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Entrepreneurship and Family Business

Gain the knowledge and skills you need to bring a new idea to commercial reality

NYU Stern's W.R. Berkley Innovation Lab offers a comprehensive program of courses and practical experience for future entrepreneurs – those who plan to start their own business, run a family business and those who will be taking over a small organization and hope to make it grow. Read a Forbes interview with Berkley Center Director Luke Williams.

Selected Businesses and Social Enterprises Started by Stern Alumni

Denise Lee, MBA '10

The Black Tux
Patrick Coyne, MBA '10

Block Six Analytics
Adam Grossman, MBA '10

Big Bad Boo
Shabnam Rezaei, MBA ’01

Butter Beans
Belinda Di Giambattista, MBA '05

Chaiken and Capone
Julie Chaiken, MBA '93

Andy Stenzler, MBA '84

Priya Pandya, MBA '09

Metta Murdaya, MBA '02
Yoshiko Roth, MBA '02

Brian McCollum, MBA '07
Diana Hardeman, MBA '09

Mott & Bow
Alejandro Chahin, MBA '13

Naya Jeevan
Asher Hasan, MBA '07
Saad Tabani, MBA '08

Rickshaw Dumpling Bar
Kenny Lao, MBA '04

Sid Rastogi, MBA '00

Jason Finger, JD/MBA '99

Torch Films
Ori Gatch, MBA '08
Tim Hobbs, MBA '08

Liz Elting, MBA '92
Phil Shawe, MBA '93
A study by CB Insights lists NYU as one of the top six schools whose students and graduates attract investment capital. NYU's new Summer Launchpad also provides coaching and funding to recent graduates in entrepreneurial ventures. Read about the Launchpad in a recent Forbes article.

Student Podcasts

Hear more about the Entrepreneurship experience at Stern from students Tom Catherwood and Saliha Brandenburg:

The Power of the Alumni Network

The Importance of Thinking Critically

Community Support of Student Ventures

NYU Stern Entrepreneurs' Challenge

Sponsored by the W.R. Berkley Innovation Lab, the Entrepreneurs' Challenge is comprised of three competitions:
  • New Venture Competition - with winners receiving a share of the $75,000 Rennert Prize, named after benefactor and Stern alumnus Ira Rennert
  • Social Venture Competition - with winners receiving a share of the the $50,000 Social Venture Prize
  • NYU Technology Venture Competition - with winners receiving a share of the $75,000 cash prize, as well as pro-bono support and technical assistance, from the NYU New Venture Innovation Fund
Learn about the competition process from start to finish and watch an MSNBC interview featuring past winners. Read a Forbes article about the 2013 winners.

NYU Stern Venture Mentor Network

  • Provides NYU Stern entrepreneurs with insight, advice and professional wisdom to help address issues key to the success of emerging ventures
  • Program mentors are seasoned entrepreneurs and/or industry professionals from a variety of disciplines

Student Clubs

Entrepreneurs’ Exchange (EEX)
Social Enterprise Association (SEA)

Related Specializations

Entrepreneurship and Innovation
Digital Marketing
Law and Business
Product Management
Social Innovation & Impact

NYU Stern Summer Startup Fellowship

Summer Startup Fellowship
Learn more about The Summer Startup Fellowship, a program offering financial support and startup assistance to Stern MBAs who want to work on a startup idea over the summer. 

Alumni in the News

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Jess Levin (MBA '12) married style and business acumen to launch a fast-growing wedding lifestyle website.

Video: Powerful Answers

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Two Sternies won a $1m Verizon Powerful Answers Award with their portable vision examination idea. Watch the video above to learn more

Video: Redefining Designer Denim

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CNBC's "Power Pitch" features Alejandro Chahin, MBA 2013, founder of Mott & Bow