More than 200 people climbed the vertiginous three flights of the trendy Norwood Club, to hoist a glass of champagne and celebrate the latest “one-night only,” The Art of Shopping pop-up store. On this night, five women entrepreneurs, all with complementary luxury products from vintage eye wear, handbags, women’s and men’s fashion to affordable art, enthusiastically greeted the steady stream of customers.
To capitalize on New York City’s booming startup activity, Columbia Business School opened
ColumbiaBusinessLab, a co-working space for entrepreneurs and recent alumni, in the summer of 2012. The Lab provides 21 newly-minted MBAs free access to prime Manhattan office space for one year as they build their businesses.
Housed in a bright, refurbished office in a Manhattan Mini Storage building in Soho, the facility is provided by WorkSpace Offices at Edison Properties, managed by The Lang Entrepreneurship Center and funded by Columbia Business School. The perks are more than just free rent, but access to a community rich in resources, networks and skills. Many of the entrepreneurs we spoke to praised the invaluable insight of their colleagues just an arms-length away, whether legal, tech or marketing questions, there always seems to be someone on premises ready to help. The current pilot class started in June 2012. In one year, another graduating class will be chosen through a rigorous selection process. Check out the videos and stay tuned for more video updates for the ColumbiaBusinessLab‘s “Year in the Life of an Entrepreneur” video project.
We were on hand when Glenn Hubbard, Dean, Columbia Business School, toured the Lab and met with the newest crop of entrepreneurial talent.
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We also spoke with a few more entrepreneurs that are changing the New York City startup landscape. Check out the videos on Kajal Sanghrajka’s eBk Eyewear, Coleman Skeeter’s Urbavour, and Omar Haroun’s Sportaneous on our blog to learn from their ideas, strategies and challenges as they start their new ventures.
Members from the Columbia Business School community on how the school explores business opportunities in India, and develops the next generation of that India’s business leaders.
Four Columbia Business School students consulted with hotel owner and Dar es Salaam entrepreneurs, Joseph and Damasi Mfugale, on how to build their Peacock Hotel chain, from three-stars into a five-star hotel.
Meeta Sethna, Columbia Business School, class of ’08, talks about her reasons for participating in the African Entrepreneurship Master Class.
Charlly Greene, Columbia Business School student, class of ’08, talks about her participation in the African Entrepreneurship Master Class.
The Columbia Business School team meets Joseph and Damasi Mfugale, owner and ceo of the Peacock Hotel. The Mfugales take the CBS team on a tour of their $2 million hotel expansion that will include a spa, conference center and luxury suites.
Damasi takes the Columbia Business School students to survey the proposed site for their beachfront luxury hotel on the Kigamboni Peninsula. The site is a five-minute ferry ride from Dar with an additional 10-minute drive from the Kigamboni ferry. This day, the ride took almost two hours.