Our Team

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Academic Majors

Our students come from diverse and interdisciplinary academic backgrouds

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OCL and Board Members

Our entire organization is run by student entrepreneurs

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We like to be creative while we get things done

Executive Board

President

President

Initiatives: GTT, Faculty Dinners, High School Initiatives, [email protected], Alumni Initiatives

I'm fascinated by entrepreneurship because I view it as a mindset, rather than an end product. Entrepreneurship centers around connecting the dots across multiple disciplines and perspectives, and it's always exciting to work with passionate, ambitious individuals to catalyze innovation and impact!

Irene Koo

Vice President

Vice President

Initiatives: Startup Columbia Festival, Almaworks, Ignite2018, SIP, GTT, Columbia Venture Competition, Enterprises

Entrepreneurship is the fastest way to change the world and scale ideas that help people.

Michael Retchin

CC '19 Computer Science/Psychology

CC '19 Computer Science/Psychology

Initiatives: EVE, Almaworks, CVC, Ignite, Alumni Initiatives

Entrepreneurship is the process of having an idea and bringing it to life. Thoughout that process, you meet really cool people, solve complex problems, and accomplish amazing things, which is unbelievably rewarding and exciting.

Tony Zheng

SEAS '21 Computer Science

SEAS '21 Computer Science

Stanley Yu

Barnard '21 Political Science/Human Rights

Barnard '21 Political Science/Human Rights

Initiatives: Global Tech Treks, [email protected], Alumni Outreach, Fashion Initiatives

As a creative, entrepreneurship allows me to act on my curiosity and use divergent thinking to pursue innovation. The entrepreneurial mindset of ambition and initiative is one that materializes global initiative and inspires others to pursue their interests and become a part of this disruptive community of thinkers.

Anna Makowski

CC'21 Philosophy

CC'21 Philosophy

Initiatives: Designathon, Enterprises, High School Entrepreneurship, Design Initiatives

I see entrepreneurship as effective, creative agency: being able to hone your ideas, take steps to manifest them in the world, and grow them to projects that positively impact those around you. Applying this entrepreneurial attitude to my life and work has been transformative, and I want to share it with all of CORE and Columbia.

Max Johnson

SEAS '21 Computer Science

SEAS '21 Computer Science

Initiatives: [email protected], Intercollegiate Relations, Enterprises

For me, entrepreneurship isn't about start-up accelerators or venture capital. It's about thriving from and embracing failure in the constant pursuit of improvement, all in the face of immense uncertainty. This entrepreneurial mindset is at the cornerstone of who I am and what I would like to do in the future.

Jillian Ross

BC'19 Economics/Mathematical Sciences

BC'19 Economics/Mathematical Sciences

CoreX, Finance, University Programs

I'm super interested in VC funding and making sure entrepreneurial spaces promote diversity and inclusivity. I'm currently working at a startup that wants to make VC more accessible to female entrepreneurs. In the past, I've been involved in Girl Scouts and the International Rescue Committee. I'm a college radio DJ on my show: Bisexual Underground. I like to cook. ENTJ.

Marie Sgouros

BC'20 Computer Science

BC'20 Computer Science

Initiatives: JADE, EVE

Tara Anand

CC'21 Financial Economics

CC'21 Financial Economics

Initiatives:[email protected], Alumni initiatives, [email protected], Citi Ventures

I am passionate about entrepreneurship because of the opportunities it offers passionate, dedicated, inspiring individuals from any kind of background to create change in the industries and communities they care about.

Angela Liu

Treasurer

Treasurer

Initiatives: Almaworks, Design

Veronica Lim

CC'20 Computer Science

CC'20 Computer Science

Initiatives: EVE, Startup Columbia

Entrepreneurship is fundamentally about solving problems. I like solving problems.

Alan Yao

Senior Advisors

BC '19 English

BC '19 English

Initiatives: Columbia Venture Competition, Ignite2017, Ship Happens

I am driven by the multifaceted world of entrepreneurship that is united under a commitment to create and build. CORE provides me with connections that both broaden my perspective and challenge me to improve myself.

Charlotte Livingston

SEAS '19 Computer Engineering/Economics

SEAS '19 Computer Engineering/Economics

Initiatives: Startup Internship Program, Intercollegiate Pitch Off, Biotech

I joined CORE the fall of my freshman year. Through my past involvement with cancer research, I've realized that I'm really interested in cybersecurity and medical devices. I love to meet new people, so reach out to me and we can have coffee some time.

Mohamed Abedelmalik

SEAS '19 Operations Research

SEAS '19 Operations Research

Helen Lu

CC'19 Computer Science

CC'19 Computer Science

Initiatives: Global Tech Treks, Startup Internship Program, Designathon

Entrepreneurship is about living in the future. I want to be a part of shaping our path toward a more imaginative, just future. Being a part of CORE made me reevaluate my priorities and reaffirmed my commitment to building things that matter. I'm a creative, and I've always believed in the power of words and design to make things happen.

Kevin Chu

Amulya Kandikonda

Operating Committee Leaders

BC '19 Political Science/Africana Studies

BC '19 Political Science/Africana Studies

Initiatives: Columbia Venture Competition, Startup Columbia, On-Campus Events

I've always been ENTP, and my favourite question is why?, so I suppose its only natural that I spend my free hours perusing TechCrunch and LinkedIn stalking new VC Funds.

Georgia Jones

BC '21 Development of Social Identities

BC '21 Development of Social Identities

Initiatives: Global Tech Treks, On-Campus events

One word: courage. For me, entrepreneurship is all about courage. There's nothing more terrifying in the world than venturing into the unknown, and I believe entrepreneurship is all about doing that with nothing but a good idea and the desire to make it succeed.

Rachel Luo

GS '22 Computer Science/Ethics

GS '22 Computer Science/Ethics

Initiatives: Columbia Venture Competition, Start-up Columbia, Almaworks

It's refreshing to be around passionate students and entrepreneurs who don't see the world as static but rather as a sandbox to experiment with new ideas and models. At Columbia, CORE's diverse set of people and programs embodies this dynamic understanding of the world.

Coby Simler

SEAS '20 Biomedical Engineering

SEAS '20 Biomedical Engineering

Initiatives: Global Tech Treks

Entrepreneurship is creating, risk-taking, and building innovation and technology to improve society and our environment. I am especially interested in how biotech entrepreneurship will reshape how we think about wellbeing and how we will treat and prevent illnesses.

Lillian Wang

Aurola Qin

CC'21 Math/Computer Science

CC'21 Math/Computer Science

Initiatives: Global Tech Treks, Almaworks

I am passionate about entrepreneurship because it involves creating things yourself rather than working on something that someone else has created. Ultimately being entrepreneurial means growing your own ideas and finding ways to help others, and this sort of freedom has always appealed to me.

Nico Molina

SEAS '21 Computer Science

SEAS '21 Computer Science

Iniatives: Global Tech Treks, On Campus Events

Students need to always be thinking about how to use the knowledge they gain from the classroom in order to help benefit society, even if it's not related to technology. To me, this defines the entrepreneurial spirit, and has served as a passion of mine throughout my studies.

Alaz Sengul

Jaime Lee

CC '19 Economics

CC '19 Economics

Initiatives: Almaworks, Enterprises, Websphere

Entrepreneurship to me is all about creating solutions to problems in a way that is inspired by life experiences and interests. Every person has their own twist on how starting a business will continue to impact them in the future, but without out a doubt, it will make them smarter, stronger, and wiser.

Yash Gurditta

CC'21 Financial Economics/Hispanic Studies

CC'21 Financial Economics/Hispanic Studies

Initiatives: Designathon, Young, Gifted, and Non-Dominant, On Campus Events

I love how entrepreneurship challenges traditional approaches and invents ways to fill the gaps that most people don't even know exist.

Jaime Lee

SEAS '21 Operations Research

SEAS '21 Operations Research

Initiatives: Startup Columbia Festival, Venture Capital Initiatives

I am passionate about creating value and change through entrepreneurship.

Natalia Dorogi

BC '19 Economics/Mathematical Sciences

BC '19 Economics/Mathematical Sciences

I’m most excited about reimagining the relationship between arts, business and technology and especially, the entrepreneurial minds behind these initiatives. Being a part of CORE, I’m constantly surrounded by fellow students who are changemakers and find inspiration create action.

Hannah Yoo

CC'21 Financial Economics/Hispanic Studies

CC'21 Financial Economics/Hispanic Studies

Initiatives: CoreX, Enterprises

I believe that through entrepreneurship, one can really have a positive impact on his or her community. Personal passions include diversity and social justice, and however unrelated, beauty and fashion.

Saraya Hamidi

BC '19 Political Science

BC '19 Political Science

Initiatives: Designathon

I am passionate about entrepreneurship because it gives you the opportunity to explore spaces that have yet to be explored. It gives you the opportunity to find a gap or need in any field of your interests and create a product that solves it, which it gives you the ability to change things.

Xonatia Lee

SEAS'19 Computer Science

SEAS'19 Computer Science

Initiatives: [email protected]

In my first year at Columbia, I participated in the [email protected] mentorship program, getting the exclusive opportunity to speak with female influencers like Carine Magescas, co-founder of AngelPad. A year later, I've joined CORE and am working on Tech and Student Enterprises. I love to code, dance, write, and travel.

Vasudha Rengajaran

CC'20 Economics/Sociology

CC'20 Economics/Sociology

Austin Wang

CC'21 English

CC'21 English

Initiatives: Global Tech Treks, Storytelling, Impulse

As an aspiring journalist, I am especially interested in combining my passion for entrepreneurship, disruptive storytelling, and social activism to build innovative, cross-cultural communities, using the power of narratives to spur people to action on pressing social issues.

Shannon Sun

SEAS '20 Industrial Engineering

SEAS '20 Industrial Engineering

Initiatives: Global Tech Treks, Websphere

I'm passionate about entrepreneurship because it's a valuable aspect of so many industries and encourages innovations and risk taking regardless of your background or experience

Emily Wang

GS'20 English

GS'20 English

Initiatives: Global Tech Treks

Entrepreneurship allows me to intersect industries that makes people say: "I never would've thought that went together."

Giana Lozano

GS'20 Economics-Statistics

GS'20 Economics-Statistics

Initiatives: Almaworks. Global Tech Treks, Designathon, Enterprises, DevFest

Entrepreneurship is the only way of living I can embrace. From thinking to innovating - entrepreneurship means an attitude towards life which has the potential to reveal for what cause you are in this world.

Dario Gentiletti

SEAS '19

SEAS '19

Initiatives: Global Tech Treks

I love the innovative spirit behind entrepreneurship and how there is so much diversity when it comes to it all. Anyone can be an entrepreneur and there are so many people out there who are willing to support and help you make any idea a reality.

Victoria Wang

GS'19 Computer Science

GS'19 Computer Science

Initiatives: [email protected],Startup Columbia

Entrepreneurship is an opportunity for me to be a servant to others by working at the forefront of the problems in our world and thinking about the people going through the experience that I'm building for.

Ismael Barry

SEAS'20 Computer Science

SEAS'20 Computer Science

Initiatives: Global Tech Treks, Almaworks

I am passionate about entrepreneurship because it is at the CORE of the innovation process. As an engineer, I am really excited about how it helps society ideate and creates value out of nothing to make our lives better. Entrepreneurship world also gives me role models to follow and a freedom to dream big!

Mike Karasev

Jordan Romas

Jordan Romas

CC'21 Computer Science

Jordan Ramos

CC'21 Sociology

CC'21 Sociology

Iniiatives: Global Tech Treks, CoreX, On Campus Events

The amalgamation of creativity, ingenuity, intellect and tenacity that drives entrepreneurial world is unmatched. I love that within entrepreneurship one is able to craft something with their own vision to innovate.

Tyrese Thomas

BC'20 Computer Science

BC'20 Computer Science

Initiatives: Global Tech Treks, Ignite, [email protected]

I think there's a difference between an entrepreneur and liking entrepreneurship - I joined CORE identifying with the latter, but wanting to become part of the former. We'll see where I end up in a couple years!

Erinn Lee