Program Format

The program runs for one year. All participants visit campus on three occasions for one-week over the course of the year: at the commencement, mid-point, and end. The remaining weeks consist of online classes and topical deep dives as well as work on the projects. Entrepreneurs can expect to devote 5 hours a week to the academic work and project implementation and analysis when not on campus. 

Curriculum and Projects

In addition to classes covering business and strategy with Columbia Business School’s world-class professors, all entrepreneurs will undertake two capstone projects that are conceived, implemented, and quantified under the guidance of a faculty advisor and industry mentor. The first project challenges companies to identify inefficient internal processes. Working on these projects exposes leaders to the measurable impact of process improvement methodologies and helps to embed a company culture of continuous improvement. This is followed by a Growth and Strategy Project in which companies follow a framework to conquer their core businesses and develop strategic plans for growth and expansion.

Advising and Mentorship 

In addition to one-on-one faculty advising, entrepreneurs will benefit from mentorship with senior executives in industry. Each company will be paired with a mentor to provide guidance on strategic planning and expanding their business network.

A core component of the EC-America program is the creation of a robust personal and professional network of Hispanic-led firms and other industry contacts. The class is carefully designed to foster both community and camaraderie among the participating entrepreneurs.

Program Model

The EC-America program is based on Columbia’s impactful ECLA Program (Entrepreneurship and Competitiveness in Latin America), which has run since 2010 and has graduated more than 200 entrepreneurs from 96 companies in 12 different countries and across 40+ industries. The program has helped these Latin American entrepreneurs realize significant business growth:

  • More than 9,100 new jobs created
  • 38% average annual growth rate per company
  • 77% of companies get the return on their investment in the program within one year of graduating


Is EC-America right for your company?

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