Entrepreneurial drive is deeply embedded in NYU's DNA. Ever since Professor Samuel F. B. Morse (inventor of the electric telegraph) came to NYU in 1831, as one of our 14 founding faculty members, the University has trained and nurtured countless prolific inventors, scientists, and entrepreneurs. In the last century, NYU alumni have founded and built industry-defining companies including ADP, Audible.com, Bloomberg, Def-Jam Records, Home Depot, Fairchild Semiconductor, Twitter, Southwest Airlines, and Symbol Technologies, among many others. More recently, NYU entrepreneurs have been stepping up the pace and founding new startups including BioDigital, Charity: Water, Etsy, Foursquare, Pinterest, and Seamless, amongst others.
Founded in 2012, the NYU Entrepreneurial Institute leads a university-wide initiative to accelerate the pace of technology commercialization and the launch of successful startups founded by NYU's 60,000 students, faculty and researchers. The Institute's team of startup experts and thought leaders offers educational programming, events, resources, and funding, via the NYU Innovation Venture Fund, to inspire, educate, connect, and accelerate entrepreneurs across NYU.