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Summer Launchpad

NYU Summer Launchpad (SLP) is an immersive 9-week accelerator for scalable startups led by NYU students (including those graduating in '20) and researchers. 10 teams receive one-on-one coaching with NYC investors and entrepreneurs, immersive customer development training, collaborative workspace, legal and accounting services via McCarter & English and EisnerAmper, and $10,000 in non-dilutive funding, all in a dynamic, community-minded atmosphere. This has culminated in enormous value to past teams, with '18 & '19 Summer Launchpad participants rating the program a 9.8/10 average Net Promoter Score!

Now in its ninth year, the program was the launchpad for successful NYU startups including Brooklinen, Kinvolved, Ephemeral Tattoos, Govern for America, and SeaStraws and SLP alumni are collectively generating more than $110 million in annual revenue! 

The next Summer Launchpad will take place in the summer of 2021. Meet the most recent NYU Summer Launchpad Cohort.

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    PLEASE NOTE: This program is NOT for credit. However, (just like a startup) it REQUIRES a full-time commitment during the program.

    What You Can Expect

    Get ready for a 9-week accelerator to help you set and meet your customer acquisition, product development, and team milestones, and to launch your venture full-time. Each week the teams push to achieve key business milestones, to validate product-market fit, acquire customers, and solidify their business model. Summer Launchpad is deeply connected to New York City’s entrepreneurial ecosystem, tapping mentors, coaches and potential investors who help teams accelerate from vision to scale. Here’s a preview of what’s in store:

    • Mentorship: Mentorship from experienced entrepreneurs and boardroom-style feedback from a dedicated advisory council of VCs and subject-matter experts. See below for a list of some of the past program mentors.
    • Guest Founder Talks: Weekly talks from preeminent NYC founders and Venture Capitalists. Talks from 2018 & 2019 included Scott Harrison (CAS) founder of Charity: Water; Dennis Crowley (Tisch) founder of FoursquareCaren Maio (Gallatin) founder of Nestio, and Andrea Breanna (Gallatin & Tisch) founder of RebelMouse and former CTO of HuffPost.
    • Workshops: Led by experts across the NYU and NYC startup communities, workshops will teach relevant skills in finance and capital raising, customer acquisition, product development, business operations, and other topics selected to help you succeed in your venture.
    • Customer development: Get closer to product-market fit through customer validation by “Getting out of the Building” and talking directly to prospective users, customers, and partners.
    • Design & Marketing Intensives: Learn how to run iterative experiments on your product, business model and marketing channels during short expert-instructor led design and marketing sprints.
    • Accelerator and Angel Investor Office Hours: Office hours with numerous later-stage accelerators, angel, and seed-stage investors throughout the program.
    • Community: You’ll work alongside, learn from, and contribute to a community of NYU startup founders and fellow SLP participants.
    • NYU-Yale Pitchoff: A pitch showdown where six teams from NYU and Yale present to a live audience of 200 of their closest friends, but only one will take home a ridiculously large trophy!
    • Public Demo Day: All teams will have the opportunity to pitch in October at the NYU Demo Day to 500+ attendees, as the capstone to the NYU Entrepreneurs Festival.
    • Friends and Family Demo Day: For select teams, this is an opportunity to pitch to angel investors, venture capitalists and others.
    Benefits You’ll Receive

    Each team will receive funding and perks to put toward their venture, including:

    • Funding: $10,000 in zero-equity, non-dilutive grant funding toward your venture.
    • Cloud Computing: $10,000 in Amazon Web Services credits for participation in the program.
    • Coaching and Mentorship: One-on-one office hours with Venture Capitalists, Angel Investors, and expert mentors.
    • Legal Services: Pro-bono legal guidance from McCarter & English to help you incorporate the right way to kickstart your company.
    • Accounting Services: Pro-bono accounting services from EisnerAmper.
    • Co-working Space: 24/7 access to the Leslie eLab for full-time program participants. 
    • Access to Future Programs: Select teams will be invited to participate in the Ignite (Beta) Fellowship, and will have opportunities to meet with later-stage accelerators and incubators to help grow their ventures after completion of Summer Launchpad. Select founders will also be invited to incubate their companies at NYU, as Founders in Residence at the Leslie eLab and Ignite Lab in Brooklyn.
    Who It's For

    Open to teams of NYU entrepreneurs from any school or college, with a proof of concept/prototype and who has validated problem-solution fit. Highly scalable ventures addressing ANY sector from ANY NYU school are welcome to apply, including non-profit ventures.

    • Team: Entrepreneurs with 2+ founders able to participate full time.
    • Graduation Year: Preference given to student or post-doc teams graduating in 2019 (or after). Those graduating from NYU after 2020 are also welcome to apply.
    • Diverse Team: Preference will be given to well-rounded, multi-disciplinary teams (i.e. representing multiple NYU schools!), and extra consideration will be given to teams with at least one co-founder who is female or represents an underrepresented minority in tech/entrepreneurship.
    • Commitment: Committed to your startup full-time (at least 40 hours per week) and to participate in ALL program activities for the nine weeks (absences need to be disclosed in the application); and committed to launching your venture full-time after the program.
    • Buy-in: Understand the requirements of the program and have an openness to customer development.
    • Community-minded: Demonstrated willingness to help other startup teams and interest in being part of a community.
    Selection Criteria

    First things first, make sure you’re committed to your startup full-time (at least 40 hours per week) and available to participate in ALL program activities for the nine weeks. And remember, at least 1 co-founder must be an NYU student or postdoc!

    • Attended an info-session: We want to know you understand what you’re signing up for. Therefore, attendance at an info session is mandatory. RSVP for an info session on this page.
    • Solving a meaningful problem: Through customer discovery and other means, you’re able to show you’ve validated that you’re solving a problem which has the potential to bring substantive, scalable and tangible value to customers and other beneficiaries, with potential to scale value/impact to a large market/beneficiary sector.
    • Problem-solution fit: You’ve validated the problem you’ve identified through customer discovery and you believe you know how you can solve it (meaning you have problem-solution fit).
    • Proof of concept/prototype: We’ll look at your proof of concept, and your plans for how you’ll take your solution to the next level to validate it with customers during Summer Launchpad (getting you to product-market fit).
    • Milestones & goals: We’ll consider the milestones you hope to achieve during and after Summer Launchpad, with consideration for how you believe the program will help you achieve your goals.
    • Demonstrated passion, coachability, and hustle! Last but not least, we want to see you’re the type of team who benefits from mentorship and coaching, and peer support (why else participate in a cohort-based accelerator?). And we want to see that you have passion and hustle for the problem you’re solving! Therefore, it will greatly increase your chances of acceptance if you’ve participated in other mentorship-intensive programs led by the NYU Entrepreneurial Institute and NYU partners, including a Startup Sprints, Startup Bootcamp, Ignite Fellowships, Innovention, $300k Entrepreneurs Challenge, or intensive coaching through the Startup Coaching Program. If this doesn't describe your team, apply for a startup bootcamp or register for a coaching appointment today!
  • Mentors
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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


    Photo of Amy Auton-Smith
    Amy Auton-Smith

    (Wagner '18)

    Photo of Andrew Kangpan
    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

    Photo of Dan Melinger
    Dan Melinger

    (Tisch '04)
    Realtime Lab

    Photo of Dana Mauriello
    Dana Mauriello

    Mighty Business

    Photo of David Burstein
    David Burstein

    (Gallatin '12)
    Run for America

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    David Dorsey

    Osage University Partners

    Photo of Seung Shin
    David Shin

    (Tandon '15)
    Rosecliff Ventures

    Photo of Edwin Akrong
    Edwin Akrong

    Simon Data

    Photo of Eric Martinez
    Eric Martinez

    (CAS '01)
    VSA Partners

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    Geri Kirilova

    (Stern '16)
    Laconia Capital Group

    Photo of Gloria Li
    Gloria Li

    (Stern ‘17)
    The Blackstone Group

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    Jesse Wachtel

    Industry Index

    Photo of Jessica Goldberg Menis
    Jessica Goldberg Menis

    Wellspring Strategies

    Photo of Jibolu (JG) Ayodele
    Jibolu (JG) Ayodele

    (Stern ‘12)

    Photo of Jim Kelliher
    Jim Kelliher

    Photo of Joseph Schneier
    Joseph Schneier

    Photo of Joe Chittenden-Veal
    Joe Chittenden-Veal

    (GSAS ‘18)
    Invisible Technologies

    Photo of Joe West
    Joe West

    (NYU Lecturer, Tandon)
    Radian Capital

    Photo of John Elton
    John Elton

    (Stern '00)
    Greycroft Partners

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    Ketan Patel

    Chimney Ridge LLC

    Photo of Kristina Chodorow
    Kristina Chodorow

    (CAS ‘07)
    Google Ventures

    Photo of Kunal Mehta
    Kunal Mehta

    (Stern '11)
    Hearst Ventures

    Photo of Kyra Durko
    Kyra Durko

    (Stern ‘19)
    Two Sigma Ventures

    Photo of Lia Zhang
    Lia Zhang

    (Stern ‘17)
    Primary Venture Partners

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    Lily Bernicker

    Collaborative Fund

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    Lisa Burton


    Photo of Marissa Feinberg
    Marissa Feinberg

    Triple Bottom Why

    Photo of Mark Pinney
    Mark Pinney


    Photo of Meha Patel
    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

    Photo of Myriam Sbeiti
    Myriam Sbeiti

    (Tandon ‘18)

    Photo of Nobu Nakaguchi
    Nobu Nakaguchi

    (ITP '10)

    Photo of Olivia Landau
    Olivia Landau

    (Steinhardt ‘13)
    The Clear Cut

    Photo of Priyam Nidhi
    Priyam Nidhi

    (Tandon ‘16)
    The Blackstone Group

    Photo of Rachel Baruch
    Rachel Baruch

    (Gallatin ‘17)
    Anthos Capital

    Photo of Rob Fassino
    Rob Fassino

    (Tisch '88)

    Photo Taffi Ayodele
    Taffi Ayodele

    (CAS ‘04, Stern ‘13)

    Photo of Vince Passioni
    Vince Passione

    (Tandon '83)

    Photo of Yasser Ansari
    Yasser Ansari

    (Tisch '10)
    Polymer Search

  • Frequently Asked Questions

    Now that you read about the program, its benefits and who should apply, check out the answers to additional questions you might have.

      • Is this accelerator only for students?

    While the NYU Summer Launchpad is primarily for graduating students, teams may apply if at least one member is a current or recently graduated (2018 or 2019) student, or a current faculty, researcher, postdoc or staff member. International students are welcome and encouraged to apply, however we can’t grant visas for the program.

      • What types of ventures is the accelerator for?

    Summer Launchpad is intended for all types of startups which have high growth potential. Whether focused on social innovation, software, medical devices, physical products, hardware, or other areas, all are welcome to apply. Both for profits and non-profits are welcome to apply as well.

      • What are the basic requirements to be considered?

    See above in "Who It's For" and "Selection Criteria" for more details.

      • How selective is the program?

    Summer Launchpad is highly selective, accepting only 10-12% of applicants. Ventures which are less developed (you do not have demonstrated problem-solution fit, or a proof of concept/prototype) are encouraged to consider applying to a Startup Sprint instead.

      • When and where does it take place?

    June 9th-August 6th, 2020 at the Leslie eLab, 16 Washington Pl. Prior to the program teams will also participate in an orientation at the end of April and will come in for Venture Coaching to establish individual team-based milestones for the program. Teams will also receive post-program mentorship and prep in advance of the NYU Demo Day in October.

      • I have a part-time internship or other opportunity lined up for summer. Can I still apply?

    All core co-founders members must be committed to their startup full time (during and after program), and thus to pursuing their startup via NYU Summer Launchpad full-time. However teams may include some non-core founding members or advisors who have outside obligations such as faculty appointments or internships, but they are only eligible to participate in some Summer Launchpad program activities. Have questions about this? Email us at prior to submitting your application.

      • Part of my team is located internationally. Does that disqualify my team?

    All core team members must be onsite during the Summer Launchpad program from June - August, for ALL workshops and activities. However teams may include some non-core founding members or advisors who are working remotely.

    International students who will graduate in May 2020 and would like to apply to the accelerator, please contact Office of Global Services (OGS) for more details:

    Manhattan Office Location:
    383 Lafayette Street
    (212) 998-4720

    Brooklyn Office Location
    Room 230, 5 MetroTech Center
    (646) 997-3805

      • What if I need more people to join my team?

    We will be hosting team hunts each semester (stay tuned for dates), and also have a "need it - got it" posting board, where you can post needs you may have for your team, at the Leslie eLab (16 Washington Pl.).

    • Our team has two venture ideas, can we submit multiple applications?

    While you may submit as many applications as you like, if your team is selected for the program, we expect teams to be fully committed to the venture they are selected to participate with (both during and after the program).

      • What is the deadline to apply? 

    The deadline will be on March 25th, 2020 at 6pm. The application link can be found here:

      • When can I expect to hear a decision about my acceptance?

    Teams will be notified within one week of the application closing date if they've been selected to interview for the program. If you're invited to interview, you'll receive final notice of your acceptance around the middle of April (stay tuned for exact dates, posted early in 2020).

      • We've already taken some funding. Can we still apply?


      • Who will be reviewing my application?

    Applications will be reviewed by and interviews will be conducted by senior members of the NYU Entrepreneurial Institute team and NYU Innovation Venture Fund. Applications will not be shared with any external parties for any reason.

      • Do you give feedback on application results?

    Typically we do not give specific feedback on applications. However we’d be happy to meet with your team to give more general feedback and guidance about your startup through our mentorship/coaching program (open to those currently affiliated with NYU only). You can book a coaching appointment here:

      • Do you have an offline version of the application questions to review?

    Yes, please email and we'll be happy to share a copy with you.

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