2020 info coming soon!

About the Accelerator

Once per year 40 students from all CUNY Schools are selected to participate in a 10 week program focused on making the students’ ideas a reality. This program consists of both learning and doing. 2hrs per week in classroom lectures and exercises and 2hrs per week working with their team members and mentors.

Philosophy

Our goal is to create an environment where you can focus exclusively on developing your idea, building a prototype and talking to customers. We accomplish this through education, mentoring, networks and projects. The education has been developed by world class educators, the mentors are successful entrepreneurs and/or investors, you plug into a great network that we engage with, and you work on immersive projects that change the way you think

What We Do

Our team consists of entrepreneurs, mentors, tech partners and professors, who are dedicated to helping students transform ideas into reality through workshops and direct mentoring. We work with 40 students across the City University of New York on forming teams, refining ideas, and testing ideas in the marketplace. Students develop prototypes and a business plans over the course of 10-weeks and then pitch their ideas to the public to gather feedback and prepare for the next stage.

Who Should Apply

We welcome students from any discipline and from any college at CUNY. We encourage all students to apply, even students that don’t have an idea are encouraged to apply. All you need is a desire and commitment to immerse yourself in the entrepreneurial process. 

What people say?

CUNY opened up a door for us at a time when not many would. Those few months of desk space and guidance allowed us to survive long enough to ultimately get in to Y Combinator and later go on to raise over $10M in funding
Tom Harari
Cleanly
CUNY startups provided much needed support and structure to help us get our idea off the ground when we needed it most


Chris Zumtobel
Think Olio
It's motivating to immerse yourself with other CUNY students, peers that are going through the same circumstances and tough situations still push through and do amazing things!

Yuk Chang
WrkBook
I walk out of the Accelerator today as another version of my self and also of the company... The program not only educated me but it challenged me in the way I could not imagine


Amina Sako
Sacko

2019

Take a peek inside our 2019 Accelerator

Congrats to

Odd jobs Technologies

our 2019 accelerator winner

2019 Mentors & Entrepreneurs in Residence

MENTOR

Laure Ménétrier

PhD, Business Development Director
@ Business France NYC

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Glen Patterson 

New Venture Advisor/Mentor, Entrepreneur

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Valerie Donohue 

Founder at ChatterBoss

MENTOR

Budd Goldman

Final Word Investments –
Active Seed and Venture Investor

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Brian Asingia 

CEO DreamAfrica Consulting
& DreamGalaxy Platform

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Brendan Reilly 

Academic Data & Medical Researcher Engineer, Medical Devices

MENTOR

John Ason

Professional Angel Investor

Mentor

Jan Renner

Media & Tech Entrepreneur, Advisor & Investor

mentor

Kevin Kimick

Tech & Growth Hacker

MENTOR

Bens Hilaire

The DreadHead in Tech

mentor

Gail Yancosek 

Executive Director, CUNY-TV


mentor

D.K. Smith

CMO at dxDigital.com
Managing Director at Brooklyn Innovation Center

mentor

Swatick Majumdar

Venture Partner at Digital Entertainment Ventures and Co Founder of Survive and Thrive Today

mentor

Craig Kenesky

IP Associate at Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati, PC

EIR

Joyce Timberlake

Chief Executive Officer at Timberlake Designs

mentor

Brian Shoicket 

COO at Uncubed

mentor

Nga Nguyen 

Interdisciplinary Design | Strategy

EIR

Jannette La Sota

The Fitness Detective, Founder

mentor

Aaron B. Heisler 

Chief Operating Officer at 8of9

EIR

Matt LeBris 

Content Coordinator for
Daymond John & entrepreneur

EIR

Christopher Hollinger

Managing Director at Blackwell Hollinger & Company LLC

Mentor

Jeanne Pfordresher

Artist / Designer

Mentor

Alexander Honcharenko 

Head of Operations at BLACK.