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We are now accepting applications for Summer/Fall 2020.  If you are a student and would like to apply for the 2020 student venture associate cohort, input your contact info and resume below.


This paid position will support the accelerator and entrepreneurial programs of Cyber NYC Inventors to Founders Initiative, a partnership between Columbia University and New York City Economic Development Corporation.  

Cyber NYC is a new $100 M public-private partnership focused on incubating and accelerating early-stage cyber security companies in New York.  Key partners include the New York City Economic Development Corporation (NYCEDC), Columbia University, Cornell Tech, NYU, CUNY, Jerusalem Venture Partners, Goldman Sachs, and many others. As a Cyber NYC operator, the Inventors to Founders Initiative (I2F) team runs an early-stage startup accelerator that provides capital and mentorship to entrepreneurial ventures and a talent network for C-level cyber security executives. 

I2F is adding a small number of team members who will play a key role in strengthening its ability to administer existing programs and onboard new ones. The opportunity is intended to enhance Cyber NYC’s ability to guide its accelerator cohort teams on the path to commercialization and validation, while providing Columbia University, Barnard College, Cornell Tech, NYU and CUNY students with a valuable hands-on educational experience.  

I2F Student Venture Associates will work closely with Columbia Lab to Market (L2M team), an organization unit that sits within Columbia Technology Ventures (CTV), and the tech transfer office of Columbia.  More information on CTV can be found at http://www.techventures.columbia.edu

More information on L2M can be found at https://labtomarket.columbia.edu/.

Position Summary 

  • The I2F Student Venture Associate Program offers a unique opportunity for Columbia University, Barnard College, Cornell Tech, NYU and CUNY students to gain in-depth experience with university technology commercialization and entrepreneurship efforts.  This is open to both undergraduate and professional graduate school students. 
  • Student Venture Associates will have an opportunity to work closely with our accelerator administrator team and individual startup teams that are part of the accelerator cohorts. They will provide operational, marketing, investment analysis, and strategic support to Cyber NYC I2F, as well as other I2F-related projects as needed. Student Venture Associates will also assist startup teams in accelerator cohorts with customer discovery, product market fit, value proposition research, and other related assignments. Student Venture 
  • Associates will engage with individual startup cohort teams on specific tasks, ranging from market research, pitch deck editing, customer discovery and other activities related to that team’s participation in the accelerator program. 
  • The work will be done on a part-time basis (up to 10hours per week) and will provide a unique opportunity to get exposure to early stage entrepreneur teams across a wide range of verticals and University campuses. Students will be provided a monthly stipend for their work. 


Student Venture Associates will help the I2F team with due diligence and venture selection for the competitive startup accelerator program.  Selected startups will receive entrepreneurial training, capital, and access to the deep networks of our four academic partner institutions.  Student Venture Associates will perform market research, sit in on and take notes during applicant interviews, staff campus info sessions, and attend the selection committee meetings.  This will include helping to put together investment memos for the review committee.  The work of planning and supporting the various accelerator selection committees, comprised of city government leadership, venture investors and experts from industry, will be a critical component of the program.  


Student Venture Associates will support I2F and accelerator operations teams, working directly with the team to run the day-to-day operations of the accelerator.  Student Associates will work with startup ventures on their business plans and customer discovery efforts, help plan and execute accelerator events and speaker series, and serve as “utility players” for the team. 

Responsibilities Spanning Both Semesters 

Assisting with recruitment & selection operations for accelerator, attending the accelerator sessions to get to know the startup teams to support their business model generation activities; researching opportunities for accelerators to expand and grow entrepreneurial partnerships and programs within and beyond New York; communicating I2F entrepreneurial activities on social media, email and other platforms; representing L2M and I2F at events on our partner campuses; and additional duties, as assigned.  Student Venture Associates will assist with marketing functions ranging from social media strategy, press releases, slide decks and collateral for specific programs.

The Associates may also be asked to support Columbia Technology Ventures (CTV) with similar activities related to CTV’s startups, even if those startups are not part of one of the L2M accelerators. 

Minimum Qualifications 

  • Be a current undergraduate or Masters student at Columbia University, Barnard, Cornell Tech, NYU or CUNY 
  • Have outstanding organizational skills and be extremely detail oriented in a high volume dynamic environment 
  • Having experience working both independently and in a team oriented, collaborative environment is essential. The candidate must be able to conform to shifting priorities, demands and timelines through analytical and problem solving capabilities, and react to project adjustments and alterations promptly and efficiently. Ability to turn assignments on a short timeline, at times without them being defined completely. Capable of working within a small and growth-oriented team- a ‘startup’ mentality- no job is “too small” to get done 
  • Have experience with, knowledge of, or strong interest in the entrepreneurship ecosystem  
  • Collaborative, honest, open, and friendly demeanor 

Preferred Qualifications (not required) 

  • Preference will be given to students who are able to work both semesters.  Applications for a single semester of the program will be handled on a case-by-case basis.  Admission into the Fall program does not guarantee inclusion in the Spring program 
  • Understanding of and experience in creating financial models and performing due diligence on startups and business market landscapes 
  • Experience creating high-level presentations, content for and engaging an audience on communications channels such as email newsletters, Twitter, LinkedIn, and Medium 
  • Strong ability to create presentations and design materials for the accelerator programs and cohort teams  
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