Prototyping Fund

The NYU Prototyping Fund is a collaborative program offered by the Design Lab @ NYU Tandon MakerSpace and the NYU Entrepreneurial Institute that awards teams of students up to $500 in the first round of funding and up to $2000 in the second to be used to build hardware or software prototypes, and connects them with the resources, tools, and mentors they need to bring their ideas to life.

Applications are now closed for the Fall '20 cohort. Check back in January 2021 for information about the Spring '21 cohort.

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    Who It's For

    This program is for students who are passionate about building new products and have an idea for an innovative hardware or software technology.

    • Funds must be used for tools and materials to build the prototype (not to pay someone else to build it for you)
    • All NYU students (undergrad and grad) are eligible to apply
    • Teams will be given preference (individual applicants will be considered)
    • Multi-school collaborations will be given preference
    • All teams must have at least one NYU student, but may also include members from outside the University as well
    How To Participate
    • Awards will be granted twice per year (Fall and Spring semesters).
    • ~5 – 7 teams will receive awards
    • Applicants can apply for up to $500 in prototyping funds for the first phase and up to $2000 for the second phase (must receive Phase 1 to be eligible for Phase 2).
    • All funds will be distributed as a reimbursement for your expenses (when you provide a receipt)
    Resources and Events

    Awarded teams have access to:

    Workshops: Two workshops focused on best practices in prototyping led by industry experts.

    Equipment: Teams will be given access to key partners who can provide access to equipment and tools

    Showcase: All funded projects will participate in an event at the end of the semester to showcase your prototypes to the NYU community

    Key Dates, Fall '20: 
    Applications Due Phase I: Wednesday, September 30th at 5 pm
    Mandatory Workshop 1: Thursday, October 8 (1-2:15 pm) **Virtual
    Mandatory Workshop 2: Thursday, November 12 (1-2:30 pm) **Virtual
    Final Showcase: Thursday, December 3 (4-5:45 pm) ** Virtual
  • Awarded Teams

    Read more about the past winning teams for the Prototyping Fund. 

    Fall 2019

    Spring 2019

    Fall 2018

    Spring 2018

    Fall 2017

    Spring 2017

    Fall 2016

    Spring 2016

    Fall 2015

    Spring 2015

    Fall 2014

    Spring 2014

  • Video Highlight
    Highlights from the Fall '17 Prototyping Fund Showcase