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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.


Prototyping Fund

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 vision about what you'll do with the funds
  • Understanding of why you need a prototype and what it will help you achieve


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 2015 Awards

Feb 4th: Applications Due

Feb 11th: Award announcements made

Week of Feb 16th: IDEO Prototyping Workshop

April 30th: Project Showcase event


Selection Committee


Prototyping Fund Awardees – Fall 2014


 - Fine Motor Tech: Salem Al-Mansoori (ITP); Diana Freed (ITP); Michelle Penso (Steinhardt); Michael Ricca (ITP)

 - Songee Hahn (ITP); Dalit Shalon (ITP); Abhishek Singh (ITP)

 - HydrOne: Maryam Allehbi (Stern); Charlotte Baranne (Stern); Anmar El-Khalil (Stern); Crystal Butler (Courant)

 - InVisix: Alexander Dillon (Med); Anmar El-Khalil (Stern)

 - Lovoy: Luna Chen (ITP); Robert Lee (Stern); Roger Oliveira (Engineering); Xiaoyi Yuan (CAS)

 - MRI-Compatible Spirometer: Li Feng (Med); Andrew Lynch (Engineering)

 - Neuromuscular Rehab Biosensor: John Henry (Engineering); Jay Kumar (Engineering); Khanak Nangia (Engineering);       Gabe Peyser (Stern)

 - Nikola: Daniel Basner (CAS); Robert Gardner (CAS); Adam Jackrel (CAS)

 - Sensory Soles: Claire Bradley (Stern); Ayanna Seals (Engineering); Ting-yun Yeh (Stern)

 - Yorrick: Marcus Cimino (Med); Manavjeet Sidhu (Med, Stern)


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


  - 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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