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

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

TOTAL FUNDING RAISED BY STERN STARTUPS

$ 1.03 BILLION
Stern entrepreneurs closed more than $1B in equity financing in 58 rounds.

AVERAGE AMOUNT RAISED BY NYU FOUNDERS

$ 23.6 MILLION
NYU startups closed a
total of 177 rounds.

TOTAL FUNDING RAISED BY NYU STARTUPS

$ 4.17 BILLION
NYU entrepreneurs raised more than $4B in combined funding.

*reflects 2020 fundraising activity. Source: Pitchbook

FOCUS

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Designpreneurs Hackathon Web Extension

Kidae Hong

Kidae Hong MBA '21, Featured in Poets & Quants

Berkley Center Director, Cynthia Franklin speaking at a Boot Camp.

Professor Cynthia Franklin Featured in P&Q Article

The Berkley Center for Entrepreneurship and the School of Visual Arts partnered in hosting the Designpreneurs Hackathon, where designers and startup founders collaborated to build exceptional user experiences in just 48 hours. Learn more about the teams and their final outputs below. 

Kidae Hong (MBA ’21) and Claire Park (MBA ’21), co-founders, Circle and 2021 Stern Venture Fellows participants were featured in Poets & Quants’ 2021 Most Disruptive MBA Startups. Read more about their feature below. 

Undergraduate student Rishi Nair (BS ’23), founder, Sencha and NYU Stern professor and Berkley Center director, Cynthia Franklin were highlighted in P&Q’s 2021 Most Disruptive Business School Startups.