Columbia University – Women Innovate Mobile (WIM) Accelerator

Veronika Sonsey, Kelly Hoey, and Deborah Jackson, alumni of the ColumbiaBusinessSchool, have recently created a new startup accelerator for women called the Women Innovate Mobile (WIM) Accelerator. The program is open to applications and is offering a small number of companies with seed funding of $18,000, plus mentoring, support, and office space in New York as part of the three-moth program. Applications are now open and will close February 1st with the launch of the program in March 2012. The application criteria are (1) must be a technology company, (2) must have a woman co-founder, and (3) must have a mobile application (i.e. mobile payment, mobile advertising, mobile applications). Interested participants can sign up here.

Dmitriy Timerman

Columbia University – TEDxColumbiaEngineering

TEDxColumbiaEngineering focused on the theme of “Innovating Social Change” will be held on November 29th, 2011.

It will be a day devoted to spreading great ideas and inspiring innovation at Columbia University. We are planning for a crowd of more than 1,500 attendees for the three sessions. Although registration is not open yet, we are inviting interested students to add their email address to be notified about our publicity events and when registration is open:

Also, please like and follow us!/TEDxColumbiaEng.

– Dmitriy Timerman

Columbia University – Biomedical engineering faculty contribute to global health

Based on developments in lab-on-a-chip technology, a cost-efficient handheld device is now capable of performing complex medical tests for illnesses, sexually transmitted diseases such as HIV, or even cancer within minutes. Researchers at Columbia University have been able to provide the global health community with essentially a miniaturized science lab that simplifies and speeds up the analysis of diagnostic tests.


The device is called mChip and it was developed by Columbia professor Samual Sia within the biomedical engineering department at Columbia University. Using only a drop of blood, the chip is able to provide results as reliable as those obtained at research labs. The entire process takes approximately 15 minutes and the individual chips cost $2 to $3. Health care workers in developing nations will be able to use the portable system to test patients in remote villages.

The device has already been successfully field tested in Rwanda as part of a partnership with the Columbia Mailman School of Public Health’s International Center for AIDS Care and Treatment Programs and the first mChip product has already been approved in Europe for the detection of prostate cancer. The research is described in more detail in Nature Medicine and on the Columbia Engineering website. Currently, there is increased interest in obtaining additional resources for the project in order to potentially commercialize the product and to market it to the global health community.

Dmitriy Timerman



Columbia University – Resources for Inventors and Innovators

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So you’re a student with an idea for a start-up or invention. What do you do next?  The technology transfer office at your university will be one of your most valuable resources. At Columbia University, Tech Ventures helps launch an average of 10-12 start-up companies each year and can provide students and faculty with entrepreneurial resources. They can answer specific questions about your proposed idea or work with you to brainstorm about a potential business model. The Columbia Technology Ventures office ( will help you get started and will connect you to a wide array of resources at Columbia and in New York City. For more information about Tech Ventures at Columbia University, visit

What do you do after that? Get involved in local networking and entrepreneurial events to exchange ideas and potentially meet future investors.

Upcoming entrepreneurial events in New York City and Columbia University:

NYC Department of Defense (DoD) SBIR/STTR funding proposal workshop | Friday, September 9, 2011 | 8:30AM – 3:30PM | Levin Institute, 116 East 55th Street

Riverside chats: Anthony “Tony” Coyle, Pfizer Vice President and Chief Scientific Officer of the Centers for Therapeutic Innovation (CTI) | Tuesday, September 13, 2011 | 6:00PM – 7:30PM | Location will be provided upon registration

Columbia networking night for entrepreneurs | Thursday, September 15, 2011 | 6:30PM – 8:30PM | Columbia University Club of New York, 15 West 43rd Street, New York City

Patents 101: Everything you always wanted to know about patents | Wednesday, September 21, 2011 | 12:30PM – 1:30PM | Columbia University, Morningside Campus, Uris 333

~ Dmitriy Timerman, Student Ambassador at Columbia University
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Technology Entrepreneurship Across the Nation!


Congratulations to each of the thirteen new NCIIA Student Ambassadors from across the nation for the 2011 – 2012 school year.  These Student Ambassadors will serve as advocates  for NCIIA, driving the mission of the organization.  For more information on NCIIA, view the website at

This blog will serve as an opportunity for Student Ambassadors to highlight entrepreneurial activities on campuses and provide insight to resources that students can leverage.  Increased collaboration between campuses will lead to a greater impact in furthering the NCIIA mission.