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Urban Works India
We're excited to announce our Faculty lead for the 2020-2021 Urban Works Challenge. Professor of Mechanical Engineering and former NASA astronaut Mike Massimino will be leading the $50,000 challenge this year! Find out more on December 8th. Register here. 
Fast Pitch 2020 Recap
On Thursday, November 20th, over 50 start-up teams delivered a 60-second pitch to a panel of judges consisting of Columbia alumni and members of the NYC venture community, followed by a rapid Q&A session. The duality of substantive pitch content and creative use of Zoom backgrounds reflected the unique circumstances of this year’s Fast Pitch Competition. Congratulations to the winners who split $5,000! 
1st place: Iris - Easily-integrable remote IV-alarm monitoring systems
2nd place: OnTrack - AI productivity tool in the format of a smart chrome extension that blocks out all your distractions
3rd place: Cold Chain-ge - Increasing access to vaccines through orally-dissolving films

1st place: EZ Health - Telemedicine platform for non-native English speakers
2nd place: Werewool - Biodegradable performance textile fibers with inherent color
3rd place: Envirobe - Engineering Microbes To Infinitely Recycle Plastics

Audience Choice: Werewool
Missed the event? Check out some community announcements below:
  • Kama Arjun Vairavan: Looking for mobile engineers - click here
  • HitchApp: We're looking for an Android Developer (undergrad) who is willing to work and learn, mentorship, please send an email with your interest to 
  • Team Werewool: We have open positions on our team. Send us an email with interest: 
  • Jaimee Prass: Hyll Swimwear provides all your sweater needs for the holidays. Check us out!
  • Deng Michael: Looking for full-stack developers! Email

Disrupting Disinformation

Prof. Chris Wiggins has six ways to understand and combat online disinformation

Shutterstock Announces Acquisition of Amper Music

AI Capabilities To Enable Creation and Customization of Original Music: Columbia startup Amper Music was just acquired by Shutterstock (Jon Oringer MS'99) 

MTA Selects Companies to Bring High-Tech COVID-19 Solutions

The Transit Innovation Partnership is connecting eight companies with MTA, Port Authority, NJ Transit and NYC DOE to enhance the health and safety of the transit networks

Faces of Entrepreneurship: Moawia Eldeeb, Tempo

Nasdaq featured Moawia Eldeeb (SEAS’15), founder of Tempo, in 'Faces of Entrepreneurship
Upcoming Events

December 1  |  Fireside Chat with Pablo Navarro, Partner at Marathon Lab
Join the Marathon Lab, a Venture Capital Find in Colombia, and Pablo Navarro on Tuesday, December 1st at 8pm ET to chat about the Latin American startup ecosystem + opportunities for internships/full-time roles in PM/BizOps/Chief of Staff/Software roles at hypergrowth portfolio companies. Register here.

December 4  |  A Conversation with USPTO Director and Under Secretary of Commerce Andrei Iancu
Columbia Technology Ventures is pleased to invite you to a conversation discussing American innovation, the important role intellectual property plays in innovation, and efforts to expand the United States innovation ecosystem. Register here.

December 8 | Urban Works India
Join us on Tuesday, December 8th at 10 am ET for the Urban Works India Challenge kick-off! Urban Works India is part of the Columbia Venture Competition and $50,000 is at stake! Following a meet and greet, Professor Mike Massimino will be discussing the view of cities from space and why it is important to design and support sustainable cities. Previous challenge winners will also share their experiences. Register here. 

December 10  |  Third Thursday: LinkedIn Learning 
Learn how to develop a LinkedIn profile that works to your advantage and helps build your network for customer discovery. Join Columbia Engineering on December 10th at 12 pm ET for its monthly Third Thursday forum to hear from alumni entrepreneurs. Register here.

December 16  |  The Educators Summit: Adapting to the COVID Economy
Join Jerry Engel, Pete Newell, and Steve Weinstein for the 3rd edition of Lean Innovation Educators Summit on December 16th, 1 – 4pm EST, 6 – 9pm UTC. Register here. 
Upcoming Deadlines
December 4  |  DSI Virtual Poster Sessions
Hosted by DSI Research Centers, these events will share new and ongoing data science work from the Columbia University community. The below centers will host a poster session this Fall 2020, with more to be announced in Spring 2021. Topics include: Smart Cities Center; Financial & Business Analytics Center; Data, Media, and Society Center. Apply here.

December 11  |  E-Team Grant
Unlock up to $25,000 and essential entrepreneurship training from VentureWell for their E-Team program. Student teams must focus on developing a positive solution to a social, environmental, or health challenge. Apply here.

Rolling  |  Alexandria LaunchLabs Applications
Alexandria LaunchLabs is finishing up its construction on the 6th floor of the Lasker BioMedical Research Building near the Columbia University Irving Medical Center in order to support and accelerate the growth of early-stage life science companies affiliated with Columbia, as well as other early-stage companies wishing to co-locate near Columbia. Apply here.

Community Announcements

Columbia Gift Guide
20 ways to support alumni entrepreneurs this holiday season. Find gifts here.

Join Our Team! Remote Program Assistant Position
Assist in entrepreneurship projects, programs, and events (correspondence, publicity, and logistics). If you are interested in startups and entrepreneurship this is a great opportunity to develop your global network and learn from different experts! Apply here.

As you know, local businesses continue to be hit very hard by COVID-19 and many of them are verging on permanent closure. Two of our engineering school alumni are looking to address this issue by building iXopp (pronounced “i-Shop”), a location-based marketplace app that allows mom & pop stores to promote their products and businesses. 
Join their beta and participate in their quest to build a community and pave the local way. You can sign up for their service to get the latest updates or download their mobile app to discover and shop at your local stores. 

Columbia Build Lab
Columbia Build Lab, in partnership with the Lang Center, connects MBA founders with an idea to talented Columbia undergraduates who can help create and scale that idea into a minimum viable product (MVP). Learn more here.  

We Want to Hear From You! 
We're all learning to adjust to a new workflow during COVID-19, and would love to hear about your experiences in this process. Respond here with your thoughts on one or all of these questions, and you might be published in our next newsletter!

Podcast: Founders Couch                              
Founders Couch is a podcast about the most inspiring student founders and their intrepid journeys of starting their own thing. If you are a current student founder and are interested in being featured on the show, please email me with some background on you and your company. Listen to the podcast here.

Resources for Entrepreneurs
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resources and tools you need to get started.

If you would like to share advice and help an aspiring entrepreneur, please sign up 
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