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Startup Sprint (Student Edition)

Startup Sprints are two-week programs that teach and support aspiring NYU entrepreneur teams to transform their ideas and inventions into businesses. Whether you are an NYU student, researcher, or faculty, a Startup Sprint will challenge you to deepen your understanding of your customers and to cater your business idea to their needs—we call this "problem-solution fit". During the program, your team will have access to expert startup coaches who will help guide you through this process. You will also be provided with skills-building workshops, grant funding, peer support from your cohort of startup teams, and more!   

Past participants have left the program with a newfound confidence in their business capabilities, having found the experience "transformative and groundbreaking". Past teams have won the $300K NYU Entrepreneurs Challenge, the InnoVention Challenge, the TigerLaunch entrepreneurship competition, and have been accepted into the NYU Summer Launchpad and Stern Venture Fellows programs, among others. Many have gone on to generate revenue and raise investment capital!

Startup Sprints are held in the winter and in the summer when regular classes are not in session. The next Startup Sprint will take place January 7-17, 2020 (all day Mon-Fri). Applications are due on Friday, November 15th, 2019 at 5pm and attending an info-session is mandatory before you apply. Stay tuned for info session dates - which will be announced soon!


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    Thu, Oct 24
    04:00pm ‐ 05:30pm

    NYU J-Term Startup Sprint: Info Session 3

    Host: NYU Entrepreneurial Institute

    The NYU J-Term Startup Sprint (January)  is a two week immersive program which offers NYU student and researcher-led startup teams the opport...

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    Mon, Oct 28
    06:00pm ‐ 07:30pm

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    Host: NYU Entrepreneurial Institute

    The NYU J-Term Startup Sprint (January)  is a two week immersive program which offers NYU student and researcher-led startup teams the opport...

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    Fri, Nov 8
    03:00pm ‐ 06:00pm

    NYU J-Term Startup Sprint: Team Hunt!!

    Host: NYU Entrepreneurial Institute

    Join us to meet potential co-founders and team mates to join you for the J-Term Startup Sprint! Whether you have an idea/venture already and are...

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  • Tell Me More

    The next Startup Sprint for students (grad and undergrad) will take place January 7-17, 2020. The program runs all day, Monday through Friday each day.
    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

    Teams can expect to start off running with:

    • Coaching: Led by the NYU Entrepreneurial Institute's own team of startup experts, you will meet willing and knowledgeable coaches who will push the limits of your business idea and challenge you to become the best founder you can be.
    • Workshops: Led by experts from theInstitute and the NYC startup community. You and your team will learn through a hands-on approach, and immediately apply what you learn.
    • Founder talks: Learn from those who have been in your shoes. Derive insights from their stories and ask them all your questions!
    • Customers: Get to know your target customers by “getting out of the building” and talking directly to prospective users, buyers and partners. We expect you to lead at least 50 interviews during the course of the program (and some past teams have done over 100 in past Sprints!).
    • Connections: You will meet with venture capitalists, learn about accelerators, and more.
    • Experimentation: You will learn how to create and run experiments to inform your prototypes and minimum viable products (MVPs).
    • Community: Work alongside (and learn from!) a diverse community of NYU startup founders who are going through this process just like you!
    Benefits You'll Receive

    Each team will receive funding and perks to put toward their business venture, including:

    • Funding: $350 at the start of the program and eligibility for up to $1,500 in follow-on funding. All funding is offered in the form of reimbursement for customer discovery and prototyping-related expenses.
    • Perks: $5,000 in Amazon Web Services credits
    • Legal Advice: Legal advice from Fenwick & West LLP
    • Preferred Office Hours: With VCs, accountants and Entrepreneurs in Residence, after the program - perks ONLY available to Sprint and Summer Launchpad participants
    • Ignite Fellowship: Top teams from each cohort will be invited to participate in the Ignite Fellowship for the semester following the sprint. The Fellowship provides your team with continued peer and coaching support, as well as access to further expert talks from external mentors.
    • Food: Lunch will be provided every day, as well as the occasional breakfast. You will also have unlimited access to free coffee.
    • Workspace: 24h access to co-working space at the Leslie eLab during the duration of the program, so you can meet, focus, and get that startup off the ground!
    Who It's For

    The Startup Sprint is open to teams with at least NYU undergrad and graduate student founder from any NYU school or college, with an idea, invention and/or early mock-up or prototype of their product or service. Preference will be given to teams with at least one STEM co-founder who is female or another underrepresented minority in tech/startups.

    • Team: Your team should consist of 2 or more entrepreneurs able to participate full time in the program, with at least 1 team member currently at NYU.
    • Commitment: You must be committed to your startup full-time (at least 40 hours per week) for the duration of the two-week program. You must also be passionate about the problem you hope to solve, with the expectation that you’ll continue to work on your startup after the program ends.
    • Buy-In: You understand the requirements of the program and are open to the possibility of pivoting your idea based on feedback from potential customers—we call this customer development.
    • Hustle: Show us that your team has what it takes to start a startup by meeting with us for a coaching appointment and attending a Startup Bootcamp at the Leslie eLab in advance of applying. Taking these actions will show us your commitment and passion, and will greatly increase your chances of getting into the program. Get started today!
    Selection Criteria

    We give strong preference to teams who have completed a Startup Bootcamp at the Leslie eLab. Apply to a Startup Bootcamp today to let us get to know you!

    A few additional criteria will determine the final selection:

    • Timing: We give preference to teams with at least 1 team member who plans to graduate within the next two years.
    • Diversity: We give preference to teams with at least 1 female or minority co-founder.
    • STEM:  We give some preference to teams with STEM-centered solutions (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math).
    • Coaching & Bootcamp: We prefer to accept teams who have received coaching from the Entrepreneurial Institute team (sign up for a coaching appointment here) AND preference to teams who have completed a Startup Bootcamp at the Leslie eLab. Apply to a Startup Bootcamp today to let us get to know you (and so you can get to know us)!

    We also take into consideration how you answer the following questions:

    • Idea and Early Prototype: What is your idea? What have you done/built so far?
    • Problem Identification: How well does your team understand the problem you hope to solve and the customer segment/market you plan to address with your venture?
    • Team Fit: Does your team have the skills and background to build and launch what you plan to create?
    • Program Fit: Are you ready and willing to work hard and interview 50 prospective customers during the two-week program?


  • FAQ - Startup Sprint
    Is this program only for NYU students? No. Teams may apply if at least one core team mate is a current student, faculty, researcher, or staff member - however other members of your team may have no NYU affiliation. International NYU students are also welcome and encouraged to apply. Faculty and researcher led teams may also be interested in the Faculty Startup Sprint program, held each August.


    How many teams apply and are selected for each Startup Sprint? We typically receive over 60 applications for each Startup Sprint, and select about 12 teams for each cohort. Since the application process is competitive, we strongly advise meeting with a coach AND applying to a Startup Bootcamp to let us get to know your team first. This way, you can stand out from the competition.

    What are the basic requirements to be considered? Teams must have two or more founders able to participate full time in the Startup Sprint. At least one founder must be a current or recently graduated student (within the last six month), or current faculty, researcher, or staff member. All participating team members must be committed to their startup full-time during the length of the program, and should be willing to listen to and learn from coaches and customers. 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 types of ventures do you accept? The Startup Sprint is intended for all types of startups which have high-growth potential, including non-profits. Whether focused on social innovation, software, medical devices, physical products, hardware, or other areas, all are welcome to apply!

    Do I, or my team members, have to attend an info session to apply? Yes. Info session attendance is mandatory. If you missed a mandatory info session, please email entrepreneur@nyu.edu to request access to the info session video recording.

    When and where does it take place? The program runs from Monday January 7 -January 17, 2020, at the Leslie eLab (all day Mon-Fri). All participating team members are expected to attend ALL program activities.

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

    I have another class during this period. Can I still apply? Two or more founding team members must be committed to their startup and able to participate in the Startup Sprint full-time during the program.

    Our team has two venture ideas, can we submit multiple applications? Yes. However, if your team is selected for the program, we expect you to be fully committed to the one venture you are selected to participate with.

    What's the timeline for the application process? We review applications the week following the application deadline. Then, we invite select teams to interview (10-15 minutes) the week after that (the week after Thanksgiving). If you are selected for an interview, you'll be notified of your team's acceptance by the following week after. The entire process takes  about 3 weeks.

    Who will review my application? Senior members of the NYU Entrepreneurial Institute team and NYU Innovation Venture Fund review all applications and lead all interviews. 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 coaching program.

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