Startup Accelerator Series

You have a big idea, a solution that has the potential to solve a real-world problem, and just maybe could turn into a multi-million dollar venture! But what do you do when you want to turn the idea into reality?

Our new Startup Accelerator Series provides sequenced skills-development and support to advance NYU startup teams to the next level, powered by evidence-based insight and mentorship. Whether you're a team with an idea, a prototype, or a commercially-tested product or service, the Accelerator Series has something for you. The Series begins with customer discovery in the Startup Bootcamp, continues with a fast and furious Startup Sprint as you search for problem-solution fit, and reach business milestones and build community during the semester in our Ignite Fellowships. Finally, the Summer Launchpad positions teams for growth and matches them with vital funding, mentorship, and other critical resources.

If you've already met with one of our startup coaches and are ready to take your venture to the next level, read on...

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    Each program in the Accelerator Series is custom-fit to NYU startups at different stages, and offer access to greater resources and intensity as you progress from one to the next.

    Startup Bootcamps

    • Who: Teams of 2 or more (≥1 must be currently at NYU) with an idea or prototype
    • What: 2-day Customer Development Primer
    • When: Roughly monthly during the Fall and Spring Semester
    • Why: Begin to test your ideas and assumptions in the real world
    • Perks: 1:1 coaching and mentorship, and improved odds of getting into a Startup Sprint

    Startup Sprint

    • Who: Teams of 2 or more (≥1 must be currently at NYU) with a prototype or product
    • What: 2-Week Customer Development & Business Model Intensive
    • When: January Term, late May/June (right after graduation) and late August (right before classes start)
    • Why: Develop your business model and get to Problem-Solution Fit
    • Perks: 1:1 coaching and mentorship, $350 grant plus an optional $1,500 in follow-on funding, $5,000 in AWS credits, priority access to VC & legal office hours, and improved odds of getting into Summer Launchpad

    Ignite Fellowship

    • Who: Teams of 2 or more (≥1 must be currently at NYU) that participated in a Startup Bootcamp and/or Sprint
    • What: Semester-long weekly cohort with coaching, exclusive guest speakers & peer support
    • When: Every Fall and Spring Semester
    • Why: Continue to validate your business model assumptions to achieve critical business milestones during the semester
    • Perks: 1:1 coaching, mentorship from NYC entrepreneurs, priority access to VC & legal office hours, and improved odds of getting into Summer Launchpad

    Summer Launchpad

    • Who: Teams of 2 or more (≥1 must be currently at NYU) with a product or service that is ready for launch or already in the market seeking growth. Priority consideration for teams that already participated in a Startup Sprint
    • What: 9-week Startup Accelerator
    • When: Every Summer (starts in early June through early August)
    • Why: Customer validation, acquisition & growth
    • Perks: $10,000 non-dilutive grant, mentorship from NYC entrepreneurs and investors, pitch at exclusive investor demo day, pro-bono (free) incorporation & legal counsel, free banking, accounting & tax advice, $10,000 in AWS credits, prototyping tools, and more.

    Faculty Teams

    While faculty are encouraged to take part in any of the accelerator programs, specific sessions are designed for faculty, PhD and postdoc led teams:

    • Faculty BootcampEach semester at least one Bootcamp Session is designated for faculty, PhD student and postdoc teams
    • Faculty Startup Sprint: Sponsored by the National Science Foundation, the one-week long Faculty Startup Sprint takes place each August
  • What's Next?

    Visit the respective programs pages (links above) for each program in the Accelerator Series to learn more, and set up an appoint with one or our startup coaches if you have not already.

    Dates and deadlines will be provided on each page, but you can also sign up for our newsletter for the latest.

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