Graduate Management News

April 2014

The Newsletter of the Graduate Management Admission Council

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  • Columbia Business School launches entrepreneurship conference, aims to expand the footprint of entrepreneurship at the school. Columbia Business School’s Vince Ponzo, director of the Eugene Lang Entrepreneurship Center, has launched #StartupColumbia, the university’s inaugural entrepreneurship conference, a one-day festival that will include presentations from startup entrepreneurs such as FourSquare founder Dennis Crowley, angel investor David Tisch, and Dropbox founder Drew Houston. Aspiring entrepreneurs from around the university will have the chance to pitch their business ideas in a shark-tank competition for $50,000. The conference is part of a larger strategic plan to position Columbia not only at the center of business in New York City, but at the center of entrepreneurship in Silicon Alley, the East Coast’s answer to the West Coast’s Valley. The b-school will also take part in the launch of the Columbia Startup Lab, one of the largest co-working, incubator spaces in Silicon Alley. The 5,100-square-foot facility will open to 71 Columbia entrepreneurs in June 2014.