NYU fosters a University-wide startup ecosystem that encourages multi-disciplinary collaboration, accelerates innovation, and cultivates the next generation of startup leaders. The University's team of startup experts offer educational programming and events, industry-specific resources, and funding support to help inspire, educate, connect, and accelerate entrepreneurs from across NYU.

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We help start up startups. By guiding entrepreneurs, inspiring would-be entrepreneurs, and cross-pollinating students and faculty from different disciplines, we are at the center of a startup ecosystem designed to transform brilliant ideas into successful commercial solutions. Since the founding of the NYU Innovation Venture Fund in 2010, we have accelerated the pace of technology commercialization and helped launch successful startups founded by our talented community of students, faculty, and researchers.

The NYU Entrepreneurial Institute leads University-wide initiatives to launch successful startups and commercialize technology created by NYU’s 60,000 students, faculty and researchers. We are team of startup experts that offers educational programming and events, and help identify funding opportunities for aspiring entrepreneurs.

Leslie eLabThe 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.
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  • Our Team

    Alison Hoffer

    Development & 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 Moss

    Entrepreneur-in-Residence

    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 Ourivio

    Communications Coordinator

    Carol provides graphic design and marketing creatives support 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, and a vintage camera enthusiast.

    Dee Dao

    Venture 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.

    Frank Rimalovski

    Executive 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 Curtis

    Operations 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 Silver

    Assistant Director

    Rebecca serves as the Assistant 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 Maibach

    Program Manager

    Sarah is the 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 Revzin

    Venture 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

    Addie Pan

    SPS '19

    Addie is pursuing a M.S. in Integrated Marketing with a concentration in Marketing Analytics. Prior to studying at NYU, Addie travelled to 14 countries and worked for Airbnb, concentrating on developing the first host database in China. Previously, she was an investment associate at her university’s venture fund. Gaining business insights through the due diligence process, interacting with entrepreneurs worldwide, and watching their company grow all motivated Addie to continuously dedicate her efforts to entrepreneurship.

    Amar Seoparson

    Tandon '17

    Amar is an Innovation Venture Fund Fellow and founder of Levitas, a startup that creates patient monitoring systems for hospitals and nursing homes. He is an electrical engineering and computer engineering student at Tandon graduating this Fall. When he's not at the Leslie eLab, he can be found on a rooftop in Brooklyn.

    Franklin Reitzas

    SPS '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 Gosselin

    Tisch '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.

    Selam Moges

    CAS '20

    Selam is an undergraduate Opportunity Programs scholar at NYU, studying computer science on the premedical track. She currently does research in the Physics department on building microswimmers. Outside of academics, Selam is a part of Phi Delta Epsilon, a pre-professional medical fraternity as well as Chair of Development for Kinetic Global. When she isn’t in class or working, she enjoys going to museums, roaming the city, and listening to The Weekend.

    Temirlan Nugmanov

    Gallatin '19

    Tim is a junior 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.

  • Our Partners & Sponsors

    Amazon Web Services offers a broad set of global compute, storage, database, analytics, application, and deployment services that help organizations move faster, lower IT costs, and scale applications.

    Audible is home to the widest selection of digital audiobooks, including best sellers, new releases, exclusives and much more.

    Influenced by the enterprising heritage of the firm and its founders, The Blackstone Charitable Foundation is directing its resources and applying the intellectual capital of the firm to foster entrepreneurship in areas nationwide and globally.

    Blind Barber is a neighborhood barbershop and lounge born in NYC. From handcrafted cocktails to the best pomade on the block, our shop has you covered.

    We invest in less liquid asset classes such as distressed corporate debt, and physical energy assets. We use technology to create efficiencies in these markets. Cherokee also has an active blockchain initiative. We make early-stage VC investments in new companies with significant upside potential, and well as invest directly in digital assets.

    At Comcast Ventures, our goal is to turn startups into profitable businesses. We have deep resources, a passion for building businesses and a track record of spotting and scaling innovations since 1999.

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    Contour Venture Partners is a New York City based early stage venture capital firm. Contour invests in seed and early stage companies that provide innovative technology enhanced solutions into the financial services, enterprise SaaS and digital media sectors, with a focus on New York City.

    EisnerAmper offers responsive accounting, consulting and tax services with an entrepreneurial focus, providing clients with smart, analytical insights delivered in an approachable style.

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    For more than four decades, Fenwick & West LLP has helped some of the world’s most recognized companies become, and remain, market leaders.

    Flybridge Capital Partners is an early-stage venture capital firm with $560 million under management. Our goal is to find talented entrepreneurs and then partner with them to build exceptional and valuable companies.

    Greycroft Partners invests in the world’s most promising Internet and mobile companies. They currently have clusters of companies in consumer Internet, eCommerce, enterprise software, cloud computing, financial technology, and advertising technology.

    McCarter & English, LLP is a firm of over 400 lawyers with offices in Boston, Hartford, Stamford, New York, Newark, East Brunswick, Philadelphia, Wilmington and Washington, DC. In continuous business for more than 170 years, we are among the oldest and largest law firms in America.

    We want to help innovative entrepreneurs build distinctive technology companies while also catalyzing development in the technology ecosystem in Newark NJ.

    A global pharmaceutical company that makes prescription medicines, vaccines and consumer products.

    Powered by General Catalyst, we are a student team building and empowering the largest network of student founders.

    Insights gleaned from over two decades of investing and operating, backed by institutional resources and strong industry connections.

    Silicon Valley Bank provides diversified financial services to emerging growth and mature companies in the technology, life science, private equity and premium wine markets.

    Techstars is the global ecosystem that helps entrepreneurs build great businesses. With 13 programs worldwide, Techstars' mentorship-driven accelerators fund the best companies in the most entrepreneurial communities.

    TriNet provides industry-tailored HR solutions to small and midsize businesses with exceptional human resources services. Focus on what makes your business amazing.

    Two Sigma Ventures invests in companies run by highly driven people with potentially world-changing ideas. They seek out companies using technology, computing, mathematics, or data to tackle hard problems, and aim to help them thrive.

    VentureWell is a higher education network that cultivates revolutionary ideas and promising inventions.

    WeWork transforms buildings into beautiful, collaborative workspaces. Get the space, community, and services you need to make a life, not just a living.

    Wiggin and Dana is a full-service law firm with 150 lawyers that represents clients throughout the country and abroad from our offices in Connecticut, New York, Philadelphia, Washington DC, and Palm Beach.

  • Our Advisory Board

    Ash Ashutosh

    Ash is the Founder and CEO of Actifio, a provider of storage software solutions. A serial entrepreneur and founder AppIQ and Serano Systems, Ash was previously a partner at Greylock Capital and served as VP and Chief Technologist at HP.

    Carlos Bhola

    Carlos is a Co-Founder and Managing Director of Celsius Capital, a TMT focused investment firm. Previously, he was cofounder and President of Vonage, and before that an investment banker at Credit Suisse.

    David Tisch

    David (Law ’06) is the Managing Partner of BoxGroup, a New York City-based early-stage investment fund. He is also the co-founder and Chairman of Spring, director of the Startup Studio at CornellTech and co-founder of TechStars NYC.

    Di-Ann Eisnor

    Di-Ann (Steinhardt ‘94) started the US office in 2009 and is now Director of Growth for crowd-sourced navigation and real-time traffic application at Waze (acquired by Google 2013), working across users, governments, international media, and local community groups.

    Dr. Jay Kranzler

    Jay is the Global Head of External R & D Innovation for Neuroscience, Pain and Sensory Disorders at Pfizer, and a serial entrepreneur having founded and led Cypress Biosciences and Cytel Corporation. He also serves as an Adjunct Professor at NYU School of Medicine.

    Dr. Jessica Swartz

    Dr. Swartz (CAS '00) is a biopharmaceutical executive with 7+ years of experience in strategic advising, R&D, commercialization, and business development. She is a leading expert in regenerative medicine, neurology, psychiatry, and pain, and is a member of NYU's Board of Trustees.

    Dr. Nedal Shami

    Dr. Nedal Shami (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.

    Fred Wilson

    Fred is the Co-Founder and Managing Partner at Union Square Ventures. He has been a venture capitalist since 1987, and previously cofounded Flatiron Partners. Wilson publishes a blog called AVC: musings of a VC in NYC, on topics often related to venture capital entrepreneurship.

    Jeffrey Bogatin

    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.

    Ken Miller

    Ken is President & CEO at Ken Miller Capital. Previously he has served as a Senior Advisor at Teneo Holdings, Vice Chairman of Merrill Lynch Capital Markets, and as Vice Chairman at Credit Suisse First Boston.

    Mark Leslie

    Mark (WSC ’66, Trustee) is the Managing Director of Leslie Ventures, a private investment company. Previously, he ran three Silicon Valley startups, including Veritas Software where he was founding CEO. He is also a lecturer in management at Stanford’s Graduate School of Business.

    Steven Kane

    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.

    William Grabe

    Bill (Heights '58) serves as an Advisory Director at General Atlantic LLC, a leading global private equity firm. Previously, he was a Managing Director at the firm, and before that was a VP and corporate officer at IBM.