How to Apply

The CU Grow program accepts 20 firms per cohort (Track 1 and Track 2) that provide services within the built environment, including construction trades, professional services, suppliers, and construction commodities, with a minimum revenue of $250K. Each firm is paired with an expert executive coach to address challenges and identify strategies to continue growing their businesses throughout the 11-month program. All expert coaches have a stipend to support diverse business build capacity. 

Our application pool is closed for cohort 8. Please complete this interest form for cohort 9.


Vendor Participant Information

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This program is for you if you:
  • Are seeking a greater understanding of large company procurement procedures
  • Provide a service or commodity that aligns with the needs of Columbia University. See the list of eligible firms
  • Are eligible to be certified as a minority-, women-, or locally-owned firm with annual revenue between $250K and $10M*
  • Have a business established for at least three years and is in the built environment, including construction trades, professional services, suppliers, and commodities.
  • Are able to commit to 8-10 hours a week in developing a SMART three-year strategic growth plan.

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Executive Coach Information

CU Grow Participant Strategic Fire Co. and CU Grow Coach Tuesday Brooks
This opportunity is for you if you:
  • Have experience with business management, finance, marketing, and knowledge of the building trade industry
  • Have experience working with minority-, women-, and locally-owned businesses
  • Know the procurement process with large private and public stakeholders
  • Can commit to 2-5 hours a week (depending on the firm's needs) to support the firm you are paired with in developing a SMART three-year strategic growth plan.

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