A Night of Great Fun at the NYU-Yale Summer Accelerator Pitchoff

Last Thursday we hosted the fifth annual NYU-Yale Summer Accelerator Pitchoff, a friendly competition that puts our Summer Launchpad teams to the test as they battle Yale teams for a massively oversized trophy. Every year we gather to eat, drink, and test ourselves at this event, and this was our best year yet! Our gracious hosts at the AWS Pop-up Loft in Soho made us feel right at home, and we packed the house! The winning team even got to take home some great Amazon products, courtesy of TriNet. All in all, it was a very successful evening, and we at the NYU Entrepreneurial Institute are proud of all participating teams, both NYU and Yale. It's exciting to see the amazing work young entrepreneurs are doing, and we feel honored to be able to be around them every day.

If you didn't make it to the pitch off, don't despair! We took some photos of the fun, so catch up below:

Here are the teams! Batting for NYU: Food Period: Britt Martin (GSAS '18) and Jenn Kim, HealthHuddle: Sabina Braverman (Wagner '18) and Andrew Dempsey (Tandon '19), and Sunthetics: Myriam Sbeiti (Tandon '18) and Daniela Blanco (Tandon '21). Representing Yale: Astorian, Rosie River Boots, and Homecooked.

The (slightly oversized) trophy we love, this year housing brand new Amazon products, courtesy of TriNet. Spoiler alert: we didn't get to take it home - but there's always next year!

We had a full house! Thank you to our amazing friends at AWS for letting us take over for a night!


The incredible Yale teams: Astorian, Rosie River Boots, and Homecooked. They made their school proud!

Our amazing NYU teams: Food Period, Sunthetics, and HealtHuddle. They totally rocked their pitches!

Our judges, Geri Kirilova from Laconia Capital Group (Stern '16), Simran Dua (Stern '05), and Josh Nussbaum from Compound (SPS '14) worked hard. The end results were very close, but the winner was...

Astorian, from Yale! We were sad to see our trophy go, but they deserved it. NYU team HealthHuddle were the people's choice! Represent!

At the end of the night we got a chance to catch up with our friends at Yale, congratulate all the teams, and meet some new people. It was a wonderful night, and we hope to repeat it almost exactly this time next year - minus the Yale winning part.