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.

  • 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:
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    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. 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.

    Associate Director

    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 Associate

    Leads technology investments on behalf of the NYU Innovation Venture Fund. He is also a co-host of The Mentors podcast, and has mentored hundreds of entrepreneurs through his work as Entrepreneur-in-Residence at national nonprofit Venture for America where he ran the organization's accelerator and first venture fund. Prior to this, Sergei was a founder and early employee at several high growth startups.

    Venture Associate

    Leads investments on behalf of the NYU Innovation Venture Fund in life science and healthcare. 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 and Inclusive Entrepreneurship Lead

    Leads technology investments on behalf of the NYU Innovation Venture Fund and leads Inclusive Entrepreneurship Programming for the Institute. 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.

    We're hiring!

    This position will work closely with the Institute leadership team to foster and manage essential external relationships with guest speakers, sponsors, and the Institute’s external mentor pool. Click here to learn more and apply.

    Founders-in-Residence

    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 Mitchel, PhD

    (Courant '15, Courant Faculty)
    Geopipe

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    Mir Hwang

    (CAS '19)
    GigFinesse

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    Kyleigh Russ

    (Wagner '19)
    Govern For America

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    Laura Rocha

    (Wagner '20)
    Dathic

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    Riley Jones

    (Law '20)
    Sector

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    Myriam Sbeiti

    (Tandon '18)
    Sunthetics

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    Anshul Pandey, PhD

    (Tandon '17)
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    Entrepreneurs-in-Residence

    Meet our 2019 Entrepreneurs in Residence. These entrepreneurs have founded, sold, or IPO’d successful ventures in tech, consumer products, beauty, healthcare, and more. EIRs provide 1:1 mentorship to NYU startups.

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    Marc Filerman

    3Span Health

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    Ketan Patel

    Chimney Ridge, LLC

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    Dana Mauriello

    Mighty Business

    note: to meet with one of our EIRs or FIRs, you must be referred by one of the NYU Startup Coaches listed above.

    NYU Entrepreneurial Institute Interns

    (Stern '21)

    Is a senior at NYU Stern studying marketing and entrepreneurship. She is extremely passionate about entrepreneurship, travel, and fashion and is interested in creating social enterprises in order to create large social good in the world. A two time recipient of the NYU Stern Social Impact Stipend, Aliyah is interested in meshing social justice and entrepreneurship together in order to uplift and empower low income communities within New York City.

    (Stern MBA '21)

    Is a Venture Fellow at the NYU Innovation Venture Fund and is completing her MBA at Stern. She started her career as a buyer for Macy's, Inc. After years of selecting the companies to be stocked in stores, she wanted to work more closely with the entrepreneurs behind the labels. During her time at Stern, she's been an MBA Associate for a consumer fund, The Ember Company, and an MBA Fellow at Cleo Capital. She's a Chapter Co-Lead for the SoGal Foundation, an Advisor to Caribbeans in Tech and Entrepreneurship and a Committee Member at BLCK VC.

    (Stern MBA '21)

    Is joining us for a second year as a Venture Fellow. He is a Venture GM at Create, a venture studio based in New York City, and invests in software at Harlem Capital, a diversity-focused fund. He is an InSITE fellow and a deal lead at New York Angels. He is completing his MBA at the NYU Stern School of Business. Previously, he worked with Draft Ventures, an early investor in Notion, Dfinity, Thrive Market, and many other companies, and at Antler and Alpaca VC. He also co-founded Upkey, an EdTech company.

    (Steinhardt '22)

    Is a junior in Steinhardt studying Media, Culture, and Communication with a minor in Web Programming. She is incredibly excited to be a co-chair of this year’s 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 junior in Courant studying Math with minors in Computer Science and Italian. He's a second year intern working on community programs and 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!

    (Steinhardt '21)

    Is a senior in Steinhardt studying Media, Culture, and Communication with minors in Computer Science and Web Programming. He has been a member of the NYU Entrepreneurs Festival for two years. Major is excited to help introduce the festival and its mission to those who are curious about entrepreneurship at NYU. He is passionate about human-centered design, media studies, disability studies, and how entrepreneurship takes place in these areas of interest. Major has experience working with both smaller tech startups such as LeanDNA and working at large corporations such as NBCUniversal.

  • 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.

    As part of NYU’s Office of the Provost, The NYU Entrepreneurial Institute is committed to modeling and building a robust culture of diversity, equity and inclusion among the NYU entrepreneurship community and more broadly in New York City. This commitment led to the creation of the Female Founders program in 2017 and the launch of numerous Inclusive Entrepreneurship Initiatives since then. These initiatives provide extensive programming, expert consultation, dedicated resources, and innovative strategies to help guide all of NYU’s uniquely global and diverse student, faculty and researcher community toward startup success and a more inclusive future. 

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

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

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    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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    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.
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    (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).
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    Is the Global Head of External R & D Innovation for Neuroscience, Pain and Sensory Disorders at Pfizer, and a serial entrepreneur having founded and led Cypress Biosciences and Cytel Corporation. He also serves as an Adjunct Professor at NYU School of Medicine.
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    (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.
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    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.
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    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.
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    Is a Founding Partner of Moving Capital, an early stage investment fund focused on mobility and logistics. He led Uber's New York metro area business, overseeing the company's largest market for more than five years. Josh was previously a Managing Partner at Tusk Ventures and is a prolific angel investor.
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    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.
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    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.
    (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.
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    (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.