Entrepreneurial Institute

Welcome to new additions to our team!

Join us to welcome new additions to our team!

It is with great pleasure that we have welcomed new team members, Desiree Frieson and Jennifer Curtis to the NYU Entrepreneurial Institute.

Desiree joins us as the Program Manager of the Blackstone LaunchPad at NYU. She will be developing processes for matching startup coaches with NYU entrepreneurs–students, researchers, faculty and staff–and managing program operations.

Desiree brings 9+ years experience working with non-profits, digital magazines and startups as a communications and programs professional. She is the lead organizer with 3 Day Startup, a nonprofit organization teaching entrepreneurial skills to university students. She plans and executes the training program for 35-40 students bi-annually in New York City.

Desiree worked with NeighborWorks America as a public affairs and communications advisor prior to joining the Entrepreneurial Institute. In late 2011, Desiree was looking for a way to combine her expertise in marketing, social media, and  PR and created a web app for publicists and media professionals seeking to collaborate on media stories.

She is excited to be a resource for entrepreneurs in need and connector in the NYC tech ecosystem.

Jennifer joins us as the Program Coordinator at the Entrepreneurial Institute, where she provides event management, administrative and programmatic support to the team.

She is a returned Peace Corps Volunteer and led several community economic development projects in Benin, West Africa. Prior to her service, Jennifer worked at the UN World Food Programme as a market research analyst in Rome, Italy. She holds an M.A. in International Relations from St. John’s University. Born and raised in Buffalo; Jen enjoys watching the Bills play, even when they lose! She’s excited about working at NYU and with the entrepreneurial ecosystem.

We wish them the best in their roles and what they have to offer the NYU entrepreneurial community.


About the author:

Remya Thomas is the Communications and Community Manager at the NYU Entrepreneurial Institute.