NYU Female Founders

The NYU Entrepreneurial Institute spurs conversations and events to support women in entrepreneurship. Our NYU Female Founders initiative offers monthly “lunch & learn” events, an annual Female Founders Forum, and resources to help NYU female founders grow or scale their startup.

We’re happy to recognize the female founders who have been a part of the Institute! Here are a few statistics we’re particularly proud of:

  • NYU ranks #1 Globally as the university with the highest % of funded companies led by a female founder (according to PitchBook data)
  • 68% of the teams who participated in our Startup Accelerator Series last year are led/co-led by Female Founders
  • 53% of Leslie eLab unique visitors are female

We hope to continue to offer impactful content and resources to support female founders and women working in STEAM. If you're interested in getting involved, please let us know by emailing entrepreneur@nyu.edu.

RSVP Today for the 2020 Female Founders Forum, powered by NYU, from noon-7pm on March 6th, 2020.


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  • Upcoming events
    Fri, Mar 6
    12:00pm ‐ 07:00pm

    2020 Female Founders Forum

    Host: NYU Entrepreneurial Institute

    Join us on Friday, March 6th at the Foursquare office for this year's Female Founders Forum, powered by NYU. The Female Founders Forum will bri...

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  • 2020 Female Founders Forum

    Are you a female founder, investor, or aspiring entrepreneur? Join us on Friday, March 6th at the Foursquare office for this year's Female Founders Forum.

    The Female Founders Forum is powered by the NYU Entrepreneurial Institute in partnership with the NYU Law Venture Fund, the NYU Tandon Convergence of Innovation and Entrepreneurship, the NYU Stern W. R. Berkley Innovation Labs, and the NYU Office of Global Inclusion, Diversity, and Strategic Innovation. This event is open to all female founders, investors and supporters (both at NYU and non NYU affiliated).

    Who will be speaking: Confirmed speakers include Susan Lyne, President and Managing Partner at BBG Ventures, Rebecca Kaden, Partner at Union Square Ventures, and Chloe Alpert, Founder and CEO of Medinas. To see a full list of speakers, visit the Female Founders Forum event page.

    What to expect:

    • Networking lunch provided by Taim Falafel
    • Keynote speech by Susan Lyne, President and Managing Partner at BBG Ventures
    • Two panel discussions
      • Who Run The World?
      • Funding Females: Moving the Needle
    • Pitchoff - 5 seed-stage female-led startups will pitch in front of investors for feedback and prizes!
    • Venture showcase & happy hour networking - Mix and mingle with emerging female-led startups from NYU and NYC, tabling their ventures during the happy hour.

    To see the full schedule, visit the Female Founders Forum event page.

    Come network, find your next co-founder, partner, or investor, or maybe even your next job. RSVP for the Forum today and help spread the word.


    If you're interested in volunteering and/or providing sponsorship for this event, please email entrepreneur@nyu.edu.

    We also have a few remaining spots for the pitchoff and venture showcase tabling. Email entrepreneur@nyu.edu for an application to apply for both opportunities.