Joyance Biotechnology Case Competition

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Do you have a biotechnology product with deep technology and strong technology differentiators?

All Columbia University students, faculty, affiliates, and alumni (of five years or less) are eligible to submit a business plan for the chance to receive up to $20,000 - $50,000 in seed money, mentorship from seasoned entrepreneurs and venture capitalists, and the opportunity to join a robust network of more than 200 past companies. Graduate students, post-docs, and faculty members are especially encouraged to apply.

Application: Select a competition track and apply by September 30th, 2018. Each competition track will be evaluated separately, and business plans will be evaluated on a rolling basis. Please do not apply to more than one track.

To apply, email your completed business plan to

Competition Tracks: Life science, Consumer Healthcare, Neurotechnology, and AI

Business plans should include:

  • Problem

  • Solution

  • Team

  • Intellectual property/Key differentiation

  • Competitive landscape

  • Commercialization plan

Guidelines: We look for strong technology differentiation and large market potential. Cross-disciplinary teams are encouraged.

Joyance Partners is a $20M venture capital partnership that invests in companies with the capacity to deliver what we call Delightful Moments. A range of new technologies have the potential to create these experiences, varying from transforming the human (genetics, neurosciences), to developing new forms of human chemistry (personal pharma), to changing human circumstance rather than body (virtual reality). 

Joyance is new fund portfolio of the Social Starts funds, which was ranked as the sixth most active early stage fund in the US tech, fifth most active early-stage fund worldwide of any size in 2015, and has been the top-ranked early stage fund under $100 million since 2013.  In terms of investment stage, Joyance invests not only in Angel and Seed stages, but also supports "lab projects" and "moment of inception" startups.

If you have questions regarding competition logistics or Joyance Partners, please reach out to Fiona Zhang at