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Future of Urban Innovation: Startups

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The Summit brings together entrepreneurs, business leaders, academics, government officials, and thought leaders on the innovation ecosystem to engage on the present and future state of innovation and how government, academics, and industry work together spurring economic growth.

The Future of Urban Innovation: Startups is being hosted by the U.S. Department of Commerce and Columbia University.


Tuesday, June 9, 2015



Lee Bollinger, President, Columbia University 



Penny Pritzker, United States Secretary of Commerce


Government Strategies: Federal Support for Entrepreneurship

Alejandra Castillo, National Director, Minority Business Development Agency (MBDA)
Julie Kirk, Director, Office of Innovation and Entrepreneurship, Economic Development Administration
Mark Rigdon, Midwest Regional Manager, Global Philanthropy, JPMorgan Chase
Javier Saade, Associate Administrator, Office of Investment and Innovation, Small Business Administration

The federal government's role in university-based innovation is typically thought of as funding for research and development, but these days it does so much more. This panel will dive into the various ways that the federal government fostering entrepreneurship through region based initiatives, support for innovation clusters, grants, direct support for small business, and encouraging inclusive entrepreneurship.



The Honorable Charles Rangel, NY-13th District, House of Representatives.


The Role of the University in the Urban Tech Cluster

Lee Bollinger, President, Columbia University
Vikram Pandit, Chairman, TGG Group
Marc Tessier-Lavigne, President, The Rockefeller University

University research plays a vital role in economic growth – it generates life-saving and life-improving products, creates jobs, attracts talent to urban centers, and helps shape the next generation of scientists, entrepreneurs and employees. University Presidents Lee Bollinger (Columbia) and Marc Tessier-Lavigne (Rockefeller) will discuss their experience leading universities in the emerging tech hub of New York City, in a conversation moderated by Vikram Pandit.


Jumpstarting & Supporting Campus Entrepreneurship

Tom Maniatis, Co-Founder, Genetics Institute, ProScript Pharma, Acceleron Pharma; Chair of the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biophysics, Columbia University
Greg Pass, Chief Entrepreneurial Officer, Cornell Tech
Vincent Ponzo, Director, Eugene Lang Entrepreneurship Center, Columbia Business School
Frank Rimalovski, Executive Director, NYU Entrepreneurial Institute
Sam Sia, Founder, Harlem Biospace, Claros Diagnostics; Vice Dean for Entrepreneurship and Associate Professor of Biomedical Engineering, Columbia University

The dynamic energy of a university environment has given rise to many exciting and innovative entrepreneurial ventures. This panel of leaders of campus entrepreneurship will explore the many ways universities are supporting entrepreneurship including classroom learning, start-up boot camps, university-based incubators and accelerators, connections to early-stage funding sources, and other emerging models for fostering innovation like hackathons and makerspaces.



Start-up pitches by NYC entrepreneurs will be presented throughout the day.


IP Strategies for Technology Entrepreneurs

Louis Berneman, Founding Partner, Osage University Partners
Brian Chase, General Counsel, Foursquare Labs, Inc.
Orin Herskowitz, Executive Director, Columbia Technology Ventures
Michelle Lee, Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the United States Patent and Trademark Office
Rajit Manohar, Founder of Achronix Semiconductor Corporation; Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Cornell Tech
Lita Nelsen, Director, Technology Licensing Office, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Intellectual property is a red-hot topic, and the field is evolving at a pace that may leave some entrepreneurs struggling to keep up. This panel of intellectual property experts will offer best practices and common pitfalls relating to start-up patent strategies, tips for working with attorneys, insights into the role of IP for emerging companies, and an examination of the possible impact of pending patent reform efforts being considered in Washington.


City Strategies for Encouraging Start-ups

Douglas Cole, General Partner, Flagship Ventures
Eric Gertler, Executive Vice President and Managing Director for the Center for Economic Transformation, NYC Economic Development Corporation
Maria Gotsch, President and CEO, Partnership Fund for New York City
Jessica Lawrence, Executive Director, New York Tech Meetup
Chelsea Rao, Vice President, Business Services, Empire State Development
Minerva Tantoco, Chief Technology Officer for the City of New York

Over the past 10 years, the start-up scene in New York City has exploded, and early-stage tech innovations emerging from NYC are increasingly shaping the future of innovation worldwide. This panel will look at current efforts to foster New York-based start-ups, including new sources of funding for life sciences and tech, new incubators and accelerators, and the de Blasio administration’s vision for growth for NYC start-ups in the years to come.


Facilitated Networking

Hosts include:

Justin Hendrix, Executive Director, NYC Media Lab
John Kymissis, Associate Professor of Electrical Engineering, Columbia University
Brent Stockwell, Co-Founder of CombinatoRx; Professor of Biological Sciences and Chemistry, Columbia University
Chris Wiggins, Co-Founder of hackNY; Chief Data Scientist for The New York Times; Associate Professor of Applied Mathematics, Columbia University