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 to build hardware or software prototypes, and connects them with the resources, tools, and mentors they need to bring their ideas to life.

Now accepting applications for the Spring '21 cohort. Applications are due by Friday, February 19 at 5 pm.

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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
    • 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, Spring '21: 
    Applications Due: Friday, February 19 at 5 pm
    Mandatory Workshop 1: Friday, March 5 (2-3:30 pm) **Virtual
    Mandatory Workshop 2:  Friday, April 9 (2-4 pm)**Virtual
    Final Showcase: Thursday, May 6 (4-5 pm) ** Virtual
  • Awarded Teams
  • Video Highlight
    Highlights from the Fall '17 Prototyping Fund Showcase