Columbia University

Technology Ventures

StartupColumbia 2017

April 13, 2017
Jeffrey Sachs, Adam Sobel, Peter Kelemen
Lerner Hall - Columbia University
2920 Broadway
New York, NY

#StartupColumbia is the University’s two-day event that brings together our Startup Community in celebration of innovation and entrepreneurship.  April 13th is Day One and the culmination of the $250,000 Columbia Venture Competition.

130 alumni judges from Brooklyn to Beijing will help us narrow down a field of more than 150 Columbia startups to just 30 finalists.  The winners will be announced on April 14th Day Two of the Festival.  We’ll feature Columbia-founded startups, panels discussing the latest trends in technology and a wildly famous closing keynote speaker.


At Startup Columbia, three world-renowned climate experts — an economist, a scientist, and a technologist — will examine a number of emerging innovations and solutions that can disrupt the centuries-old energy high-carbon energy systems that are wreaking havoc on the planet.


Jeffrey Sachs an esteemed Columbia professor of economics and leader in sustainable development. According to the New York Times, he is arguably "the most important economist in the world."

Adam Sobel Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory professor and author of “Storm Surge: Hurricane Sandy, Our Changing Climate, and Extreme Weather of the Past and Future.”

Peter Kelemen, Department Chair or Earth & Environmental Sciences at Columbia, recently elected to the National Academy of Sciences. His primary focus is on geologic capture and storage of CO2 (CCS), and reaction-driven cracking processes.


Moderated by Kate Shepard Editor and Senior Reporter at Huffington Post


See the video recap of last year’s Festival…and the second annual Festival…and the inaugural #StartupColumbia Festival!

The newly launched alumni website, ColumbiaYOU, is crowd-sourcing content to celebrate Columbia's community of innovators, doers, and creators. Share your Columbia innovation story with ColumbiaYOU in a 90-second video and you could win a chance to attend the post-event private reception.


Early Bird tickets will remain on sale until March 21st when we announce our keynote speaker. Reserve your spot now because when we do, tickets are going to go fast.