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L2M Founders' Spotlights 

As the educational bootcamps of the 2020 Columbia Lab-to-Market Accelerator Programs near their conclusion, the L2M team would like to introduce a Founder's Spotlight Series featuring interviews with early-stage teams from across the network. These short form articles highlight the founding teams, their research/product, traction so far, and next steps after graduation from their respective programs. 

Biomedical Engineering Technology Accelerator (BiomedX)

Student Venture Associate Kush Mody had a chance to virtually sit down with cohort member Dr. Kacey Ronaldson of Link Biosystems. Based on research from the lab of Dr. Gordana Vunjak-Novacovic, Link Biosystems is creating a systemic human pre-clinical model for cancer drug development.

READ FULL ARTICLE HERE

Translational Therapeutics Resource (TRx)

Student Venture Associate Grace Kim had a chance to virtually sit down with TRx cohort member and Scientific Director of the Harris Wang lab, Kristin Beiswenger. The project team (led by Dr. Wang) are developing a platform technology for an orally delivered programmable gene modulator therapeutic based on research from several departments and centers at Columbia.

READ FULL ARTICLE HERE

Student Venture Associate Grace Kim interviewed TRx cohort member and Postdoctoral Student in the lab of Dr. Harmen Bussemaker, Chaitanya Rastogi. He and the research team are building a platform that allows the design of useful molecular reagents by measuring molecular interactions in ultra-high throughput environments.

READ FULL ARTICLE HERE

Accelerating Cancer Therapeutics (ACT)

Student Venture Associate Kush Mody interviewed cohort member Dr. Juan Arriaga of Meta Test. Based on research from the lab of Dr. Cory Abate-Shen which specializes in prostate cancer mouse models, Meta Test is a gene signature that will discern which patients are likely to develop metastases. 

READ FULL ARTICLE HERE

Student Venture Associate Grace Kim had a chance to virtually sit down with cohort member Dr. Yiping Han of FAP. Dr. Han's lab studies the role of bacterial pathogenesis in cancer. 

READ FULL ARTICLE HERE

NYC Media Lab Combine Program

Student Venture Associate Irene Koo had a chance to virtually sit down with cohort member and LostBytes founder Deniz Vurmaz. LostBytes is a sustainable waste tech startup that uses proprietary bio-digester machinery to produce organic fertilizer for plants.

READ FULL ARTICLE HERE

Student Venture Associate Irene Koo had a chance to virtually sit down with cohort member Krystal Persaud of GroupHug. GroupHug creates designer solar panels that hang in any window and charges your devices, providing users a way to be more eco-friendly.

READ FULL ARTICLE HERE

Columbia | IBM Blockchain Accelerator

Student Venture Associate Michael Riley had a chance to virtually sit down with cohort member Amal Abid founder of Tabaani. Taabani is an easy to use landmark-based mapping application for people in cities where the city structure is not a clear grid and where streets are not fully labeled. 

READ FULL ARTICLE HERE

Student Venture Associate Michael Riley had a chance to virtually sit down with cohort members Engir Son and Thang Nguyen, Co-founders of Risers. They are building a blockchain-enabled marketplace to tokenize athletes and convert them into investable assets. They are focused on helping their community of up-and-coming fighters raise money to invest in their careers and focus on training full-time as opposed to external revenue generation.

READ FULL ARTICLE HERE

Student Venture Associate Michael Riley had a chance to virtually sit down with cohort members Gregory Rocco, Wayne Change, and Jacob Blish of Intake. Intake’s mission is to help small and medium enterprises collect documents and automate their document workflows to reduce their costs while improving both their security and scalability.

READ FULL ARTICLE HERE

Dr. Zev Williams, Chief of the Division of Reproductive Endocrinology & Infertility at Columbia, spoke with NBC News and TODAY about a rapid, inexpensive test he's developing that could tell patients within hours whether a genetic abnormality caused their pregnancy loss. Read the article here.

New York City Economic Development Corporation (NYCEDC) and New Lab announced the launch of the 2020 edition of the Circular City program to test and pilot solutions designed to address the increasingly complex and urgent challenges facing cities. New Lab and NYCEDC partnered to create the Urban Tech Hub in 2017 and the Circular City represents a key part of the vision to make New York City a global leader in urban innovation.

Read full press release here.

New York City Economic Development Corporation (NYCEDC) and Columbia Technology Ventures announced the launch of Inventors to Founders (I2F), an early-stage startup accelerator and talent network focused on building the next generation of cyber startups in New York City.

Read full press release here. 

by: Kate King on Jan 9th, 2020 for Wall Street Journal

New program wants to turn academics with the best ideas into entrepreneurs who develop tech to make the internet safer.

Read full article here.

by Justin Hendrix, Executive Director on December 11, 2019

On December 12, RLab will host Demo Day, the culminating event of our first year of programming. I want to share this community’s growth and progress since we opened our doors in 2018, and set out key goals for the year ahead.

Read full article here

CAMBRIDGE, Mass., December 3, 2019 -- Boston Biomedical, Inc. announced today that the company has entered into an alliance in oncology research with three world-leading oncology centers of excellence – Columbia University, Harvard University and The Wistar Institute.

Read full press release here.

BlockchainWeekend gathered tech insiders, investors and blockchain enthusiasts to discuss the present and the future of the industry.

Read full article here.

 

The Columbia | IBM Blockchain Accelerator is a non-dilutive set of programs for building and scaling successful blockchain companies. The goal of the program is to help the best emerging blockchain companies succeed through education, mentorship, and business model design. As a pillar of the Columbia IBM Center for Blockchain and Data Transparency, IBM and Columbia University are partnering to offer top blockchain companies from around the world a customized program with education from industry and academic research experts, hands-on value-added workshops, active mentoring and curated customer meetings.

Questions? Please contact Jack Steele at js5085@columbia.edu.

APPLY HERE by Monday, November 11th, 2019 (https://columbiaibmblockchain.submittable.com)

Columbia Lab to Market Info Sessions

*Includes information on the Cyber NYC, NYC Media Lab and Columbia IBM Blockchain Accelerators.

  • Tuesday, October 8, 2-3pm: Virtual Session REGISTER HERE
  • Wednesday, October 9, 12-1pm: NYU Tandon, 370 Jay Street, Brooklyn, Room 324 REGISTER HERE
  • Wednesday, October 16, 12:30-1:30pm: NYU Leslie ELab, NYU Entrepreneurial Institute (Leslie eLab), 16 Washington Place REGISTER HERE
  • Thursday, October 17, 11:30am-12:30pm: CUIMC, Roy and Diana Vagelos Education Center 104 Haven Ave REGISTER HERE

The accelerator, a joint partnership between Columbia University and the New York City Economic Development Corporation, is the early stage launchpad of Cyber NYC, a $100 M public-private partnership.

APPLY HERE by Sunday, November 3, 2019

*application takes less than an hour to complete!

Inventors to Founders (I2F) is an early stage startup accelerator and c-level talent network for NYC cyber startups. Accelerator participants receive:

  • Mentorship
  • Access to a world-class network of investors and CISOs
  • Dilutive and non-dilutive seed capital
  • Access to the networks of our partner institutions, Columbia, Cornell Tech, NYU, and CUNY

More details on the accelerator and eligibility requirements are available on our website HERE.

Want to learn more? Attend an info session near you!

Cyber NYC Inventors to Founders Info Sessions

All of the info sessions are listed HERE:  https://cybernycinfosessions.splashthat.com/

Columbia Lab to Market Info Sessions

*Includes information on the Cyber NYC, NYC Media Lab and Columbia IBM Blockchain Accelerators.

  • Tuesday, October 8, 2-3pm: Virtual Session REGISTER HERE
  • Wednesday, October 9, 12-1pm: NYU Tandon, 370 Jay Street, Brooklyn, Room 324 REGISTER HERE
  • Wednesday, October 16, 12:30-1:30pm: NYU Leslie ELab, NYU Entrepreneurial Institute (Leslie eLab), 16 Washington Place REGISTER HERE
  • Thursday, October 17, 11:30am-12:30pm: CUIMC, Roy and Diana Vagelos Education Center 104 Haven Ave REGISTER HERE

If you have any questions about the accelerator or eligibility requirements, please reach out to Daniel Goetzel at Daniel.goetzel@columbia.edu.

More Info:

The Cyber NYC Inventors to Founders Initiative is a joint venture between Columbia University and the New York City Economic Development Corporation. Partner institutions include Cornell Tech, NYU, and CUNY.  All of NYC university-affiliated ventures (students, faculty members, researchers, and alumni) are eligible to apply as long as their venture is a pre-seed startup.  The accelerator aims to catalyze the commercialization of cutting-edge research and development of academia-affiliated startups in New York City.

These programs 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.  
 
The three core accelerators center on:

Therapeutics/Drug Development  

Medical Devices/Technologies/Software

 
LEARN MORE by attending one of the info sessions at NYC campuses:

  • Thurs 10/3 10-11am: CUIMC Irving Institute Auditorium Room PH 10-204
  • Thurs 10/17 12-1pm: CUIMC Cancer Center Auditorium

Register at https://columbialifescienceaccelerator.splashthat.com  
 

Now recruiting early stage, university-affiliated startups for its fifth year, the Combine matches faculty and students working on new technologies emerging from universities with a lean process to advance customer discovery and business model generation. Through the program, NYC Media Lab provides teams with the guidance, funding, opportunities, and leadership tools needed to commercialize and reach a product-market fit for their startup concept. All faculty and students from accredited NYC universities are eligible to apply to the program.

https://www.thecombine.nyc/ | https://nycmedialab.org | info@nycmedialab.org.

APPLY HERE by Tuesday, November 12th, 2019 (https://www.thecombine.nyc/apply)

Columbia Lab to Market Info Sessions

*Includes information on the Cyber NYC, NYC Media Lab and Columbia IBM Blockchain Accelerators.

  • Tuesday, October 8, 2-3pm: Virtual Session REGISTER HERE
  • Wednesday, October 9, 12-1pm: NYU Tandon, 370 Jay Street, Brooklyn, Room 324 REGISTER HERE
  • Wednesday, October 16, 12:30-1:30pm: NYU Leslie ELab, NYU Entrepreneurial Institute (Leslie eLab), 16 Washington Place REGISTER HERE
  • Thursday, October 17, 11:30am-12:30pm: CUIMC, Roy and Diana Vagelos Education Center 104 Haven Ave REGISTER HERE

Read the full announcement here