Mission

CUNY Startups Mission

is to dramatically improve the social mobility of CUNY students through entrepreneurship while stimulating business growth and economic development in New York City.

CUNY Startups is part of Baruch College, which provides an inclusive, transformational education in the arts and sciences, business, and public and international affairs to students from New York and around the world and creates new knowledge through scholarship and research.

We launched in 2014 as a CUNY program to provide central entrepreneurship resources to all 270,000 students across the 25 colleges. We are located at Baruch College, one of ten senior colleges at CUNY, where a dynamic community educates one of the most diverse student populations in the US. 

Through our four programs: Accelerator, Ideas 2 Impact, Hacking Arts and The Big Pitch, we foster diverse student and volunteer engagement through broad and meaningful recruitment and outreach to traditionally marginalized groups. Students learn the skills they need to propel their careers through a combination of instruction, mentorship and practice.