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Crowdfund Campaign for 2018 NYU Summer Launchpad

Raised toward our $20,000 Goal
78 Donors
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Project ended on March 23, at 02:00 PM EDT
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"NYU's Summer Launchpad Transformed My Business!"

March 15, 2018

My name is Seung and I’m the CEO & co-founder of Ephemeral, a temporary tattoo company. I participated in NYU's Summer Launchpad accelerator in 2015 and—trust me when I tell you this—it was AWESOME!


By far, my favorite part of the program was the incredible people I met—passionate people from all walks of life working on real problems and real solutions. SLP provided us with foundational entrepreneurial training and mentorship, guided us to ask the right questions, and, most importantly, provided enough food and coffee for a lifetime!


Since participating in SLP, Ephemeral has:

  • Graduated from the Techstars NYC accelerator in 2017
  • Raised over $4M in funding
  • Grown into a larger laboratory and office space


Knowing personally the impact SLP had on me, I want to thank you for your support of the SLP crowdfunding campaign. Your generous gift will directly impact the 2018 SLP cohort and their impact on their communities and the world. 


Thank you! 


Seung Shin

CEO & Co-Founder, Ephemeral

Summer Launchpad 2015


P.S. It's not too late to share this campaign with friends and family! You can find all you need for email and social sharing here.


Can you help us get to 50%?

March 08, 2018

Thanks to 60 generous donors like you, we are almost halfway into our campaign goal! We are amazed by and grateful to our community. Thank you.


And a SPECIAL thank you to Joanne and Fred Wilson for matching $2,500 in donations!


At this time, we are nearly at our midway milestone. Can you help us get there by sharing this campaign with your fellow alumni, friends, and family? We want to make sharing as easy as possible, so we've prepared these promotional options for you:

Thank you for your support thus far! 



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Dear [name],


I supported the NYU Entrepreneurial Institute’s crowdfunding campaign, and I’m writing in hopes that you would, too.


The campaign supports the annual NYU Summer Launchpad (SLP) accelerator. SLP is an important 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 after graduation.


Success stories like Brooklinen, Smart Vision Labs, and Kinvolved are among many startups that got their start in SLP and have gone on to be featured in Forbes 30 Under 30, accepted into prestigious accelerators like Techstars, and raised over $20M in venture capital. I was impressed to learn that total revenue for startups that have graduated from SLP exceeded $60 million in 2017!


I hope you’ll join me in supporting this important program! The campaign is nearly 50% funded; your gift will make a difference. Will you consider donating to the campaign today?  


Giving is easy. To see giving levels and make a donation, visit Your generous gift will support nearly 50 student entrepreneurs to take their startup to the next level and revolutionize the way we live, work, and play.


Thank you for your consideration to support NYU student entrepreneurs!



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  1. I supported @NYUniversity student #entrepreneurs and #founders participating in this year’s Summer Launchpad accelerator with @NYUEntrepreneur. Learn more about the program and join me in giving!
  2. I hope you'll join me in supporting the 2018 @NYUEntrepreneur Summer Launchpad teams! They'll get resources like $10,000 in #funding; $15,000 in perks; and mentorship! Here's to #NYU #studententrepreneurs. Giving is easy at
  3. .@NYUalumni from the marquee Summer Launchpad program generated $60+ million in combined revenue last year! The program offers the 2018 cohort $10K in #funding, $15K in perks, & invaluable #mentorship. Support @NYUEntrepreneur and join me in giving!


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Way to jumpstart with us!

March 02, 2018

We're 20% of the way to reaching our goal.

Thanks to those who have donated already and shared our campaign with friends and family. If you haven't given yet and would like to, please head over to Giving is only a few clicks away! 


You may already know that 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!


If you'd like to share this campaign with friends and family, please feel free to do so with this suggested copy:

"Do you support student #entrepreneurs, #innovators, and #founders at NYU? This year’s @NYUEntrepreneur Summer Launchpad teams will receive funding, mentorship, and workshops to launch their startups. Learn more about this important program and consider giving!"


Feel free to pull in our social media handles also!

Soon you'll hear from SLP alum, Alyssa Petersel from My Wellbeing, on how SLP impacted her and her business.


Stay tuned!

The NYU Entrepreneurial Institute



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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