A VENTURE DESIGN STUDIO

for bold thinkers, innovative doers, and entrepreneurial leaders.

YOUR STARTUP. PROPELLED.

You bring the drive and determination. We’ll supply the support to help you anticipate and navigate the many challenges new ventures face.

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STARTUP STORIES

David Steinberger (MBA ‘07) is CEO of comiXology, a cloud-based digital distribution platform for comics. He founded the company while at Stern where he won the Entrepreneurs Challenge. When comiXology rocketed to be a top grosser on the App Store, it caught Amazon’s attention and was acquired in 2014.
Janelle Benjamin (BS ‘01) is a serial entrepreneur and investor. She is one of the few Black female entrepreneurs to raise over $1 million in funding and successfully exit. She co-founded SuperData Research which was acquired by Nielsen in 2018.
While at Stern, Vikram Bhaskaran (MBA ‘09) co-founded Tote, a digital catalog app, and placed second in the 2009 Entrepreneurs Challenge. Among other features, Tote allowed users to save or pin items they liked. The team spun-off this popular tool and ultimately became Pinterest.
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Vishal Garg (BS' 98) is the founder of Better.com, an online mortgage startup that makes homeownership, simpler, faster and more accessible. Better.com recently raised $200 million in Series D financing and is now valued at roughly $4 billion.
David Steinberger (MBA ‘07) is CEO of comiXology, a cloud-based digital distribution platform for comics. He founded the company while at Stern where he won the Entrepreneurs Challenge. comiXology caught Amazon’s attention and was acquired in 2014.
Janelle Benjamin (BS ‘01) is a serial entrepreneur and investor. She is one of the few Black female entrepreneurs to raise over $1 million in funding and successfully exit. She co-founded SuperData Research which was acquired by Nielsen in 2018.
While at Stern, Vikram Bhaskaran (MBA ‘09) co-founded Tote, a digital catalog app, and placed second in the 2009 Entrepreneurs Challenge. Among other features, Tote allowed users to save or pin items they liked. The team spun-off this popular tool and ultimately became Pinterest.

STERN'S RANKING AMONG TOP
B-SCHOOLS

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Stern is among the top 5 business schools for total equity raised by alumni entrepreneurs.

TOTAL FUNDING RAISED BY STERN STARTUPS

$ 4.36 BILLION
Stern entrepreneurs closed more than $1B in equity financing in 58 rounds.

AVERAGE ROUND SIZE RAISED BY NYU FOUNDERS

$ 45.85 MILLION
NYU startups closed a
total of 177 rounds.

TOTAL FUNDING RAISED BY NYU STARTUPS

$ 10.86 BILLION
NYU entrepreneurs raised more than $4B in combined funding.

*reflects 2021 fundraising activity. Sources: Pitchbook & Crunchbase

FOCUS

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NYU Entrepreneurs Challenge Final Pitch-Off

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Beyond Good Named Fast Company 10 Most Innovative

Meet Our NYU Entrepreneurs Challenge Finalists

Don’t miss out, join us on Friday, May 13 and watch our eight Finalist teams pitch for the chance to win a combined $225K in seed funding and pro bono services. 

Beyond Good (fka Madecasse) founded by Tim McCoullum has just been named to Fast Company’s 10 Most Innovative Companies of 2022. Beyond Good, a mission-driven chocolate brand that’s bringing a new level of transparency to the space, was the winner of the 2008 Social Venture Competition. 

This year, we accepted 22 teams into the Entrepreneurs Challenge semi-finalists cohort. Now, only 8 teams remain. Learn more about our Finalist teams ahead of the Final Pitch-Off & Awards Ceremony on 5/13.