Back to all events 8th Annual NYU-Yale Summer Accelerator Pitchoff Host: NYU Entrepreneurial Institute
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Join us at the 8th Annual NYU-Yale Summer Accelerator Pitchoff!

For the eighth year in a row, inspiring innovators who are building promising ventures will come together (virtually) for a friendly pitchoff competition before a panel of experts at the NYU-Yale Pitchoff.

Join us on Thurs, July 15th to hear from these rising stars from 6 seed-stage startups. Three teams represent New York University and three will represent Yale University

Watch on Zoom which team can dazzle the audience, excite the expert panel, and take home the grand prize & of course, bragging rights! 

New to this year, the audience will choose the winner! So come, show some school pride and cheer on the startup teams!


Meet the 3 NYU teams pitching:

Frich: is the first social finance app that enables Gen Z to develop mindful spending habits by setting goals together with friends and keeping each other accountable. Imagine a fitness app but for your finances.

Team: Aleksandra Medina (Abu Dhabi ‘21), Katrin Kaurov

Middlemen: is a secure marketplace that reimagines how people trade collectibles like sneakers, handbags, and jewelry online.

Team: Brandon Lee (Gallatin ‘22), George Li

Rooted Fare: creates unique, ready-to-use Asian sauces to make cooking Asian comfort foods easy and efficient for young, busy Asian Americans who are new to cooking by partnering and profit-sharing with experienced immigrant chefs to capture those cornerstone flavors.

Team: Ashley Xie (Steinhardt ‘20), Hedy Yu, Tina Zhou (Steinhardt ‘20), Amanda Joa (Steinhardt ‘20)

Learn more about the 2021 Summer Launchpad teams here

Meet the 3 Yale teams pitching:

Midnight Oil Collective are creators investing in creators, collectivizing resources and building a robust and stable community.

OnePointFive is a B2B professional marketplace for high-talent, remote sustainability experts (supply-side) and organizations who have environmental business challenges that need to be solved for (demand-side)

Qi Foods aims to bring traditional East Asian superfoods to the mainstream Western market.

Meet the Expert Panelists: 

Ellen Su, Co-Founder/Chief Product Office of Wellinks

Krishna Juluru, MD, Presidential Innovation Fellow

Clayton Bryan (Stern MBA'13), Partner at 500 Startups

Rachel Lauren (Stern '18), Analyst at BDMI

About the NYU Summer Launchpad

NYU Summer Launchpad is a nine-week accelerator for teams of NYU student entrepreneurs that provides $10,000 in grant funding (non-dilutive, zero equity), startup skills bootcamps, 1:1 coaching from NYC entrepreneurs and early stage investors, collaborative workspace for the summer, pro-bono legal incorporation counsel, web hosting credits and other perks to help get the ventures launched. The program is run by the NYU Entrepreneurial Institute.

About the Tsai CITY Summer Fellowship

The Tsai Center for Innovative Thinking at Yale's Summer Fellowship is a multi-week, full-time accelerator to incubate new companies, nonprofits, and initiatives. The fellowship includes $15,000 in grant funding for each team, along with a rigorous sequence of workshops, sprints, mentorship, coaching, and pitch opportunities. This year, 15 student teams were selected to join the cohort.

The NYU Entrepreneurial Institute provides reasonable accommodations to people with disabilities. Requests for accommodations for events and services should be submitted at least two weeks before the date of the accommodation need. Please email for assistance.

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When & Where
Thu, July 15, 2021
4:00 PM ‐ 6:00 PM
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