CORE is taking you abroad this spring break! From March 9th to March 17th, our Global Tech Treks program gives you the option of traveling to London or Shanghai to explore these cities' tech scenes. You'll be meeting with local entrepreneurs and venture capitalists, touring startup offices, and, of course, exploring the most popular tourist attractions.
Palantir Technologies aims to solve the most important problems for the world's most important institutions. Since 2004, Palantir has doubled in size every year while retaining startup values.
Having raised over $90M in funding, TransferWise is a money transfer service that allows individuals and businesses to send money abroad without hidden charges.
An audio platform that attracts more than 175 million unique monthly listeners. Soundcloud enables sound creators to upload, promote, record, and share their music.
A simple task management tool and one of the most popular to-do list apps that exist today. Wunderlist has over 13 million users and was acquired by Microsoft in 2015.
Improbable is revolutionizing entertainment and gaming by allowing developers to build complex worlds with massively intricate interactions.
Delivery Hero is transforming the way people order food online. You can easily browse thousands of restaurant menus to find your favourite dish. With just a few clicks delicious food is on its way!
EDITED helps the world’s leading fashion brands have the right product at the right price, at the right time. Retailers can optimize sales using globally sourced data that tracks the latest patterns and trends.
One of Europe's largest early-stage venture capital firms, Balderton has a track record of helping entrepreneurs build substantial businesses.
"The CORE Spring Break tech trek was the most exciting and worthy event I was a part of this year, in no small part due to the excellent programming of the trip. Out of the companies we go to see, my favorite was Rentify. The people that we met in their office were so funny and intelligent, and I felt extremely lucky that we had gotten to meet them one-on-one. I learned a lot of lessons about the European tech scene and its growth trajectory, as well as a ton about European culture (take-out becomes take-away!), since I'd never been to the continent before. My favorite moment on the trip was probably staring out at the Thames and Big Ben from the top of the London Eye, which was a breathtaking view. I can't wait to go on other tech treks next year and learn more about other parts of the world and their tech scenes." —Mayank Mahajan, SEAS '16
"Ask a bunch of college students, 'Want to spend your spring break in Paris immersing yourself in the tech and entrepreneurship scene of the city?' and you’ve got yourself quite the self-selected bunch. While I was expecting traipsing around the city with intermittent visits to startup offices, instead I had the privilege of attending intimate presentations from successful founders of hardware and fintech startups, experiencing an exhilarating and bilingual pitch night alongside business students from the city, and gorging on croissants while learning about France’s unique startup funding space from venture capitalists. On our visit to one of France’s most prominent tech accelerators, a founder shared some poignant insight: 'Be an entrepreneur because you can’t imagine yourself being anything else.' The tenacity, innovation, and hustle that I had the opportunity to witness during my short week in Paris taught me that this sentiment is universal, and entrepreneurship is a powerful global phenomenon that can solve technical and social problems against all odds. Now, a spring break without remixed renditions of Roar-Lion-Roar and Aux Champs Elyseés is a break I’d rather go without!” —Supriya Jain, SEAS '16
Applications are due Friday, November 2nd at 11:59PM
Frequently Asked Questions
When will the trips be?
The trips will depart on Saturday, March 9th and arrive back at Columbia on Sunday, March 17th.
What will accomodations be?
All trips will have pre-arranged hotel lodging. Students going on the trip must stay with the group.
Can GS/Barnard students apply?
Of course! Our program is open to all undergraduate Columbia students who are interested in exploring international entrepreneurship.
How many people can go on each trip?
Spots are limited to 15 people for each trip, so apply now!
Do I need to be invested in entrepreneurship to apply?
No! If you show that you're excited to learn about the global entrepreneurship scene, we'll be happy to consider you!
Will there be time for tourist activities?
Of course! Most of our company visits end around 5pm, leaving plenty of time to explore.
Can international students apply?
Yes, international students are definitely welcome! However, we require all participants to arrange all necessary visas or other required documents on their own.
How much will the trips cost?
Thanks to generous sponsors and our partners at Columbia Entrepreneurship, costs will be limited to $950 for London and $1200-$1500 for Shanghai per person, which will cover round-trip flight and housing. Meals and local transportation are not covered by this price.
Will financial aid be available?
We are already providing substantial amounts of financial aid to subsidize the cost for everyone, so we are unable to provide additional financial aid on an individual basis.
If you have any additional questions, please contact the following trip leaders. Feel free to email more than one of us if your question is more general and not specific to the locations!