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Student Groups

Entrepreneurship and Startup Association (ESA)

(At NYU Stern) - Helps MBA members gain access to NYC's entrepreneurial community and provides education,opportunities and resources to Stern MBAs.

Strategic Venture Society

Runs a gambit of programs related to tech and venture capital. Holds design and programming workshops as well venture pitch competitions.

Entrepreneurial Exchange Group (EEG)

Undergraduates interested in startups and building things. Newcomers and experienced entrepreneurs alike are encouraged to join the network. Weekly events are held with NYC startup founders.

Entrepreneurs Network

The NYU Entrepreneurs Network board provides marketing and funding support for entrepreneurship clubs on-campus and brings together the community for a few marquee events each year including the Entrepreneurs Festival.

Tech @ NYU

A community of Computer Science students, designers, and tech enthusiasts that organize frequent workshops on development, tech ethics, and career preparation.

Deep Tech Founders Circle

Invite-only monthly meet-up offering community and support for NYU startup founders pursuing ventures based on academic research or technological innovations across varied sectors including life sciences, physical sciences, and information technology.

University Programs

Startup School

A workshop series led by industry experts designed to teach students in-demand startup skills and essential entrepreneurship topics.

Green Grants

Supports NYU campus sustainability and social social-entrepreneurship ventures - up to $20,000 for the grant.

Leslie eLab

The Leslie eLab features flexibly configured co-working spaces, meeting rooms, an event space, and a prototyping lab to encourage interaction, prototyping, and collaboration so essential in the development of entrepreneurial ideas.

Startup Journey

A helpful web resource that offers guidance for student entrepreneurs in terms of mentoring, maker spaces, courses, and more.

Ignite Lab

NYU's coworking and incubator space in Brooklyn.

Accelerators and Incubators

Stern Venture Fellows

Supports Stern's high potential entrepreneurs in advancing their venture over a 10 week summer program.

Biomedical Entrepreneurship Program

Helps accelerate the commercialization of biomedical discoveries and inventions made at NYU. Developed by Technology Ventures and Partnerships in collaboration with the NYU Entrepreneurial Institute (http://entrepreneur.nyu.edu/) to bring in world-class educators and entrepreneurs to train faculty, postdocs, graduate students, and clinicians to become successful entrepreneurs.


Offers a lean startup accelerator for university startups, corporate intrapreneurship programs, and executive education. Its goal is to help entrepreneurs and innovative companies take advantage of NYC Media Lab's community and the City's thriving technology ecosystem.

Summer Launchpad (SLP)

9-week accelerator for teams of graduating NYU student entrepreneurs - provides  $10,000 in non-dilutive (zero equity) grant funding, $15,000 in vendor partnerships, and coaching.

Quake Capital Accelerator

12-week accelerator that provides hands-on training to improve participating companies' value props, distribution, sales, messaging, monetization and capitalization.

Blackstone LaunchPad at NYU

Supports and coaches aspiring NYU entrepreneurial  students and faculty.

Prototyping Fund

Receive up to Funding for hardware or software prototyping to create your MVP - eligible for up to $2000 per idea.


Focuses on accelerating clean energy and cleantech startups founded in New York.

Ignite Fellowship

Enables NYU students and faculty who have established a startup plan and team to scale their venture.

Startup Sprint

A two week intensive program to help NYU students and researchers found startups.

Hackathons and Competitions

$300K Entrepreneurs Challenge

8 month challenge to develop a startup idea - up to  $100,000 in funding per winning team.

D-Prize Social Venture Competition

Competition to find scalable venture ideas and processes to alleviate poverty- up to $15,000 in seed funding.

InnoVention Competition

NYU entrepreneurs from across the globe build a team, prototype products, and pitch commercially viable ventures. Part accelerator and part competition, the challenge offers 12 student-led ventures workshops, coaching, community, perks, legal services and an opportunity to win up to $50,000.

Healthcare Makerthon

The NYU Healthcare Makerthon is an opportunity to solve impactful, unmet needs in healthcare. Teams of NYU students, faculty, researchers, and staff will compete to win over $10,000 in total prizes.


MLH annual Hackathon held in March - create projects across specified categories, previous categories include Sustainability, Financial Empowerment, Education, and Health.


NYU's first AI hackathon made for both engineering and business students.

Notable Courses

Business Start-Up Practicum

Foundations of Entrepreneurship

Tech and the City: Customer-Centric Digital Entrepreneurship



University-focused venture fund investing up to $2M in emerging  startups launching from the university scene around the US.

Dorm Room Fund

First Round Capital's pre-seed investing branch - providing up to $20k to student startups.


General Catalyst's pre-seed investing branch - student team building a large network of student founders.

Innovation Venture Fund

NYU's seed stage fund. Funding amount varies. Apply to receive funding from this seed stage fund that invests in startups founded by NYU students, faculty, and researchers. In recent years, IVF has funded talented NYU startups like Brooklinen, Keen Home, and Vengo.

NYU Impact Investment Fund

Leverages the diverse expertise of business, public service, and law faculty to support student investors targeting social enterprises in the sectors of financial inclusion, environment, healthcare, aging, education, and food systems.

New York Angels

World-class business leaders and entrepreneurs committed to finding, funding and mentoring great young companies from pitches through successful exits.

Washington Square Angels

University focused angel syndacite offering student startups funding from a network of over 50+ high profile angel investors in and around New York City.

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