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Announcing the Impact Entrepreneurship Venture Lab!

We are delighted to announce The New School’s inaugural Venture Lab which is being launched as part of a broader university-wide Impact Entrepreneurship Initiative (IEI).  The Venture Lab will support high potential student entrepreneurs who seek to develop and launch financially-sustainable ventures with the potential for scalable impact.  Both graduate students and upper undergraduates (juniors and seniors) across The New School may apply to the Venture Lab and applications are due on October 4, 2017.  Twelve teams will be selected to participate in the Venture Lab, which will be structured as a UTNS course offered during Spring 2018.

Two Info Sessions will be held on September 13 and September 25 for prospective applicants to the Venture Lab.  We would be very appreciative if you would please share the announcement copied below with students in your programs.  We have also attached a flier.

The Venture Lab, a keystone program of the Impact Entrepreneurship Initiative (IEI), is designed to support graduate students and upper undergraduates (juniors and seniors) at The New School in developing financially sustainable ventures that address critical societal challenges and demonstrate the potential for scalable impact. Students accepted to the Venture Lab will enroll in a semester-long course offered in Spring 2018, for which they will receive academic credit. In addition to receiving guidance and support from Jen van der Meer, Assistant Professor of Strategic Design and Management at Parsons School of Design, Venture Lab participants will have access to experienced mentors, advisers, and seed funding. Select participants will also have the opportunity to receive up to $20,000 in prize money at the conclusion of the course.

The Application Deadline for the Venture Lab is October 4, 2017. Interested students are encouraged to attend one of the following Information Sessions to learn more about the eligibility criteria, program benefits, and participation requirements, as well as the application process.

Fall 2017 Information Sessions:

Wednesday, September 13 from 2 to 3 pm

66 West 12th Street, Room 712

RSVP here

Monday, September 25 from 5 to 6 pm

6 East 16th Street, Room 1103

RSVP here

For more information about the Venture Lab, please visit the IEI website.

Feel free to contact the Impact Entrepreneurship team at with any questions.

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