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Future Business Success


As an entrepreneur, you’ve always been driven by complex issues. You know that investing in big ideas is a vital element to success. The ecosystem around innovation at Columbia is vibrant. Become a member of the Founders Society, where sharing your venture's achievements help drive Columbia's success.


Christine Alemany ’04BUS
Chief Executive Officer 


Raj Bakhru ’06EN &
Divya Rajasekaran, MD ’06CC


Dr. Vincent Carbonell, Esq. 
United Reprographic Services


Manju Dawkins, MD '01CC & Armand Dawkins '00CC


Gabby Slome Gaddy ’15BUS
Co-founder and Chief Experience Officer 


Sunny Grewal ’13BUS
Co-founder and COO 


Bill Irvine ‘18BUS
Kara Water


Guyan Liu '12SEAS
Founder and Portfolio Manager 
Miles GL Capital Management LLC


Vineet Madan '94SEAS, '00BUS
Co-founder & CEO
Junction Education


Joseph Quaderer ’21JN
Founder and CEO


Ludwig Schulze ’05BUS
Managing Partner, Alumni Ventures
116th St Ventures


Shazi Visram ’04BUS 
Founder & ChairMom 
Happy Family


Bing Wang ’98SEAS, ’07BUS & Yanan Hu ’08BUS 
Co-founder, Chief Executive Officer 
Refuge Biotechnologies



What is the Columbia University Founders Society?

Members of Columbia’s Founders Society are like-minded business founders, equity holders, and investors who intend to share their success to benefit the University. Designations of their gifts can be made to support any school or area at Columbia. Join the Founders Society and tap into the University’s rich entrepreneurial ecosystem, while connecting with fellow founders who understand the importance of tying commercial advancement to philanthropic achievement.

Who can become a member of the Founders Society?

Anyone who holds equity in a company such as founders, investors, and institutional investors.

Why would I want to become a Founders Society member?

In addition to enjoying the benefits of being a partner in sustaining our entrepreneurial ecosystem, membership in Columbia’s Founders Society means making philanthropic goals an integral part of your future business success. Members have full control over the timing, amount, and designation of their pre-exit or post-exit support.

How do I become a member of the Founders Society?

Simply complete the Founders Society membership form.

What happens after I become a member of the Founders Society?

Becoming a member provides you with access to an exclusive network of entrepreneurs and curated programming. If desired, your name and company will be featured on the Founders Society website, which promotes your venture and encourages other alumni and friends to join the Founders Society.

Is there a cost to joining the Founders Society?

There is no cost—no commission, transaction fee, or hidden cost.

What happens if I never exit or if the business fails?

Your intent to support is based only on the success of your venture.

What tax benefits are available when I share my success with Columbia?

When the time is right the Office of Gift Planning and our school partners will be happy to discuss options for providing support so that you may work with your tax advisor to decide on the best route to fit your circumstances.

Contact Us 

For more information on Columbia’s Founders Society, please contact Ed Cangialosi, Gift Planning Officer, at or (212) 851-7988.