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Crowdfund Campaign for 2018 NYU Summer Launchpad

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Crowdfund Campaign for 2018 NYU Summer Launchpad


Thank you for considering making a donation to support this year's cohort of Summer Launchpad.

Summer Launchpad (SLP) is the NYU Entrepreneurial Institute’s marquee program because it serves as a critical bridge for students between the part-time dedication to one’s startup while in school, and full-time commitment to one’s venture after graduation. In short, it helps NYU startups launch into the real world!


And into the real world they've launched.

Among success stories like BrooklinenSmart Vision Labs, and Kinvolved are SLP alumni that have been featured in Forbes 30 Under 30, accepted into prestigious accelerators like Techstars, and awarded numerous Venture Capital investments and grants.

Now in its 6th year, NYU Summer Launchpad is a 9-week accelerator for teams of graduating NYU student entrepreneurs to help them scale and launch their ventures. The program provides:

  • $10,000 in grant funding

  • Startup skills workshops

  • Weekly talks by prominent NYU founders and investors

  • 1:1 coaching from mentors and investors

  • 24/7 co-working space at the Leslie eLab

  • Pro-bono incorporation & legal counsel

  • Web hosting support

  • and much more!


How can you support?

If you've already or plan on making a donation to our campaign, a big thank you to you! If you'd like to share the campaign on social media, please feel free to tag our handles:

Here's sample copy for social media to make it easy:

"I just supported student #entrepreneurs, #innovators, and #founders participating in this year’s Summer Launchpad accelerator @NYUEntrepreneur. Learn more about the program and consider giving!"


Thank you!

From everyone at the Institute:

Carol, Frank, Kunal, Rebecca, Fiona, Jen, Dee, Des, Alison, Sarah, and Andy




Choose a giving level


Save the Trees

Your donation goes towards 3 reusable water bottles and 3 coffee mugs for each team to go green instead of using disposable cups. That's a saving of around 2,700 cups during the program!


Food for Thought

Thanks to your donation, each team will receive 3 signed copies of Talking to Humans, a book about customer discovery written by Giff Constable.


Giving Thanks

Our guest speakers are a crucial part of Summer Launchpad as participants get to candidly dive into the insights of entrepreneurs, investors and others who've been there and done that. Your donation supports a gift to each guest speaker.


Building Blocks

Each Summer Launchpad team will receive $100 for prototyping materials to build their hardware or software. They'll have you to thank as they look back on the first prototype they ever built!


Starting the Day Right

Our teams work hard, and they get hungry. Twice a week, we serve our teams breakfast to help start the day. Thank you for keeping our Summer Launchpad participants full, caffeinated and ready to work.


Founders Unplugged

Each week, Summer Launchpad hosts a "Founders Unplugged" event where participants can ask accomplished NYU alumni entrepreneurs anything. Yes, anything! Your donation will cover the cost for refreshments to keep the engagements lively and productive.


Your Treat

Your donation will cover a weekly lunch for all participants.


One-tenth of a Grant

Each Summer Launchpad team receives tremendous support in the form of a $10,000 grant. Your donation helps fund a portion of the grant, enabling the teams to sustain and build their startups.


Showing Off

We cap off the summer with a public showcase where teams share their startups at an expo-style event with members from the NYU community, other entrepreneurs, angel investors, and VCs. Your donation will go to fund the event space, refreshments, organization, and print materials.


Yale vs. NYU

Every summer we host a "pitchoff" between Yale and NYU teams to compete in a friendly pitch competition. This year will be the 5th annual event, hosted in a public space open to 250 attendees. Your donation will go to fund the event space, refreshments, organization, and print materials.


Fund a Grant

Each Summer Launchpad team receives tremendous support in the form of a $10,000 grant. Your donation will fund one team's grant, enabling them to sustain their livelihoods while building their startups.

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