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Fall 2013 (CBSOF13)

Fall session for 2013 (class: CBSOF13)
program dates: every Sunday at 19:00 (China Time) from October 13th to December 22nd, 2013 (10 sessions); each session will last 1-1.5 hours
program location: anywhere
applications open: immediately
class size: 50

application process: applications will be reviewed on a rolling admissions basis (i.e. the sooner you submit your application the sooner it will be reviewed and an admissions decision will be made.

online application submission => phone interview => decision e-mailed out => contract signed and sent back => submit payment => registration complete

note: all admitted students will need to go through an interview

first name:

last name:

birthday (MM/DD/YYYY):


phone: cell



current school / company name:

school / company location:

current grade (not applicable to non-students):

proposed product/service:

(you do not necessary need to have a business concept or product idea; write N/A if this is the case)

current venture name:

(again, write N/A if you do not yet have a venture idea)

emergency contact information:

parent/guardian name (not applicable to candidates above 18 years old):

phone number: day


statement of interest & biography:

statement of interest & commitment to the program

Please use 100-300 words to state your goals in the next six months and why the
Venture For All® online program is critical to you at this time. Why do you want to participate in the Venture For All® online program? What do you hope to achieve through the program; are you committed to completing the program?


100-300 word summation of your educational and professional ambitions. What do you hope to study in college or graduate school? Have you had any ideas for a new business, or have you recognized any opportunities for a new product/service/technology? If so, please describe them in brief.

participant survey:

Please respond to the following questions to the best of your ability. Participants are not chosen on the basis of the status or completion of their business plan and operations, so if a section does not apply or you have not yet undertaken it, instead include your plans for completing it. Aim to include 100-150 words per question.

What does entrepreneurship mean to you? Describe your commitment to entrepreneurship. have you ever thought of starting your own business, if so, for how long? What do you think you need to learn or know to be successful?

Describe your entrepreneurial skills: why do you want to be an entrepreneur, what entrepreneurial skills and professional/educational experience do you have, and how do you intend to achieve your entrepreneurial potential?

optional questions:

Do not worry if these do not apply to you, they are not required and are not factored into participant selection. They are asked so that instructors can have an idea of students’ business concepts prior to the start of class.

What opportunity have you identified, and why have you chosen to exploit it? Provide a brief description of your solution (your technology/product/service). What problem does your product, service or technology solve? How does your product, service or technology provide a solution to the problem?

Who will pay for this solution? i.e. who is your consumer? What is the growth in consumer demand and the relevant market and industry?

Have you formally embarked upon the venture planning process? Do you have a written business concept, feasibility analysis, business model, or business plan? If not, do you hope to do so through the Venture For All® Online program?

participation oaths:

Initial after each stipulation, on the line provided, and hit submit at the end.

If I am accepted into and enroll in the Venture For All® Online program:

I understand that I am required to participate in all ways and in accordance with the expectations listed in the program guide, and that I must attend all online classes and required sessions if being instructed to.

I will keep up with the reading assignments, venture journals, and deliverables and will submit all materials by the due date listed in the detailed program offering.

I will reflect instructors’ and coaches’ commentary, feedback, and suggestions from all qualitative and quantitative analyses of my work in my final business plan, and be open to constructive criticism. I will ask for clarification on any issues I do not understand, or am having difficulty adjusting for and implementing in my subsequent assignments as well as my final business plan.

As a lifelong member of the Columbia Business School Venture For All community, I adhere to the principles of TRUTH, INTEGRITY, and RESPECT. I will not lie, cheat, steal, or tolerate those who do. If I fail to abide by these directives, I understand that my right to participate in the program is jeopardized and that I may be expelled from the program without a refund.

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program overview

Online session(class: CBSOL)
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course summary
curriculum: the Venture For All® online version will mirror the Venture For All® US version, with modifications for maximum online learning experiences.

nuts and bolts
program fee includes:
• college and graduate level class experience pre recorded by Columbia Business School Faculty and alumni
• full access to CBS's CANVAS online system
• lecture tuition
• registration fee
• course reading materials


key takeaways

• selected student will be invited to apply to the Venture For All® program taking place at the Columbia Business School in New York city
• see things and think in a more innovative way
• have a solid decision making process
• familiarize with what it takes to be a leader
• official Columbia Business School certificate of participation

course registration process


after successful registration, students will receive an e-mail to register on CBS's online system-CANVAS


students will choose the appropriate course to take online


students will have full access to all assignments during the duration of course


CANVAS has full functions to allow professors and students to interact with each other

course instructors


Dr. Jack McGourty
Dean's Office
Adjunct Professor

Jack McGourty Ph.D. is Director of Community and Global Entrepreneurship at the Columbia Business School and a faculty member teaching graduate courses in entrepreneurship, innovation, and technology management. Prior to joining the Columbia Business School, Jack was Vice Dean at The Fu Foundation School of Engineering and Applied Science. Over the past 14 years, Jack has been an active member of the University's entrepreneurial community, establishing an undergraduate minor in entrepreneurship, teaching core courses in entrepreneurship, and inaugurating the Columbia Venture Competition and Res,Inc., an innovative residential program for student entrepreneurs. In 2009, he launched the federally funded Columbia University-Harlem Small Business Development Center, offering technical assistance to local entrepreneurs and small business owners. Jack is the driving force behind In-V-Ent-Ed; and Venture for All, new programs designed to educate aspiring entrepreneurs and build capacity for high potential start up ventures in emerging markets, with the ultimate goal to enhance entrepreneurial ecosystems in support of regional innovation and economic development. Jack received his Ph.D. in Applied Psychology from Stevens Institute of Technology with a focus on the management of technology and innovation. Over the years, his research findings into product development processes and product innovation have been implemented by a number of industrial and government organizations including 3M, Chrysler, AT&T, the U.S. Army, Intel, and Honeywell. Prior to coming to Columbia in 1998, Jack was a senior executive and board member for a large publicly traded company. During his tenure, Jack held several senior positions including vice president of human resources, executive vice president of operations, division president, and company president & chief operating officer. He was also the managing principal of Assessment Alternatives Inc., a consulting firm providing programs and services to medium and large technology companies on innovation and product realization best practices.


Dr. Clifford Schorer
Director, Entrepreneur in Residence
The Eugene Lang Entrepreneurship Center

Professor Schorer is a serial entrepreneur who specializes in the start-up acquisition and development of small and mid-sized companies. He focuses on businesses with unique ideas or technologies that are in need of guidance during their initial growth phases. Cliff has been involved with companies in the high tech arena, his last position being CEO of GeoVideo Networks, a Lucent Technologies Venture. Prior to that his career included businesses in the real estate, office-supply and health care industries. During the early 1990's he spent a considerable amount of time in Russia using his entrepreneurial approach to assist in the privatization process During his extensive professional career, Schorer has lectured in numerous business and academic forums both in the United States and abroad. He has developed financial management software programs for business education through his publishing company Bized.


Dr. Murray B. Low
Faculty Director
The Eugene Lang Entrepreneurship Center

Professor Low is an experienced entrepreneur and a leading authority on entrepreneurship in independent, corporate and not-for-profit settings. As the founder of the Columbia Entrepreneurship Program, he has worked to make entrepreneurship a viable career option for MBA graduates. He has also worked to improve business education in developing countries, particularly in Africa. Low consults to both small and large companies, family businesses and not-for-profits. He teaches executive seminars in the areas of entrepreneurship and strategic management and makes frequent presentations to academic and industry groups. He has published widely in academic and practitioner journals and is a regular commentator in the media.


Dr. Anthony C. Webster
Lecturer in the Discipline of Finance

Anthony Webster is a Lecturer in the Discipline of Finance in Columbia University's School of Engineering and Applied Science, where he teaches Introduction to Accounting and Finance and Decision Models and Applications. He also teaches Decision Models at Columbia's Business School, in both the MBA and Executive MBA programs.

Mr. Webster is president and senior portfolio manager of West End Advisors, LLC, which provides investment management and financial planning services to individuals and institutional investors. He has authored books on technology and construction economics, published extensively in leading technology journals, and served on the boards of high-growth companies and leading technical publications.

Mr. Webster earned an MBA in finance from Columbia University's Business School, an MS in Engineering Mechanics from Columbia University's Engineering School, and a BS in Applied Science in Engineering from Rutgers University (summa cum laude).


Daniel McQuade
Lecturer in the Discipline of Digital Marketing

President of McQuade Marketing, a marketing & business development company, with expertise in providing branding & marketing services across many business verticals. Due to his strength in marketing and business development, Daniel has founded companies that have been thought leaders and pioneers in developing change in old industries such as the first to market a nationally branded and certified Natural Light Beef Company, founded a for-profit supermarket cooperative company, and led a seafood start-up to become the largest processor of its type in the US in 7 years.

Additionally Daniel has learned from the ground up how to run full-scale consumer branding programs from conception through commercialization including brand strategy and positioning, product development, packaging design, category management, the logistics of getting it on-shelf and also developing promotions utilizing emerging digital technologies to deliver sustainable product movement.

Throughout the course of his career, Daniel has worked with and volunteered at many non-profit organizations in capacities ranging from being a founder, president, executive board member and trustee along with providing over $5M in grants to a wide range of non-profits institutions focusing on education, and health and wellness programs. Daniel has been a noted speaker and marketing counselor for the Columbia-Harlem Small Business Development Center and continues to present workshops on marketing and branding to new business entrepreneurs and expanding small business ventures at Columbia Business School.


Greg Van Kirk
Lecturer in the Discipline of Management and Entrepreneurship

Greg Van Kirk is the co-founder of Community Enterprise Solutions, Social Entrepreneur
Corps and NDS Consulting. He also recently assumed the role as Director of Social Venture at Smart Vision Labs. He is an Ashoka Lemelson Fellow, Ashoka Globalizer and was recently
recognized as Schwab Foundation "Social Entrepreneur of the Year for 2012 (Latin America)" at the World Economic Forum. These are all ventures whose mission is to design and implement social innovation responses to long-standing development challenges. Greg is the innovator who designed the MicroConsignment Model. He has served as a consultant for organizations such as USAID, Chemonics, VisionSpring, Soros Foundation, Church World Service, IADB, Water For People and Fundacion Paraguaya in the US, Latin America and Africa.

Greg also contributes time as “Social Entrepreneur in Residence” and has recently worked with Columbia University, NYU, Marquette University, Indiana University, University of San Diego and Arizona State University. He is a senior advisor for AshokaU. He has taught social entrepreneurship at Columbia University and NYU. Greg began working in rural small business development as a Guatemala Peace Corps volunteer in 2001. He worked in investment banking for five years before arriving in Guatemala. Two deals he led at UBS during this time won "Deal of the Year" honors from Structured Finance International magazine. Greg is a graduate of Miami University and currently lives with his family in New York City.


Manoj Pooleery
Lecturer in the Discipline of Technology and Entrepreneurship

Manoj Pooleery has been working at the Center for Computational Learning Systems since June 2008. He is the Director of Technology, Business Development and Entrepreneurship. In his role, he is responsible for working with the research scientists to identify and build potential products for commercial use. He is also responsible for providing program management oversight to a host of external client facing projects and building up the internal framework to facilitate the smooth functioning of all research projects. In addition, he interfaces with potential business partners to identify business projects where the center's research can be utilized.

Prior to CCLS, he was the Chief Architect at Cigna International Expatriate Benefits, a Health Insurance provider for expatriates. He defined and implemented the Enterprise Architecture strategy for the organization. He was with Synygy Inc, an Enterprise Performance Management organization prior to Cigna. He was with them for about 4 years. He was part of the initial team that established the company's presence on the web and played a crucial role in making them the market leaders in the web-based EPM software arena.

He holds a Masters degree in Computer Applications and a Bachelors in Physics from Calicut University, Kerala, India and an Executive Masters in Technology Management from the Columbia University.

Craig Gosselin
Lecturer in the Discipline of Marketing

Chief Sales and Marketing Officer Framework Consulting Group, has helped recurring revenue businesses get customers for over 20 years. He has used his experience as a Chief Sales Officer, CMO, and business unit GM to develop the Whiteboard Go-To-Market Roadmap©, a process driven approach for growing revenue.

Craig has grown businesses in Fortune 500, venture capital, and private equity environments. This includes growing Richard Branson’s startup Virgin Mobile from launch to 2M customers and $1B in revenue as head of sales, increasing value 300% at private equity owned Velocita Wireless as Chief Sales and Marketing Officer resulting in a sale to Sprint Communications, adding 3M customers and increasing profitability 26% as head of AT&T’s $3.5B international consumer business, and creating new multi-million dollar revenue streams as Senior Vice President at American Express and Managing Director at Deutsche Bank.

Craig’s unique expertise is combining broad market experience with a process and quantitative driven approach to getting customers. In addition to being an experienced public speaker in his field, Craig is currently authoring a book that provides a practical set of frameworks and templates for going-to-market. Craig received a B.S. Electrical Engineering degree from Worcester Polytechnic Institute, his MBA from University of Houston, and taken postgraduate courses at Wharton and Harvard. He also is an advisor to Columbia University, Worcester Polytechnic Institute, and St. Joseph's University.

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