SIPA will draw on the NASDAQ Educational Foundation’s support to engage scholars, entrepreneurs, and leaders from the public and private sectors to advance the understanding of the conditions and means needed to promote innovation, entrepreneurship, and social entrepreneurship.

Initiatives funded by the grant will emphasize entrepreneurship and innovation stemming from both information and communications technology (ICT) and digital technology, along with the intersection of global public policy.

Programming began in Fall 2016 and will last for three years through Spring 2019.

The grant will support a variety of programs and initiatives. Most significantly, SIPA will:

  • Create a global ideas forum including a University-wide seminar on entrepreneurship.
  • In partnership with Columbia Entrepreneurship, SIPA will examine the conditions that give rise to entrepreneurship and the relationship worldwide among entrepreneurship, digital technologies, and data.
  • SIPA and Columbia Entrepreneurship will host a series of public seminars and events each year and commission papers from faculty and U.S. and international experts to anchor discussion.
  • Foster thought leadership through global fellows in residence.
  • SIPA will recruit short term visiting global entrepreneurs, social entrepreneurs, and innovators in residence to bring the latest lessons from the field.
  • SIPA will also recruit a postgraduate fellow in residence to pursue policy research and provide organizational support for the entrepreneurship program.

SIPA will promote innovative approaches for educating the next generation of entrepreneurs through experiential learning and case study-based teaching, including:

  • a new course designed to prepare students to launch a new enterprise, including social enterprise.
  • enhancement of the existing Dean’s Public Policy Challenge Grant to include mentorship by global entrepreneurs and innovators in residence, and
  • development of case studies to help students explore contemporary issues in entrepreneurship, digital technology, and public policy.

As the Entrepreneurship & Policy initiative develops and pursues activities with the grant’s support, SIPA will engage other units at Columbia University and work in consultation with distinguished colleagues including Professor Eli Noam and Richard Witten.  Professor Noam is the Paul Garrett Professor of Public Policy and Business Responsibility at Columbia Business School and the director of the Columbia Institute for Tele-Information. Professor Witten is a special advisor to Columbia University President Lee Bollinger and director of Columbia Entrepreneurship, a Presidential initiative and umbrella group that supports entrepreneurship University-wide.