Announcing Faculty Startup Sprint, Summer '18

Announcing our first-ever Faculty Startup Sprint!

The Faculty Startup Sprint is a new 5-day intensive program where faculty entrepreneurs and their PhD/postdoc teams test the commercial potential of their research with customers and partners. By the end of the program, teams will have devised an evidence-backed business case to compliment their technology.

The Faculty Sprint introduces methodology adopted by the NSF, NIH, DOD, DOE and other, which pushes teams to conduct rigorous primary customer research and get feedback from experienced mentors and peers. All teams participating in the Faculty Sprint will be eligible to apply to the NSF I-Corps program (even if they have no prior NSF funding lineage), and will also be well positioned for a strong SBIR/STTR grant application.

We are looking for up to 10 teams to join this first Faculty Startup Sprint. We will give preference to teams (with 2 or more full time participants) that have any combination of faculty, PhD students, and postdocs, though individual faculty members, PhD students, or postdocs are also welcome to apply.

Here are the dates to know:

    • Mandatory info sessions:
      • Tandon MakerSpace: June 12, 2:00–3:00pm (RSVP here)
      • Leslie eLab: June 18, 5:00–6:00pm (RSVP here)
      • Langone Medical Center: Date TBD
    • Application due: July 2, 6:00pm
    • Teams announced: July 20 (note teams will be interviewed prior to acceptance)
    • Program Dates:
      • Half-Day Orientation: August 2, 2:00pm-6:00pm
      • Full Week: August 27-31, all day

If you’re interested in applying, please be sure to attend one of the info sessions. During the sessions, you’ll hear from fellow NYU faculty members who will offer deeper insights into their experience using this methodology.

As participants, teams can expect to focus heavily on customer discovery through intensive interviews with customers throughout the week. Additionally, the jam-packed program will include one-on-one office hours with mentors and coaches, workshops and talks by guest experts, and presentations by all participating teams. Participation requires an all day commitment for all participants during the week of August 27.

Have questions? Email entrepreneur@nyu.edu.


RSVP to a mandatory info session and get ready to apply!