Inclusive Entrepreneurship

The NYU Entrepreneurial Institute leads a number of programs and events with the goal of leveling the playing field for underrepresented founders. From networking lunches to loan alleviation grants, read below to learn more about the Institute's Inclusive Entrepreneurship initiative.

To find out how inclusive entrepreneurship permeates all that we do, check out our Diversity, Equity & Inclusion policies.

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    Inclusive Entrepreneurship Forum

    What: Hear from founders and investors from underrepresented communities in tech who are changing the game in their fields, network with fellow entrepreneurs and startup enthusiasts, and get inspired to continue on your startup journey.

    When: Inclusive Entrepreneurship Lunches take place monthly. The Inclusive Founders Forum is hosted each Fall semester. Check out our recap of the 2023 NYU Inclusive Founders Forum.

    Female Founders Events

    What: Lunch & learn events, Female Founders Forums, and resources to help founders committed to ending the gender inequity in entrepreneurship grow or scale their startups.

    When: Female Founders Lunches take place monthly. The Female Founders Forum is hosted each Spring semester. Check our recap of the 2024 NYU Female Founders Forum.

    Female Founders Fellowship & Grant

    What: The Fellowship provides extensive training, mentorship, and networking opportunities to student entrepreneurs at NYU who are committed to advancing gender equality in entrepreneurship. Female Founders Fellows can also apply to become Mark & Debra Leslie Fellows and receive individual student loan alleviation grants of up to $30,000.

    When: Applications for the Female Founders Fellowship open during each Fall and Spring semester.

    Max Stenbeck Venture Equity Program

    What: Helps NYU founders building scalable ventures who are committed to diversity, equity and inclusion learn the fundamentals of fundraising. The program is built for venture founders that have early indications of product/market fit and will be ready to raise funding in the next six months.

    When: Applications for the Max Stenbeck Venture Equity Program open each Fall semester.

  • Upcoming Events

    Keep an eye on this section for upcoming Inclusive Entrepreneurship events.