Columbia University Launches Entrepreneurship Lab
Monday, July 30, 2012
Graduates of Columbia University’s MBA program have a whole new reason to love their alma mater.
Wednesday evening marked the official launch of the Columbia Business Lab, a free (yes, free) co-working space and post-graduate entrepreneurship program for Columbia Business School graduates in downtown Manhattan. The school’s Eugene Lang Center for Entrepreneurship will manage the program and provide advisory services to the 21 businesses in the lab’s inaugural class.
According to Professor Murray Low, director of the Lang Center, the opening of the lab was a student-driven initiative.
“We’ve always wanted to have an incubator space where the students could have a soft landing and affordable office space,” Low says. “But it was the students who really took it upon themselves to find us the space and pull this thing together.”
“I was just thinking ahead to graduation, and I thought to myself it’d be such a shame if I didn’t have all these people around me anymore,” says Kajal Sanghrajka, one of the students who spearheaded the lab’s creation. Sanghrajka is also the founder of the vintage eyewear company EbK Eyewear.