View this email in your browser
Do you have a startup idea? Would you like feedback from Columbia alumni? 

Enter the Fast Pitch competition and win money to support your idea. This is a great opportunity to practice and perfect a 60-second pitch of your business idea to a panel of judges that includes Columbia alumni and members of the NYC venture community. 

$5,000 is at stake! There will be a $2,000 prize pool solely for undergraduates and a $3,000 pool for the best overall pitches. All CU students and alumni 5 years out are welcomed. Find out more details here.

Submit your video application here by November 1st. Don’t forget to RSVP to Zoom in for the live event on November 19th!


Third Thursday October 15th Recap: 5 Tips on Pitching and Making Connections

Third Thursday is a recurring open forum and networking and info session for the Columbia University entrepreneurship community. This month's guest speaker, YB Choi (SEAS'01), VC at Vulcan Capital, shared best practices about preparing for Fast Pitch 2020 and pitching your product to an investor. Here are 5 takeaways: 
1. A warm intro always helps
Make the connection first before the pitch. It's easy to get turned off by a cold pitch. Make it relevant to your investor and increase your chances of getting the email read by explaining the reasoning behind why you reach out (ie. I wanted to reach out to you because of 'x'.)

2. Preserve the integrity of your idea in the pitch 
Level set the pitch based on the technicality of the audience. Ask if there is a purpose for including something that is not easily understood.

3. Don't over-rely on your slides 
Reading off your slides is a warning that things likely should be done differently. The slides should be an aid, but not the pitch itself. Slides should have a specific purpose to help show and explain your pitch. 

4. Show your investors where the "go" is
Demonstrate to the investor that you have a plan for your idea in order to build a strong investor-founder relationship. Include how you will reach your next milestone once you receive the initial capital investment. 

5. Team is of key importance
Knowing how to communicate strengths and convey a positive team chemistry can be of equal importance as the idea of the pitch. Show the investor that your team is dependable and that you can trust your team. 

Fighting Climate Change, One Building At A Time

Columbia Startup Lab Alum Donnel Baird is Fighting Climate Change, One Building At A Time

Using AI in the Public Sphere

Capstone Workshop Recommendations for Brazilian Judiciary AI Transformation Have the Potential to "Reshape" Governance

Columbia Engineering Faculty Win Multiple Awards, Prizes, and Other Honors

Several Columbia Faculty Recognized for Scientific and Professional Achievements
Upcoming Events

November 11  |  Ask Me Anything
The Columbia Engineering Entrepreneurship office hosts weekly open office hours for students to discuss anything related to entrepreneurship. Join us for a special AMA session with Abby Lyall, VP at Big Idea Ventures. Register here.  

November 19  |  Fast Pitch 2020 Competition 
Registration is open for Columbia Engineering's annual campus-wide Fast Pitch 2020 competition in November! Teams will have 60 seconds to sell their business ideas to a panel of judges to win up to $5,000.
Register here.
Upcoming Deadlines

November 1  |  Fast Pitch 2020 Competition
The Columbia Engineering Entrepreneurship Office hosts the annual Fast Pitch 2020 Competition
 on November 19 at 5:30 pm ET. Teams have 60 seconds to sell their business ideas to a panel of judges and win up to $5,000! Looking to pitch? Submit your video application by THIS SUNDAY here.

November 1  |  MuckerLab Fellowship
MuckerLab is seeking students for its fellowship program during the ‘20-’21 school year. Selected fellows will spend ~5 hours/week helping the deal flow team with sourcing and evaluating early-stage software and tech-enabled services companies. This is an opportunity for aspiring venture capitalists to gain insights into the day-to-day of being a junior VC by working closely with members of the MuckerLab investment team. Apply here. 

November 6, 20; 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.

November 20  |  Columbia IBM Launch Accelerator
Are you an early-stage team developing innovative solutions in data transparency, big data, AI/ML, blockchain, or a related field in Deep Tech? Apply now to the 2020-2021 cohort of The Columbia | IBM Launch Accelerator, a pre-seed program for early-stage ventures. This non-dilutive program focuses on building and scaling successful companies through early-stage funding, in-depth education, mentorship, and business model design. Register for a virtual info session here and apply here

November 20  |  Pre-Proposals for Columbia Life Science Accelerators
BiomedX, Translational Therapeutics Accelerator (TRx), and Accelerating Cancer Therapeutics (ACT) help translate cutting-edge faculty-led university research out of the lab through project funding, education, and support for interdisciplinary teams working to advance innovative ideas with the potential to positively impact health outcomes. Learn more about these accelerators at a virtual info session on Nov. 18. Apply here. 

Community Announcements

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!

Inaugural Rising Stars in Engineering in Health Virtual Workshop
Co-hosted by Columbia Engineering and the Vagelos College of Physicians and Surgeons. Please help us spread the word and like/share/retweet our posts!

Twitter | Instagram | Facebook

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
Explore the various 
resources and tools you need to get started.

If you would like to share advice and help an aspiring entrepreneur, please sign up 
here to volunteer.
Office Hours 
Need feedback? 
Click here to schedule an appointment for office hours.

Have an announcement, news or story you'd like to share?

Send us a message
Hear from our previous Fast Pitch participants 

This email was sent to <<Email Address>>
why did I get this?    unsubscribe from this list    update subscription preferences
SEAS Eship · 500 W 120th St · 510 Mudd · New York, NY 10027-6623 · USA

Email Marketing Powered by Mailchimp