New Business Ventures

Is your goal to launch an entrepreneurial enterprise?

New technology ventures have the power to transform global business.

Today’s global technology powerhouses started as new ventures, but grew through solid growth initiatives, marketplace success, and informed management. In the New Business Ventures area of focus, you will learn how to manage and lead new ventures that rely on core technology products, services, and innovation. In addition, you will learn how to introduce new technologies and ventures into the marketplace and lead the ventures to growth. You also will learn the specific operational, financial, and strategic resources and techniques that make that growth possible. This learning will be extended to internal corporate initiatives, teaching you how to drive innovation in already-established companies.

This area of focus will help you:

  • Learn how to successfully turn technological ideas and ventures into successful businesses
  • Understand and manage marketplaces to position new ventures and drive growth
  • Master the underlying operational, financial, and strategic resources and techniques associated with new venture success
  • Lead intrapreneurship programs to drive corporate innovation

Where this degree can take you:

  • CIO, Chief Intrapreneur, or other relevant C-level positions
  • Leadership positions in corporate innovation and intrapreneurship
  • Team management in corporate innovation and intrapreneurship
  • Leadership positions in new ventures

World-Class Guidance

Only at Columbia can you get these three benefits: an area of focus, the intellectual rigor and depth of our curriculum, and the guidance of world-class mentors and executives in residence.

Along with core courses shared by other areas of focus in the program, you’ll follow the New Business Ventures area of focus, taking elective courses that delve deeply into the issues of technology management from that perspective.

Ashifi Gogo

Ashifi GogoCEO

Gogo’s work has been recognized through a variety of awards and fellowships. He was awarded the Social Entrepreneur of the Year award in 2014 by the Schwab Foundation. In 2013, Sproxil was named the world’s most innovative company in health care by Fast Company and #7 most innovative worldwide.


Thomas Cowan

Tom CowanCEO

Author of From Idea to Business, Business Basics, and Leadership Basics, Cowan has carved out a role as a technology CEO and entrepreneur by creating value through execution. His focus is enterprise software, centered on mobile enablement, data analytics, and SaaS delivery.


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Designated Electives

These electives in your area of focus combined with the full curriculum inform the Master’s Project, where you apply your coursework to a real-world business challenge, objective, or scenario.

The goal is a technology solution—usually the development of a product or service. Your experience in the industry and knowledge gained in the program are brought together under the guidance of a mentor from our exclusive network of CIOs and technology executives. You’ll work closely with your mentor for three semesters, shaping your idea into a project plan that will become a professional asset.

Executive Seminars

Technology is the tool that can help transform your entrepreneurial vision. Over the course of this program, you’ll develop and refine your Master’s Project solution in three stages:

Master’s Project Stages

Product or service
Strategic planning
and marketing


The online Executive Seminars center on trends and issues specific to high-level technology management. After each seminar, your mentor will review the progress of your Master’s Project and provide feedback.

Intensive Study

The intensive study component is an essential part of your development as an executive. You can choose the New Business Ventures area of focus with either the New York City, Europe, or San Francisco intensive study plan.