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CIE Mission Statement

Black Lives Matter. The Convergence for Innovation and Entrepreneurship Institute at New York University Tandon School of Engineering feels strongly that the racial injustices before us today represent an imbalance in the voices that support equality and humanity. We stand with people of color, black, indigenous, lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning (or queer) and women. Our goal is to be an institution that champions innovation through inclusion and diversity. We actively endeavor to foster an environment for people of historically underrepresented groups in science, technology, engineering, mathematics and entrepreneurship. It is our goal to lift the voices of these marginalized groups and let them be heard and celebrated.





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The I-Corps Program

The NYU I-Corps summer program uses the Lean LaunchPad methodology to show the teams how to develop a STEM idea into a viable commercial product and commercialize it. Each team will receive initial funding to create a prototype and be eligible to apply for additional funding of $1,000 to $3,000 by successfully completing the program.

Participants in the program, which is sponsored by the National Science Foundation, will also learn how the skills learned through entrepreneurship can make them better scientists or engineers.

Read the news coverage on the program here.

Benefits to the program are:

● Funding to produce prototypes for successful participants.
● Training in the Lean LaunchPad methodology.
● Partnerships with technical and business mentors.
● Validation of customers and minimum viable product.

Who should apply:

● Multidisciplinary teams are encouraged to apply, but individuals without a team will also be considered. The program will then help them connect with others.
● Those who are interested in tackling a social challenge (like food waste, access to clean water, health) but do not have a specific technical or scientific solution in mind.
● Those without a specific idea or goal, but who want to learn more about startup culture and how it can improve STEM research


FAQ/Criteria and Guidelines:

Is it possible to work full time during the program? We expect that the student leader has a full-time commitment to I-Corps for the summer workshop. Lean requires a lot of effort. If you are interested but must work, we recommend that you make yourself a team member and select a colleague to be the student leader.

Team Members
Is it necessary to have team members? How can I find them? It might be tempting to try this alone, but there is too much work to do in a short period for one person. It’s helpful for you to have current students on your team, but other options are possible: friends, family, and alumni can participate so long as they are committed to your project. If you cannot find team members, your application will not be disqualified; we will be happy to connect you with other applicants who need a team after you apply.

Can international students participate? What about graduate students? The student leader must be a continuing NYU undergraduate or graduate student. Your team may include an alum, but not as the leader: graduating students should make themselves a team member and select someone else to be the student lead. International students are welcome.

Pre-Capstone Course


“Pre-Capstone Innovation Experience” course is designed for our undergraduate engineering students in their sophomore/junior year, and is aimed at preparing them for capstone/senior design projects. This Course will better prepare them for senior capstone projects while providing them the skills to identify the important problem and crucial customer needs.


1) to provide students with multidisciplinary engineering prototyping tools spanning biological engineering to circuit design;
2) to expose student to customer discovery process and Lean Launchpad methods;
3) to facilitate E-team formation around multidisciplinary groups;
4) to prepare students for innovative capstone prototypes and transform them to commercial ventures.


Academically, our undergraduate engineering students begin their college careers with a freshman forum course, EG 1001/1003, devoted to getting them to think as entrepreneurs about solving technical and scientific problems. While there are student competitions and entrepreneurial clubs (vide infra) to provide incentives for engaging in customer-centered challenges, there is really no curricular exposure to such entrepreneurial endeavors until possibly in the senior capstone project, where a limited number of our students identify crucial challenges and problems to address. In fact, many of our undergrads struggle with finding a worthwhile engineering problem, let alone one that has a real customer need.


A fundamental gap is that there is limited curricular content that help prepare our engineering seniors for: (1) identifying a suitable ‘real-world’ problem and (2) engaging in multidisciplinary teams. Foremost, the engineering curriculum for most majors is very structured with very little to exposure of other disciplines beyond their home department, requiring students to engage in entrepreneurial activities as extra-curricular. Secondly, our pedagogies have been slow to embrace multi- disciplinary given that our training as educators has been more traditional.


We are piloting an upper-level course that would feature three research-active faculty members who take four weeks of the course each to engage students in engineering tools. Students will form teams after learning about the tools and develop multidisciplinary semester-long projects that students could pursue as a capstone. After the engineering tools introduction and team development, the students will then undergo ideation and business model validation and customer development portion. Understanding the customer’s needs is essential to generating a viable business; this customer insight achieved through experiential team-based learning is central to the proposed class. We will focus on assembling 5-6 teams bearing groups of 3-4 students. The teams will be responsible for developing value propositions based on the technology and will test them through the customer discovery process. They will test new hypotheses on the value proposition for a particular customer segment. Each link from IP to a particular customer segment will be assessed through direct interviews. From this student teams will gain insights into the market.

Capstone Competition

Many schools require senior capstones — multidisciplinary projects that showcase the problem-solving abilities and critical-thinking skills that students have developed over the preceding years, as well as their research prowess, proficiency in planning, and willingness to engage in teamwork.

Check out the Capstone Competition Archive for examples of previous projects!

Senior Capstones Formal capstone courses, typically taken in a student’s senior year, are organized for the following majors:

We have developed guidelines for dealing with intellectual property (IP) issues in capstone projects.

Facilities & Innovation Spaces


The new NYU Tandon School of Engineering MakerSpace is a collaborative workspace and lab that provides even greater opportunities for students and faculty to engage in innovative and entrepreneurial activities. In addition to providing access to modern tools, from advanced software to milling machines to 3D printers to integrated manufacturing facilities, it functions as a stimulating environment which fosters collaborative learning and hosts guest lectures and special events.

The Design Lab @ NYU MakerSpace

The Design Lab is The MakerSpace programming arm. It provides NYU students with opportunities to ideate, experiment, prototype, and build their ideas. It cultivates collaboration, nurtures students’ creative confidence and encourages collaboration and connects them with other parts of the NYU Innovation and Entrepreneurship ecosystem. The Design Lab at NYU Tandon MakerSpace fosters a community of creative technologists, critical thinkers, and social innovators.

The Design Lab is managed by 2 graduate students, the Design Lab Coordinators, who are trained in design thinking and work with Anne-Laure Fayard, Associate Professor of Design and Organizational Studies, Faculty Advisor to the MakerSpace, Victoria Bill, MakerSpace Manager and Christina Lafontaine, Design Specialist.

If you have an idea for a new project, if you want to learn more about design thinking or prototyping, check our programming and / or contact us If you are a student club leader, talk to us to reserve the space for events.

Extracurricular Activities


Hosted by the NYU Entrepreneurship & Innovation Association, InnoVention is the engineering school’s signature prototyping competition for our student entrepreneurs. The 12-week competition challenges them to use their technical and scientific expertise to prototype and pitch commercially viable ideas in software and hardware. Through progressively intensive weekly sessions, students learn about IP, prototyping, monetization, pitch skills, and much more. They are mentored by successful alumni, faculty and NYC entrepreneurs. The event concludes in a final-round pitch and demonstration day.

Student Clubs

Our students are intensely passionate about pursuing their entrepreneurial endeavors and enjoy the opportunity to network with one another to expand upon their ideas. Student clubs focused on entrepreneurship are an ideal way for this to take place, while giving them the opportunity to hone their leadership skills. Here are a just few clubs that provide such opportunities:

  • Design for America of NYU (DFA)
  • Entrepreneurship and Innovation Association (EIA)
  • Patent Pending

View our Club Directory to find out more about these and other clubs at Tandon

Future Labs Incubator Programs

NYU Tandon is committed to help emerging start-up companies transform into thriving businesses through its incubator programs:

Admission is through a competitive application process, which includes vetting by entrepreneurs and venture capitalists. In their first five years, the incubators created nearly 1,300 new jobs, giving back to New York City $352.4M in economic impact. Half of the incubated businesses are faculty or student-affiliated.

Startup Sprints

The J-Term Startup Sprint (January) and Summer Startup Sprint (May-June), offer NYU undergraduate, graduate students and post-doc startup teams the opportunity to test the value of their solutions. These are intensive two week long startup accelerator programs to get funding, conduct customer discovery and receive mentorship. Open to teams of NYU undergrad and graduate student entrepreneurs from any NYU school or college, with an idea, invention and/or early mock-up or prototype of their product or service. The Startup Sprint is intended for all types of startups which have high-growth potential, including non-profits. Whether focused on social innovation, software, medical devices, physical products, hardware, or other areas, all are welcome to apply.

Since participating in the 2018 January and Summer Sprints, teams have won the 300K Entrepreneurs ChallengeInnoVention Challenge, and TigerLaunch entrepreneurship competition, while 12 teams participated in either the NYU Summer Launchpad and/or Stern Venture Fellows summer 2018 program. Collectively teams have gone on to raise over $1 Million in competition funding, grants and private capital, while at least 8 of the teams are generating revenue!

Tech Venture Workshop

The Tech Venture Workshop is a three half-day immersive program where faculty entrepreneurs and their PhD/postdoc teams learn how to test the commercial potential of their research directly with customers and partners. Participating teams receive grant funding from the National Science Foundation, coaching, workshops on selecting the right market, customer segment, IP, and more.

The Tech Venture Workshop is the first of three programs in the new NYU Tech Venture Program and I-Corps program, which offers >$100,000 in grants plus training, mentorship & more to commercialize NYU research. Learn more about the Technology Venture Program here.

The Tech Venture Workshop introduces commercialization methodologies adopted by the NSF, NIH, DOD, DOE, and other federal agencies: business model design and customer development (aka the Lean Startup). Participating teams will be eligible to apply for the NSF I-Corps program, and will qualify for the next phases of the Tech Venture Program, which comes with $50k in grant funding and another $15k in other benefits (legal, accounting, cloud hosting credits etc.). Participants will also be well poised for a strong SBIR/STTR grant application in the future.


Faculty Involvement


The incubators are home to several NYU Engineering faculty engineers-in-residence: faculty who leverage their entrepreneurial experience to assist start-ups through knowledge sharing about their own start-up efforts. These faculty assist incubated companies where there is affinity with their academic work or entrepreneurial background. They also offer periodic lectures at the incubators and serve as mentors to the start-ups, SPIKE participants, and other student organizations.

Curriculum Development

To support these efforts, the school is undertaking a development plan to include more opportunities for students to create entrepreneurial ventures in their courses. There are already a variety of current entrepreneurial-focused courses across the school for both undergraduate and graduate students.

Along with entrepreneurial finance, strategy, growing enterprises, intellectual property, marketing and sales, history of technology and innovation, and corporate entrepreneurship, the school has also adopted a mandatory course for first-year undergraduates that encourages them to think innovative and gives them the chance to create an entrepreneurial venture.

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2021 Thriving Amidst Chaos

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2020 And the Show Must Go On

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2020 J-Term Startup Sprint Finale...and now, to the future!

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2020 Helping Startups Startup: 2020 J-term Startup Sprint

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2019 Myriam Sbeiti from Sunthetics

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2019 Rachel Serwetz from WOKEN

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2019 Craig Wilkinson & Ummay Habiba from Robotyze

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2019 Interview with Team Releasur

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2020 Gabriel Zalles from Modern Ambisonic Solutions

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2020 Interview with Abhiroop CVK from Hutsy (formerly FlareAgent)

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2020 Interview with Rina Patel from The Thinkers Global

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2020 Interview with Prof Sara Thermer

By: Barr Morgenstein   In light of the current health situation, all school activities moved online. For some, e-learning was always part of the syllabus. We discussed with Prof. Sara Thermer, the lead instructor of the pre-capstone entrepreneurship course, to learn her perspective on the changes taking place.   What…

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Jin Kim Montclare

Director, CIE Institute

David Lefer

Co-Director, CIE Institute

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e-Inclusion Network

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The e-Inclusion Network is a group of informal advisors that support women and other students from traditionally underrepresented groups in STEM and entrepreneurship. The role of women mentors is to prepare such members for the challenges and setbacks they may experience during their journey. The e-Inclusion Network Team will be supporting the students either remotely, or in person. This could be either through email, Skype, phone chat or even meeting them personally.

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Current Fellows

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Dustin Britton

Senior Research Fellow - Team Lead 2020-2022

Jonathan Sun

Research Fellow 2021-2022

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Prior Fellowship Leaders

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Julia Monkovic

Research Fellow 2021-2022

Sara Thermer

Adjunct Faculty/ Course Administrator

James Perez

Senior Research Fellow- Team Lead

Alara Tuncer

Research Fellow 2021-2022

Barr Morgenstein

Research Fellow 2019-2020

Shubham Aggarwal

Research Fellow 2019-2020

Christina Moazed

Team Lead 2018-2019

Manish Kumar

Research Fellow 2018-2019

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NYU Tandon School of Engineering’s CIE Institute supports initiatives that help faculty and students reach greater heights by harnessing important technologies and re- imagining business ideas. We catapult these ideas into advanced, problem-solving innovations to address society’s greatest problems.

Our mission is to increase diversity and multi-disciplinary in STEM entrepreneurship and provide guidance as well as resources for STEM innovators to start-up.


For more information about these programs, please contact us at