Federal focus on entrepreneurship and innovation
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I had the privilege to spend a few days last week in DC starting a two-year appointment as part of the U.S. Secretary of Commerce’s National Advisory Council on Innovation and Entrepreneurship (NACIE), serving alongside a humbling group of entrepreneurs, industry executives, VCs, not-for-profits, and educators. The Commerce Department, as well as their peers in the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy and the Small Business Administration, have been engaged in a dizzying array of initiatives meant to strengthen entrepreneurship and technology commercialization in the United States, and everyone seems intent on working right down to the wire as we enter this election season. Prior NACIE members have had the opportunity to contribute meaningfully to the passage of the JOBS Act and the upcoming (fingers crossed!) renewal of funding for the SBIR programs.

NACIE members, Fall 2016During our three days together in D.C., “NACIE 3.0” identified some really exciting challenges to try to tackle over the next two years: supporting entrepreneurs from underrepresented communities; encouraging the adoption of the proposed “International Entrepreneur rule”; helping science and technology startups cross the so-called Valley of Death; streamlining access to capital (both Federal and private sector); and many other ideas.

Naturally, the changing of the guard in Washington will make for an interesting next six months. Nonetheless, I’m really looking forward to working closely with such a talented and energetic group of colleagues to see if we can make a difference for entrepreneurs and technologists nationwide in the years ahead. Many thanks to Secretary of State Penny Pritzker, Deputy Secretary for Economic Development Jay Williams, and Director of the Officer of Innovation & Entrepreneurship Julie Lenzer for spearheading this effort!

Best wishes,

Orin Herskowitz
Executive Director, CTV
Senior VP for Intellectual Property & Technology Transfer
PowerBridgeNY is launching a new course for grad students hosted at Columbia University and open to Columbia, NYU, and CUNY students called Hacking for Energy. This class provides a chance to develop and test solutions to critical problems facing the energy industry using Steve Blank's Lean Startup methodology. Energy industry professionals will serve as Industry Hosts, providing problem statements for pressing energy issues and acting as advisors for the students. Prior to class registration, students will independently form interdisciplinary teams and propose a solution for one of the submitted problems, which they will build and test over the duration of the class. The deadline to apply is November 21.

Interested? See Upcoming Events for details on upcoming info sessions.
Wednesday, 10/19, 4pm, CUMC - Coulter Translational Research Award Opportunities Info Session - Join us for an info session with the Columbia-Coulter Translational Research Partnership, which provides funding and support to develop promising biomedical technologies.

Wednesday, 10/26, 2pm - Webinar: Navigating Government Contracts and Awards - Learn from the experts at Jameson how to navigate government contract and grant awards come with financial strings attached. This webinar will cover what you need to do to have an acceptable accounting system, common mistakes to avoid, and more.  

Thursday, 10/27, 8:30am - Startup Global Long Island at Stony Brook University - Learn more about expanding your business globally during this informative day with expert speakers and three panel discussions covering the most-pressing issues startups face in the global marketplace.

Friday, 10/28, 8:30am - Entrepreneurship Research Showcase - Join us for a showcase exploring new ideas around entrepreneurship. The event will be hosted by Lang Center Faculty Director Olivier Toubia, and Professors Mabel Abraham, Oded Netzer, and Dan Wang will give “lightning talks” on their latest research. Presentations will be followed by discussion and networking.

Info Sessions: Hacking for EnergyColumbia: 10/31 @1pm; NYU: 11/2 @12:30pm; CUNY: 11/3 @10am - Hacking for Energy is an new Interdisciplinary class for graduate students of Columbia, NYU & CUNY to develop and test solutions to critical problems facing the energy industry using the Lean Startup methodology. Learn more at these info sessions. The deadline to apply is 11/21.

Thursday, 11/3, 6pm - The Changing World of Raising Capital - The world of raising capital for start-up companies has experienced a revolution. Join us for an evening with a panel of the leaders changing the way that capital is being raised for new emerging companies and learn what these innovators are thinking and planning.
Wednesday, 11/9, CUMC - Venture Capital Investing in the Biotech Startup Space - Join the Columbia Women Inventors Network (CWIN) for a discussion exploring venture capital investing in biotech companies with Charlotte Hubbert of The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.
Friday, 11/18, CUMC - Scientists and Entrepreneurs: From Here to There - Join the Columbia Women Inventors Network (CWIN) for a discussion between two leading members of the early-stage biotech community. Nina Tandon, CEO and co-founder of EpiBone, and Hemai Parthasarathy, Scientific Director of Breakout Labs and the Thiel Foundation will discuss lessons on entrepreneurship, advice for those looking to launch their own companies, and more.
Deadline Tuesday, 11/1 - Apply for ELabNYC 2017 - The Bio and Health Tech Entrepreneurship Lab NYC (ELabNYC) Program is open to graduate/medical students, post-doctoral fellows, faculty, and other scientists, engineers, physicians and technologists in NYC who meet certain eligibility requirements.

Deadline Thursday, 12/1 - Call for Pre-Proposals: Columbia-Coulter Biomedical Accelerator - The Columbia-Coulter Translational Research Partnership is accepting pre-proposals for biomedical technologies based on Columbia intellectual property with the potential to directly impact human health. Most relevant are technologies in which the time to market can be achieved in 7 to 10 years.

Call for Proposals: Allied-Bristol Life Sciences - Apply for the CATALYST program, which aims to identify and develop commercially-promising biopharmaceutical innovations from leading universities and research institutions.
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