How to Apply

The CU Grow program accepts 20 firms in the built environment, including construction trades, professional services, suppliers, and commodities, with a minimum revenue of $250K. Each firm is paired up with an executive coach to address challenges and identify strategies to continue growing their businesses throughout the 11-month program. All coaches are provided with a stipend. 

We are currently not recruiting firms and executive coaches. Please submit an interest form to be considered for Cohort 7, beginning in February 2023.

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 a certified Minority-, Women-, or Locally owned firm with annual revenue between $250K and $5M*
  • Have a firm that has been established for at least three years and is in the built environment including construction trades, professional services, suppliers, and commodities

For more information, review:


Executive Coach Information

CU Grow Participant Strategic Fire Co. and CU Grow Coach Tuesday Brooks

This position is for you if you:

  • Are able to comply with Columbia University Visitor's Guidelines
  • Have experience with business management, finance, marketing, and knowledge of the building trade industry
  • Have experience of working with minority-, women-, and locally-owned businesses
  • Have knowledge in the procurement process with large private and public stakeholders
  • Are able to 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.

For more information visit our About page and answers to frequently asked questions

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