THE NYU ENTREPRENEURS CHALLENGE

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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 closed and will reopen in the Fall. We’ll share key dates here once they’re finalized. 

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:

  • Venture information
  • Voluntary donation of $100 per team for non-students
  • A written deliverable, called the Concept Summary
  • Eligibility Statement signed by every team member
  • 5-minute max supplementary video

KEY DATES

September 13, 2022 – NYU Entrepreneurs Challenge Kick-Off & Info Session. RSVP here

September 30 – Applications Open. Start your application here

November 2, 2022 @ 11:59 PM - Application Deadline

November 23, 2022 - Early decisions emailed

January 13, 2023 - Late decisions emailed

February 22, 2023 - 20th Annual NYU Venture Showcase*

April 14, 2023 - Semi-finals Round

May 12, 2023 - Final Pitch Off & Awards Ceremony

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

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