Genade is creating an intelligent web app that digitizes independent insurance agents’ front-desk operations by integrating chatbot framework with popular messaging apps and CRMs.


  • Sara Liu (Stern '22) |
  • Alberto Chierici (Tandon '22) |



NextGen Bootcamp

Computer science summer boot-camps tailored to high school and college students.


  • Zach Cohen (Gallatin '21) |

Rooted Fare

Rooted Fare aims to financially empower immigrant chefs by providing them with resources to successfully turn recipes into commercial products.


  • Ashley Xie (Steinhardt '20)
  • Jasmine Shen (Stern '22)
  • Hedy Yu



Startup Coaching & Mentorship

Coaching appointments are being held virtually while the Leslie eLab is closed due to COVID-19. Sign up below!

Got an idea for a new venture? Need help scaling your startup operations? Don't know where to start? Get one-on-one or group coaching from startup experts at the Entrepreneurial Institute. All students, researchers, faculty, and staff—regardless of area of study, experience, discipline, or NYU school affiliation are eligible to participate.

Schedule an appointment with a Startup Coach today!

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    The Startup Coaching Program supports aspiring entrepreneurs at every stage of their startup journey. Whether you just came up with a concept an hour ago or have thought about it for years, the NYU Entrepreneurial Institute gives you - students, faculty, researchers and staff - access to a network of entrepreneurs, venture coaches, and industry experts to help your venture launch and scale.

    The NYU Entrepreneurial Institute offers a variety of resources to support NYU startups at all stages of development including:

      • 1:1 Coaching: Meet with coaches and advisors from inside and outside NYU to get the guidance you need
      • Group Coaching: Learn about the resources available to you with peers who are on the same path as you
      • Community: Share knowledge and best practices, post jobs, and find team members for your venture
      • Resources & Deals: Get exclusive access to deals to help you get started, from software development to online courses

    Who Can Participate
    Anyone currently at NYU can take advantage of the resources offered by the Startup Coaching Program:

    • Current NYU students, faculty, researchers, staff, and their team members
    • Startups at all stages of development
    • No prior experience with entrepreneurship necessary
  • NYU Startup Coaches
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    Frank Rimalovski

    Frank heads the Entrepreneurial Institute and is the Managing Director of the NYU Innovation Venture Fund.

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    Rebecca Silver

    Rebecca is the Associate Director of the NYU Entrepreneurial Institute and supports entrepreneurs focused on socio-environmental challenges.

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    Sergei Revzin

    Sergei Revzin is a Venture Associate for the NYU Innovation Venture Fund where he leads all technology investments.

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    Dee Dao

    Dee is a Venture Associate for the NYU Innovation Venture Fund, focusing on investment opportunities in life science and healthcare.

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    Emily Baum

    Emily is Programs Manager for the NYU Entrepreneurial Institute where she coaches and supports early-stage entrepreneurs.

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    Jen Curtis

    Jen is the Senior Operations Manager for the NYU Entrepreneurial Institute, and a returned Peace Corps Volunteer.

  • NYU Entrepreneurs & Founders in Residence

    The NYU Entrepreneurial Institute welcomes several startup founders who are alumni of NYU Summer Launchpad, to build their companies out of the Leslie eLab. These founders are available to serve as mentors and advisors to up and coming NYU startups. Meet the Founders in Residence:

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    Christopher Mitchell

    PhD (Courant '15), Courant Faculty

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    Mir Hwang

    (CAS '19)

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    Kyleigh Russ

    (Wagner '19)
    Govern For America

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    Laura Rocha

    (Wagner '20)

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    Riley Jones

    (Law '20)

    Meet our 2019 Entrepreneurs in Residence. These entrepreneurs have founded, sold, or IPO’d successful ventures in tech, consumer products, beauty, healthcare, and more. EIRs provide 1:1 mentorship to NYU startups.

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    Marc Filerman

    3Span Health

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    Ketan Patel

    Chimney Ridge, LLC

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    Dana Mauriello

    Mighty Business

    note: to meet with one of our EIRs or FIRs, you must be referred by one of the NYU Startup Coaches listed above.

  • NYU Mentor Network
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    Adam Sah


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    Adrian Grant

    (Stern ‘05)

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    Alex Meis

    (Wagner ‘13)

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    Ali Heron

    (Stern '13)
    Two Sigma Ventures

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    Ali Schleider


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    Amy Auton-Smith

    (Wagner '18)

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    Andrew Kangpan

    (Stern '13)
    Two Sigma Ventures

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    Avi Fogel

    Majorlee Investments

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    Brian Cohen

    New York Angels

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    Dan Kantor

    (Tisch '05)
    Startup Advisor

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    Dan Melinger

    (Tisch '04)
    Realtime Lab

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    Dana Mauriello

    Mighty Business

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    David Burstein

    (Gallatin '12)
    Run for America

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    David Dorsey

    Osage University Partners

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    David Shin

    (Tandon '15)
    Rosecliff Ventures

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    Edwin Akrong

    Simon Data

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    Eric Martinez

    (CAS '01)
    VSA Partners

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    Geri Kirilova

    (Stern '16)
    Laconia Capital Group

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    Gloria Li

    (Stern ‘17)
    The Blackstone Group

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    Jesse Wachtel

    Industry Index

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    Jessica Goldberg Menis

    Wellspring Strategies

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    Jibolu (JG) Ayodele

    (Stern ‘12)

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    Jim Kelliher

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    Joseph Schneier

    Photo of Joe Chittenden-Veal
    Joe Chittenden-Veal

    (GSAS ‘18)
    Invisible Technologies

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    Joe West

    (NYU Lecturer, Tandon)
    Radian Capital

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    John Elton

    (Stern '00)
    Greycroft Partners

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    Ketan Patel

    Chimney Ridge LLC

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    Kristina Chodorow

    (CAS ‘07)
    Google Ventures

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    Kunal Mehta

    (Stern '11)
    Hearst Ventures

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    Kyra Durko

    (Stern ‘19)
    Two Sigma Ventures

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    Lia Zhang

    (Stern ‘17)
    Primary Venture Partners

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    Lily Bernicker

    Collaborative Fund

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    Lisa Burton


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    Marissa Feinberg

    Triple Bottom Why

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    Mark Pinney


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    Meha Patel

    (Stern ‘13)
    645 Ventures

    Photo of Michael Montero
    Michael Montero

    (CAS ‘96)

    Photo of Molly O'Shea
    Molly O'Shea

    (Steinhardt ‘17)
    Trail Mix Ventures

    Morgan Polotan

    Genacast Ventures

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    Myriam Sbeiti

    (Tandon ‘18)

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    Nobu Nakaguchi

    (ITP '10)

    Photo of Olivia Landau
    Olivia Landau

    (Steinhardt ‘13)
    The Clear Cut

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    Priyam Nidhi

    (Tandon ‘16)
    The Blackstone Group

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    Rachel Baruch

    (Gallatin ‘17)
    Anthos Capital

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    Rob Fassino

    (Tisch '88)

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    Taffi Ayodele

    (CAS ‘04, Stern ‘13)

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    Vince Passione

    (Tandon '83)

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    Yasser Ansari

    (Tisch '10)
    Polymer Search