A Decade of CBS Entrepreneurship


Number of venture-backed startups founded by CBS students and alumni over the past 10 years.


Amount raised by CBS graduates in venture capital and private equity funds.


Amount of institutional financing raised by these startups.


Numbers of companies that have exited.

Student Startups


Number of students pursuing their own startup outside of class as founder or co-founder in the current academic year (2023-24), a number that has increased 20 to 30 percent over the past three to four years.


of students typically continue their startup after graduation.


student startups have been matched and supported by over 350 Columbia Engineering School students through the Columbia Build Lab, a program established in 2020 that connects CBS students looking to launch a startup with engineering school students.



Number of CBS students who took at least one entrepreneurship class during the 2022-23 academic year.


Number of CBS students who took at least one venture capital class during the 2022-23 academic year.2

Financial Support


of the funding dollars awarded to CBS-related companies over the past three years was given to female folders and


to underrepresented minority founders.


Alumni Engagement 


alumni entrepreneurs and VCs are engaged as speakers, advisors, and judges for Lang Center pitch competitions each year.


1 Poets & Quants, Jan. 28, 2021, “Study: 85% of MBAs Interested In Entrepreneurship.”
2 In the 2022-23 academic year, 2,663 students were enrolled in the School’s MBA, EMBA, and MS/PhD programs.

Source: Crunchbase, based on data compiled over the past 10 years.