NYU Entrepreneurial Institute

We help startups start up.

Our mission is to create a diverse, inclusive culture that facilitates & celebrates entrepreneurship campus-wide, supporting students, faculty & researchers creating scalable solutions to meaningful problems.

By guiding entrepreneurs, inspiring would-be entrepreneurs, and cross-pollinating students and faculty from different disciplines, we are at the center of a startup ecosystem designed to transform brilliant ideas into successful commercial solutions. Since the founding of the NYU Innovation Venture Fund in 2010, we have accelerated the pace of technology commercialization and helped launch successful startups founded by our talented community of students, faculty, and researchers through our award winning programming and support.

  • About the Institute
    What We Do
    The NYU Entrepreneurial Institute leads University-wide initiatives to launch successful startups and commercialize technology created by NYU’s 60,000 students, faculty and researchers. We are a team of startup experts that offers funding, training and guidance to current and future NYU entrepreneurs. Learn more about what we offer throughout this website, including:

    Our Divine Principles
    • Experiential: Our founders learn by doing – interviewing, prototyping, testing, gathering evidence, validating.
    • Multidisciplinary: Successful startup teams, and a rich entrepreneurial ecosystem, draw on varied experiences, skills and perspectives from all 20 NYU schools and colleges.
    • Diverse, Equitable & Inclusive: We value racial, religious, gender, sexual orientation, and other forms of diversity and are committed to providing our community with equitable experiences and safe spaces.
    • Connected to NYC: Because we are integrally in and of the city, our founders have unrivaled access to veteran and rising star entrepreneurs and investors who speak, teach and mentor here.
  • Team

    NYU Entrepreneurial Institute Staff

    Executive Director

    Heads the Entrepreneurial Institute and is the Managing Director of the NYU Innovation Venture Fund which invests in early stage NYU startups. Frank also provides coaching to NYU startups. He is a member of the national teaching team for the National Science Foundation’s I-Corps program and an Adjunct Faculty at the NYU School of Engineering. He has been a venture capitalist for over 23 years.


    Serves as the Associate Director of the NYU Entrepreneurial Institute, where she leads operations and major programs, and supports entrepreneurs focused on socio-environmental challenges. Rebecca is also adjunct faculty at both the School of Visual Arts and Parsons School for Design, teaching entrepreneurship, design and sustainability.

    Venture Principal

    Leads investments on behalf of the NYU Innovation Venture Fund in life science and healthcare and provides coaching. Prior to joining the Fund, Dee did product development and intellectual property strategy in therapeutics and diagnostics for Ludwig Cancer Research. Dee holds a Ph.D. in Molecular Genetics /Developmental Biology from Columbia University.

    Venture Associate

    Leads technology investments on behalf of the NYU Innovation Venture Fund and provides coaching. She is also the Managing Director of Reboot Democracy, a non-profit bridging the worlds of tech, business, and democracy. In a prior life, Emily founded a wearable tech company in San Francisco while serving as an EIR at Citrix where she co-created the curriculum and taught the Citrix Startup Accelerator’s Innovators Program.

    (Wagner '24) Senior Operations Manager

    Manages the Leslie eLab, the Institute's finances, and leads events, including the Entrepreneurs Festival, as the Institute's Senior Operations Manager. She is a returned Peace Corps Volunteer and previously worked at the UN World Food Programme. Jen holds an M.A. in International Relations from St. John’s University.

    (Steinhardt '16, Wagner '22) Communications Manager

    Heads the marketing and communications for the Institute team. She is an Adobe Creative Suite wiz and a stickler for efficiency. She graduated from NYU Steinhardt, with a major in Media, Culture, and Communication and a minor in Web Development and Applications. Carol is also a professional photographer and a vintage camera enthusiast.

    Programs Manager

    Leads Institute programs and provides coaching. Keith has over 12 years of experience covering Management Consulting, Asset Management, Private Equity and Venture Capital. Most recently, Keith was COO of Flat World Partners an impact-focused investment & advisory firm. Keith has led the execution of over 9 dozen private market transactions on 4 continents. He has a double major in Economics & Politics from the University of Cape Town (South Africa), and received his MBA on scholarship at Hult Business School (San Francisco) in 2014.

    Programs Manager

    Leads the Institute's Female Founders events, sponsorships, and Startup Bootcamps. Previously, De-Ann was a management and corporate innovation strategy consultant in the public, private, and social innovation sectors working with clients such as the Sumitomo Corporation, GAF, World Bank, Omidyar Network, and Lab@OPM. De-Ann is also the Chief Strategy Officer at I Have A Right Foundation, a girls' leadership nonprofit. She is a returned Peace Corps Volunteer. She holds a M.S. in Nonprofit Management with a concentration in Social Innovation from The New School.


    The NYU Entrepreneurial Institute welcomes several startup founders who are alumni of NYU Summer Launchpad, to serve as mentors and advisors to up and coming NYU startups. Meet the Founders in Residence:

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    Christopher Mitchell

    PhD (Courant '15), Courant Faculty

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    Mir Hwang

    (CAS '19)

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    Laura Rocha

    (Wagner '20)

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    Riley Jones

    (Law '20)

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    Anshul Pandey

    PhD (Tandon '17)

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    Jonas Günther

    (Tandon '18)
    We Are The New Farmers

    Adriana Letorney

    (GSAS '21)

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    Jade Kearney

    (Steinhardt '20)
    She Matters

    NYU Entrepreneurial Institute Interns & Fellows

    (Steinhardt '22)

    Is a senior in Steinhardt studying Media, Culture, and Communication with a minor in Web Programming. She is incredibly excited to be the Chair of the 2021 NYU Entrepreneurs Festival. Ellie is a member of the Kappa Kappa Gamma sorority and Bite Club, NYU’s online food publication. She has a passion for food, travel, design, and empowering young voters. Ellie works at an ad agency with a mission to spread the word about local political campaigns.

    (Courant '22)

    Is a senior in Courant studying Math with minors in Computer Science and Italian. He's a third year intern working on data analytics and program engagement. He's been involved with the startup community at NYU since freshman year and is looking to start his own... as soon as he gets an idea. Graham spends his free time with an NYU club called Bite Club, a food publication that runs events for the NYU community. He's a hobby botanist and ice cream enthusiast!

    (SPS '22)

    Is studying Leadership and Management with a concentration in Human Resources. She is passionate about food security and higher education equality, which has led to her being involved in the First Generation to College Founders Fellowship working on research on how to address and prevent food insecurity. She looks to continue her research and her efforts in these areas throughout her senior year and after graduation by starting her own start up non profit organization.

    (Courant '22)

    Is studying Computer Science with minors in Mathematics, Economics, and Business Studies. He co-founded CoStudy two years ago and has been involved with the startup community at Boston University and NYU since his sophomore year. He follows European soccer religiously and loves exploring New York’s museums, parks and shows.

    (Gallatin '22)

    Is studying Data Science & Design and is from Queens, New York. His past work experiences include graphic design and product development internships. In his downtime, he enjoys photography and playing chess. Brandon participated in the Summer Launchpad 2021 cohort with his startup, Middlemen, a secure marketplace that reimagines how people trade collectibles like sneakers, handbags, and jewelry online.

    (Stern MBA '23)

    Is focusing on finance and entrepreneurship. Rani leads angel syndicates and has previously invested in mission-driven startups across the circular economy, healthcare, and fintech. She also held operating and investing roles at EquityZen, Anthos Capital, and Raymond James. At Stern, Rani sits on the boards of the PEVC Club and the Entrepreneurship & Startup Organization. Outside of Stern, she is a passionate opera singer and wine connoisseur. Rani graduated cum laude with a BA in International Affairs from Washington University in St. Louis.

  • Diversity Mission

    New York University’s mission is to be a top quality international center of scholarship, teaching and research. NYU seeks to take academic and cultural advantage of its location and to embrace diversity among faculty, staff and students to ensure a wide range of perspectives, including international perspectives, in the educational experience.

    NYU students come from nearly every state and 133 countries, and the university draws upon the diverse backgrounds of our faculty, staff, and students, ensuring its scholarship and teaching benefit from a wide range of perspectives. NYU takes seriously its role as an engine of social mobility, and stands out among the top US universities in its representation of low-income and first-generation students within its community.

    Our Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Mission:

    The NYU Entrepreneurial Institute is committed to creating a robust culture of diversity, equity and inclusion for the entire entrepreneurship community at NYU. This commitment led to the creation of Female Founders programming in 2017 and the launch of numerous Inclusive Entrepreneurship programs since. These initiatives provide extensive programming, expert coaching, and dedicated resources to help guide our uniquely global and diverse community toward startup success and a more inclusive future.

    Learn more about NYU’s University-Wide Diversity Statement and Policies Here.

    Our Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Policy:

    The NYU Entrepreneurial Institute sees diversity, equity and inclusion as crucial to our mission and critical to ensuring the well-being of our community. To that end, we commit to:

    • Help to ensure equity within our policies, programs, and services.
    • Continually improve on and deliver culturally competent and bias-free programming, especially for application-based programs.
    • Help to redefine and broaden understandings about what it takes to be a strong entrepreneur.
    • Commit time and resources to ensure our boards create an inclusive culture where diverse leadership and gender equity are supported and valued.
    • Advocate for and support board-level discussions about how systemic inequities impact our organization’s work so we can continuously improve.
    • Pursue cultural competency throughout our organization through substantive training opportunities and formal, transparent policies and training requirements for Institute staff.
    • Pool resources and expand offerings by collaborating exclusively with other organizations committed to DE&I across NYU and externally.
    • Lead with respect and compassion. We expect all employees to embrace this notion and to express it in workplace interactions and through everyday practices.
    • Report transparently on progress toward our DE&I goals on a semesterly basis.
  • Home: The Leslie eLab
    The Mark and Debra Leslie Entrepreneurs Lab is a 6,800 sq-ft space where entrepreneurs from across NYU can connect, collaborate, and explore how to turn ideas and inventions into startups. The Leslie eLab offers a vast array of resources available to the NYU community, including:

    • Open co-working space
    • Meeting rooms for booking
    • A wall for posting startup ideas and finding team members
    • and more!

    Learn more about the Leslie eLab.

    Link to book space at the Leslie eLab coming soon.
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  • Annual Report
  • Faculty Advisory Board

    Our Faculty Advisory Board helps us address the needs of NYU faculty and researcher entrepreneurs. We thank them for their continued support of entrepreneurship at NYU!

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    Andre Fenton

    Arts & Science Faculty

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    Andre Taylor

    Tandon Faculty

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    Anne-Laure Fayard

    Tandon Faculty

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    Arun Sundararajan

    Stern Faculty

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    Ashish Bhatia

    Stern Faculty

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    Chris Dickey

    Public Health Faculty

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    Dan O'Sullivan

    Tisch Faculty

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    David Hollander

    School of Professional Studies Faculty

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    David Heeger

    Arts & Science Faculty

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    Debra Laefer

    Tandon Faculty

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    Evan Korth

    Courant Faculty

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    Ken Perlin

    Courant Faculty

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    Kris Gunsalus

    Arts & Science Faculty

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    Kurt Becker

    Tandon Faculty

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    Larry Miller

    Steinhardt Faculty

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    Louise Harpman

    Gallatin Faculty

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    Luke DuBois

    Tandon Faculty

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    Mattia Gilmartin

    Rory Meyers Faculty

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    Michael Weinberg

    Law Faculty

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    Nadia Sultana

    Rory Meyers Faculty

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    Nigel Bunnett

    School of Dentistry Faculty

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    Richie Karaburun

    School of Professional Studies Faculty

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    Scott Taitel

    Wagner Faculty

  • Executive Advisory Board

    We thank the fantastic group of experts in our Executive Advisory Board for their continued guidance and support of NYU entrepreneurship.

    Is the Founder and CEO of Actifio, a provider of storage software solutions. A serial entrepreneur and founder AppIQ and Serano Systems, Ash was previously a partner at Greylock Capital and served as VP and Chief Technologist at HP.
    (Stern '15)
    Is an early stage venture investor and operator. Clayton has spent time at some of the most innovative companies in Silicon Valley. He has built expansive online communities, scaled marketplace businesses, and facilitated million dollar deals. At Yahoo he worked on award winning products and helped lead a team pioneer a new set of tools that started the social commerce movement. With Diversity as a guiding principle, Clayton has spent the entirety of his career within venture capital focused on supporting underrepresented founders.
    (SPS '90)
    Is a real estate investor with more than 30 years of experience across all major real estate product types in most major US markets. David has completed in excess of $30 billion in transactions. His skills include: portfolio management, leasing, asset sales/dispositions, lending, and workouts/restructuring.
    (Law ’06)
    Is the Managing Partner of BoxGroup, a New York City-based early-stage investment fund. He is also the co-founder and Chairman of Spring, director of the Startup Studio at CornellTech and co-founder of TechStars NYC.
    (Steinhardt ‘94)
    Started the US office in 2009 and is now the CEO at byCore, where she is supporting the construction workforce of the future. Previously, she was the Director of Growth for crowd-sourced navigation and real-time traffic application at Waze (acquired by Google 2013).
    (CAS '00)
    Is a biopharmaceutical executive with 7+ years of experience in strategic advising, R&D, commercialization, and business development. She is a leading expert in regenerative medicine, neurology, psychiatry, and pain, and is a member of NYU's Board of Trustees.
    (CAS '00)
    Is a Co-Founder and the Chief Strategy Officer of CityMD Urgent Care. He has served in several academic and administrative roles, with appointments at both Saint Luke’s-Roosevelt Hospital and The Valley Hospital. He continues to serve as an associate professor at New York Presbyterian-Weill Cornell Medical Center.
    Is a Distinguished Scientist in Residence at NYU, and previously served as NYU's Senior Vice Provost for Research and Senior Vice Dean for Strategic Initiatives and Entrepreneurship, Tandon School of Engineering. He currently serves as the Chairman of the Board of the NY Academy of Science and is a founding partner of Venly Corp. He previously served as Senior VP and Director of Research at IBM.
    Is Vice Provost of Research at NYU. As Vice Provost, Dr. Bloom works closely with the president, provost, deans, faculty, and senior administrators to facilitate, energize, and grow the University's research enterprise and its impact.
    (Arts '66)
    Is a Trustee at NYU and the Managing Director of Leslie Ventures, a private investment company. Previously, he ran three Silicon Valley startups, including Veritas Software where he was founding CEO. He is also a lecturer in management at Stanford’s Graduate School of Business.
    (CAS '96)
    Is the Founder of Montero Ventures, an early stage venture capital firm for outstanding founders and businesses. Prior to this, he was Vice President of Global Mobile & Web Engineering at American Express, and the Co-founder & Chief Technology Officer of Resy.
    (Gallatin '06)
    Is the Co-founder of Thrive Market, a membership-based online shopping club on a mission to make healthy living easy and affordable for everyone. She is also a Strategic Advisor and Creative Consultant. Prior to this, she was the Founding West Coast Editor of Refinery 29.
    (Tisch '10)
    Is the Chief Design Officer and Co-Founder of Zola, the wedding company reinventing the wedding planning and registry experience. Prior to Zola, Nobu worked in user experience design and product management for over 15 years.
    Is a recognized Silicon Valley entrepreneur, expert and thought leader. He has a proven 20+ year track record of leading both pre-IPO startups and established companies, to growth and successful exits. He’s built and mentored dozens of top technical teams, designed strategies, and driven innovative products and solutions to market. His latest company, Gemini Solutions, was acquired by Thoughtworks, Inc, the world leader in high end software engineering consulting.
    (Stern '03)
    Is the CEO & Founder of Sprinklr. Over the past 15+ years he has played an instrumental role in the evolution of two business-critical channels for the enterprise: social media and email. As founder and CEO of Sprinklr, the leading Customer Experience Management (CXM) platform, his mission is to enable every organization on the planet to make their customers happier.
    (Tisch '84)
    Is a gaming industry expert, investor, and serial entrepreneur. He is the co-founder and CEO of Golden Hearts Gaming, Inc. Previously, he was the co-founder and CEO of digital games and database marketing platform developer LuckyLabs, which was acquired by InfoScout, Inc. in 2014. Steven has also been a Director, Advisor and investor in various media, tech, consumer products and financial services companies.
    (Heights '58)
    Serves as an Advisory Director at General Atlantic LLC, a leading global private equity firm. Previously, he was a Managing Director at the firm, and before that was a VP and corporate officer at IBM.
  • Partners & Sponsors

    Thank you to our sponsors and partners who make our work possible! Interested in becoming a partner and supporting our founders? Reach out to Frank Rimalovski at frank.rimalovski@nyu.edu.

  • Contact Us

    Get in touch with us!

    Interested in meeting with one of our coaches? Schedule a startup coaching appointment.

    Interested in supporting our work? Make a charitable gift or reach out to Frank Rimalovski at frank.rimalovski@nyu.edu for partnership opportunities.

    For all other inquiries, email entrepreneur@nyu.edu.