The Columbia | IBM LAUNCH Accelerator is a non-dilutive program focused on building and scaling successful early-stage companies through in-depth education, mentorship, and business model design. As a pillar of the Columbia IBM Center for Blockchain and Data Transparency, IBM and Columbia University have collaborated to offer companies a customized program with education from industry and academic research experts, hands-on value-added workshops, active mentoring and curated customer meetings. 

Applications for the 2020-2021 cycle are OPEN via the Program Application below!

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Welcome to the 2020-2021 Columbia | IBM Launch Accelerator. Thank you for your interest in applying, we are excited to learn more about you and your project/company. The application should take under 30 minutes to complete.



  • This program is focused on early-stage teams developing innovative solutions in the areas of Data Transparency, Big Data, AI/ML, Blockchain, Cybersecurity or related fields in Deep Tech
  • At least, one team member must be a faculty, student, fellow, or recent alumni of an accredited NYC-based university
  • The team must be ready to commit up to 10 hours per week to customer discovery, business validation, and product build for their ventures 
  • The team must explicitly commit to attending ALL weekly sessions (currently planned for 9am - noon on Fridays, subject to change) 

 Questions? Please e-mail Jack Steele at l2m@ctv.columbia.edu

Thank you for your interest in the being part of the Columbia | IBM Launch Accelerator, we are thrilled to have you part of the program.

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