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.

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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