Columbia Business Lab is a new initiative that will provide co-working space and various other resources for recent alumni of the Columbia Business School (“CBS”) MBA program that are dedicated to launching successful new ventures. Columbia Business Lab is governed by a leadership board of alumni entrepreneurs with management oversight by the Lang Entrepreneurship Center. The facility is provided by WorkSpace at Edison Properties and is funded by Columbia Business School. The program was borne out of the Dean’s Advisory Committee at Columbia Business School.
Our goal is to provide Columbia Business School’s most promising entrepreneurs with a strong ecosystem in which to successfully grow their businesses upon graduation. As well as co-working space, this will include building a strong entrepreneurial community of students and alumni through monthly networking events, regular information-sharing forums as well as resources and business advisory support from the Lang Center, Columbia faculty and experienced CBS entrepreneurs.
In its pilot year, the office space will accommodate 21 ventures that will graduate from the program by Summer 2013. Following successful completion of the pilot program, each year new classes of CBS’ graduating entrepreneurs will be competitively selected to become part of the Columbia Business Lab.
Workspace – Edison Properties
Columbia Business Lab has partnered with Workspace to provide co-working space. WorkSpace offers affordable, open offices, with two locations in Inwood and Soho, catering specifically to the needs of sole proprietors and small business owners. Offices range in size and structure, featuring flexible terms with variable leases, all in a vibrant environment of like-minded professionals. WorkSpace, is one of several businesses owned and operated by Edison Properties, family owned since 1956. Other Edison businesses include Manhattan Mini Storage and Edison Parkfast.
The Lang Center
The Eugene Lang Entrepreneurship Center (The Lang Center) was established in 1996. The mission of The Lang Center is to instill entrepreneurial thinking in all Columbia Business School students and to create a community of business practitioners with a lifelong commitment to achieving social and economic progress through entrepreneurship. The Columbia Business Lab co-working space is fully supported and funded by the Lang Center.
For more information contact Sandra Merrill, Associate Director of the Lang Entrepreneurship Center, at email@example.com.
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