J-Term Startup Sprint

Ready to push your startup out of the blocks? Get set for a 2-week intensive program for NYU undergrads, grad students & postdocs to get funding, experiment, learn from customers, and receive expert coaching on their ventures. Have an idea, a team, or a project you’re working on which you want to turn into a startup? Lace up your sneakers, as this program will push the limits of your idea faster than you’ve ever gone before.

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    J-Term Startup Sprint runs all day Monday through Friday from January 8th through 19th, 2018. A detailed schedule for the program can be found here.

    PLEASE NOTE: This program is NOT for credit. However, (just like a startup) it REQUIRES a full-time commitment during the program.

    What You Can Expect
    Get ready for a two week sprint, filled with challenging hurdles with greater rewards. Teams can expect to start off running with:

    • Workshops: Experts across the NYU and NYC startup communities
    • Founder talks: Learn from those who have been in your shoes
    • Customers: Create solutions customers love by “Getting out of the Building” and talking directly to prospective users, customers and partners
    • Connections: Opportunity to meet VCs, accelerators and more
    • Experimentation: Learn how to run experiments to build your MVPs and prototypes
    • Community: You’ll work alongside and learn from a community of NYU startup founders

    You can access the info-session slides here.

    Who It's For
    Open to teams of NYU undergrad and graduate student entrepreneurs from any NYU school or college, with an idea, invention or early mock-up or prototype of their product or service.

    • Team: 2 or more entrepreneurs with at least 1 team member currently at NYU; Don’t have two team members? Come to the J-Sprint team hunt on November 10th
    • Commitment: Committed to your startup full-time (at least 40 hours per week) for the duration of the two week program and a passion for the problem you hope to solve (with a plan for how you’ll continue after the program)
    • Buy-In: Understand the requirements of the program and have an openness to customer discovery
    • A lot of passion, hard work and hustle!
    Selection Criteria
    First things first, we’ll make sure you’re part of a team of at least 2 members. Remember, at least 1 teammate must be a current NYU student!
    From there, we will consider your idea or early prototype and how you believe your time in the J-Term Startup Sprint will launch your venture into the next phase of product development and launch. A few additional criteria will determine the final selection:

    • Diversity: Preference given to teams planning to graduate in 2018 or 2019, with at least 1 female or minority founder
    • STEM: Preference given to teams with STEM-centered solutions (science, technology, engineering, and math)
    • Coaching: Preference given to teams who have received coaching from a NYU Blackstone LaunchPad coach; Sign up for a coaching appointment here
    Benefits You'll Receive
    Each team will receive funding and perks to put toward their venture, including:

    • Funding: $350 at the start of the program and eligibility for $1,000-$3,000 in follow on funding, for the top two-three teams
    • Perks: $5,000 in Amazon Web Services Credits, advice on legal issues and more!
    • SLP 2018: The top two-three teams from the program will be guaranteed an invitation to interview for NYU Summer Launchpad accelerator 2018, to launch their venture full time
    • Food: Lunch each day of the program
  • Frequently Asked Questions
    • Is this program only for students?

    While the J-Term Startup Sprint is primarily for students, teams may apply if at least one member is a current or recently graduated (Fall 2017) student, or a current faculty, researcher, or staff member. International students are welcome and encouraged to apply.

    • What types of ventures do you accept?

    The J-Term Startup Sprint is intended for all types of startups which have high-growth potential. Whether focused on social innovation, software, medical devices, physical products, hardware, or other areas, all are welcome to apply.

    • What are the basic requirements to be considered?

    Teams must have two or more founders. At least one founder must be a current/recently graduated student, or a faculty, researcher or staff member. Students graduating in 2018 or 2019 are preferred. All core team members must be committed to their startup full-time during the length of the program and should have the skills to execute and who understand the program and have an openness to customer discovery. Preference is given to teams with at least one female or minority co-founder, and to teams pursuing concepts in STEM focused areas (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math).

    • What if I need more people to join my team?

    On November 10th we’ll be hosting a team-hunt event where you can meet the other teams, join a team, and find additional co-founders. All teams are highly encouraged to attend. RSVP to the team hunt event here.

    • When and where does it take place?

    The program runs from Monday January 8th, 2018 until Friday, January 19th, 2018, at the Leslie eLab. All participating team members are expected to attend all program activities, which take place on Mondays through Fridays.

    • I have another class during J-Term. Can I still apply?

    Two or more core team members must be committed to their startup and pursue their startup via the J-Term Startup Sprint, full-time during the program. However teams may include some non-core founding members or advisors who have outside obligations such as faculty appointments or internships, but they are ineligible to participate in the program.

    • Our team has two venture ideas, can we submit multiple applications?

    While you may submit as many applications as you like, if your team is selected for the program, we expect teams to be fully committed to the venture they are selected to participate with.

    • What is the deadline to apply?

    The deadline to submit your application is Monday, November 20th at 5 p.m. EST.

    • We've already taken some funding. Can we still apply?


    • Who will review my application?

    Applications will be reviewed by and interviews will be conducted by senior members of the NYU Entrepreneurial Institute team and NYU Innovation Venture Fund. Applications will not be shared with any external parties for any reason.

    • Do you give feedback on application results?

    Typically we do not give specific feedback on applications. However we’d be happy to meet with your team to give more general feedback and guidance about your startup through our mentorship/coaching program (open to those currently affiliated with NYU only). You can book a coaching appointment here.

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