NYU inspires its students and faculty to pursue entrepreneurship by shining a spotlight on the successful ventures emerging from the University and making the community aware of the vast array of resources available for aspiring entrepreneurs.
Come and partake in the biggest celebration of NYU startups and entrepreneurs. The NYU Entrepreneurs Festival is where the NYU community comes together to connect, collaborate and celebrate NYU entrepreneurs from across the University. During this time you will have the opportunity to meet and hear from students, faculty and alumni entrepreneurs from various NYU schools as they discuss their paths to success. The festival offers a series of keynotes, panels, roundtables and a venture showcase that offers a cross-section of industries and schools at NYU and a big celebratory party. Past speakers have included Dennis Crowley (TSOA '04), the CEO of Foursquare, Don Katz (WSC '74), founder/CEO of Audible, and Shelley Harrison (ENG '64, NYU-Poly '65, 69), founder of Symbol Technologies. Meet. Learn. Connect. Celebrate.
NYU offers an ongoing series of talks, panels and interviews with leading entrepreneurs, startup investors and innovation thought leaders. The goal of this program is to support, encourage, and inspire NYU students, faculty, and researchers to pursue entrepreneurship. There are several organizations around campus that organize speaker series. Join us at the Washington Square, MetroTech (home to NYU-Poly, NYU's school of engineering in Brooklyn) or the Langone Medical Center campuses and tack some extra time to your schedule for hanging out afterwards!
The goal of the WE Festival is to sow the seeds for a community of women entrepreneurs, and to connect women who have not yet taken the entrepreneurial leap, the pre-entrepreneurs, to women who have. There is nothing more important to an entrepreneur than good information, sound advice, and a supportive and generous community of peers. The WE Festival focuses on the nuts and bolts by giving you critical information on customer research, finding a cofounder, pitching, getting funded, gaining traction and going to scale - everything you need to know to make your business a success from accomplished female entrepreneurs who have been where you are now.
The 2014 WE Festival will take place January 14 - 15, 2014.
There is a long history of students founding startups while still in school. Although Microsoft, Facebook and Dell are perhaps the best known, NYU has its own history of new ventures founded by its students while completing their studies. Notable examples include Branch, Diaspora, Dodgeball (acquired by Google), Etsy, Hotlist, Project NOAH, Pinterest, SkillSlate (acquired by TaskRabbit), and many others.
NYU faculty has been equally industrious launching startups while still tending to their research and teaching responsibilities. A few noteworthy examples include Atreaon, AdSafe Media, Anaderm (acquired by Pfizer), Area/Code (acquired by Zynga), Constellation Pharmaceuticals, Media6Degrees, Smart Therapeutics (acquired by Boston Scientific), Sugen (acquired by Pfizer), Tagasauris, among others.