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NYU connects entrepreneurs to the funding they need to grow their business by helping them seek funding both from external sources and through several gap and seed-stage funds managed by the University itself.


Innovation Venture Fund

The NYU Innovation Venture Fund is a seed-stage venture capital fund created to invest in startups founded by and/or commercializing technologies and intellectual property developed by NYU students, faculty and research staff.

The Fund seeks inventions, discoveries, products or services that were developed in whole or in part at NYU and are ready for commercial product development, rather than those requiring further basic research.

About the Fund:

  • Size: $20m
  • Investment size: $100-250k
  • Stage: Seed & series A
  • Investment horizon: 3-8 years
  • Main areas of inerest: Information technologies (including internet and mobile applications), life sciences, clean/greentec

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Dorm Room Fund

Dorm rooms are where incredible ideas are born. And while technology has made bringing these ideas to life cheaper and faster, obtaining the necessary ‘dorm room’ sized capital from investors has remained difficult and unchanged. First Round Capital’s Dorm Room Fund is a seed fund run by students to invest in student startups. A student-led investment team will receive $500,000 to invest in student-run companies over the course of two years. The whole process is designed to make it as easy as possible for young entrepreneurs to turn their ideas into real businesses.

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Internal Funding from Sponsored Programs Administration

A list of internal funding opportunities available through the NYU School of Medicine’s Sponsored Programs Administration (SPA) is available.

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Applied Research Support Fund

The Applied Research Support Fund (ARSF) exists to encourage and promote the development of original research projects and technologies developed in whole or in part at the NYU School of Medicine that have the near-term potential for licensing and commercialization. The Fund supports such activities as:

  • The further development of technologies (methodologies, therapies, instrumentation, etc.) which have already demonstrated potential commercial appeal; and
  • Expanded research on promising new compounds and techniques whose potential applications have not been fully developed.

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Technology Acceleration & Commercialization (TAC)

The Technology Acceleration & Commercialization (TAC) Awards encourage and promote the development of research projects and technologies that have the near-term potential for commercialization through startup creation or licensing.  The Awards will support projects from NYU's Washington Square, Dental School, and NYU-Poly campuses.  Applicants may request up to a maximum budget of $50,000 in direct costs. Funding is ordinarily for one year and is non-renewable.  Successful applications should relate to technology for which intellectual property has been obtained or will be sought by NYU, and should seek to advance the commercial development of the technology through prototype development, proof-of-concept studies, etc.

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NYU Prototyping Fund

The NYU Prototyping Fund is a collaborative program offered by the Greenhouse at NYU-Poly and the NYU Entrepreneurial Institute. Students are eligible to receive up to $500 in funding to be used to build a hardware or software prototype. These prototypes should help you articulate and test your assumptions and move to the next stage of product development.

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Green Grants

Have an idea to make NYU Greener? NYU awards Green Grants of up to $20,000 to students, faculty and staff in support of campus greening, engagement, research & design, and community-building pilot initiatives. For social entrepreneurs with innovative concepts to foster sustainability at NYU, Green Grants are an opportunity to provide the funding, recognition and support necessary for fruition.

Over the past 6 years, Green Grants has provided more than $500,000 to 68 projects.

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NCIIA E-Team Accelerator Grants

The National Collegiate Inventors and Innovators Alliance offers E-Grants to support commercial outcomes by moving technology innovations with social impact from the idea or research stage to prototype and eventually to market. The NCIIA has funded 367 E-Team projects that have resulted in more than 100 new businesses. Grantees receive access to the NCIIA’s venture development workshops, mentoring, and a chance to participate in an annual exhibition, which showcases breakthrough technologies from the NCIIA‘s top student teams. Deadlines are early December and May.

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