Columbia Startup Accelerator in China (CSAC)

Columbia Global Centers | Beijing answers the call of Columbia University's Fourth Purpose initiative, which seeks to advance human welfare and confront the great challenges of our time. We do this by leveraging the scientific research capabilities of the University and promoting their realization within the Columbia community in the region we serve.

For students and alumni seeking to land and grow their early-stage, innovative projects in China, the Beijing Center’s business incubation program, Columbia Startup Accelerator in China (CSAC), supports Columbia entrepreneurs in bridging the gap between plans and execution within an energetic and collaborative environment.

CSAC is committed to building an exclusive network for young entrepreneurs across the globe to showcase their business ideas and venture practices and catalyze their business growth and success through a range of programs and activities, including accelerator camps, entrepreneurship salon series, roadshows and demo days, and mentorship sessions.

CSAC also provides a fellowship program for all students and alumni of Columbia University and other world-leading institutions committed to entrepreneurship to gain a practical experience in sourcing, market research, business plan modeling, and portfolio support.

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75+ Startups

From applied science and technology to biomedicine, from consumer goods to Web 3.0, our promising startups are aimed at changing the world for the better.

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35+ Mentors

Made up of senior Columbia alumni entrepreneurs and investors and regional industry leaders, our mentors provide critical access, insights, and guidance to take a startup to the next level.

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2,500+ Community Members

A robust, vibrant, and exclusive network of entrepreneurs, investors, partners, and venture capitals based in China and around the world—an essential step towards your success.

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2 Accelerator Camps

A month-long training program, in partnership with the Zhongguancun Collaborative Innovation Center (Zlink+), to temper a hard-bitten entrepreneurial mindset, develop a scalable business model, and tackle specific growth challenges. The program concludes with a demo day in front of investors, venture capitals, and business angels.

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Capacity Building

From entrepreneurship salon series, roadshows, and topic-specific workshops to exclusive investor luncheons and community meetup events, we provide a wide range of incredible learning and networking opportunities to help community members develop the skills and knowledge essential to start and run a successful business and build a strong professional network.

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Fellowship Program

An intense three-month program structured for those who wish to gain hands-on experience in entrepreneurship and investment. Fellows have the opportunity to develop and practice basic VC skills by sourcing and pitching startups that have a real impact and gain a deeper understanding of the industries by engaging with successful entrepreneurs and investors.

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Incubation Services
  • Co-Working Space: discounted and cost-effective office spaces for qualified startup companies and entrepreneurs.
  • Financing Support: connections and cooperation with funds and investors to provide affluent financing opportunities.
  • Policy Interpretation: resources regarding government policies & programs and business channels.
  • Market Orientation: industrial connections that promote and grow your business across almost every industry.
  • Legal Counsel: an overview of the key legal issues in establishing a business in China, Do's and don'ts of financing your business, tips to avoid legal pitfalls in business,  as well as suggestions and thoughts regarding specific legal issues.

Get Involved Today

CSAC is here to bring you one step closer to your entrepreneurial goal. We would like to particularly encourage applications from startups in the following industries to join our program:

  • Applied Science and Technology: AI, Autonomous Vehicle, Robotics, Chips, 3D Printing, Graphic Simulation, Quantum Computing, Brain-Computer Interface, Aerospace, and more;
  • Biomedicine: Computational Biology, Synthetic Biology, Multi-omics Analysis, Tumor Immunity, Nucleic acids Therapeutics, Bioinformatics, and more.


  • Please send your business plan and resume as well as other inquiries to [email protected].


  • If you are a venture investor or senior entrepreneur who is eager to mentor rising startup projects, please send your bio to [email protected].
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