Entrepreneurial Institute

Fall 2020 Programs for Aspiring NYU Entrepreneurs

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Earlier this year, the NYU Entrepreneurial Institute temporarily closed the doors of the Leslie eLab and transitioned all of our programs online. Since then, we have supported hundreds of NYU entrepreneurs through 1:1 coaching sessions, Startup School workshops, Bootcamps, Sprints, Female Founders lunches and even our Summer Launchpad accelerator…all using Zoom.

The NYU startup community remains stronger than ever—we’ve seen audience growth this summer across every program! We are excited by all of the startup ideas that have emerged and by the new founders we have met. 

Even though the Leslie eLab will not reopen its doors this September, the Entrepreneurial Institute remains open for business and will continue to support aspiring NYU founders through our dynamic programs and events listed below. 

We hope that you will join us and look forward to seeing you (virtually) soon.

- The NYU Entrepreneurial Institute team 


Got an idea for a new startup? Looking for a cofounder? Need help scaling your venture's operations? These opportunities are open to all current full-time NYU students, faculty, and staff.


Sign up for a 1:1 coaching session and meet with startup experts from the Entrepreneurial Institute.


  RSVP to the NYU Startup Team Hunt and meet other NYU students and staff looking to join a startup or to add members to their startup team! Sep 18 (1 - 4 pm).


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Apply to a Startup BootcampLearn how to test the value of your team's ideas and validate (or invalidate) the problem you are hoping to solve for your target customer. Applications are due Sep 23 @ noon.


  Attend a J-Term Startup Sprint info session. Learn about our two week immersive startup accelerator for NYU students, faculty & staff and their co-founders. Oct 20, Nov 4, or Nov 10.


Curious about startups and entrepreneurship? Looking to network with fellow founders & investors? Check out these workshops and events that are free for current students, faculty, and staff. Tickets are available for purchase for alumni and general admission. 


Startup School: These sessions are led by industry experts and are designed to teach you in-demand startup skills and expose you to essential entrepreneurship topics.


Inclusive Entrepreneurship Lunch on Oct 2 (12 - 2 pm) and the 2nd Annual Inclusive Entrepreneurs Forum on Nov 20 (4 - 7 pm). Speaker details TBD.


Female Founders: Join monthly virtual lunches to network with others in the Female Founders community and hear a fireside chat with a prominent entrepreneur or investor.  Save the dates: Sep 25 (12-2 pm), Oct 13 (12-2 pm), & Nov 13 (12-2 pm). Speaker details to be announced. 


   Founder Talks: First Generation to College Founders with Wayne Mackey (GSAS '16): Join us for an Ask me Anything talk and virtual networking event w/ startup founders who were first in their family to attend college on Sep 23 at 4:30 pm. RSVP and w/ Di-Ann Eisnor (Steinhardt '94) on Oct 14 at 4:30 pm. RSVP.


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VC Pitchfest (IT Edition): Watch NYU  startup founders pitch VC investors and receive feedback live! Join us on Sep 24 at 4:30 pm and RSVP.


Finally, don’t miss the 9th Annual NYU Entrepreneurs FestivalJoin over 1,000 members of the NYU startup community come together to connect, collaborate, and celebrate entrepreneurs from across the University on Fri, Oct 23 from 10 am - 6:30 pm. Speaker details to be announced. RSVP today.


If you have any further questions or want to learn more about the startup ecosystem at NYU, please visit our website at entrepreneur.nyu.edu.

*All programs and events will take place virtually, via Zoom unless noted otherwise.