About the Entrepreneurial Institute
The Mark and Debra Leslie Entrepreneurs Lab is a 6,800 sq-ft space where entrepreneurs from across NYU can connect, collaborate, and explore how to turn ideas and inventions into startups. The Leslie eLab offers vast array of resources available to the NYU community.
Alison HofferDevelopment & Alumni Relations
Alison currently serves as development officer at NYU, raising support for the University’s Provostial Initiatives, including the Entrepreneurial Institute. She received her undergraduate degree from Binghamton University, majoring in Human Development. Alison went on to receive a Masters degree in nonprofit management from the Milano Graduate School of International Affairs, Management and Urban Policy at the New School.
Andy is the Entrepreneur-in-Residence at the Entrepreneurial Institute, and Director of the Blackstone LaunchPad at NYU. He founded Lean Launch Ventures, a tech accelerator, invested, advised and trained other entrepreneurs, has founded and sold a technology startup, and is a member of the New York CTO club. Previously, he spent 17 years at Microsoft where he launched/managed several businesses.
Carol OurivioCommunications Coordinator
Carol heads the communications for the Institute team. She graduated from NYU Steinhardt, with a major in Media, Culture, and Communication and a minor in Web Development and Applications. She is a graphic and UI/UX designer, a professional photographer, and a vintage camera enthusiast.
Dee DaoVenture Associate
Dee is a Venture Associate for the NYU Innovation Venture Fund, focusing on investment opportunities in life science and healthcare. Prior to joining the Fund, Dee did product development and intellectual property strategy in therapeutics and diagnostics for Ludwig Cancer Research. Dee holds a Ph.D. in Molecular Genetics /Developmental Biology from Columbia University.
Emily BaumPrograms Manager
Emily is Programs Manager for the NYU Entrepreneurial Institute where she coaches and supports early-stage entrepreneurs. She is also the Managing Director of Reboot Democracy, a non-profit bridging the worlds of tech, business, and democracy. In a prior life, Emily founded a wearable tech company in San Francisco while serving as an EIR at Citrix where she co-created the curriculum and taught the Citrix Startup Accelerator’s Innovators Program.
Frank RimalovskiExecutive Director
Frank heads the Entrepreneurial Institute and is the Managing Director of the NYU Innovation Venture Fund which invests in early stage NYU startups. He is a member of the national teaching team for the National Science Foundation’s I-Corps program and an Adjunct Faculty at the NYU School of Engineering. He has been a venture capitalist for over 15 years.
Jen CurtisOperations Manager
Jen is the Operations Manager at the Entrepreneurial Institute, where she oversees the Leslie eLab operations and provides administrative support for the Institute's senior leadership. She is a returned Peace Corps Volunteer and recently worked at the UN World Food Programme. Jen holds an M.A. in International Relations from St. John’s University.
Rebecca SilverAssociate Director
Rebecca serves as the Associate Director of the NYU Entrepreneurial Institute, where she leads operations and major programs, and supports entrepreneurs focused on socio-environmental challenges. Rebecca is also adjunct faculty at both the School of Visual Arts and Parsons School for Design, teaching entrepreneurship, design and sustainability.
Sarah MaibachSenior Program Manager
Sarah is the Senior Program Manager for the Entrepreneurial Institute where she builds technical programming and grows external partnerships. Prior to joining the Institute, Sarah worked at General Assembly and Stanford University. Sarah holds an M.A. in Comparative International Education from Columbia University.
Sergei RevzinVenture Associate
Sergei Revzin is a Venture Associate for the NYU Innovation Venture Fund where he leads all technology investments. He is also a co-host of The Mentors podcast, and has mentored hundreds of entrepreneurs through his work as Entrepreneur-in-Residence at national nonprofit Venture for America where he ran the organization's accelerator and first venture fund. Prior to this, Sergei was a founder and early employee at several high growth startups.
Our Guardians & Interns
Christopher MendozaStern '19
All the way from New Jersey, Christopher Mendoza (Peruvian first-generation student) is a senior at NYU Stern studying Finance and Computing and Data Science with a joint minor in Computer Science and Mathematics. This past summer, Chris interned at Google in Mountain View, CA as a Google Marketing Solutions Bold Intern. Chris currently serves as a Peer Mentor for the Stern Office Student of Engagement. He is passionate about anything marketing, traditional and digital, and loves all things entrepreneurship.
Emily LongSPS '20
Emily is a junior at SPS who was awarded the opportunity scholarship at NYU where she studies leadership and management with a concentration in marketing, advertising and PR. She is passionate about entrepreneurship and wants to pursue her own aviation startup this year. Curious by nature, at 18 she backpacked throughout Europe alone, then moved to New York City at the age of 20 where she won an innovation challenge. Emily's favorite word is serendipity, she eats pasta 3x a week, and she was previously a data analyst for an airline.
Franklin ReitzasSPS '21
Franklin is an undergrad at SPS and is studying Hospitality and Tourism. He has always been on the edge of technology and has received recognition for being the youngest FAA certified Private Pilot in Southern California. Franklin spend his free time making 3D printed and laser engraved prototypes with the goal of making life more efficient. Franklin is meticulous in his acts and truly believes that "it's about the little things in life that matters the most." He is passionate about entrepreneurship and aspires to own his own hotel chain.
Jaydn GosselinTisch '18
Hailing originally from Sydney, Australia, Jaydn is pursuing a BFA in Film and Television at the Tisch School of the Arts. With a foundation in journalism and creative writing, his mentors are reporters, teachers, visual artists, and businesspeople. He believes in entrepreneurship as a creative pursuit.
Katherine GuevaraStern '19
Katherine is a senior at NYU Stern studying Finance and Computing and Data Science. She has spent the past two summers interning as an investment banking analyst at Barclays within their Technology, Media, and Telecommunications group. Katherine currently serves on the executive board of the Undergraduate Stern Women in Business (USWIB) club, which helps lay the foundation of a powerful network of female business leaders. She is passionate about entrepreneurship and the power it has to disrupt traditional ways of doing business.
Rachel LevySteinhardt '19
Rachel is a senior at NYU and a Global Public Health and Applied Psychology major. Rachel is heavily involved in the public health space and has experience working in health advocacy, insurance, and a number of entrepreneurial environments both on and off campus. Involved in e-mapping projects, Rachel is the founder of the "Youthmappers NYU" group, which teaches technology and public health skills, as well as running the "Girls Who Lift" female empowerment club. She is passionate about developing a more health-minded world, where easy solutions can be quickly developed without barriers.
Sophie GershenwaldCAS '19
Sophie is a senior in the College of Arts and Sciences studying Public Policy, Business, and Web Programming. She has been involved in the NYU Entrepreneurs Festival since freshman year and currently serves as Co-Chair. She is also on the executive board of TAMID at NYU, an organization that enables students to work with entrepreneurs and startups around the world, and has been named a Forbes Under 30 scholar two years in a row. Sophie is passionate about entrepreneurship and hopes to work in tech after graduation!
Zainab BabikirTandon '20
Zainab is an Intern at the Leslie eLab. She is Public Relations Chair for Black Student Union at NYU as well as Marketing Chair of Brownstone, the university's premiere Black publication. Zainab is a junior pursuing a bachelor's degree in Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering and minoring in Public Health and Documentary Film.
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Our Advisory Board
Dr. Nedal Shami
Nedal (CAS '00) is a Co-Founder and the Chief Strategy Officer of CityMD Urgent Care. He has served in several academic and administrative roles, with appointments at both Saint Luke’s-Roosevelt Hospital and The Valley Hospital. He continues to serve as an associate professor at New York Presbyterian-Weill Cornell Medical Center.
Dr. Paul M. Horn
Paul (Chairman) is the Senior Vice Provost for Research and Senior Vice Dean for Strategic Initiatives and Entrepreneurship, Tandon School of Engineering, responsible for providing University-wide leadership in advancing research at NYU. He was named NYU Distinguished Scientist in Residence in 2007.
Jeffrey is the Chairman and CEO of Liquidity Works, a venture capital and strategic advisory firm. He is a serial entrepreneur having founded Whitemarsh Industries and Turbochef Technologies. He is a founder of the World Championship of Ping Pong and several other sports content ventures.
Steve (Tisch '84) is a gaming industry expert, investor, and serial entrepreneur. He was co-founder and CEO of digital games and database marketing platform developer LuckyLabs, which was acquired by InfoScout, Inc. in 2014. Steven has also been a Director, Advisor and investor in various media, tech, consumer products and financial services companies.