Summer Launchpad

Summer Launchpad provides highly promising early-stage startups the support and resources they need to accelerate their growth and impact. Selected teams receive one-on-one coaching with NYC investors and entrepreneurs, customer development training, collaborative workspace, legal and accounting services via McCarter & English and EisnerAmper, and $10,000 in non-dilutive funding, all in a dynamic, immersive atmosphere.

Each week the teams push to achieve key business milestones, to validate product-market fit, acquire customers, and solidify their business model. Summer Launchpad is deeply connected to New York City’s entrepreneurial ecosystem, tapping mentors, coaches and potential investors who help teams accelerate from vision to scale.

NYU Summer Launchpad (SLP) is an immersive 9-week accelerator for teams of graduating NYU student entrepreneurs to bridge their part-time dedication to their startups while in school, with full-time commitment after graduation.

Now in its seventh year, the program was the launchpad for successful NYU startups including Brooklinen, Kinvolved, Ephemeral Tattoos, and Food Period and SLP alumni are collectively generating more than $110 million in revenue!

SLP offers $10,000 in non-dilutive (zero equity) grant funding, $15,000 in perks, 1:1 coaching, and more. The program culminates with a demo day to angel investors, entrepreneurs and members of the NYU community.

The next Summer Launchpad will take place from June 11th-August 8th, 2019. Applications were due on March 29th, 2019 at 5pm.

  • Tell Me More

    Summer Launchpad runs all day Monday through Friday, from June 11th-August 7th, 2019. A detailed schedule for the program is forthcoming. Teams who haven’t completed a past Startup Sprint will also be required to participate in the Summer Startup Sprint from May 28th-June 7th.

    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 9-week accelerator to help you set and meet your customer acquisition, product development, and team milestones, and to launch your venture full-time. Here’s a preview of what’s in store:

    • Mentorship: Mentorship from experienced entrepreneurs and boardroom-style feedback from a dedicated advisory council of VCs and subject-matter experts. See below for a list of some of the past program mentors.
    • Guest Founder Talks: Weekly talks from preeminent NYC founders and Venture Capitalists. Talks from 2018 included Scott Harrison (CAS) founder of Charity: Water; Dennis Crowley (Tisch) founder of FoursquareRagy Thomas (Stern) founder of Sprinklrand Andrea Breanna (Gallatin & Tisch) founder of RebelMouse and former CTO of HuffPost.
    • Workshops: Led by experts across the NYU and NYC startup communities, workshops will teach relevant skills in finance and capital raising, customer acquisition, product development, business operations, and other topics selected to help you succeed in your venture.
    • Customer development: Get closer to product-market fit through customer validation by “Getting out of the Building” and talking directly to prospective users, customers, and partners.
    • Design & Marketing Sprints: Learn how to run iterative experiments on your product, business model and marketing channels during short expert-instructor led design and marketing sprints.
    • Accelerator and Angel Investor Office Hours: Office hours with numerous later-stage accelerators, angel, and seed-stage investors throughout the program.
    • Community: You’ll work alongside and learn from a community of NYU startup founders and fellow SLP participants.
    • Yale-NYU Pitchoff: A pitch showdown where six teams from NYU and Yale present to a live audience of 200 of their closest friends, but only one will take home a ridiculously large trophy!
    • Venture Showcase: Showcase and get feedback on your venture from NYU friends and family and members of the public.
    • Demo Day: For select teams, this is an opportunity to pitch to angel investors and others.
    Benefits You’ll Receive

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

    • Funding: $10,000 in zero-equity, non-dilutive grant funding toward your venture.
    • Cloud Computing: $10,000 in Amazon Web Services credits for participation in the program.
    • Coaching and Mentorship: One-on-one office hours with Venture Capitalists, Angel Investors, and expert mentors.
    • Legal Services: Pro-bono legal guidance from McCarter & English to help you incorporate the right way to kickstart your company.
    • Accounting Services: Pro-bono accounting services from Eisner Amper.
    • Co-working Space: 24/7 access to the Leslie eLab for full-time program participants. 
    • Access to Future Programs: Select teams will be invited to participate in the Ignite (Beta) Fellowship, and will have opportunities to meet with later-stage accelerators and incubators to help grow their ventures after completion of Summer Launchpad.
    Who It's For

    Open to teams of NYU entrepreneurs from any school or college, with a proof of concept/prototype and who has validated problem-solution fit. Scalable ventures addressing ANY sector from ANY NYU school are welcome to apply, including non-profit ventures.

    • Team: Entrepreneurs with at least 1 team member currently at NYU; Preference given to teams with 2+ founders able to participate full time.
    • Graduation Year: Preference given to student or post-doc teams graduating in 2019 (or Fall 2018). Those graduating from NYU after 2019 are welcome to apply.
    • Diverse Team: Preference will be given to well-rounded, multi-disciplinary teams (i.e. representing multiple NYU schools!), and extra consideration will be given to teams with at least one co-founder who is female or represents an underrepresented minority in tech/entrepreneurship.
    • Commitment: Committed to your startup full-time (at least 40 hours per week) and to participate in ALL program activities for the nine weeks (absences need to be disclosed in the application); and committed to launching your venture full-time after the program.
    • Buy-in: Understand the requirements of the program and have an openness to customer development.
    • Community-minded: Demonstrated willingness to help other startup teams and interest in being part of a community.
    Selection Criteria

    First things first, make sure you’re committed to your startup full-time (at least 40 hours per week) and available to participate in ALL program activities for the nine weeks. And remember, at least 1 co-founder must be an NYU student or postdoc!

    • Attended an info-session: We want to know you understand what you’re signing up for. Therefore, attendance at an info session is mandatory. If you missed all the info sessions, please email entrepreneur@nyu.edu to request access to the info session video recording.
    • Solving a meaningful problem: Through customer discovery and other means, you’re able to show you’ve validated that you’re solving a problem which has the potential to bring substantive, scalable and tangible value to customers and other beneficiaries, with potential to scale value/impact to a large market/beneficiary sector.
    • Problem-solution fit: You’ve validated the problem you’ve identified through customer discovery and you believe you know how you can solve it (meaning you have problem-solution fit).
    • Proof of concept/prototype: We’ll look at your proof of concept, and your plans for how you’ll take your solution to the next level to validate it with customers during Summer Launchpad (getting you to product-market fit).
    • Milestones & goals: We’ll consider the milestones you hope to achieve during and after Summer Launchpad, with consideration for how you believe the program will help you achieve your goals.
    • Demonstrated passion, coachability, and hustle! Last but not least, we want to see you’re the type of team who benefits from mentorship and coaching, and peer support (why else participate in a cohort-based accelerator?). And we want to see that you have passion and hustle for the problem you’re solving! Therefore, it will greatly increase your chances of acceptance if you’ve participated in other mentorship-intensive programs led by the NYU Entrepreneurial Institute and NYU partners, including a Startup Sprint, Startup Bootcamp, Ignite Fellowships, NYU Healthcare Makerthon (Venture Support), Innovention, $300k Entrepreneurs Challenge, or intensive coaching through the Startup Coaching Program. If this doesn't describe your team, apply for a startup bootcamp or register for a coaching appointment today!
  • Success Stories

    Now in its seventh year, the program was the launchpad for successful NYU startups including BrooklinenKinvolvedEphemeral Tattoosand Food Period. SLP alumni are collectively generating more than $110 million in revenue per year. Of the 2018 Summer Launchpad class alone, currently 6 teams are generating revenue over $$50,000/year (each), one venture was acquired, and three have raised private financing. Collectively these 2018 teams are on track to earn $1,500,000 in revenue and grants and to create 23 new full time jobs, in the coming year!

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  • Frequently Asked Questions

    Now that you read about the program, its benefits and who should apply, check out the answers to additional questions you might have.

      • Is this accelerator only for students?

    While the NYU Summer Launchpad is primarily for graduating students, teams may apply if at least one member is a current or recently graduated (2017 or 2018) student, or a current faculty, researcher, postdoc or staff member. International students are welcome and encouraged to apply, however we can’t grant separate visas for the program.

      • What types of ventures is the accelerator for?

    Summer Launchpad is intended for all types of startups which have growth potential. Whether focused on social innovation, software, medical devices, physical products, hardware, or other areas, all are welcome to apply. Both for profits and non-profits are welcome to apply.

      • What are the basic requirements to be considered?

    See above in "Who It's For" and "Selection Criteria" for more details.

      • When and where does it take place?

    The accelerator runs from Tuesday June 9, 2018 until August 8th, 2019. Teams who haven’t completed a Startup Sprint will also be required to participate in the Summer Startup Sprint from May 30th-June 8th, and will be eligible for additional grant funding for completing this program. Most program elements will take place at the Leslie eLab. All full-time participating team members are expected to attend all program activities, which take place on Mondays through Thursdays.

      • I have a part-time internship or other opportunity lined up for summer. Can I still apply?

    All core co-founders members must be committed to their startup full time (during and after program), and thus to pursuing their startup via NYU Summer Launchpad full-time. However teams may include some non-core founding members or advisors who have outside obligations such as faculty appointments or internships, but they are not eligible to participate in the Summer Launchpad program activities. Have questions about this? Email us at entrepreneur@nyu.edu prior to submitting your application.

      • Part of my team is located internationally. Does that disqualify my team?

    All core team members must be onsite during the Summer Launchpad program from June - August, for ALL workshops and activities. However teams may include some non-core founding members or advisors who are working remotely.

    International students who will graduate in May 2019 and would like to apply to the accelerator, please contact Office of Global Services (OGS) for more details:

    Manhattan Office Location:
    383 Lafayette Street
    (212) 998-4720

    Brooklyn Office Location
    Room 230, 5 MetroTech Center
    (646) 997-3805

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

    On March 8th as part of the Entrepreneurs Festival we’ll be hosting a team-hunt event as part of the idea-a-thon on Friday night. All teams are highly encouraged to attend.

    • 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 (both during and after the program).

      • What is the deadline to apply?

    The deadline to submit your application is Friday, March 29th, 2019 at 5pm EST. Apply through this link.

      • When can I expect to hear a decision about my acceptance?

    Teams will be notified within one week of the application closing date if they've been selected to interview for the program. If you're invited to interview, you'll receive final notice of your acceptance by Monday, April 22nd, 2019.

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

    Yes.

      • Who will be reviewing 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: http://entrepreneur.nyu.edu/resource/startup-coaching/

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