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NYU Summer Launchpad

Providing NYU’s most promising entrepreneurs the skills, resources and connections to develop their startups into commercially viable ventures


     Applications for SLP 2014 are now open! Apply here.

                      Applications are due by Friday, April 18th at 5pm!


Program Overview

10 week program for graduating NYU student teams to accelerate their ventures forward

Participating teams receive:
 - Skill-building bootcamp in lean startup principles
 - Workshops with startup experts
 - Mentorship by local VCs & entrepreneurs
 - Co-working space at Varick Street incubator
 - $7,500 stipend (no equity)
Program dates:
June 2 - August 6

Info Sessions - Sign up here

 - Tues 3/25 – 9-10:30am (Skirball Institute of Biomolecular Medicine, 540 First Avenue, 4th Floor Seminar Room)
- Thurs 3/27 – 4-5:30pm (Kimmel Center, 60 Washington Sq. S., room 905/907)
- Mon 4/7 – 2-3:30pm (NYU School of Engineering, Greenhouse, 6 Metrotech Center)
- Wed 4/9 – 12-1:30pm (Kimmel Center, 60 Washington Square S., Room 909)

Summer Launchpad


NYU Summer Launchpad 2013 Class

We received over 100 applications from across nine NYU schools and colleges. The applicant pool spanned software, web, mobile, hardware and services across a diverse array of sectors including consumer, enterprise, healthcare and education, among others. From this pool, we selected the ten amazing teams to participate in the inaugural Launchpad program. The teams and their NYU student founders are listed below:

  • BenchPals: Simplifies lab management via secure software, creating a new way for scientists to get their lab work done.
    Jasmin Hume, School of Engineering PhD ‘14; Ching Yao Yang, School of Engineering PhD ‘14
  • BOT Factory: A 3D printer that creates circuits and places electrical components on a wide range of materials to rapidly prototype printed circuit boards (PCBs).
    Carlos Ospina, School of Engineering MS ‘13; Nicolas Vansnick, School of Engineering MS ‘13
  • CrashDwell: An online solution for students to find and offer housing sublets and other short-term rentals.
    Patrick Yan, Stern BS ‘13; Ran Zheng, Stern BS ‘13
  • Databetes: Self-management support tools for patients with diabetes.
    Doug Kanter, Tisch/ITP MPS ‘13; Ryan Viglizzo, Tisch/ITP MPS ‘13
  • Web-based tool for creating data visualizations to help designers with limited programming skills make beautiful charts and graphs.
    Danne Woo, Tisch/ITP MPS ‘13
  • Ex Vivo Dynamics: Chelation filters to remove free iron released in transfused blood, reducing the instance of organ damage to patients receiving transfusions.
    Alan Perlstein, School of Engineering MS ‘13
  • Kinvolved: Online applications to increase school attendance, particularly among low-income students, through enhanced parent-teacher communication.
    Miriam Altman, Wagner MPA ‘13; Alexandra Meis, Wagner MPA ‘13; Barrie Charney Golden, Wagner/Stern MPA/MBA ‘14
  • Lumiti: Platform to help job seekers and hiring companies find their perfect "match", based on skills, experience and cultural fit.
    Jerry Hao, Stern MBA ‘13; Soham Sutaria, Stern MBA ‘13
  • SalesBUS: Online platform the helps product-based companies find a network of salespeople to sell their products and earn supplemental income.
    Ricky Berrin, Stern MBA ‘13

Launchpad Team - 2013

Our awesome team of instructors, mentors, experts-in-residence and guest speakers generously volunteer their time to support Launchpad teams and offer expert advice, insight and connections.

Entrepreneur Mentors

  • Yasser Ansari (Tisch MPS '10), Co-Founder & Chief Leaf, Networked Organisms
  • Paul Berry (Gallatin BA '98, Tisch MPS '03), CEO, RebelMouse, CasaHop & Soho Tech Labs
  • Jay Bhattacharya, Co-Founder & CEO, Zipmark (Stern BS '99)
  • Tom Ciritto, VP, R&D and Director of BD, Stemline Therapeutics
  • Noah Dinkin (Stern BS '06), Co-Founder & President, FanBridge
  • Alexandre Douzet (SCPS MS '99), Co-Founder & CEO, TheLadders
  • Rob Fassino (Tisch BFA '88), Co-founder & Chief Product Officer, XO Group
  • John Galeazzi (Stern MBA '12), COO, Wibblerz
  • Sachin Kamdar (CAS BA '06), Co-Founder & CEO, Parsley
  • Neil Mody (Stern BS '93, Stern MBA '01), Co-Founder, nRelate
  • Nihal Parthasarathi (Stern BS '08), Co-Founder, CourseHorse
  • Bryan Spielman (Stern MBA '93), Executive Vice President, Medidata Solutions
  • David Steinberger (Stern MBA '08), Co-Founder & CEO, comiXology
  • Melinda Thomas, Entrepreneur in Residence for New York City
  • Vlad Vukicevic (Stern BS '07), Co-Founder & CTO, RocketHub

Investor Mentors

  • Kim Armor (Stern MBA '08), CFO & Head of Business Development, Comcast Ventures
  • David Aronoff, General Partner, Flybridge Capital Partners
  • Sim Blaustein, Principal, Bertelsmann Digital Media Investments
  • Harry DeMott (Stern MBA '91), Managing Director, Raptor Ventures
  • Eliot Durbin, General Partner, BOLDstart Ventures
  • John Elton (Stern MBA '00), Partner, iNovia Capital
  • Alberto Escarlate, Venture Partner, Collaborative Fund
  • Peter Flint, General Partner, Polaris Partners
  • Samir Housri, Principal, Rho Ventures
  • Vicki Levine, Principal, Lightbank
  • Charlie O’Donnell, Partner, Brooklyn Bridge Ventures
  • Will Porteus, General Partner, RRE Ventures
  • Zach Schildhorn, Vice President, Lux Capital
  • Brad Svrluga, Managing Director, High Peaks Venture Partners
  • David Tisch (Law JD '06), Managing Partner, BoxGroup
  • Ellie Wheeler, Senior Associate, Greycroft Partners


  • Micah Kotch, Director, Entrepreneurship & Innovation, NYU-Poly
  • Lindsey Marshall, Director, NYU Entrepreneurial Institute
  • Frank Rimalovski, Executive Director, NYU Entrepreneurial Institute


  • Steve Ellis (CAS BA '11), Software Engineer
  • Tal Safran (CAS BA '11), Independent Developer
  • Jared Wyatt (CAS BA '12), reFounder & CTO, Matchbook


  • Liz Danzico, Chair, MFA Interaction Design, School of Visual Arts
  • Zoe Fraade-Blaner (Tisch MPS '10), Creative Technologist & Adjunct at NYU’s ITP
  • Rune Madsen (Tisch MPS '11), Interactive Developer, O'Reilly Media

Floating Mentors

  • Ali Heron, Product Goddess
  • Cynthia Franklin (Stern MBA), Sr. Associate Director, Berkley Center, NYU Stern
  • Ryan Jacoby, Venture Advisor, Collaborative Fund
  • Jalak Jobanputra, Managing Partner, FuturePerfect Ventures
  • Caren Maio (Gallatin BA '07), CEO & Co-Founder, Nestio
  • Craig Shapiro, Founder & CEO, Collaborative Fund
  • Fred Wilson, Managing Partner, Union Square Ventures

Guest Speakers

  • Craig Calder, Managing Partner, Caldercom
  • Giff Constable, Managing Director, Neo
  • Peter Flint, General Partner, Polaris Partners
  • Peter Fusco, Member, Lowenstein Sandler
  • Michael Gawley, Partner, EisnerAmper
  • Josh Knowles, Managing Director NYC, Pivotal Labs
  • Dan Maccarone, Co-Founder & CEO, Charming Robot
  • Trevor Owens (Stern 'BS 11), Founder & CEO, Lean Startup Machine
  • Craig Protzel (Tisch MPS '12), Research Resident, ITP
  • Tuan Pham, Director, SVB Financial Group
  • Vlad Vukicevic (Stern BS '07), Co-Founder & CTO, RocketHub
  • Fred Wilson, Managing Partner, Union Square Ventures

SLP News

Kinvolved: classroom attendance app adds paying schools, features
 Wed Jan 22, 2014
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First Round Capital Invests in NYU Alum Ricky Berrin's SalesBus
Tues, Jan 7, 2014
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Daily News welcomes Datavisual startup to newsroom as part of Innovation Lab program
Mon, Dec 2, 2013
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NYU 'Launchpad' Graduates First Class of Budding Entrepreneurs
Tues, Aug 6, 2013
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CrashDwell – The Hottest Real Estate Startup in NYC Today
Tues, July 16, 2013
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New York University’s Accelerator is Looking to Jump Start Startups
Thu, Jun 6, 2013
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NYU Launches Accelerator For Recent Grads
Wed, Jun 5, 2013
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NYU Initiates Summer Launchpad—a 10-week Accelerator Program for Graduating Entrepreneurs
Thu, May 30, 2013
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2013 Sponsors

Amazon Web Services
Lowenstein Sandler
Silicon Valley Bank
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