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Prototyping Fund Showcase Fall 2014

The NYU Entrepreneurial Institute and Greenhouse at the School of Engineering held their Third Annual Prototyping Fund showcase on December 4th.  Ten teams (representing seven NYU schools) were chosen from over 50 applicants to participate in the program where they received training on best practices for prototyping and up to $500 to be used to build a hardware or software prototype. All the teams’ projects were inspiring and thought –provoking, each trying to solve an identified problem. They covered a range of topics from a hands-free Electronic Medical Record interface…

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A Day in the Life: Vengo’s Brian Shimmerlik

Brian Shimmerlik is the CEO and founder of Vengo. Founded in 2012, Vengo is a software and media company that engages consumers and collects data by combining interactive digital media with point-of-purchase. Selected from 270 companies as “NYC Next Idea 2012,” Vengo’s next-generation vending machines enable brands such as Trident, Snapple, Dentyne and Sour Patch Kids to re-engage consumers while generating attractive unit economics. Read on to hear Brian’s perspective on an average day in his life: I think I always wanted to be an…

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The Week Ahead at the Leslie eLab

Hi everybody! Can you believe it is the second week of December already? This semester has passed all too quickly, and yet, looking back, it is incredible how many things have happened in the Leslie eLab! Startups have been incubated, prototypes built, pitches delivered, partnerships formed, and friendships have developed. The end of the year is always a time to show what you have accomplished and we were really excited to see some of the work that has been done in the Leslie eLab in last…

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Startup Showcase: Cytodel

CytoDel, LLC has developed a technology that allows the Company to produce recombinant derivatives of botulinum neurotoxin (BTX) that creates molecular vehicles designed to safely deliver therapeutic (drug) payloads directly into nerve cells. This “Trojan Horse” type of approach enables active drugs to be delivered to high value  targets that have previously been difficult or impossible to pursue because they are inside neurons. The Company has also discovered ways to improve pharmaceutical BTX products for musculoskeletal and aesthetic medicine. CytoDel has participated in the NYU Venture…

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Institute Insights: Harvard Igniting Innovation Summit

Chris is a Program Coordinator at the NYU Entrepreneurial Institute, where he develops programs and organizes events for faculty and student entrepreneurs at NYU. Prior to joining the NYU Entrepreneurial Institute, Christopher studied Public Administration and Non-Profit Management at NYU’s Wagner Graduate School of Public Service.  Social Innovation conferences have become increasingly popular on college campuses, as students are looking to learn more about careers that make a difference and have an impact. Harvard University is not a stranger to the trend: over the past…

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The Week Ahead at the Leslie eLab

Hi everybody! I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving break, spending time with family and friends, resting, and storing up energy for the weeks ahead as the semester slowly winds down. We know that December will be very busy for most of you with studying and preparing for finals, writing papers, so you can finishing the semester well. We are rooting for you! If you want to step away from all the school busyness, come over to the Leslie eLab, hang out with fellow entrepreneurs, work on your…

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Welcome Life Science Venture Associate Dee Dao

The NYU Entrepreneurial Institute is excited to announce that Dr. Dee Dao has joined our team as Venture Associate focusing on new ventures in life science and healthcare. As a Venture Associate, Dee will help drive engagement in life science entrepreneurship and technology commercialization across the university; source, evaluate and lead the due diligence of investment opportunities in the healthcare and life science sectors for the Innovation Venture Fund; and helping to oversee portfolio company management and growth. Prior to joining the NYU, Dee was at the Ludwig Institute for Cancer Research…

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Statistical Analysis is Sexy: David Coats of Correlation Ventures

Peter is a guardian at the Leslie eLab and an intern at the Entrepreneurial Institute. He is co-president of CASEA and co-chair of the NYU Entrepreneurs Festival. He has started a film production company called Minetta Studios. This is the third piece in Peter’s ‘Statistical Analysis is Sexy’ three-part series, the first of which you can find here and the second here. Now that the scene is set, statistical analysis makes its entrance onto the stage. It seems if a firm could better analyze startup data, it could…

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Institute Insights: I’ve Got an Idea for a Startup…Now What?!

Andy Moss is the Entrepreneur-in-Residence at the NYU Entrepreneurial Institute and the founder of Lean Launch Ventures and currently also works as Mentor at the Refinery, and as Advisor at Topstone Angels.  He also spent 17 years as an “intrepreneur” within Microsoft Corporation initiating multiple new businesses.  It is often said that the difference between a successful venture and a great idea is the ability to translate that vision into reality. Many people have creative ideas, but only a few actually successfully put them into practice.…

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The Week Ahead at the Leslie eLab

Hi everybody! I hope you are all transitioning well from the wonderful, sunny fall into the cold (but not less wonderful) early winter! If you are dreading those cool gusts of wind and the cold air, why not come into the Leslie eLab and enjoy a hot cup of coffee or tea and incubate your ideas for a business? Maybe you can invent a new tech-integrated, warmth-generating  garment? In any case, make sure to not miss our exciting events this week that certainly help you start…

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