ʼ18SEAS

Software service delivery digital venture development tools for entrepreneurs of color

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DayTripper

Matt Piccolella ʼ17SEAS

Making it easier for people to discover the best half-and-full day trips in their city

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Fostering Innovation in the NYC Life Science Ecosystem
Apr
14
4:30 PM16:30

Fostering Innovation in the NYC Life Science Ecosystem

Fostering Innovation in the NYC Life Science Ecosystem with panelists Karen Heidelberger, Chief Partnership and Communications Officer, Deerfield Ventures, Joel S. Marcus, CEO & Founder, Alexandria Real Estate Equities, Inc. Professor Gordana Vunjak-Novakovic, Co-founder, Tara & Epibone, Euan Robertson, EVP & COO, NYCEDC and Orin Herskowitz, Executive Director, Columbia Technology Ventures.

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Women in Entrepreneurship: Investment and Opportunity
Apr
14
2:40 PM14:40

Women in Entrepreneurship: Investment and Opportunity

Investors often chase the same companies, inflating valuations and producing questionable returns for later investors. One part of the market -- women-led and gender balanced teams -- is still under the radar, but the data shows that this segment outperforms others by producing higher returns with less capital. Indeed, companies that include both women and men in product creation and leadership are best positioned for survival. Hear from both sexes about the value that is created by tapping all brain power and diverse consumer interest.

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Consumer Robotics – Introducing Jibo, The World's First Consumer Robot
Apr
29
10:40 AM10:40

Consumer Robotics – Introducing Jibo, The World's First Consumer Robot

Consumer Robotics – Introducing Jibo, The World's First Consumer Robot with panelists  Dr. Cynthia Breazeal, MIT Media Lab Personal Robotics Group founder and Jibo Inc. Chief Scientist and Steve Chambers, Jibo Inc. CEO, Columbia engineering Professor. Moderator: Stuart Ellman, Managing Partner RRE Ventures.

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