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Future of Urban Innovation: The Role of the University in the Urban Tech Cluster

On Tuesday, June 9, 2015, Columbia University and the U.S. Department of Commerce hosted the Future of Urban Innovation: Startups, a full-day event featuring speakers and panels from government, academia, industry, and the VC community. For more session videos, audio files, and transcripts, click here.

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) discuss their experience leading universities in the emerging tech hub of New York City, in a conversation moderated by Vikram Pandit.