Columbia’s MakerSpace, and Interviews with VCs
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November 6, 2015

Columbia’s MakerSpace, and Interviews with VCs

This month, we are highlighting two resources that may be useful for technology entrepreneurs and inventors alike. First, we are posting a video of a panel I was lucky enough to host with four venture capitalists (Kittu Kolluri, NEA; Stan Reiss, Matrix Partners; Lee Wrubel, Foundation Medical Partners; John Lee, Osage) and four serial entrepreneurs (Vishal Misra, Greg Blonder, Matt Price, and Seth Tropper) to discuss the role that intellectual property has played in the companies they have founded and funded. These discussions were filmed as part of our IP for Entrepreneurs and Managers class this past Spring. To watch the videos, click here. We will be posting other videos of interest in the months ahead. And please join us on December 1 for our fireside chat with Doug Cole, managing partner of Flagship Ventures!

CTV staff at Columbia MakerSpace, Photo Credit: Edwin HoWe also wanted to highlight one of the newest prototyping resources available on campus: the MakerSpace, part of the School of Engineering and Applied Science, which our staff members recently had the opportunity to tour.

Established just over a year ago by John Kymissis, Associate Professor in the Department of Electrical Engineering, the MakerSpace offers the chance to explore, work, and play with state of the art equipment including 3D printers, sewing machines, soldering tools, a laser cutter, oscilloscopes, and more. The equipment is available for use by all students, faculty, and staff at Columbia on a first-come, first-served basis, an invaluable (and free!) resource both for those looking to create prototypes of new inventions with the high-performance Upright SE 3D printers, but also for those wanting to make gifts, fix their bicycles, or build woodworking projects. The lab’s friendly volunteer staff is available to provide training and advice to all. For more information, visit their website.


Orin Herskowitz
Executive Director, CTV
VP for Intellectual Property & Technology Transfer

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NYC Media Lab Grant Info Session

November 10 | Morningside | Hear about a new funding opportunity relating to new media and technology research and prototypes.


Venture Capital Perspectives: Early Stage Biotech Investing with Doug Cole, Flagship Ventures

December 1 | Morningside | Join us for a discussion with Doug Cole, managing partner of Flagship Ventures on opportunities, challenges, + current trends in the venture investment landscape.


Biotech and Money New York

November 17 | TKP Convention Center | Network + learn at a conference focused on academic translation and commercialization, venture capital and more: register free with code ColumbiaVentures.


Submit Your Pre-Proposal to Columbia-Coulter

December 1 | Apply to the Columbia-Coulter program, a partnership that provides funding and mentorship to develop emerging biomedical and engineering innovations. 


HITLAB Innovators Summit

December 3 + 4 | Morningside | Join leaders in public health, medicine, technology, and design to discuss health issues and solutions in a two-day live event.


Apply for NYC Media Lab's Combine Program

December 15 | Apply for the Combine, a new program designed to match media technologies emerging from the university with training and resources to commercialize them.

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