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.
Carol OurivioCommunications Manager
Carol heads the marketing and communications for the Institute team. She is an Adobe Creative Suite wiz and a stickler for efficiency. She graduated from NYU Steinhardt, with a major in Media, Culture, and Communication and a minor in Web Development and Applications. Carol is also 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 CurtisSenior Operations Manager
Jen is the Senior Operations Manager for the NYU Entrepreneurial Institute, where she manages the Leslie eLab, the Institute's finances, and leads events, including the Entrepreneurs Festival. She is a returned Peace Corps Volunteer and previously 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 leads educational programs for NYU startups, manages the mentor network 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
Beatriz del RioStern Tech MBA '20
Beatriz previously worked as a venture capital investor at Seaya Ventures investing in early-stage, high-growth companies in Spain and Latin America. She focused on software companies employing AI to disrupt sectors ranging from healthcare to real estate or hospitality. She is passionate about working with entrepreneurs and supporting them in scaling their businesses. She has a J.D. in Law and B.A. in Business from ICADE in Madrid and previously worked in the Infrastructure Private Equity division of GIC Singapore and the Mergers & Acquisitions division of Morgan Stanley.
Daniel AbbassianStern MBA '21
Daniel is a Venture Capital Fellow at the NYU Innovation Venture Fund and is completing his MBA at Stern. He provides 12 years of experience that includes building a clean foods venture from ideation to acquisition and co-founding an education-technology startup. He has helped over 40 startups nationwide raise millions of dollars while advising founders, C-suite, and executive management at companies of all sizes and industries. He loves to work with first-time founders and welcomes everyone to introduce themselves.
Ellie GershenwaldSteinhardt '22
Ellie is a sophomore in Steinhardt studying Media, Culture, and Communication with a minor in Web Programming. She was excited to be part of the marketing team creating last year’s NYU Entrepreneurs Festival. Ellie is a member of the Kappa Kappa Gamma sorority. She has a passion for food, travel, design, and community service. Combining several of her interests, Ellie spent several summers as a social media and marketing intern for a mid-century modern furniture boutique.
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.
Graham HarrisCourant '22
Graham is a Math major in Courant with minors in Computer Science, Financial Engineering, and Italian Studies. He's excited to learn all about the startup process and about the many resources the eLab has to offer. He spends his free time with a group called Bite Club at NYU, a food publication that runs events for the NYU community. He's a hobby botanist and hopes to someday have his own personal greenhouse
John NgLS '22
John is from Shanghai and currently studying in the Liberal Studies Program to discover his interests. Collaborating with NYU’s Print3D Club, John would like to spread his knowledge and give a hand to innovation. John leads trainings on how to use the 3D printer and laser cutter to help students create better prototypes. John believes that these machines at the prototyping lab will make prototyping more available to students and allow more customization. He loves new Inventions.
Maya is a 17-year-old CEO and founder of the creative advertising agency, MARISTI LLC. She has created social media content packages and advertising campaigns for brands like Parsons School of Design, Refinery 29, Cynthia Rowley, Montclair Film Festival and has personal editorial photography published on Vogue Italy’s website. Maya is eager to help create marketing strategies for startups at the Leslie eLab. She hopes to attend Gallatin to pursue her interests in media, marketing, and business to further her boutique agency.
Neal RooneyLaw '20
Nick PisciottiStern '21
Nick is a Junior in Stern studying business with a concentration in finance. He is fascinated by the global economy and more specifically the financial sector. Nick is interning at the Leslie eLab in hopes of sharing his financial knowledge with others, as well as hearing more about others' entrepreneurial ventures. He is currently trying to teach himself guitar and how to code for quantitative investing. He hopes to one day start his own hedge fund.
Temirlan NugmanovGallatin '19
Tim is a senior at Gallatin from Almaty, Kazakhstan. During his first year at NYU, he served as the class president and founded Fit AI, a sports tech startup developing a strength training optimization system for sports teams. Tim loves all things entrepreneurship and is also the president of InnoVention Society, a Tandon club that helps NYU engineers understand the path from idea to product to startup.
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Our Advisory Board
David Hirsh (SPS '90) is a real estate investor with more than 30 years of experience across all major real estate product types in most major US markets. David has completed in excess of $30 billion in transactions. His skills include: portfolio management, leasing, asset sales/dispositions, lending, and workouts/restructuring.
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 is a Distinguished Scientist in Residence at NYU, and previously served as NYU's Senior Vice Provost for Research and Senior Vice Dean for Strategic Initiatives and Entrepreneurship, Tandon School of Engineering. He currently serves as the Chairman of the Board of the NY Academy of Science and is a founding partner of Venly Corp. He previously served as Senior VP and Director of Research at IBM.
Josh (Stern '14) is a Founding Partner of Moving Capital, an early stage investment fund focused on mobility and logistics. He led Uber's New York metro area business, overseeing the company's largest market for more than five years. Josh was previously a Managing Partner at Tusk Ventures and is a prolific angel investor.
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.