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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


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 the Leslie eLab
 - $7,500 grant (no equity)
Important Dates:
 - Program Dates: June 3 - August 5
 - NYU/Yale Accelerator Pitch Off (open to public): July 16, 6:30-9pm
 - Lessons Learned Presentations (mentors and teams): August 5, 9-12pm
 - Venture Showcase (open to public): August 5, 1-3pm
Summer Launchpad


NYU Summer Launchpad 2015 Class

We received over 100 applications from 14 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 nine awesome teams to participate in the third year of the Summer Launchpad program. 

  • Ephemeral: A tattoo platform that allows tattoo lovers and hopefuls to control the lifetime of their tattoos by providing a safe application and a bio-removal system without painful, costly, and ineffective laser surgery. Anthony Lam (Engineering ’15), Joshua Sakhai (Stern ’18), Seung Shin (Engineering ’15)
  • Freelancr: a lightweight payment and accounting platform to serve freelance workers by centralizing/automating payment transactions, invoicing, and tax paperwork in a single elegant mobile app and web platform. Alex Chassin (Stern ’15), Jenny Lederer
  • Healthiecare: a mobile health platform for college students with chronic conditions to build supportive peer networks, connect with experts and make informed decisions about products and services. Diana Freed (ITP ’15), Jason Dunne (ITP '16), Peiqi Su (ITP '14), James Kizer
  • IndieLoop: an online platform designed to allow independent filmmakers to brand themselves and share resources. Dagny Looper (Tisch ’15), Colin Whitlow (Tisch/Stern ’13), Elliott Walker
  • Jozii: a .edu exclusive job-matching platform for students and employers. Annie Kim, Michael McKay, AJ Smith (Steinhardt ’14), Brandon Tyler (CAS ’14)
  • Leest: a digital hotel concierge software that provides personalized, updated, efficient recommendations to guests while increasing revenues from their concierge desks. Degerhan Deger, Irem Yallagoz (SPS ’15)
  • Magnitend: a cost-effective, portable, and easy to use device capable of increasing the quality of MR imaging by improving accuracy and precision. John Bayer (Poly ’15), Eugene Goncharov (Poly’15)
  • Olympica: a mobile app that allows individuals inside big organizations to get connected through sports, games and other face-to-face activities. Chad Burgess (Sten ’15), Rodrigo Derteano (ITP ’15), Monique Naoum (ITP ’15), Maximo Sica (ITP ’15)
  • Studor: a mobile application designed to connect students and tutors, seamlessly. Noah Hyams (Steinhardt ’15), Martin Pono (CAS ’15)

Launchpad Team - 2015

We have a great team of mentors, experts-in-residence and guest speakers who generously volunteer their time to support Launchpad teams and offer expert advice, insight and connections.

Entrepreneur Mentors

  • Alex Meis / Miriam Altman, Kinvolved
  • Ali Heron, HBO
  • Britta Reilly, Window Farms
  • Bryan Spielman, Medidata
  • Caren Maio, Nestio
  • Dan Mellinger, FanDuel
  • Erica Gruen, Quantum Media
  • Frank Yao, RxActive
  • Jamyn Edis, DashLabs
  • Jeff Dachis, Dachis Group, Razorfish
  • Joe Eng, Travel Click
  • Julie Fajgenbaum, JediDreams
  • Kevin George / Scott Holand, HireCanvas
  • Mark Pinney, Accorda Therapeutics
  • Mike Karlesky / Xiaochang Li, Somaware
  • Nayeem Hussain / Ryan Fant, KeenHome
  • Nico Vasnick / Carlos Ospina, Botfactory
  • Nihal Parthasarathi/Katie Kapler, CourseHorse
  • Noah Dinkin, FanBridge
  • Patrick Sullivan, Source3
  • Rob Grossberg, Tres Sensa
  • Sachin Kamdar, ParsleyTlacael / Tenoch Esparza, Sun House
  • Vince Passioni, Lend KeyYasser Ansari, Networked Organisms

Investor Mentors

  • Brendan Dickinson, Canaan Partners
  • David Aronoff, Flybridge Capital Partners
  • Eliot Durbin, Boldstart Ventures
  • Hilary Gosher, Insight Partners
  • Jen van der Meer, Reason Street
  • Jennifer Byrne, Quesnay
  • John Elton, Greycroft
  • Kate Shillo, Galvanize
  • Ketan Patel, NexStar Partners
  • Kim Armor, Comcast Ventures
  • Lucas Nelson, Gotham Ventures
  • Owen Davis, Seed Start
  • Pedro Torres Pincon, Quotidian Ventures
  • Steph Weiner, Bain Capital Ventures
  • Sutian Dong, FirstMark Capital
  • Tyler Flint, Comcast Ventures




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2015 Sponsors

McCarter & English
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