Columbia Engineering Venture Competition

First Round Applications will be due in February 2015!

This year the Columbia Venture Competition will be university wide, with a total prize pool of $250,000!

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The Columbia Venture Competition was first launched in April 2009, and has paid out more than $100,000 in prize money to early-stage ventures all founded by young Columbia entrepreneurs. Over the years the competition has grown in the number of submissions and in competition quality.

2015 Dates and Deadlines

  • February 11, 11:59 p.m.—executive summaries due
  • March TBD, 11:59 p.m.—second round submissions due (video pitch)
  • April TBD—Final round with live judging on campus

Judging

  • Judges come from across the Columbia Entrepreneurship alumni community and have a wide range of expertise and backgrounds. At SEAS, Columbia Engineering's Entrepreneurship Advisory Board is part of the judging committee.

Challenges (Separate Tracks)

  • The Columbia Venture Competition’s five challenges offer a combined pool of $250,000 in cash grants (no strings attached) to any team of current students or recent alumni who prevail in the competition.

#Startup Columbia Challenge ($50K)
Cash Grants will be awarded to teams that do the best job of presenting empirical evidence of market acceptance for their value propositions; proof of viability of the business model must be provided.
Eligibility: Open to students and recent alumni (five years or less) from Columbia University

Technology Challenge ($50K) sponsored by SEAS
Teams should have business models based on a solid foundation of applied, solution-focused technology innovation. Entries should focus on product development, innovative design and “builder” technologies including data analytics, software, or hardware. Cross-disciplinary teams are strongly encouraged.
Eligibility: Open to students and recent alumni (five years or less) from Columbia University

Columbia Undergraduate Challenge ($50K)
Teams must show empirical evidence of having incorporated customer or user feedback into the design of their business model.
Eligibility: Open to all undergraduate-only teams from Columbia University and Barnard College

SIPA Dean’s Public Policy Challenge Grant ($50K)
Proposals from students for innovative products that use digital technology and data to improve the global urban environment
Eligibility: Teams must have at least one current SIPA student.

Global Technology Challenge ($50K) sponsored by SEAS
Entries should be tech or data-driven solutions to address global challenges. Ventures should feature technology and data-driven solutions to address global challenges. 'Global challenges,' represent problems—whether environmental, sustainability, health, disaster relief, or security-related. Cross-disciplinary teams are strongly encouraged.
Eligibility: Open to students and recent alumni (five years or less) from Columbia University

Rules
Teams can only enter 1 track.
Alumni are eligible within 5 years past graduation date (2010-2014).
Teams/businesses must not have raised more than $150,000 in funding.

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