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An extraordinary, unrealized potential exists for NYU startups to create life-improving industries, spark economic growth and solve society’s most pressing problems. It’s happened in the past with biotechnology, nanotechnology, software and electronics; giants such as Genentech, Cisco, Chiron and Google were all born out of university research. In addition, three of the most transformative technology companies of the past thirty years (Microsoft, Dell and Facebook) were dreamed up in undergraduate dorm rooms. New York University is no exception in this regard. Our alumni have founded and built industry-defining companies including ADP, Arista Records, Bloomberg, Fairchild Semiconductor, Home Depot, Southwest Airlines, and Symbol Technologies, among many others. More recently, NYU entrepreneurs have stepped up the pace, founding hot new startups including Etsy, Foursquare, Constellation Pharmaceuticals, Twitter, Solazyme, Seamless and Pinterest. With your help, NYU can meld its scholarly mission to advance human knowledge with the entrepreneurial spirit to commercialize even more discoveries, ideas and inventions.

You can help NYU become an engine of innovation for startups in New York City with a contribution to the NYU Entrepreneurial Institute. Donors would be a part of a vibrant and active community of entrepreneurs and investors. Major gift donors may also qualify to become candidates for the Institute’s Executive Advisory Board.

To make a gift now, please click here.


If you have questions about supporting the Institute, please contact Kelly S. Moody at or 212-998-6978. 


Other ways to get involved:

Support the Innovation Venture Fund. All contributions would directly support investments in startups commercializing NYU innovations. The Innovation Venture Fund is evergreen; the proceeds of successful spinouts are recycled into tomorrow’s ventures. Your contribution today helps the Fund become self-sustaining, providing NYU with a pathway, distinctive among its peers, to foster innovation. To learn more about supporting the Fund, contact

Sponsor an entrepreneurship program or event. The Institute runs numerous events, programs and resources to promote entrepreneurship and technology commercialization within the university including the following:

Each of these programs could benefit and expand their reach and utility with additional financial support. To learn more about sponsorship opportunities, please contact

Partner with NYU scientists and technologist. NYU is rich in promising technologies in need of experienced entrepreneurs who can partner with our researchers and scientists to lead the commercial transformation into an early-stage business venture. To learn more about partnering with NYU scientists, please contact

Become a mentor. If you live in (or regularly visit) New York City and have entrepreneurial, executive and technology startup experience, please consider becoming a mentor. The Institute is always looking for experienced professionals who can coach NYU students, faculty and researchers. To learn more about mentoring, please contact

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If you are interested in speaking with someone about a donation, sponsoring an event, partnering with NYU scientists or becoming a mentor, please complete the form below:

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