THE NYU ENTREPRENEURS CHALLENGE

3-2-1...Ready to Launch!

The Entrepreneurs Challenge, hosted annually by the Berkley Center for Entrepreneurship, is a springboard for promising NYU startups. Part-accelerator and part venture competition, this intense program will provide your early-stage team with how-to workshops, hands-on boot camps, 1:1 coaching, and access to prototyping funds—all designed to guide you step-by-step through launching and growing your startup.

TRACKS

NEW VENTURE

The New Venture Competition provides a forum for startups tackling significant and growing market opportunities through creative models and approaches. The NVC is industry agnostic and encompasses both commercial and for-profit social impact ventures. 

TECHNOLOGY

The Tech Venture Competition welcomes teams working on concepts with a unique technology at its core. These tech-centric ventures are not simply delivering value by deploying existing technology but are creating new technologies to address emerging needs. 

HEALTHCARE & BIOMEDICAL

The Healthcare and Biomedical Venture Competition seeks to provide a path to commercialization for scientists and researchers developing solutions to critical health-related challenges. 

PRIZES

The NYU Entrepreneurs Challenge is made possible by the generous support of the Rennert Family Foundation, Mr. Ira Rennert (MBA ’56), and Mr. Ari Rennert (BS ’01). Teams will compete for the Rennert Family New Venture, Technology Venture, or Healthcare and Biomedical Venture prize. Each prize is awarded as seed funding in the form of a KISS agreement. The total prize amount for each track is $75,000. 

APPLICATION PROCESS

The online application is currently open, and you can head to the portal here to start yours. The first step in the application process is to complete an Eligibility Quiz, which will help you determine if your team and venture meet our eligibility requirements.

Teams deemed eligible will be granted immediate access to the application forms and materials. Teams receiving a determination of "not eligible" may submit requests for appeal.

The application includes the following components:

Completed applications will be due no later than November 3, 2021 @ 11:59 PM ET.

All ventures that have submitted completed applications by the stated deadline will receive a decision by November 24, 2021.

KEY DATES

September 30, 2021 – Applications Open! Start your application here

November 3, 2021 @ 11:59 PM - Application Deadline

November 24, 2021 - Cohort Announcement

February 24, 2021 - 20th Annual NYU Venture Showcase*

April 8, 2021 - Semi-finals Round

May 13, 2021 - Final Pitch Off

*Will only be held if in-person events are permitted