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NYCEDC Announces Third Class of "NYC Venture Fellows"


NYCEDC and Fordham University today announced the newest class of NYC Venture Fellows, an annual, year-long program to help emerging entrepreneurs from around the world to grow or expand their businesses in New York through executive-level mentoring and exclusive networking opportunities. NYC Venture Fellows, now in its third year, will begin on February 25th with a series of events, including an opening reception, meetings with leading New York City companies, workshops, panel discussions, and cultural events.

The 2013 class of Venture Fellows is comprised of 30 entrepreneurs – selected from hundreds of nominees and applicants – from six different countries, representing a diverse cross-section of industries such as media and emerging tech, biotech, fashion, education, financial services, and real estate. The fellowship aims to increase collaboration among startups and established businesses, as well as encourage local and international startups to grow their businesses in New York City.

The 2013 class of NYC Venture Fellows are:

Originally launched in December 2010, NYC Venture Fellows provides leaders of fast-growing companies with mentorship and networking opportunities to assist them in achieving the next level of growth for their company and personal careers, and provides counsel on issues specific to each fellow’s business. The program is designed for entrepreneurs whose businesses are at a critical stage in development, where the companies have the potential to substantially increase their employment. Fellows and mentors will meet regularly over the course of the year to draw on the experience of the mentors and explore how to maintain company culture during periods of rapid growth.

“In its two years of existence, NYC Venture Fellows has taken an innovative approach towards nurturing the next generation of entrepreneurial talent in our City. By providing emerging entrepreneurs with the mentorship needed for their businesses to take critical steps forward, we are continuing to work towards our goal of securing for New York City the unquestioned title of global capital of innovation in the 21st Century.” – NYCEDC President Seth Pinsky

These fellows were selected by the following committee of leaders from the private and public sectors: Sir Martin Sorrell, CEO of WPP Group, Lawrence Lenihan, Founder and Managing Director of FirstMark Capital, and Father Joseph McShane, President of Fordham University.

A select group of established executives including investors, serial entrepreneurs, CEOs and managers from companies located in New York City will serve as Mentors to the NYC Venture Fellows. Mentors include:

The inaugural class of NYC Venture Fellows in 2011 consisted of 21 fellows from some of New York City’s fastest growing ventures including Foursquare, Etsy, and SecondMarket. Other fellows were international digital media pioneers, nonprofit entrepreneurs, and cleantech innovators from countries including China, Germany, and India. In 2012, the second class of Venture Fellows included the leaders of fast-growing NYC-based ventures including Rent the Runway, Warby Parker, MakerBot and Lot18. Other international fellows included entrepreneurs from countries including China, Switzerland and Ethiopia. In addition to mentorship, 2012 fellows also attended 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. Congratulations to all!



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