At pondhop, our goal is to bridge the gap between small businesses and their customer engagement by providing an easy-to-use mobile app. this provides a win-win for everyone by leveraging the power of social media, mobile technology, and rewards programs.


  • Talib Jafri (SPS '20)
  • Farva Jafri (CAS '10)
  • Daniel O'Brien
  • Nicholas Konieczko
  • Nicholas LaVelle




Rilla builds voice recognition ai that captures analytics from the billions of face-to-face conversations that happen in offline commerce. Think when you talk to a retail sales associate, a fast food worker, a grocery clerk, a bank teller, a car dealer, a nurse. Field employees wear a mic, they talk with customers like they normally do, their ai listens and it captures a lot of similar analytics to what Google Analytics captures for online commerce.


  • Sebastian Bienen (CAS '18) |



personalized training for technical interviews by software engineers


  • Daniel Hyun (Stern '20) |
  • Krish Chelikavada (Tandon '19)
Startup Bootcamp

Startup Bootcamps at the NYU Entrepreneurial Institute are made up of two half-day workshops and a week of customer discovery interviews in between. Teams will learn how to test the value of their ideas and validate (or invalidate) the problem they are hoping to solve for their target customer. As teams work to transform their hypotheses into evidence-based insights, they will refine their businesses and may even make a significant pivot on the road to building a more successful startup.

These immersive sessions are offered three-four times each fall and spring semester. We will also be offering our first summer bootcamp this July. NYU students (as well as faculty and staff) are welcome to apply. Startup Bootcamp applications are accepted on a rolling basis, so if you want to be considered for the next cohort, please apply at least two weeks before the next Bootcamp starts.

The Startup Bootcamp is the first stepping stone in your NYU Startup Accelerator journey. Select teams who participate in a bootcamp will be invited to apply early for the one-to-two week immersive Startup Sprints, held each January, May and August.

The next Customer Discovery Bootcamp will be held on October 9th (partA) and October 16th (partB). Applications for this bootcamp are due on September 23rd at noon.

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    What You Can Expect

    The NYU Entrepreneurial Institute offers Customer Discovery Bootcamps for startups to learn the fundamentals of the Lean Startup approach and test the value of your solution with your future customers and partners by Getting Out of the Building

    About Customer Discovery Bootcamps:

    Each bootcamp is a two half-day commitment, held select Fridays during the semester at the Leslie eLab. Accepted teams can expect:

    • In advance of the bootcamp: Come prepared having completed readings and presentations
    • Day 1: Customer discovery workshops led by the NYU Entrepreneurial Institute teaching and coaching team; Participants will also each present their venture ideas and receive feedback during the session
    • Between Day 1 & 2: In the week between each session, each team will endeavor to complete at least five interviews with their potential target customers and partners; Teams will also be offered dedicated coaching appointments from the Startup Coaching Program
    • Day 2: Each team presents on what they learned from customer discovery, and receives "radical candor" feedback from the coaching team; The bootcamp concludes with an overview of select follow-on resources available to bootcamp participants
    • Following the bootcamp: Teams will be offered continued coaching, and select teams will be invited to interview for the next Startup Sprint (only 30% of Sprint applicants make it to the interview round, so you'll have made the cut!)
    Who It's For

    Startup Bootcamps are open to any NYU student, Faculty or researcher-led team from across NYU who have:

    • An idea for a startup
    • Demonstrated passion for the problem you hope to solve with your idea
    • Preference given to teams with two or more members
    • Preference given to diverse and multi-disciplinary teams
    • Be committed to attending BOTH of the half-day sessions
    • No prior business or startup experience is necessary.

    NYU faculty, PhD students, clinicians and researchers who are working on innovative scientific research, technologies and ventures in fields such as biotech/life sciences, artificial intelligence, AR/VR, robotics, cleantech, blockchain, advanced material science, photonics and electronics, and quantum computing, should consider applying instead to the Technology Venture Workshop. The Technology Venture Workshop is similar to the Startup Bootcamp but is purpose built for deep tech/biotech ventures, and is sponsored by the National Science Foundation. Learn more about the Technology Venture Workshop and apply here.

    Bootcamp Dates
    • Pre-Bootcamp: September 29th (4:00-6:00pm) [apply via regular bootcamp application]
    • Customer Discovery Bootcamp 1: October 9th & October 16th - Application is due September 23rd @ noon.
    • Customer Discovery Bootcamp 2: October 30th  & November 6th

    Want a participant's perspective on the program? Check out this blog post!
    Apply today by submitting a short application.