Startup Sprint (Student Edition)

The J-Term Startup Sprint (January) and Summer Startup Sprint (May-June), offer NYU student and post-doc startup teams the opportunity to test the value of their solutions. These are intensive two week long startup accelerator programs to get funding, conduct customer discovery and receive mentorship.

Since participating in the 2018 January and Summer Sprints, teams have won the 300K Entrepreneurs Challenge, InnoVention Challenge, and TigerLaunch entrepreneurship competition, while 12 teams participated in either the NYU Summer Launchpad and/or Stern Venture Fellows summer 2018 program. Collectively teams have gone on to raise over $1 Million in competition funding, grants and private capital, while at least 8 of the teams are generating revenue

The next student Startup Sprint will take place May 28th-June 7th, 2019 (all day each week day). Sigh up for our newsletter or revisit this page to stay up to date on upcoming info sessions and deadlines for the sprint.

 

  • Info Sessions
    Thu, Feb 28
    05:30pm ‐ 06:30pm

    Info Session 1: NYU Summer Accelerators

    Host: NYU Entrepreneurial Institute

    Learn about two NYU summer accelerator opportunities for current AND graduating NYU students, researchers and postdocs to build startup momentum,...

    Details & RSVP

    Mon, Mar 4
    10:00am ‐ 11:00am

    Info Session 2 (at Tandon): NYU Summer Accel...

    Host: NYU Entrepreneurial Institute

    Learn about two NYU summer accelerator opportunities for current AND graduating NYU students, researchers and postdocs to build startup momentum,...

    Details & RSVP

    Tue, Mar 12
    06:00pm ‐ 07:00pm

    Info Session 3: NYU Summer Accelerators

    Host: NYU Entrepreneurial Institute

    Learn about two NYU summer accelerator opportunities for current AND graduating NYU students, researchers and postdocs to build startup momentum,...

    Details & RSVP

    Mon, Mar 25
    05:30pm ‐ 06:30pm

    Info Session 4: NYU Summer Accelerators

    Host: NYU Entrepreneurial Institute

    Learn about two NYU summer accelerator opportunities for current AND graduating NYU students, researchers and postdocs to build startup momentum,...

    Details & RSVP

  • Tell Me More - January Term Startup Sprint

    The next student Startup Sprint will take place May 28th-June 7th, 2019. The program runs all day during the weekdays.

    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:

    • Workshops: Participate in workshops led by 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: Meet with VCs, accelerators and more for office hours either during or shortly after the program
    • Experimentation: Learn how to run experiments to build your MVPs and prototypes
    • Community: Work alongside and learn from a diverse community of NYU startup founders
    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 up to $1,500 in follow-on funding for the top three-five teams. All funding is offered in the form of reimbursable expenses.
    • Perks: $5K in Amazon Web Services Credits, advice on legal issues and more!
    • Ignite Fellowship: The top 3–4 teams from the program will be invited to participate in the Ignite Fellowship for the semester following the sprint.
    • SLP 2019: The top two-three teams from the program will be guaranteed an invitation to interview for the NYU Summer Launchpad accelerator 2019, to launch their venture full time.
    • Food: Lunch each day of the program (plus breakfast some other days) will be provided, plus free coffee all the time.
    • Workspace: Co-working space at the Leslie eLab for extended hours.
    Who It's For

    Open to teams of NYU undergrad and graduate student entrepreneurs 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: 2 or more entrepreneurs able to participate full time in the program, with at least 1 team member currently at NYU.
    • 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: Show us that your team has what it takes by meeting with us for coaching appointment and attending a Startup Bootcamp at the Leslie eLab, in ADVANCE of applying. Taking these actions will greatly increase your chance of getting into the program, so get started today!
    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'll 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:

    • Diversity: Preference given to teams planning to graduate in 2019 or 2020, with at least 1 female or minority co-founder
    • STEM: Some preference given to teams with STEM-centered solutions (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math)
    • Idea and Early Prototype: What is your idea and what have you done/built so far
    • Problem Identification: How well does your team understand the problem you hope to solve and the market you hope to address with your venture
    • Team Fit: Does your team have the skills and background to build and launch what you hope to create
    • Program Fit: How you believe your time in the Startup Sprint will launch your venture into the next phase
    • Coaching & Bootcamp: Preference given to teams who have received coaching from an NYU Blackstone LaunchPad coach; 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)!

     

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