Entrepreneurial Institute

New Founders in Residence + Interns Join the NYU Entrepreneurial Institute

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With the start of the Fall '22 semester and our programs and events in full swing, we are excited to announce new Founders in Residence.

In addition to the core Institute team, each year we bring on additional talent from the NYU community, including students and alumni who have recently completed our programs, to help in our work supporting entrepreneurship across the university. This includes a team of Founders in Residence, recent alumni entrepreneurs who help our early stage teams, and undergraduate interns, who support the Entrepreneurial Institute staff in communications and community building.

Founders in Residence provide coaching to NYU students and faculty through 1:1 coaching and through the NYU Startup Bootcamps. If you’re a current or aspiring entrepreneur and you want help on your venture, sign up for coaching with a Founder in Residence or another member of our team today.


New Founders in Residence:

Hilary Dubin is the Co-CEO at Jones, a personalized, judgment-free journey to a vape-less life through a digital behavioral support program, community, and nicotine replacement therapy subscription. Hilary is head of digital product - anything that has to do with the app or text program is her domain. Hilary has 5 years of product management experience prior to founding Jones, and was most recently Head of Confluence Editions as a Senior Product Manager at Atlassian. Hilary also co-founded a DTC sleep & loungewear brand, Cozier, before Jones. She graduated magna cum laude from the University of Pennsylvania in 2017 with a BA in Cognitive Science and minor in Consumer Psychology.

Participated in Startup Sprint & Summer Launchpad


Caroline Huber (Stern '23) is a Co-Founder and co-CEO of Jones, a judgment-free journey to a vape-less life through a digital behavioral support program and nicotine replacement therapy subscription. At Jones, Caroline’s in charge of physical product. Caroline’s currently an MBA candidate at NYU Stern. Prior to Stern, Caroline founded two companies. She graduated magna cum laude from the University of Pennsylvania in 2017 with a BA in Politics, Philosophy, and Economics.

Participated in Startup Sprint, Female Founders Fellow, & Summer Launchpad


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Phantila Phataraprasit (Law '20) is the Founder of Sabai, a company designing high quality, sustainable sofas made with recycled, up-cycled, and nontoxic materials.

Participated in Startup Sprint, Female Founders Fellow, & Summer Launchpad


Erica Ramos (Stern '23) is the CoFounder and Co-CEO of Trousso, a resale platform making upscale wedding wear accessible and sustainable for the next generation of Brides.

Erica's currently an MBA candidate at NYU Stern. Erica participated in the NYU Bootcamp, Startup Sprint and 2022 Summer Launchpad Accelerator. Previously worked as an operator in early stage startups in a range of roles including Product, People and Operations; prior to startups she was a Management Consultant at Deloitte.

Participated in Startup Bootcamp, Startup Sprint, & Summer Launchpad


Gabe Warshaw (Tisch ITP '23) is the Founder of Baton, a blockchain-enabled collaboration protocol that ensures creatives are properly credited and compensated for their work. Gabe has gone on to win the $300K NYU Entrepreneurs Challenge and Tandon Future Labs InnoVention Competition, as well as participated in the Startup Bootcamp, Startup Sprint, and Summer Launchpad. Prior to Baton, Gabe founded a recording studio in Downtown Brooklyn while working as a Cities Consultant at Buro Happold Engineering.

Participated in Startup Bootcamp, Startup Sprint, & Summer Launchpad


Returning Founders in Residence:

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Jonas Guenther (Tandon '18) is the Founder of We Are the New Farmers, an urban algae farm located in Brooklyn, NY on a mission to make the worlds oldest food source a mainstream staple. Jonas also started the magazine, Finding Tomorrow that offers a glance of a future in which we have overcome climate change and implemented solutions that make the future exciting. Prior to launching New Farmers, Jonas completed his Masters degree at NYU Tandon where he built the Urban Food Lab - a project platform and indoor farm that enables students to learn about sustainability and food by running their own mini-projects connecting their studies to the world of farming.

Participated in Startup Sprint & Summer Launchpad.


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Mir Hwang (CAS '19) is the Co-Founder and CEO of GigFinesse, an online music booking platform that reinvents the way artists and venues connect. Prior to founding GigFinesse, Mir was a touring session drummer studying Chemistry at NYU College of Arts and Science. He was always around fellow artists who were constantly searching for a more efficient way to book shows and venues looking for ways to streamline their booking procedure. After having felt the pain from both sides, Mir decided to put his medical school aspirations aside and start GigFinesse.

Participated in Startup Bootcamp, Startup Sprint, & Summer Launchpad.


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Riley Jones (Law '20) is the Co-Founder and CEO of Bloc, a company using software to help upskilling organizations digitize their services, centralize their data collection, and monetize their programming. He's also a J.D. graduate from NYU Law, and was named a 2019 Forbes 30 Under 30 Social Entrepreneur. Riley is a program alumni from NYU Summer Launchpad, NYU Ignite Fellowship (Beta), and won the 2019-2020 NYU Entrepreneurs Challenge in the Social Venture Track. Meet with Riley to discuss anything related to: social enterprise, business development, grant funding or education.

Participated in Summer Launchpad


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Christopher Mitchell, PhD (Courant '15) is the Co-Founder and CEO of Geopipe, a deep tech startup building the authoritative whole-Earth digital twin. Geopipe leverages a cutting-edge AI pipeline to turn the real world into rich digital environments for gaming, simulation, architecture, and beyond. Geopipe has been awarded over $2M in grants, including from the National Science Foundation (SBIR Phases I and II). Christopher earned his Ph.D. in Computer Science from NYU Courant, and is an Adjunct Professor at NYU Courant. Christopher participated in NYU Summer Launchpad and NYU Ignite Fellowship (Beta) and won the NYU Entrepreneurs Challenge in the Tech Venture Track.

Participated in Summer Launchpad


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Laura Rocha (Wagner '20) is the Co-Founder and CEO of Dathic, an artificial intelligence startup building a market location and recommendation software for CPGs that understands US hispanic consumers and recommends the best location to deliver products that communities love. She is also a lawyer and Masters of Public Administration graduate at NYU Wagner. She works on innovation using data analysis and artificial intelligence models to empower communities and companies in the US and Latin America.

Participated in Startup Sprint, Female Founders Fellow, & Summer Launchpad


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Kyleigh Russ (Wagner '20) is a Co-Founder of Govern for America, which imagines a where the most dynamic young leaders see government as an avenue for meaningful change, and government reflects the values and diversity of our nation. Prior to founding GFA, Kyleigh taught at a charter school in Boston where she firsthand how policy decisions and government programs can negatively impact underrepresented communities without a voice at the table.

Participated in Startup Sprint & Summer Launchpad


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Myriam Sbeiti (Tandon '18) is a Co-Founder of Sunthetics, a company that accelerates innovation and process optimization in the chemical industry with artificial intelligence.

Participated in Startup Sprint & Summer Launchpad.


New Interns:

Daniel Caicedo (CAS '23) is a rising sophomore majoring in Computer Science and was born and raised in Bogotá, Colombia. He is very passionate about entrepreneurship and tech and working his way to becoming a startup founder. He really enjoys talking with anyone about pretty much any topic and especially discussing business ideas and ways to solve societal issues through business and tech. Daniel is a big sport fan and mainly practices wakeboarding and enjoys any kind of watersport.


Devesh Datta (Stern '23) is studying Finance and Data Science. He enjoys the intersection between finance and technology, leading him to start Uhuru a digital platform providing credit access to unbanked motorbike riders in Sub-Saharan Africa. He is currently a teaching fellow for the Startup Lab Course and enjoys learning about different startups. Outside of NYU, he enjoys playing soccer and cricket and is a huge Chelsea F.C. fan.


Ericka Kamanou-tenta (Global Public Health '23) is studying Global Public Health with a concentration in Anthropology and a minor in Social Entrepreneurship. Ericka’s evolving interests lie around finding sustainable and innovative solutions to challenges in the health and education sectors. She is passionate about using her knowledge and experiences to empower others, and inspiring others to do the same. Ericka is also planting seeds at an early stage venture on a mission to build leaders in Ghana (and Africa) through entrepreneurial education.


Returning Interns:

Aboubacar Sall (SPS '23) is studying Applied Data Analytics and Visualization. He enjoys conversating about entrepreneurship and technology, leading him to start BYS media to highlight individuals doing great things in inner cities and various communities. Aboubacar is looking forward to becoming a full-time entrepreneur and providing opportunities to those in his community. Outside of NYU, he enjoys playing basketball and is a huge Boston Celtics fan!

Joseph Wang (Stern '24) is a Sophomore in Stern studying Business, Technology, and Entrepreneurship with a minor in Physics. He enjoys meeting fellow entrepreneurs within the community both on and off-campus. Joseph is currently working on the leadership team of NYU's Entrepreneurial Exchange Group and as a data scientist at a stealth fintech consumer startup. Off campus, he enjoys going to concerts, traveling, and more recently, cooking regional cuisines.