At Columbia Business School, instilling entrepreneurial thinking in our students is part of our mission. Entrepreneurship is fully integrated throughout the MBA curriculum, and now — for the first time ever — we are offering an Alumni Edge offering on the topic.
The five-session Launch Your Startup (EDGE) program — comprising three live and two self-directed modules — offers an intensive learning experience that focuses on the creation and evaluation of a new business or social enterprise idea. Program participants learn from world-renowned Columbia Business School faculty and tap into the expertise of the University's vibrant entrepreneurial community.
Each participant enters the program with a preliminary venture idea that they would like to work on. Using a proprietary sequence of five modules, the program leverages associated work assignments to support the development of the venture idea. Participants learn how to pre-screen the industry and market attractiveness for their venture idea and work towards an early design of a "minimum viable product solution."
Throughout the program, participants refine their venture’s hypothesized business model based on instructor, peer, and customer feedback. They leave the program fully equipped with the tools and frameworks required to develop a business model to support future new venture realization.
Time Commitment: 4–6 hours per week
Format: Hybrid Online – Learn with a cohort in a mixed format of faculty-led live-online lectures and self-directed online modules.
Administrative Fee: $250