The NYU Tech Venture Accelerator (TVA) is a six-month program that aims to help NYU research teams transform their research discoveries into scalable startup ventures and prepare for product development/commercialization. The program is open to NYU faculty, along with their PhD/postdoc teams and other collaborators, who have developed novel technologies in their research labs at NYU.
Over six months, ventures selected to the program will receive $50,000 in milestone-based grant funding from NYU’s Office of the Vice Provost for Research. Participants will take part in feedback sessions, workshops with investors and subject matter experts, and advisory sessions with experienced entrepreneurs. Ventures will also receive connections to investors, training to submit SBIR/STTR grant applications, cloud computing credits, and other perks.
The next Tech Venture Accelerator will begin in September '24. Applications will open in March and will be due April 19th. For more information sign up for an info session below.
This six-month accelerator will help teams turn their research discoveries into scalable startup ventures. Selected teams will begin the program with technology that is ready for product development and commercialization, as well as an initial target market/customer and a foundational team ready to commit to the venture in the future. By the end of the program, ventures will emerge with a solid, validated business model, initial partnerships solidified and pilots completed, further funding for R&D and staffing, and a solid near-term business strategy.
Where will the TVA take place?
The program will take place at the Leslie eLab in New York City, with additional networking and social events on or near NYU’s Washington Square Campus.
What are the key activities of the program?
The TVA will push each team to validate a scalable business model and achieve key milestones unique to their venture. Through monthly standup presentations, teams will be challenged to make rapid progress to achieve their goals during the course of the program. The structure of the program comprises:
What are the key benefits of the program?
In addition to receiving mentorship and guidance provided, participating teams unlock:
The TVA is open to all NYU full-time/research faculty- or researcher-led teams that are interested in commercializing STEM-based research developed at NYU across the life sciences, physical/material science, data science, computer science, and engineering fields.
Upon receipt of all applications:
For questions, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
This program is made possible by the generous gift of NYU alumni and trustee, Mark Leslie and his wife Debra. Those who are recipients of the $50,000 grants through this program will receive the distinction of becoming Mark and Debra Leslie Fellows at NYU.