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Columbia Business School

November 03, 2016 16:12 ET

Columbia Business School Announces Inaugural Winners of Entrepreneurial Research Fellowship Awards in Conjunction with Week-Long Celebration of Entrepreneurship

NEW YORK, NY--(Marketwired - November 03, 2016) -

  • Startup Week allows students to network and build relationships with New York City's fastest growing companies.
  • New and unique entrepreneurship curriculum designed to equip students with the skills and knowledge to lead businesses.
  • School offers a for-credit independent study to students working with early startups in New York City.

To kick off Startup Week, a four-day celebration of entrepreneurship at Columbia Business School, The Eugene Lang Center for Entrepreneurship announced the first winners of the newly established entrepreneurial research fellowship awards for PhD students. Each academic year, the Lang Center will award up to four students with a fellowship of $5,000. This year's fellows will present their research publicly at the Entrepreneurial Research Showcase event in the spring of 2018.

"At Columbia Business School we are dedicated to exploring new ideas about entrepreneurship. That is why we created this research fellowship program and the Entrepreneurial Research Showcase, where our PhD students and our professors are able to present their latest research findings to the community," said Olivier Toubia, Glaubinger Professor of Business, and new faculty director for the Lang Center.

The winners of the inaugural research fellowship awards are:

  • Dana Kanze, PhD '19, for her research exploring the gender gap in venture finance.
  • Xiao Cen, PhD '20, for her research on how financial technology -- otherwise known as fintech -- reshapes the investing and financing decisions of households.
  • Alessandro Piazza, PhD '18, for his research about the transition from entrepreneurship to angel investing.

This year's other Startup Week activities include a fireside chat with Phin Barnes, partner at First Round Capital, the Startup Food Fair and Startup Networking night.

Startup Networking Night provides an opportunity for Columbia Business School students to meet and build relationships with some of New York City's fastest-growing companies such as Betterment, Button, Gett, and many more.

While this weeklong celebration of entrepreneurship is taking place, the Lang Center announced several other new developments in the Entrepreneurship Program.

"We want students to understand the realities of entrepreneurship as early in their business school life cycle as possible so they can make the most informed choice about which career path to pursue," said Vince Ponzo '03, executive director of the Lang Center. "We have created a unique, goal-oriented framework for the curriculum and programs designed to meet the long-term career objectives of our students."

A New Entrepreneurship Curriculum

Roadmaps for the curriculum in entrepreneurship at Columbia Business School have recently been reorganized to enable students to quickly and easily understand what's being offered and choose their areas of interest. They are divided into the following categories:

  • THINK - a curriculum for any student who would like to adopt an entrepreneurial way of thinking, problem solving and business growth and recognizes the value and importance of entrepreneurial thinking in today's economy.
  • START - a curriculum for students planning to start their own business during or after business school who are likely to be a founder, a CEO, or hold some type of leadership role in that organization.
  • SCALE - a curriculum for students interested in taking an existing business to the next stage, growing either their own business or a business founded by someone else or perhaps a family business that they will eventually control.
  • INVEST - a curriculum for students looking to understand what is involved in investing in entrepreneurial companies and what it takes to become an angel investor.

Enhanced Programs to Help Budding Entrepreneurs Succeed

  • The Lang Scholars Program - Structured as a semester-long independent study, in both the spring and fall, the Lang Scholars program pairs students with teams selected to one of NYC's top accelerator programs including Techstars, ERA and Dreamit. This semester, 17 Columbia Business School students are paired with the 17 teams in the Dreamit accelerator. Students benefit by experiencing entrepreneurship in a live setting, gaining exposure to the network and resources Dreamit brings while Dreamit companies benefit by gaining access to the world-class business knowledge, experience and talent of Columbia Business School MBAs.
  • Fall Venture Fair - the Annual Fall Venture Fair provides students with the opportunity to practice their pitch and receive critical feedback from successful entrepreneurs and other knowledgeable practitioners from the Columbia Business School entrepreneurial community.

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