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Summer Launchpad

Summer Launchpad provides highly promising early-stage startups the support and resources they need to accelerate their growth and impact. Selected teams receive one-on-one coaching with NYC investors and entrepreneurs, 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, immersive atmosphere.

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.

NYU Summer Launchpad (SLP) is an immersive 9-week accelerator for teams of graduating NYU student entrepreneurs to bridge their part-time dedication to their startups while in school, with full-time commitment after graduation.

Now in its seventh year, the program was the launchpad for successful NYU startups including Brooklinen, Kinvolved, Ephemeral Tattoos, and Food Period and SLP alumni are collectively generating more than $110 million in revenue!

SLP offers $10,000 in non-dilutive (zero equity) grant funding, $15,000 in perks, 1:1 coaching, and more. The program culminates with a demo day to angel investors, entrepreneurs and members of the NYU community.

The next Summer Launchpad will take place from in June-August 2020. Stay tuned for further details coming early in 2020.

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    Summer Launchpad runs from June through mid August. A schedule for the program is forthcoming early in 2020. Teams who haven’t completed a past Startup Sprint will also be required to participate in the January-Term Startup Sprint, Summer Startup Sprint, or Faculty Startup Sprint prior to participating in the Summer Launchpad.

    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. 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 and learn from a community of NYU startup founders and fellow SLP participants.
    • Yale-NYU 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 September at the NYU Demo Day to the broader NYU student, faculty and alumni communities.
    • 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 Eisner Amper.
    • 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.
    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. 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 2020 (or Fall 2019). 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. Stay tuned in early 2020 for the info session dates.
    • 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!
  • Success Stories

    Now in its seventh year, the program was the launchpad for successful NYU startups including BrooklinenKinvolvedEphemeral Tattoosand Food Period. SLP alumni are collectively generating more than $110 million in revenue per year! 


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  • Mentors
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    Adam Sah


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    Adrian Grant

    (Stern ‘05)

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    Adriel Bercow

    Flybridge Capital

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    Alanna Gregory


    Photo of Alex Iskold
    Alex Iskold

    (Courant '99)
    2048 Ventures

    Photo of Alex Meis
    Alex Meis

    (Wagner ‘13)

    Photo of Ali Heron
    Ali Heron

    (Stern '13)
    Two Sigma Ventures

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    Andrew Breen

    Argo Group

    Photo of Andrew Kangpan
    Andrew Kangpan

    (Stern '13)
    Two Sigma Ventures

    Photo of Anna-Marie Wascher
    Anna-Marie Wascher

    Flat World Partners

    Photo of Aron Schwarzkopf
    Aron Schwarzkopf

    New York Angels

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    Avi Fogel

    Majorlee Investments

    Photo of Ben Brachot
    Ben Brachot

    (Stern '07)
    Dwight Funding

    Photo of Ben Sesser
    Ben Sesser

    (Stern ‘12)
    Bright Hire

    Photo of Brian Cohen
    Brian Cohen

    New York Angels

    Photo of Brian Laung Aoaeh
    Brian Laung Aoaeh

    (Stern '08)
    Particle Ventures

    Photo of Brian Spielman
    Bryan Spielman

    (Stern '93)
    Internet Brands

    Photo of Carley Roney
    Carley Roney

    (Tisch '90, '94)
    XO Group

    Photo of Casey Clark
    Casey Clark

    (Stern '17)
    The Glenmede Trust Company

    Photo of Christopher Lysiuk
    Christopher Lysiuk

    (Tandon '18)

    Photo of Cliff Sirlin
    Cliff Sirlin

    (Law ‘92)

    Photo of Dan Borok
    Dan Borok

    Newark Venture Partners

    Photo of Dan Kantor
    Dan Kantor

    (Tisch '05)
    Startup Advisor

    Photo of Dan Melinger
    Dan Melinger

    (Tisch '04)
    Realtime Lab

    Photo of Dan Porter
    Dan Porter


    Photo of Dana Mauriello
    Dana Mauriello

    Clear Headed

    Photo of Darren Yee
    Darren Yee

    (Tandon '16)

    Photo of David Burstein
    David Burstein

    (Gallatin '12)
    Run for America

    Photo of David Fan
    David Fan

    Alumni Ventures Group

    Photo of David Isaacs
    David Isaacs

    (Gallatin '99)

    Photo of Emily Wheeler
    Emily Wheeler

    Smarter Grid Solutions

    Photo of Eric Kroll
    Eric Kroll

    Venture Catalyst

    Photo of Eric Martinez
    Eric Martinez

    (CAS '01)
    VSA Partners

    Photo of Erica Gruen
    Erica Gruen

    Quantum Media

    Photo of Frank Yu
    Frank Yu

    (Stern '08)

    Photo of Frankie Cheung
    Frankie Cheung

    (CAS ‘05, Tisch ‘12)
    Startup Advisor

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    Geri Kirilova

    (Stern '16)
    Laconia Capital Group

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    Isabelle Phelps

    Lerer Hippeau

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    Jay Kranzler

    Perception Neuroscience

    Photo of Jeffrey Silverman
    Jeffrey Silverman

    Laconia Capital Group

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    Jen van der Meer

    Reason Street

    Photo of Jeremy Block
    Jeremy Block

    Venture Catalyst

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    Jesse Wachtel

    Industry Index

    Photo of Joanne Lin
    Joanne Lin

    Newark Venture Partners

    Photo of Joe Chittenden-Veal
    Joe Chittenden-Veal

    (GSAS ‘18)

    Photo of Joe West
    Joe West

    (NYU Lecturer, Tandon)
    Radian Capital

    Photo of John Elton
    John Elton

    (Stern '00)
    Greycroft Partners

    Photo of Jonathan Teller
    Jonathan Teller

    (CAS '91)

    Photo of Joseph Schneier
    Joseph Schneier

    Photo of Josh Mohrer
    Josh Mohrer

    (Stern '13)

    Photo of Josh Nussbaum
    Josh Nussbaum

    (Stern '13)
    Compound VC

    Photo of Katie Shea
    Katie Shea

    (Stern '09)

    Photo of Keith Mauppa
    Keith Mauppa

    Flat World Partners

    Photo of Kim Armor
    Kim Armor

    (Stern '08)
    Comcast Ventures

    Photo of Kristina Chodorow
    Kristina Chodorow

    (CAS ‘07)
    Google Ventures

    Photo of Kunal Mehta
    Kunal Mehta

    (Stern '11)
    Hearst Ventures

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    Kyra Durko

    (Stern ‘19)
    Two Sigma Ventures

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    Lily Bernicker

    Collaborative Fund

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    Lindsey Gray

    Two Sigma Ventures

    Photo of Lisa Burton
    Lisa Burton


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    Lisa Xu

    FirstMark Capital

    Photo of Lisbeth Kaufman
    Lisbeth Kaufman

    (Stern ‘15)

    Photo of Lucas Nelson
    Lucas Nelson

    Evolution Equity

    Photo of Luke Dubois
    Luke DuBois

    NYU Interactive Telecommunications Program

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    Lyel Resner


    Photo of Mac Cordrey
    Mac Cordrey

    FirstMark Capital

    Photo of Marat Berenstein
    Marat Berenstein

    NYU Clive Davis Institute

    Photo of Marc Filerman
    Marc Filerman

    3Span Health

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    Marissa Feinberg

    Triple Bottom Why

    Photo of Mark Carvlin
    Mark Carvlin

    PreventAge Health Care

    Photo of Mark Pinney
    Mark Pinney


    Mark Wachen

    Upstage Ventures

    Photo of Melody Koh
    Melody Koh

    NextView Ventures

    Photo of Nadia Sultana
    Nadia Sultana

    NYU Nursing

    Photo of Nayeem Hussain
    Nayeem Hussain

    (Stern '13)
    Keen Home

    Photo of Nell Derick Debevoise
    Nell Derick Debevoise

    Inspiring Capital

    Photo of Noah Dinkin
    Noah Dinkin

    (Stern '06)

    Photo of Nobu Nakaguchi
    Nobu Nakaguchi

    (ITP '10)

    Photo of Olivia Landau
    Olivia Landau

    (Steinhardt ‘13)
    The Clear Cut

    Photo of Owen Davis
    Owen Davis

    Contour Venture Partners

    Photo of Pedro Torres Mackie
    Pedro Torres-Mackie

    Quotidian Ventures

    Photo of Rob Fassino
    Rob Fassino

    (Tisch '88)

    Photo of Rob Rosenberg
    Rob Rosenberg

    Prolog Ventures

    Photo of Seung Shin
    Seung Shin

    (Tandon '15)

    Photo of Simon Chan
    Simon Chan

    Startup Advisor

    Photo of Steve Kane
    Steven Kane

    (Tisch '84)
    Startup Investor

    Photo of Suraj Kapoor
    Suraj Kapoor

    (Stern '05)
    WayUp / Lerer Hippeau Ventures

    Photo of Terry Rice
    Terry Rice

    Terry Rice Consulting

    Photo of Vince Passioni
    Vince Passione

    (Tandon '83)

    Photo of Yaakov Zar
    Yaakov Zar


    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.

      • What are the basic requirements to be considered?

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

      • When and where does it take place?

    Stay tuned for updates, early in 2020.

      • 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 not eligible to participate in the 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 2019 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 in March 2020. Stay tuned for exact dates, which will be posted in early 2020.

      • 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:

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