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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.

Entrepreneur Profiles

We are always inspired by the NYU students, alumni and faculty we meet. We want to share their stories with you.  Over the course of the year we will profile different companies that our students, alumni and faculty have started.  Our first Entrepreneur Profile is on Vengo, co-founded by Brian Shimmerlik, who received his MBA from NYU Stern in 2013. Watch the video and learn more about Vengo!


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Entrepreneurs Festival

On Friday, February 28th and Saturday, March 1st, NYU hosted the 3rd annual NYU Entrepreneurs Festival, where over 1,000 members of the NYU entrepreneurial community came together to connect, collaborate and celebrate entrepreneurs from across the University. The event included, keynotes, panels, roundtables and a venture showcase—featuring over 70 speakers—as well as a big celebratory party. Our keynote speakers included Glen De Vries (Courant), Co-Founder and President of Medidata Solutions, Jeffrey Dachis (Steinhardt), Co-Founder of Razorfish and Founder of Dachis Group, and John Johnson (Tisch), Co-Founder of Buzzfeed, EYEBEAM and the Harmony Institute. Watch the video  to relive the energy, and visit to see a detailed agenda!

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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 (acquired by Facebook), Dodgeball (Google), Etsy, numberFire, Project NOAH, Pinterest, Vengo, Transparent Healthcare, and many others.

NYU faculty have been equally industrious launching startups while still tending to their research and teaching responsibilities. A few noteworthy examples include Atreaon, Anaderm (acquired by Pfizer), Area/Code (Zynga), BioDigital, Constellation Pharmaceuticals, dstillery, Integral Ad Science, Smart Therapeutics (Boston Scientific), Sugen (Pfizer), TB Biosciences, and TouchCo (Amazon), among others.

Learn more about NYU startups past and present


Speaker Series

Entrepreneurs Speaker Series

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 School of Engineering) or the Langone Medical Center campuses and tack some extra time to your schedule for hanging out afterwards!

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Women Entrepreneurs Festival

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.

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Startup Job Expo

Twice a year, NYU holds a University-wide job fair for all NYU students to connect with NYC startups and line-up paid, for credit and unpaid employment or internship opportunities. 

Find out about upcoming Job Expos


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2013-2014 Entrepreneur Handbook

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