Frequently Asked Questions: Entrepreneurship @ W. R. Berkley Innovation Lab

What does Entrepreneurship @ W. R. Berkley Innovation Lab do?

Simply put: We help NYU students, alumni, faculty, and staff start and grow businesses.

What programs and services do you provide?

We offer a variety of programs and services that include:

  • Educational and training programs such as workshops, learning forums, speakers series and conferences
  • Startup advising appointments in several different functional areas
  • Venture competitions for entrepreneurs seeking funding for their ideas
  • Fellowship opportunities for those wanting to focus their efforts on their startups
  • Networking opportunities with fellow entrepreneurs, investors and thought-leaders in the startup community

I do/did not attend Stern but am/was enrolled elsewhere at NYU. Can I take advantage of Entrepreneurship programs?

Yes. Although housed in NYU's Stern School of Business, the Berkley Innovation Lab welcomes students, alumni, faculty, researchers and staff from across campus.

I have absolutely no affiliation with NYU. Can I take advantage of Entrepreneurship programs?

We offer several programs which are open to the general public. For example, many of our conferences and workshops are open to the business community at-large. However, our startup advising appointment and technical assistance programs are limited to those with a direct NYU affiliation (i.e., student, alumni, faculty or staff). Due to the overwhelming internal demand for these services, we are simply unable to extend these services to those with no connection to the NYU community.

Does the Berkley Innovation Lab finance ventures?

No. While we can help you make your firm investor-ready, we do not operate an equity fund or a loan program, nor do we give grants to startups. However, the NYU Innovation Venture Fund provides seed capital to launch startups based on technologies developed by students, faculty and researchers at NYU. For more information about the fund and to see if your venture qualifies, visit the Innovation Venture Fund website.

How can I get involved with Entrepreneurship @ W. R. Berkley Innovation Lab? How can I help?

Thanks for asking! We welcome volunteers and partners interested in working with promising startups. For more information, visit our For Volunteers page.

I am interested in being a visiting scholar at the Berkley Innovation Lab. How do I apply?

We appreciate your interest. However, the Berkley Innovation Lab is not currently accepting applications at this time for visiting scholars or researcher positions. Please direct such requests to the NYU Stern academic department in your research area or area of specialization.