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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 Summer Launchpad 2015 are now open!

Apply here by April 17!

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


NYU Summer Launchpad 2014 Class

We received over 60 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:

  • Brooklinen: An e-commerce brand offering high quality sheets at accessible prices. David Fortune, Stern ‘14; Richard Fulop, Stern ‘14
  • Democrateyes: Personalized makeup and skin care recommendations for those who don’t fit the mold. Rebecca Hillegas, Engineering '14; Jason Schapiro, Engineering '13
  • HireCanvas: Improves campus recruiting for students, recruiters, and universities by managing the data developed at events. Scott Holand, Stern ‘14 
  • Limbr Activewear: Functional fitness apparel designed to resist body movement to help conveniently tone muscle and burn calories. Franklin Yao, Medicine ‘17 
  • Peekbite: A mobile application that allows restaurant customers to visually savor their food, order remotely, and pay seamlessly.
    Riccardo Vittoria, Engineering ‘14; Felicia Schneiderhan, GSAS ’14, Kenny Low, Engineering ‘14
  • Sensory Percussion: The next generation e-drum using state-of-the-art machine learning for expressive control of electronic sounds on stage. Tlacael Esparza, Steinhardt ‘14 
  • Smart Vision Labs: A mobile-based technology that allows users to check their vision by taking a picture of their eyes using a smartphone. Yaopeng Zhou, Stern ‘14; Marc Albanese, Stern ‘08
  • Somaware: Eyes-free, ears-free, hands-free navigation using a neck band that provides directional prompts through vibration. Mike Karlesky, Engineering ‘15; Xiaochang Li, Steinhardt ‘16
  • SPARKBox Toys: An online toy rental business offering the best learning toys for children ages 0-4. Yasmine Kooros, GSAS ‘14
  • Speech Empowered: A mobile app, video site and online lesson center to help people learn to speak effectively and powerfully. Katrina Degel, Steinhardt ‘14; Brian Gill, Steinhardt Faculty

Launchpad Team - 2014

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 Douzet, TheLadders
  • Alex Iskold, GetGlue/TechStars
  • Alex Meis, Kinvolved
  • Ali Heron, HBO
  • Brett Martin, Sonar
  • John Galeazzi, Commander Quincy’s
  • Julie Fajgenbaum, JediDreams
  • Michael Montero, Honest Buildings
  • Nihal Parthasarathi, CourseHorse
  • Noah Dinkin, FanBridge
  • Rob Fassino, XO Group
  • Rob Grossberg, TreSensa
  • Ryan Jacoby,
  • Sachin Kamdar,
  • Tom Ciritto, Stemline Therapeutics
  • Vlad Vukicevic, RocketHub
  • Yasser Ansari, Project NOAH

Investor Mentors

  • David Aronoff, Flybridge Capital
  • Evan Nisselson, LDV Capital
  • Harry DeMott, Raptor Ventures
  • Hilary Gosher, Insight Venture Partners
  • Jen van der Meer, Luminary Labs
  • John Elton, Greycroft Partners
  • Kim Armor, Comcast Ventures
  • Lucas Nelson, Gotham VC
  • Matteo Franschetti, Global Investment
  • Owen Davis, NYC Seed
  • Peter Flint, Polaris Ventures
  • Rob Rosenberg, New Venture Partners
  • Will Porteus, RRE Ventures
  • Zach Schildhorn, Lux Capital


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

Floating Mentors

  • Jeff Dachis, Sprinklr
  • Glen DeVries, Medidata
  • Jerry Hao, NYU Entrepreneurial Institute
  • Fred Wilson, Managing Partner, Union Square Ventures

Guest Speakers

  • Amit Klein, Startup Giraffe
  • Chris Milne, IDEO
  • Chris Rodriguez, Knewton
  • David Aronoff, Flybridge Partners
  • David Levy, Amazon Web Services
  • Giff Constable, Neo
  • Peter Flint, Polaris Partners
  • Peter Fusco, Lowenstein Sandler
  • Michael Gawley, EisnerAmper
  • Nihal Parthasarathi, CourseHorse
  • Ramli John, Extreme Lean TV
  • Jonathan Berger, Pivotal Labs
  • Craig Protzel, Vimeo
  • Jigar Patel, VB Financial Group
  • Vlad Vukicevic, RocketHub
  • Fred Wilson, Union Square Ventures

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Wed, Jun 5, 2013
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Thu, May 30, 2013
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2014 Sponsors

Amazon Web Services
Lowenstein Sandler
Silicon Valley Bank
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