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NYU Protoyping Fund

Providing students with the encouragement, resources, and tools you need to bring your ideas to life.

 

The NYU Prototyping Fund is a collaborative program offered by the Greenhouse at NYU Polytechnic School of Engineering 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.

 


Who is this for?

The Prototyping Fund is for students who are passionate about building new products and have an idea for an innovative hardware or software technology.

  • Funds must be used for tools and materials to build the prototype (not to pay someone else to build it for you)
  • All NYU students (undergrad and grad) are eligible to apply
  • Teams will be given preference (individual applicants will be considered)
  • Multi-school collaborations will be given preference
  • All teams must have at least one NYU or NYU-Poly student, but may also included members from outside the University as well

 

How will the funds be distributed?

  • Awards will be granted twice per year (Fall and Spring semesters)
  • ~8 – 12 teams will receive awards each semester
  • Applicants can apply for up to $500 in prototyping funds
  • All funds will be distributed as a reimbursement for your expenses (when you provide a receipt)

 

What are the selection criteria?

  • Clarity of the vision of what you will build with the funds
  • Understanding of why you need a prototype and what it will help you achieve

Protoyping

Resources and Events

Workshop: A prototyping workshop with hardware and software experts from the community will be offered at the start of each semester

Equipment: Teams will be responsible for accessing the resources needed to build prototypes, but will be given access to key partners who can provide access to equipment and tools

Showcase: All funded projects will participate in an event at the end of the semester to showcase your prototypes. We’ll ask each team to reflect on:

  • What you learned by building testing your prototypes
  • What you would do next if you were to continue working on the project

 

Key Dates - Spring 2014 Awards

March 7th: Applications Due

March 17th: Award announcements made

May 7th: Showcase event at Poly Greenhouse (6 Metrotech)

 

Selection Committee

  • Anne-Laure Fayard, Associate Professor at NYU School of Engineering, Faculty Advisor for the Greenhouse
  • Frank Rimalovski, Executive Director of the NYU Entrepreneurial Institute
  • Lindsey Gray, Programs Director of the NYU Entrepreneurial Institute
  • Micah Kotch, Director of Innovation and Entrepreneurship at NYU School of Engineering

 



Prototyping Fund Awardees – Spring 2014

 

 - Beacon: Rucha Patwardhan (ITP); Amelia Winger-Bearskin (ITP)

 - Cognitive ToyBox: Shung Huang (Stern); Lindsey Jones (Stern); Tammy Kwan (Stern); Tianyu Wu (ITP)

 - Flavored Water Purification Drops: Ruchi Hazaray (Wagner); Allison Whaley (Stern); Yuan Wang (Poly)

 - Flow: Claudia Paz (Wagner); Zhenzhen Qi (ITP); Yang Wang (ITP)

 - GreenFeet: Achintya Ashok (Poly); Hubert Kim (Poly); Rahad Miah (Poly); Michael Richmond (Poly)

 - Hacker’s Kitchen: Aditya Brahmabhatt (Poly); Rafael Carabano (Poly); Roberto Loria (Poly); Shuhui Sun (Poly); Yuan Wang (Poly)

 - Kittiebots: Maria Paula Saba dos Reis (ITP)

 - Orb Solar Technology: Itamar Lilienthal (Steinhardt); Grayson Zulauf

 - OT/PT Tech: Diana Freed (ITP); Claire Kearney-Volpe (ITP); MIchelle Penso (Steinhardt); Nikki Zeichner (Poly)

 - Smart Lock G2: Kwok Ben Mak (Poly); Arthur Popovich (Poly); Zhuo Ying Wu (Poly)

 - Soil for Air: Erika Maher (ITP)

 - Specimen Compression Device: Stephanie Blank (SOM); Gizelka David-West (SOM); Patrick Flynn; Jeffery Laut (Poly)

 - Tibia Femur Research: Yang-Ting Lee (Poly)

 


Prototyping Fund Awardees – Fall 2013

 

Congratulations to the following teams for being selected for the first NYU Prototyping Fund awards. We are excited to see what you create!

  - Artificial Bone Substitute: Miriam Chaudhary, Poly; Michael Lowry, SOM; Peter Walker, SOM

  - Heat Nomad: Fiona Chen, Poly; Fatima Khalid, Poly; Michael Richmond, Poly; Cotter de Zabala, Poly

  - Interactive Chessboard: Aankit Patel, Tisch (ITP)

  - Lifeline Drones: Michael Mathieu, Courant; Pilar Zaragoza, Tisch (ITP)

  - Mobile Fiber Optic Loop Sensor: Kevin Chen, Poly

  - Physical Equalizer: Anne-Marie Lavigne, Tisch (ITP)

  - Portable Air Supply: Patrick Gumusoglu, Poly; Patrick Nave, Poly

  - Resistance-Generating Clothing: Vanessa Charubhumi, SOM; Jenny Chen, SOM; Ryan Grattan, SOM; Franklin Yao, SOM -


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