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For this episode, we spoke to some of Columbia's up-and-coming entrepreneurs, all of whom were winners in the 2015 Columbia Venture Competition.
These entrepreneurs competed for a top prize of $250,000 at the #StartupColumbia Festival. The objective? To give the judges compelling evidence of market acceptance for their value propositions. Nearly a year later, we asked each of these companies what they're doing, how placing in the competition has affected their business, and what it means to them to be Columbia entrepreneurs.
2015 Columbia Venture Competition Winner
A beverage company that makes and delivers tasty, affordable, and most of all, convenient cold-brew coffee on-tap for homes and offices.
Founders: Matt Bachmann '15BUS and Ben Gordon '15BUS
Second Place: SAILO
An online boat rental marketplace that connects people who want to rent boats to boat owners and licensed captains.
Founders: Adrian Gradinaru '14BUS and Delphine Braas '14BUS
A software that's hoping to streamline the way that companies organize their contacts.
Founders: Dan Heyman '09CC and Mike Wojcieszek '10SEAS, '14SEAS
In the NYC area?
Be sure to visit the #StartupColumbia Festival
on April 28 and 29. It's an annual two-day event that brings together the Columbia Startup Community in celebration of innovation and entrepreneurship. They have some incredible speakers this year, including the co-founder of Snapchat and the co-founder of Venmo.
In addition to the panels and speaker sessions, the festival will be catered by Columbia founded food startups. So, come hungry!
This episode was edited by Longneck & Thunderfoot, a Columbia Startup Lab company.