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 in 2010, this selective, international program provides successful entrepreneurs with opportunities to grow their ventures by connecting them with mentors from leading companies and providing exclusive CEO-level networking and educational opportunities.
The program, now operating in partnership with 92nd Street Y, is designed for entrepreneurs whose businesses are at a critical stage in development, when the companies have the potential to substantially increase their number of employees and make a significant impact on New York City’s economy. Fellows also benefit from being part of an exclusive peer network comprised of fellow leaders of fast-growing companies.
The 2014 Class of NYC Venture Fellows and Mentors was announced on January 8, 2014. The 28 entrepreneurs represent startups originating in five different countries, and from a diverse cross-section of industries such as media, enterprise software, biotech, education, financial services, and real estate.
A Selection Committee of New York City industry leaders chaired by Stuart Ellman, Co-Founder and Managing Partner of RRE Ventures and President of 92Y’s Board of Directors, undertook the challenging process of narrowing the field from nearly 200 applicants down to the final class.
The 2014 class is comprised of:
Once selected, NYC Venture Fellows are paired with mentors from a select group of established executives including experienced entrepreneurs, CEOs, and managers from companies located in New York City with whom they will meet regularly over the course of the year. The mentors will provide guidance to the Fellows on managing their companies, helping them address both acute and longer-term strategic challenges.
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. Read more about the 2012 Fellows and Mentors.
The first class of NYC Venture Fellows, announced by Mayor Bloomberg on December 6, 2010, 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. Read more about the 2011 Fellows and Mentors.