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Columbia's Program for Diversity and Inclusion in Commercialization and Entrepreneurship (DICE)

Columbia’s Program for Diversity and Inclusion in Commercialization and Entrepreneurship (DICE) aims to support early-career individuals who identify as being from traditionally underrepresented groups in life science entrepreneurship and commercialization as defined by the NIH. DICE provides eligible Columbia graduate students and postdocs with educational programming, mentorship, networking, and funding opportunities to prepare participants for careers in bringing life science innovation to market. The annual report for DICE's first cohort is available here

DICE is sponsored by Digitalis Commons, J. Gurwin Foundation, Columbia Technology Ventures, Columbia University Irving Medical Center, Columbia EngineeringThe Data Science Institute at Columbia University, Columbia Business School’s Lang Entrepreneurship Center, Columbia University Faculty of Arts and Sciences, and Columbia Entrepreneurship, Innovation, and Design.

                  

            
                                    

Applications are currently closed and will reopen in 2022.

Focus Areas: 

Columbia DICE prepares participants for careers in life science entrepreneurship and commercialization, including the following fields: 

  • Therapeutics
  • Diagnostics
  • Medical devices 
  • Enabling technologies

Program Structure: 

Kick off: Overview of the program, including goals and expectations. Participant and mentor introductions. 

Block I. Validating Your Innovation

  1. Fundamentals of Lean Launchpad methodology and development of Business Model Canvas
  2. Fundamentals of the Drug/Device development process (Regulatory, Reimbursement, Clinical Trail Design, scale up and Manufacturing considerations)

Block II. Launching Your Venture (Joint sessions with the Columbia Lab-to-Market Accelerator Network's Life Science Accelerators bootcamp)

  1. Introduction and Case Study 
  2. Licensing and Startups, Negotiation in the Context of University Spinouts
  3. Startup Financing, IP Due Diligence 
  4. How to Evaluate a Commercial Opportunity 
  5. Startup Formation, Key Things to Think About When Starting a Company

Fireside Chats: Curated intimate group discussions on personal growth and exposure to examples of successes in the life science field from underrepresented groups. The sessions will be breakfast or lunch hour sessions with experienced life science entrepreneurs, industry executives, and venture capitalists from traditionally under-represented populations. 

Venture Education Modules: Program participants will have access to select sessions of Lab-to-Market programming, Life Science Accelerator bootcamps, and sessions led by industry partners (Deerfield and Alexandria LaunchLabs).


Eligibility

Current Columbia University graduate students (including PhD, MD, MA, MBAs and other similar degrees) and postdoctoral researchers from any of the Columbia Schools and Institutes who identify as being from traditionally underrepresented groups in life science entrepreneurship and commercialization as defined by the NIH. Applicants should have demonstrated interest or experience in the life sciences. 


Award

Participants will be awarded a small stipend that can be applied to relevant professional development opportunities. Participants can also apply for small ignition grants that will cover the cost of a key business milestone – building a prototype, customer discovery, filing a provisional patent application, etc. 


Questions?

Please e-mail [email protected]