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

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. 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

Phoebe Punzalan, Associate Director, presenting

APPLICATIONS OPEN: NYU Entrepreneurs Challenge!

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Ask Us Anything

4th Annual NYU Demo Day

Are you ready to launch your startup idea? Now’s your chance, apply to the NYU Entrepreneurs Challenge TODAY! Head over to our Challenge page here to learn more details, and click the link below to get started on your application. 

Got startup questions? Get answers at our upcoming Ask Us Anythings on 10/19 and 10/20, where you can meet with subject matter experts for rapid fire advising sessions on topics ranging from financials, marketing, design thinking, and more!

Join us and the NYU Entrepreneurial Institute for our 4th annual NYU Demo Day on 10/15, featuring up and coming startups from the Stern Venture Fellows program and Summer Launchpad.