Frich is the first social finance app that enables Gen Z to develop mindful spending habits by setting goals together with friends and keeping each other accountable. Imagine a fitness app but for your finances.


  • Aleksandra Medina (Abu Dhabi '21) |
  • Katrin Kaurov (Abu Dhabi '19) |



Sabai Design

Offering affordable, deconstructable, and stylish furniture for modern and transient living with a focus on financial flexibility. Through a buy-back program, Sabai Design solves the headache of disposal/reselling and offers an even cheaper line of refurbished furniture.


  • Phantila Phataraprasit (Law '20) |
  • Caitlin de Lisser-Ellen (Stern '21) |



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Govern for America

Building a pipeline into key roles in states for young leaders to close the talent gap and create better government.


  • Kyleigh Russ (Wagner '19) |
  • Octavia Abell |


Startup Accelerator Series

Our Startup Accelerator Series provides sequenced skills-development and support to advance NYU startup teams to the next level, powered by evidence-based insight and mentorship. Whether you're a team with an idea, a prototype, or a commercially-tested product or service, the award-winning Accelerator Series has something for you. The Series begins with customer discovery in the Startup Bootcamp and continues with a fast and furious Startup Sprint. Finally, the Summer Launchpad positions teams for growth and matches them with vital funding, mentorship, and other critical resources.

If you've already met with one of our startup coaches and are ready to take your venture to the next level, read on...

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    Each program in the Accelerator Series is custom-fit to NYU startups at different stages, offering access to greater resources and intensity as you progress from one to the next.

    Startup Bootcamps

    • Who: Teams of at least 1 current NYU member (preference given to teams of 2+) with an idea or prototype
    • What: 2-day Customer Development Primer
    • When: 2-3 times per Fall and Spring semesters + 1 over the Summer semester
    • Why: Begin to test your ideas and assumptions in the real world
    • Perks: 1:1 coaching and mentorship, and improved odds of getting into a Startup Sprint, pre-requisite for Female Founders Fellowship

    Startup Sprint

    • Who: Teams of 2 or more (at least 1 member must be currently at NYU) with early prototype or product
    • What: 2-Week Customer Development & Business Model Intensive
    • When: One Sprint held during January Term and one Sprint held in late May/June (right after graduation)
    • Why: Develop your business model and get to Problem-Solution Fit
    • Perks: Daily 1:1 coaching and guidance, up to $500 grant plus an optional $500 in follow-on funding, $5,000 in AWS credits, priority access to VC & legal office hours, and improved odds of getting into Summer Launchpad!

    Summer Launchpad

    • Who: Teams of 2 or more (at least 1 member must be currently at NYU) with a product or service that is ready for launch or already in the market seeking growth. Priority consideration for teams that already participated in a Startup Sprint
    • What: 9-week Startup Accelerator
    • When: Every Summer (starts in early/mid June through early/mid August)
    • Why: Customer validation, acquisition & growth
    • Perks: $10,000 non-dilutive grant, mentorship from NYC entrepreneurs and investors, pitch at exclusive investor demo day, pro-bono (free) incorporation & legal counsel, free banking, accounting & tax advice, $10,000 in AWS credits, and more.

    Faculty Teams

    While faculty are welcome to take part in any of the accelerator programs, we have specific programs designed for faculty, PhD, postdoc, and research-led teams who are interested in commercializing research. If this describes you, please check out our Tech Venture Program.

  • What's Next?

    Visit the respective programs pages (links above) for each program in the Accelerator Series to learn more, and book an appointment with one of our startup coaches.

    Dates and deadlines will be provided on each page, but you can also sign up for our newsletter for the latest news!

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