About the Entrepreneurial Institute

The NYU Entrepreneurial Institute leads University-wide initiatives to launch successful startups and commercialize technology created by NYU’s 60,000 students, faculty and researchers. We are team of startup experts that offers educational programming and events, and help identify funding opportunities for aspiring entrepreneurs.
Leslie eLab

The Mark and Debra Leslie Entrepreneurs Lab is a 6,800 sq-ft space where entrepreneurs from across NYU can connect, collaborate, and explore how to turn ideas and inventions into startups. The Leslie eLab offers vast array of resources available to the NYU community.

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Our Team

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Alison Hoffer

Development & Alumni Relations

Alison currently serves as development officer at NYU, raising support for the University’s Provostial Initiatives, including the Entrepreneurial Institute. She received her undergraduate degree from Binghamton University, majoring in Human Development. Alison went on to receive a Masters degree in nonprofit management from the Milano Graduate School of International Affairs, Management and Urban Policy at the New School.

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Carol Ourivio

Communications Manager

Carol heads the marketing and communications for the Institute team. She is an Adobe Creative Suite wiz and a stickler for efficiency. She graduated from NYU Steinhardt, with a major in Media, Culture, and Communication and a minor in Web Development and Applications. Carol is also a professional photographer and a vintage camera enthusiast.

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Dee Dao

Venture Associate

Dee is a Venture Associate for the NYU Innovation Venture Fund, focusing on investment opportunities in life science and healthcare. Prior to joining the Fund, Dee did product development and intellectual property strategy in therapeutics and diagnostics for Ludwig Cancer Research. Dee holds a Ph.D. in Molecular Genetics /Developmental Biology from Columbia University.

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Emily Baum

Programs Manager

Emily is Programs Manager for the NYU Entrepreneurial Institute where she coaches and supports early-stage entrepreneurs. She is also the Managing Director of Reboot Democracy, a non-profit bridging the worlds of tech, business, and democracy. In a prior life, Emily founded a wearable tech company in San Francisco while serving as an EIR at Citrix where she co-created the curriculum and taught the Citrix Startup Accelerator’s Innovators Program.

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Frank Rimalovski

Executive Director

Frank heads the Entrepreneurial Institute and is the Managing Director of the NYU Innovation Venture Fund which invests in early stage NYU startups. He is a member of the national teaching team for the National Science Foundation’s I-Corps program and an Adjunct Faculty at the NYU School of Engineering. He has been a venture capitalist for over 15 years.

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Jen Curtis

Senior Operations Manager

Jen is the Senior Operations Manager for the NYU Entrepreneurial Institute, where she manages the Leslie eLab, the Institute's finances, and leads events, including the Entrepreneurs Festival. She is a returned Peace Corps Volunteer and previously worked at the UN World Food Programme. Jen holds an M.A. in International Relations from St. John’s University.

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Rebecca Silver

Associate Director

Rebecca serves as the Associate Director of the NYU Entrepreneurial Institute, where she leads operations and major programs, and supports entrepreneurs focused on socio-environmental challenges. Rebecca is also adjunct faculty at both the School of Visual Arts and Parsons School for Design, teaching entrepreneurship, design and sustainability.

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Sarah Maibach

Senior Program Manager

Sarah is the Senior Program Manager for the Entrepreneurial Institute where she leads educational programs for NYU startups, manages the mentor network and grows external partnerships. Prior to joining the Institute, Sarah worked at General Assembly and Stanford University. Sarah holds an M.A. in Comparative International Education from Columbia University.

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Sergei Revzin

Venture Associate

Sergei Revzin is a Venture Associate for the NYU Innovation Venture Fund where he leads all technology investments. He is also a co-host of The Mentors podcast, and has mentored hundreds of entrepreneurs through his work as Entrepreneur-in-Residence at national nonprofit Venture for America where he ran the organization's accelerator and first venture fund. Prior to this, Sergei was a founder and early employee at several high growth startups.

Our Guardians & Interns

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Beatriz del Rio

Stern Tech MBA '20

Beatriz previously worked as a venture capital investor at Seaya Ventures investing in early-stage, high-growth companies in Spain and Latin America. She focused on software companies employing AI to disrupt sectors ranging from healthcare to real estate or hospitality. She is passionate about working with entrepreneurs and supporting them in scaling their businesses. She has a J.D. in Law and B.A. in Business from ICADE in Madrid and previously worked in the Infrastructure Private Equity division of GIC Singapore and the Mergers & Acquisitions division of Morgan Stanley.

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Daniel Abbassian

Stern MBA '21

Daniel is a Venture Capital Fellow at the NYU Innovation Venture Fund and is completing his MBA at Stern. He provides 12 years of experience that includes building a clean foods venture from ideation to acquisition and co-founding an education-technology startup. He has helped over 40 startups nationwide raise millions of dollars while advising founders, C-suite, and executive management at companies of all sizes and industries. He loves to work with first-time founders and welcomes everyone to introduce themselves.

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Ellie Gershenwald

Steinhardt '22

Ellie is a sophomore in Steinhardt studying Media, Culture, and Communication with a minor in Web Programming. She was excited to be part of the marketing team creating last year’s NYU Entrepreneurs Festival. Ellie is a member of the Kappa Kappa Gamma sorority. She has a passion for food, travel, design, and community service. Combining several of her interests, Ellie spent several summers as a social media and marketing intern for a mid-century modern furniture boutique.

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Emily Long

SPS '20

Emily is a junior at SPS who was awarded the opportunity scholarship at NYU where she studies leadership and management with a concentration in marketing, advertising and PR. She is passionate about entrepreneurship and wants to pursue her own aviation startup this year. Curious by nature, at 18 she backpacked throughout Europe alone, then moved to New York City at the age of 20 where she won an innovation challenge. Emily's favorite word is serendipity, she eats pasta 3x a week, and she was previously a data analyst for an airline.

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Franklin Reitzas

SPS '21

Franklin is an undergrad at SPS and is studying Hospitality and Tourism. He has always been on the edge of technology and has received recognition for being the youngest FAA certified Private Pilot in Southern California. Franklin spend his free time making 3D printed and laser engraved prototypes with the goal of making life more efficient. Franklin is meticulous in his acts and truly believes that "it's about the little things in life that matters the most." He is passionate about entrepreneurship and aspires to own his own hotel chain.

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Graham Harris

Courant '22

Graham is a Math major in Courant with minors in Computer Science, Financial Engineering, and Italian Studies. He's excited to learn all about the startup process and about the many resources the eLab has to offer. He spends his free time with a group called Bite Club at NYU, a food publication that runs events for the NYU community. He's a hobby botanist and hopes to someday have his own personal greenhouse

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John Ng

LS '22

John is from Shanghai and currently studying in the Liberal Studies Program to discover his interests. Collaborating with NYU’s Print3D Club, John would like to spread his knowledge and give a hand to innovation. John leads trainings on how to use the 3D printer and laser cutter to help students create better prototypes. John believes that these machines at the prototyping lab will make prototyping more available to students and allow more customization. He loves new Inventions.

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Neal Rooney

Law '20

Neal is a 3L at the Law School studying startup and venture capital law. At NYU, Neal is president of the InnoVention Society, an InSITE Entrepreneurship and Venture Capital Fellow, and co-president of the Social Enterprise and Startup Law Group. He has worked with seed-stage and venture-backed startups at the New York Angels, McCarter & English, Gray Legal, and Gunderson Dettmer. Prior to law school, Neal worked for an education technology startup in Silicon Valley. Neal loves chatting with entrepreneurs and would appreciate any tips on coding in JavaScript.

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Nick Pisciotti

Stern '21

Nick is a Junior in Stern studying business with a concentration in finance. He is fascinated by the global economy and more specifically the financial sector. Nick is interning at the Leslie eLab in hopes of sharing his financial knowledge with others, as well as hearing more about others' entrepreneurial ventures. He is currently trying to teach himself guitar and how to code for quantitative investing. He hopes to one day start his own hedge fund.

Our Partners & Sponsors
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Wiggin and Dana is a full-service law firm with 150 lawyers that represents clients throughout the country and abroad from our offices in Connecticut, New York, Philadelphia, Washington DC, and Palm Beach.

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WeWork transforms buildings into beautiful, collaborative workspaces. Get the space, community, and services you need to make a life, not just a living.

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VentureWell is a higher education network that cultivates revolutionary ideas and promising inventions.

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Two Sigma Ventures invests in companies run by highly driven people with potentially world-changing ideas. They seek out companies using technology, computing, mathematics, or data to tackle hard problems, and aim to help them thrive.

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Techstars is the global ecosystem that helps entrepreneurs build great businesses. With 13 programs worldwide, Techstars' mentorship-driven accelerators fund the best companies in the most entrepreneurial communities.

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Santander has been serving customers in the Northeast since 2013. It’s our mission to help you prosper. How do we do it? With simple ways to spend, save, and manage your money better. From teaching your high schooler how to set up and use a checking account to helping you buy your first home, we’ll be there, right by your side.

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We want to help innovative entrepreneurs build distinctive technology companies while also catalyzing development in the technology ecosystem in Newark NJ.

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MongoDB is a general purpose, document-based, distributed database built for modern application developers and for the cloud era.

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Medidata Solutions is a multinational computer technology corporation that specializes in developing and marketing cloud computing-based solutions to address functions throughout the clinical development process.

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McCarter & English, LLP is a firm of over 400 lawyers with offices in Boston, Hartford, Stamford, New York, Newark, East Brunswick, Philadelphia, Wilmington and Washington, DC. In continuous business for more than 170 years, we are among the oldest and largest law firms in America.

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Lowenstein Sandler is a national law firm with over 300 lawyers working from five offices in New York, Palo Alto, New Jersey, Utah and Washington, D.C. We represent clients in virtually every sector of the global economy, with particular strength in the areas of technology, life sciences, and the financial management and fund industries that fuel economic growth.

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Once at the heart of American industry, Kearny Point has been reborn as a center for the pioneering companies of the new economy – a flexible, modern workplace home to a diverse community of today's creators.

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HubSpot offers a full platform of marketing, sales, customer service, and CRM software — plus the methodology, resources, and support — to help businesses grow without compromises.

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Greycroft Partners invests in the world’s most promising Internet and mobile companies. They currently have clusters of companies in consumer Internet, eCommerce, enterprise software, cloud computing, financial technology, and advertising technology.

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Google Cloud Platform, offered by Google, is a suite of cloud computing services that runs on the same infrastructure that Google uses internally for its end-user products, such as Google Search and YouTube.

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First Republic and its subsidiaries offer private banking, private business banking and private wealth management, including investment, trust and brokerage services.

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For more than four decades, Fenwick & West LLP has helped some of the world’s most recognized companies become, and remain, market leaders.

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EisnerAmper offers responsive accounting, consulting and tax services with an entrepreneurial focus, providing clients with smart, analytical insights delivered in an approachable style.

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At Comcast Ventures, our goal is to turn startups into profitable businesses. We have deep resources, a passion for building businesses and a track record of spotting and scaling innovations since 1999.

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Cherokee has a multi-strategy approach to investing. Their investments include trade claims, real estate, and other less liquid assets.

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Blackstone LaunchPad powered by Techstars was created to stimulate campus entrepreneurship and help drive economic development in students' local communities.

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Balsamiq is the company behind Balsamiq Wireframes, the industry standard low-fidelity wireframing tool.

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Our mission is to close equity gaps in America. We’re a venture fund investing in visionary entrepreneurs building scalable businesses with social impact.

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Amazon Web Services offers a broad set of global compute, storage, database, analytics, application, and deployment services that help organizations move faster, lower IT costs, and scale applications.

Our Advisory Board

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Ash Ashutosh

Ash is the Founder and CEO of Actifio, a provider of storage software solutions. A serial entrepreneur and founder AppIQ and Serano Systems, Ash was previously a partner at Greylock Capital and served as VP and Chief Technologist at HP.

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David Hirsh

David Hirsh (SPS '90) is a real estate investor with more than 30 years of experience across all major real estate product types in most major US markets. David has completed in excess of $30 billion in transactions. His skills include: portfolio management, leasing, asset sales/dispositions, lending, and workouts/restructuring.

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David Tisch

David (Law ’06) is the Managing Partner of BoxGroup, a New York City-based early-stage investment fund. He is also the co-founder and Chairman of Spring, director of the Startup Studio at CornellTech and co-founder of TechStars NYC.

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Di-Ann Eisnor

Di-Ann (Steinhardt ‘94) started the US office in 2009 and is now Director of Growth for crowd-sourced navigation and real-time traffic application at Waze (acquired by Google 2013), working across users, governments, international media, and local community groups.

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Dr. Jay Kranzler

Jay is the Global Head of External R & D Innovation for Neuroscience, Pain and Sensory Disorders at Pfizer, and a serial entrepreneur having founded and led Cypress Biosciences and Cytel Corporation. He also serves as an Adjunct Professor at NYU School of Medicine.

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Dr. Jessica Swartz

Jessica (CAS '00) is a biopharmaceutical executive with 7+ years of experience in strategic advising, R&D, commercialization, and business development. She is a leading expert in regenerative medicine, neurology, psychiatry, and pain, and is a member of NYU's Board of Trustees.

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Dr. Nedal Shami

Nedal (CAS '00) is a Co-Founder and the Chief Strategy Officer of CityMD Urgent Care. He has served in several academic and administrative roles, with appointments at both Saint Luke’s-Roosevelt Hospital and The Valley Hospital. He continues to serve as an associate professor at New York Presbyterian-Weill Cornell Medical Center.

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Dr. Paul M. Horn

Paul is a Distinguished Scientist in Residence at NYU, and previously served as NYU's Senior Vice Provost for Research and Senior Vice Dean for Strategic Initiatives and Entrepreneurship, Tandon School of Engineering. He currently serves as the Chairman of the Board of the NY Academy of Science and is a founding partner of Venly Corp. He previously served as Senior VP and Director of Research at IBM.

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Dr. Stacie Grossman Bloom

Stacie is Vice Provost of Research at NYU. As Vice Provost, Dr. Bloom works closely with the president, provost, deans, faculty, and senior administrators to facilitate, energize, and grow the University's research enterprise and its impact.

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Josh Mohrer

Josh (Stern '14) is a Founding Partner of Moving Capital, an early stage investment fund focused on mobility and logistics. He led Uber's New York metro area business, overseeing the company's largest market for more than five years. Josh was previously a Managing Partner at Tusk Ventures and is a prolific angel investor.

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Mark Leslie

Mark (WSC ’66, Trustee) is the Managing Director of Leslie Ventures, a private investment company. Previously, he ran three Silicon Valley startups, including Veritas Software where he was founding CEO. He is also a lecturer in management at Stanford’s Graduate School of Business.

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Nobu Nakaguchi

Nobu Nakaguchi (Tisch '10) is the Chief Design Officer and Co-Founder of Zola, the wedding company reinventing the wedding planning and registry experience. Prior to Zola, Nobu worked in user experience design and product management for over 15 years.

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Steven Kane

Steve (Tisch '84) is a gaming industry expert, investor, and serial entrepreneur. He was co-founder and CEO of digital games and database marketing platform developer LuckyLabs, which was acquired by InfoScout, Inc. in 2014. Steven has also been a Director, Advisor and investor in various media, tech, consumer products and financial services companies.

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William Grabe

Bill (Heights '58) serves as an Advisory Director at General Atlantic LLC, a leading global private equity firm. Previously, he was a Managing Director at the firm, and before that was a VP and corporate officer at IBM.