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Institute for Invention, Innovation,
and Entrepreneurship

@ NYU Tandon


The Institute for Invention, Innovation, and Entrepreneurship (IIIE@Tandon) serves as the focal point for all research, educational, and service activities in support of Tandon’s goal to integrate Invention, Innovation, and Entrepreneurship into its academic culture and to advance student and faculty appreciation of and skills in inventiveness, innovation, creativity, and entrepreneurial and design thinking.

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The IIIE Institute will draw its strengths from the contributions of faculty from multiple departments, much like an interdisciplinary research center that is not subsumed within, or managed by an existing academic department. This structure emanates from the mission of the institute as one that focuses on integrating inventions and innovations emerging from the departments by faculty and students and linking them to entrepreneurship, i.e. the proactive consideration and realization of open source and commercialization opportunities through various institutional pathways such as Tandon’s Tech Transfer and Future Labs, which facilitate licensing, joint development agreements with industrial partners, and startup incubation.

Research Mission:

  • Lead and coordinate schoolwide research activities that promote the I2E mission within and between academic departments and across various academic programs.
  • Facilitate and accelerate cross-school research collaborations and partnerships around I&E.
  • Provide a Lab2Market framework and the support structure to help translate engineering inventions into technological innovations with market potential.
  • Lead, coordinate and support schoolwide interdisciplinary research on technological innovations that solve important and complex problems of societal relevance

Research Programs:

  • A forum for faculty to engage in exploratory and interdisciplinary research, sabbatical research (including in-house sabbaticals), and to form entrepreneurial collaborations and broader applied research programs that cross disciplinary boundaries.
  • Seed grants and PhD Fellowships for I&E-relevant research initiatives; Consider e.g. research initiatives on a set of specific high impact and potentially disruptive research areas, e.g., AI, cybersecurity, VA/R, gaming, 5G Wireless, organizational and societal impact of emerging interdisciplinary technological innovations, etc.
  • Assistance in the preparation of proposals that promote entrepreneurship such as NSF’s Partnerships for Innovation programs, Accelerating Innovation Research, I-Corps Sites etc. as well as assistance with SBIR and STTR proposal preparation and identifying potential academic partners for startups submitting SBIR/STTR proposals.

Educational Mission:

The institute’s educational mission should have at is core the objective of creating an entrepreneurial mindset among our students. This should not be confused with a mission to encourage every student to create a startup company. Rather, the objective is to create a curriculum that provides every student with the opportunity to acquire the skill set and knowledge of what it takes to identify inventions and technology innovations that solve an important user or customer problem and that lend themselves to being commercialized and turned into a viable commercial product, if they desire to go that route. A curriculum that achieves these objectives may contain the following components (with the understanding that course, program, and curriculum initiatives require discussion, review, and ultimate approval by the Tandon faculty and the appropriate curriculum committees):

  • Design and supervise experiential learning-based courses and programs that convey best practices, such as user centered design, as well as the basic tenets of technology innovation and entrepreneurship, both for credit and not-for-credit and offers a variety of relevant extra- curricular programs.
  • Create and institutionalize a forum for transforming engineering education to stimulate entrepreneurial thinking among all our graduates by reformulating curricula, pedagogy, and student learning.
  • Provide a solid foundation for engineering students at both undergraduate and graduate levels in design skills and an entrepreneurial mindset by introducing to them to state-of-the-art design methods, strategies for successful technology commercialization, new venture creation, and best practices for fostering innovation.

Educational Programs:

  • Workshops, competitions and experiential learning opportunities for students and faculty to try out entrepreneurial ideas, connect with the venture community, and form collaborations with peers from other departments and schools.
  • Provide content, support and coordination for existing UG programs; conceive of potential new programs, but avoid stand-alone degree programs that would exist in isolation as they do not foster integration.
  • Modules in existing courses, stand-alone courses, a minor, MS and PhD components integrate into the study plan of every student to diversify career opportunities; certificates, executive and professional education programs incl. online offerings as appropriate.
  • Design and staffing of courses that provide students with interdisciplinary and experiential learning opportunities through which they develop an entrepreneurial mindset and the skills to enable their inventions to solve complex and important user problems and to create significant economic and social value.
  • Support existing core engineering programs to integrate appropriate courses into their degree and certificate programs.
  • Support the development of new programs, e.g. a Technology Entrepreneurship Minor for our undergraduate engineering majors and a MS degree in Technology Entrepreneurship, perhaps jointly with another School of NYU.

The Future Labs

The NYU Tandon Future Labs were created through a public-private partnership with New York City. They provide a sustainable technology incubation and acceleration environment focused on increasing the success rate of new ventures and creating jobs as well as generating economic impact.

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Convergence on Innovation and Entrepreneurship

The NYU Tandon Convergence on Innovation and Entrepreneurship (CIE) Institute supports initiatives that help faculty and students reach greater heights in creativity. Important new technologies are harnessed and innovative business concepts are reimagined by catapulting new ideas into innovations that address society’s greatest challenges.

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The Entrepreneurial Institute and the Mark and Debra Leslie eLab at NYU

The NYU Entrepreneurial Institute (EI) leads NYU-wide initiatives to launch successful startups and commercialize technology created by NYU’s 60,000 students, faculty and researchers. The EI team of startup experts offers educational programming and events, and helps identify funding opportunities for aspiring entrepreneurs.

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Technology Transfer at NYU: The Office of Industrial Liaison

The mission of the NYU Office of Industrial Liaison is to promote the commercial development of NYU technologies from its Medical Center, Washington Square and Tandon Engineering campuses into products to benefit the public, while providing resources to the University to support its research, education, and patient care missions. The Office also facilitates research collaborations between NYU researchers and industry on projects of mutual interest.

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The NYU Tandon MakerSpace

The NYU Tandon MakerSpace provides 10,000 square feet of opportunity to innovate, collaborate, iterate, create, and prototype. It allows users to grow while they build, learn from student engineers and faculty as they work together in one of Brooklyn’s most stimulating maker environments.

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MD5 Launch Program

A program that facilitates the creation of startup ventures that commercialize dual-use technology developed in defense research labs.

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Endless Frontier Labs

The Endless Frontier Labs at NYU Stern is a 9-month program for early-stage science and technology startups from pre-incorporation to Series A. It is industry agnostic with Startups tackling problems in healthcare, finance, media, retail, chemical, transportation, and energy. Technologies include artificial intelligence, biotechnology, chemistry, medical, electronics, blockchain, and general IT applications.

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The Cyber NYC Inventors to Founders Initiative is a joint venture between Columbia University and the New York City Economic Development Corporation. Partner institutions include Cornell Tech, NYU, and CUNY.  All of NYC university-affiliated ventures (students, faculty members, researchers, and alumni) are eligible to apply as long as their venture is a pre-seed startup.  The accelerator aims to catalyze the commercialization of cutting-edge research and development of academia-affiliated startups in New York City.

Applications for the inaugural cohort of Cyber NYC Inventors to Founders Startup Accelerator are now open.

Deadline is Sunday, November 3, 2019 Apply here

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Info Session at Columbia Univ. Medical Center: NYC Accelerator Programs

Thursday, October 17, 2019 11:30 AM – 12:30 PM Columbia University Medical Center Roy and Diana Vagelos Education Center 104 Haven Ave New York, NY 10032 Register

Unshackled Ventures: How to Start a Company on a Visa

Thursday, October 17, 2019 5:30 PM ‐ 7:30 PM Register

Startup Bootcamp Deadline

Friday, October 18, 2019 12:00 AM ‐ 7:30 PM Register

University Startup World Cup

Finals in Copenhagen October 30 to November 1, 2019. Learn More

NYU J-Term Startup Sprint (Student Edition)

Applications are due on Friday, November 15th, 2019 at 5pm and attending an info-session is mandatory before you apply. Register NYU J-Term Startup Sprint Info Sessions dates: October 18,  4:00PM-5:30PM @Leslie eLab October 21,  4:00PM-5:30PM @Leslie eLab October 24, 4:00PM-5:30PM @Leslie eLab October 28, 6:00PM-7:00PM @Tandon Makerspace and…

Pitching to Investors

Tuesday, November 12, 2019 4:00 PM ‐ 6:00 PM Register

Startup Bootcamp Deadline

Friday, November 22, 2019 12:00 AM ‐ 12:00 AM Register

SBIR / STTR Advanced Workshop (12/3)

Tuesday, December 3, 2019 9:30 AM ‐ 1:30 PM Register

Alexa Skills Challenge: In-Skill Purchasing with Devpost

Deadline to apply November 12, 2019 at 5:00PM Register 

Kyber DeFi Hackathon

Deadline to apply October 21, 2019 at 11:45PM Register

Red Hat ReBoot CX Hackathon

Deadline to apply October 31, 2019 at 1:00PM Register 

TwitchDev Jam: 2019

Deadline to apply October 22, 2019 at 5:00PM Register 

Technology Acceleration & Commercialization (TAC) Awards Announcement

To be considered for this annual round, please submit a one-page preliminary proposal to the Office of Industrial Liaison (OIL) by November 30, 2019 More Info 

The 4th annual Cisco Global Problem Solver Challenge

Applications Open Now through January 17, 2020 at 5:00 pm PT Apply now 

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The Institute for Invention, Innovation, and Entrepreneurship (IIIE@Tandon) serves as the focal point for all research, educational, and service activities in support of Tandon’s goal to integrate Invention, Innovation, and Entrepreneurship into its academic culture and to advance student and faculty appreciation of and skills in inventiveness, innovation, creativity, and entrepreneurial and design thinking.


Kurt Becker
Vice Dean for Research, Innovation and Entrepreneurship