NYC Venture Fellows is a highly selective, year-long fellowship program designed to help the next generation of global entrepreneurs “make it” in New York City.
Established by the New York City Economic Development Corporation in conjunction with Fordham University, the program provides Fellows with executive-level mentoring, exclusive networking opportunities, and resources to help them scale their businesses.
Candidates for NYC Venture Fellows are NYC-based or international entrepreneurs who:
The first class of NYC Venture Fellows was announced by Mayor Bloomberg on December 6, 2010. The inaugural class of Fellows included 21 entrepreneurs from nine countries, including the leaders of fast-growing NYC-based ventures including Foursquare, Gilt Groupe, and SecondMarket. Other fellows were international digital media pioneers, nonprofit entrepreneurs, and cleantech innovators from countries including China, Germany and India.
The second class of NYC Venture Fellows, announced in February 2012, included the leaders of fast-growing NYC-based ventures including Rent the Runway, Warby Parker and Lot18. Other international fellows included entrepreneurs from countries including China, Switzerland and Ethiopia.
During the fellowship year, Fellows attend a series of events, including CEO breakfast roundtables; networking events with local and international entrepreneurs, program stakeholders, and other business leaders; and other New York City industry and cultural events. The Fellows are also assigned teams of mentors who provide them with guidance on the challenges they face in the process of scaling their companies. Past mentors have included executives and leaders of world-class organizations such as Barclays, Lord & Taylor, MTV, NBC Universal, venture capital firms, universities, and more.