About CAVA

The Columbia Alumni Virtual Accelerator (CAVA) is an industry-agnostic, no-fee and no equity virtual accelerator supported by Columbia Business School's Eugene M. Lang Entrepreneurship Center. CAVA’s mission is to enhance and enable early-stage CBS alumni startups across the globe through support and mentorship. 

CAVA cohorts run for 10-week terms during which companies must participate in virtual meetings and workshops. These meetings foster a strong support network of peers as well as provide knowledge and resources to help take the cohort’s businesses to the next level. The term culminates in an invite-only, virtual demo day. 

Important Dates

  • Please check back for updates on the upcoming summer 2023 cohort.


Applicants for CAVA must meet the following criteria:


  • Have at least one founder or co-founder alumnus or alumna from Columbia Business School. Non-CBS-affiliated team members may also participate in CAVA once the team is accepted.
  • Have a product or service in the marketplace accessible by users/stakeholders. Companies with products/services in beta may qualify.


  • Working full-time on their venture, or actively working toward a full-time commitment
  • Able to participate in two 90-minute Zoom-based virtual meetings each week over a 12-week period, including a virtual Demo Day for investors.


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