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NYU Summer Launchpad (SLP) is an immersive 9-week accelerator for scalable startups led by NYU students (including those graduating in '19) 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 eighth year, the program was the launchpad for successful NYU startups including Brooklinen, Kinvolved, Ephemeral Tattoos, Govern for America, and Sea Straws and SLP alumni are collectively generating more than $110 million in annual revenue!
The next Summer Launchpad will take place from June 9-August 6, 2020. Applications are due on Wednesday, March 25, 2020 at 6:00pm and attending an info-session is mandatory before you apply. RSVP for an info session today!
Summer Launchpad runs from June 9th-August 6th, 2020. A schedule for the program is forthcoming later in February. Teams who haven’t completed a past Startup Sprint will likely also be required to participate in the Summer Startup Sprint (May 26th-June 5th) 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.
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:
Each team will receive funding and perks to put toward their venture, including:
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.
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!
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.
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.
See above in "Who It's For" and "Selection Criteria" for more details.
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.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org prior to submitting your application.
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
Brooklyn Office Location
Room 230, 5 MetroTech Center
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.).
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).
The deadline will be on March 25th, 2020 at 6pm. The application will be open at the beginning of March 2020.
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).
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.
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: http://entrepreneur.nyu.edu/resource/startup-coaching/