Columbia Technology Ventures is the technology transfer office for Columbia University and a central location for many of the technology development initiatives, entrepreneurial activities, external industry collaborations, and commercially-oriented multidisciplinary technology innovations across the university. CTV???s core mission is to facilitate the transfer of inventions from academic research labs to the market for the benefit of society on a local, national, and global basis. Each year, CTV manages more than 350 invention disclosures, 100 license deals, and 20 new IP-backed start-ups, involving over 750 inventors across Columbia's campuses. CTV currently has over 1200 patent assets available for licensing, across research fields such as bio, IT, clean tech, devices, big data, nanotechnology, materials science, and more.
Over the years, CTV has been involved with launching well over 200 companies based on Columbia's technologies, and has also founded several technology initiatives to accelerate the path to market for promising technologies, including the PowerBridgeNY clean energy proof-of-concept center, the NYC Media Lab Combine, and the Columbia Biomedical Technology Accelerator. CTV has also worked closely with Industry partnerships to develop collaborations and funding programs for translational research in the life sciences.
CTV???s efforts are backed by 45 full time staff and an additional 30+ graduate student interns (CTV Fellows), providing broad support to the Columbia community and other stakeholders. CTV also runs an Executive-in-Residence program, which brings seasoned industry executives, serial entrepreneurs, and investors to campus to support faculty and student entrepreneurial activities.
L2M plays a key role in facilitating the process of bringing scientific research from the lab to the marketplace. Collectively, the Columbia L2M accelerators have led to very impressive results which have grown exponentially over a very short number years: over 707 applications received, 328 teams run through educational bootcamps on product development and entrepreneurship, over 153 cash awards issued totaling over $12M, 40+ commercial launches by accelerator teams, and over $120M in external follow-on funding raised by those teams, as of Spring 2019. While executing its programs and vision, L2M collaborates with multiple stakeholders in the academic, corporate, investor, and public sector communities.
L2M is adding a small number of team members who will play a key role in strengthening its ability to administer existing programs and onboard new ones. The opportunity is intended to enhance L2M???s ability to guide its accelerator cohort teams on the path to commercialization and validation, while providing Columbia University and Barnard College students with a valuable hands-on educational experience.
The L2M Student Venture Associate Program offers a unique opportunity for Columbia University and Barnard College students to gain in-depth experience with university technology commercialization and entrepreneurship efforts.
Student Venture Associates will have an opportunity to work closely with a) L2M teams, b) accelerator administrator teams, as well as c) individual startup teams that are part of accelerator cohorts. They will provide operational, marketing, and strategic support to L2M and its accelerators, as well as other L2M-related projects as needed.
Student Venture Associates will also assist startup teams in accelerator cohorts with customer discovery, product-market fit, value proposition research, and other related assignments.
Student Venture Associates will engage with individual startup cohort teams on specific tasks, ranging from market research, pitch deck editing, customer discovery and other activities related to that team???s participation in the accelerator program.
Student Venture Associates will help the L2M and program teams with due diligence and venture selection for the competitive startup accelerator program. Selected startups will receive entrepreneurial training, capital, and access to the deep networks of our four academic partner institutions.
Student Venture Associates will perform market research, sit in on and take notes during applicant interviews, staff campus info sessions, and attend the selection committee meetings. The work of planning and supporting the various accelerator selection committees, comprised of city government leadership, venture investors and experts from industry, will be a critical component of the program.
Student Venture Associates will support the L2M and accelerator operations teams, working directly with the team to run the day-to-day operations of the accelerator.
Student Associates will work with startup ventures on their business plans and customer discovery efforts, help plan and execute accelerator events and speaker series, and serve as ???utility players??? for the team.
Responsibilities spanning both semesters:
Assisting with recruitment & selection operations for accelerator, attending the accelerator sessions to get to know the startup teams to support their business model generation activities; researching opportunities for accelerators to expand and grow entrepreneurial partnerships and programs within and beyond New York; communicating L2M???s entrepreneurial activities; representing L2M at events on our partner campuses; and additional duties, as assigned. Student Venture Associates will assist with marketing functions ranging from social media strategy, press releases, slide decks and collateral for specific programs.
The Associates may also be asked to support Columbia Technology Ventures (CTV) with similar activities related to CTV???s startups, even if those startups are not part of one of the L2M accelerators.
Be a current undergraduate or Masters student at Columbia University or a Barnard student
Have outstanding organizational skills and be extremely detail?? oriented in a high?? volume dynamic environment
Having experience working both independently and in a team?? oriented, collaborative environment is essential. The candidate must be able to conform to shifting priorities, demands and timelines through analytical and problem ??solving capabilities, and react to project adjustments and alterations promptly and efficiently. Ability to turn assignments on a short timeline, at times without them being defined completely. Capable of working within a small and growth-oriented team- a ???startup??? mentality- no job is ???too small??? to get done
Have experience with, knowledge of, or strong interest in the entrepreneurship ecosystem
Collaborative, honest, open, and friendly demeanor
Preference will be given to students who are able to work both semesters. Applications for a single semester of the program will be handled on a case by case basis. Admission into the Fall program does not guarantee inclusion in the Spring program
Understanding of and experience in creating financial models and performing due diligence on startups and business market landscapes
Experience creating high-level presentations, content for and engaging an audience on communications channels such as email newsletters, Twitter, LinkedIn, and Medium
Strong ability to create presentations and design materials for the accelerator programs and cohort teams
Equal Opportunity Employer / Disability / Veteran
Columbia University is committed to the hiring of qualified local residents.
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