We are proud to be the largest student club at Columbia Business School.
Our mission is to provide opportunities for our members to learn about the Private Equity industry, enhance career opportunities, network with industry professionals and provide a forum to meet fellow students who share similar interests.
Five Primary Initiatives
The Annual Private Equity Conference
Alumni Outreach and Engagement
Global Private Equity Competitions
The professional development initiative of the Private Equity Club includes two programs: professional development events and an internship program. Every year, the Club hosts and participates in various private equity competitions both on campus and globally. Past competitions have included the Venture Capital Investment Competition (VCIC), the Social Venture Capital Investment Competition (SVCIC), the Leveraged Buyout Competition and the DFJ Business Plan Competition.
Since 1994, the Private Equity has organized an annual conference to bring together a unique collection of industry leaders, academic practitioners, alumni and current students to discuss recent trends and emerging issues in the private equity industry.
Alumni outreach is an important Club initiative that helps bring together current MBA students and past Columbia Business School alumni that are active in the private equity industry. Alumni outreach is accomplished both on a Board level by organizing internship opportunities and firm visits for current Club members, and on a membership level through Club events that bring together current students and alumni.
Select Columbia Business School alumni include:
Jeff Barber (Managing Director), TA Associates
Russ Carson (Co-Founder and General Partner), Welsh, Carson, Anderson & Stowe
John Coyle (Partner, Head of NY), Permira Advisers
David DeLeeuw (Co-founder and Chairman), Huntsman-Lion Capital, LLC
Mark Dzialga (Chairman of Investment Committee), General Atlantic
Paul Ferri (Founder and General Partner), Matrix Partners
Mark Gallogy (Founder and Managing Director), Centerbridge
Henry Kravis (Founding Partner), KKR
Lionel Pincus (Founder), Warburg Pincus
Paul Queally (Co-President), Welsh, Carson, Anderson & Stowe
Joe Rice (Co-Founder and Chairman), Clayton Dubilier & Rice, LLC
Robert Smith (Founder, Chairman & CEO), Vista Equity Partners